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Investment Outlook: December 2018

Posted by David Gunderson on Dec 6, 2018 12:06:51 PM

US Freedom Capital
Investment Outlook
December 2018

From: David Gunderson, Chief Investment Officer

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Topics: Dallas, Texas, Investment, USD, real estate, Hedge, volatility

Dallas-Fort Worth Leads the U.S. in Job growth

Posted by David Gunderson on Jan 12, 2018 1:16:41 PM
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank says Texas should add 366,000 in 2018 if oil prices hold up
Dallas-Fort Worth’s job base grew the fastest among the nation’s dozen biggest metro areas last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. For the year ending with November, the D-FW metro area added 100,400 jobs — a 2.8 percent increase. That was the largest increase by both percentage and sheer number. Employment grew 2.2 percent in Boston and Phoenix and 2.1 percent in Atlanta during the same period.

Much of D-FW’s growth was in professional and business services, which added 31,100 positions. That’s no surprise as regional leaders work to recruit corporate headquarters that employ thousands of highly paid workers in sprawling new developments anchored by offices.

In particular, financial services companies have expanded their head counts in areas where living costs are cheaper than in the coastal cities where those firms often have their headquarters. Charles Schwab, for instance, is expected to have 2,600 workers at its campus in Westlake that’s under construction.

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics news release, leisure and hospitality added the second-most jobs in D-FW during that year, 18,100 — a sign that the restaurants and bars that serve all those new office workers are expanding quickly to keep up.

Now, economists say, the biggest challenge in many fast-growing cities is to find enough workers to fill those jobs as baby boomers age out of the workforce and immigration slows. At the national and state levels, unemployment has been at record lows.

Still, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas predicted that Texas, whose growth has has been powered in large part by D-FW in recent years, will continue to add jobs at top speed in 2018.

As long as oil prices stay above $40 per barrel, a Dallas Fed economist said, the state is likely to expand employment 3 percent this year, adding about 366,000 jobs.

Elsewhere, health services was a major source of job gains. The category added the most jobs of any industry sector in eight metro areas, including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
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Topics: federal reserve, economy, Dallas, Oil

The Effect of PSU Bank Recapitalization on The Economy of India

Posted by David Gunderson on Dec 18, 2017 7:44:00 AM

India’s banks have long been suffering from a massive pile up of non-performing assets on their balance sheets. This puts a strong drag on credit growth, which is exacerbated due to the recent sluggishness in the economy because of demonetization, aggregate liquidity, and demand shock. After a three-year record low of 5.7%, the Union Government decided to issue a massive credit infusion into the economy – a move that would help put India’s banks on the path to recovery.

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Topics: India, Banking, Regulation

Is This the Right Time for Indians to Invest in US Healthcare?

Posted by David Gunderson on Dec 8, 2017 8:26:10 AM

In India, full capital account convertibility of the rupee is still a distant dream. Putting aside positive and negative macro-economic arguments, it has been difficult for domestic investors to take advantage of global lowering of interest rates, especially with Indian stock markets and industries showing early signs of overinvestment. Moreover, with the recent slowdown of economic productivity within the country, there are certain investment avenues that domestic investors could take advantage of in other developed countries, where growth is recovering, and interest rates are relatively lower. Debt funds are priced better in a low inflation expecting economy and would be highly priced compared to a high inflation economy, especially bonds with fixed interest rates.

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Topics: healthcare, EB-5

EB-5 Investor Visa Program Extended One Week to May 5, 2017

Posted by David Gunderson on Apr 29, 2017 10:23:12 AM

On April 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution earlier passed by the US House and Senate, to continue funding the US government until May 5, 2017. The one week extension was made as legislators continue to battle over major policy decisions via government funding of those programs.

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Topics: USA, Congress, Budget, Continuing Resolution, EB-5

Trump, H-1B and Why EB-5 is the better bet?

Posted by David Gunderson on Mar 1, 2017 3:46:11 AM

People around the world who were dreaming of a life in the United States were as anxious and worried as the Americans when the US Presidential result tilted in favor of Donald Trump. His entire campaign was tailored towards restricting immigration and creating “real jobs for Americans”. The travel ban proved that it was not political rhetoric and Trump administration was bent on upending the current immigration system. But what created mayhem was the introduction of legislation in the US House of Representatives which called for among other things more than doubling of minimum salary for H-1B holders to $130,000.

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Topics: H-1B, EB-5, Trump

EB-5 Visas Expected to Reach New Heights Under Trump, As Immigration Rules Tighten

Posted by David Gunderson on Nov 23, 2016 9:19:55 AM

Though changes are expected to take place to the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program, experts everywhere are predicting that the program will thrive when Trump takes Office

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Topics: EB-5, Trump

Texas exports outshine all states; DFW ranks 2nd behind Houston

Posted by David Gunderson on Aug 25, 2016 10:29:29 AM

Texas export volumes surpass other states by a substantial and growing margin, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro ranks second in the state behind Houston in merchandise exports, according to a report this week by The Perryman Group.

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Topics: Texas, economy, exports

1,200 Indians Queue Up for EB-5 Green Cards

Posted by David Gunderson on Jul 2, 2016 12:58:57 PM
MUMBAI: The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 111 EB-5 visas for Indian applicants during the US fiscal year of October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 (FY15). The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a "paid invitation" for non-Americans to invest and live the 'American dream'. While America still keeps its doors ajar for highskilled migrants (through student and job visas), Uncle Sam is looking for well-heeled foreigners who can invest in his country.

Applications from India, however, are insignificant compared with Chinese applicants, who managed to secure over 8,150 visa approvals in FY15. "Indians may go the China-way very soon... we're slowly becoming aware of this programme. Moreover, Indians are favoured over many other nationalities in the US," says Ankit Bhandari of US Freedom Capital. 

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Topics: India, EB-5

Dallas ranks among the 10 hottest rental markets in the nation

Posted by David Gunderson on May 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Apartment supply is barely keeping up with demand in Dallas, which Zillow just named one of the 10 hottest rental markets in the nation. A slew of new buildings going up, rising rents, and competition for those units all fuel the frenzied market, making Dallas the No. 9 most competitive of them all.

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Topics: Texas, Austin, Apartments, Dallas

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