Rocket Report: Japanese spaceplane, GEO downturn, Block 5 results good

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule. Three launches in three days! As always, we welcome reader […]

The 1969 US downturn can tell a lot about a key recession signal that’s been flashing yellow

Getty Images / Mario Tama The US yield curve has been flattening over recent months. Risk of inversion, a key recession signal, rises as the curve flattens. The 1969-70 recession can offer us a look at what today’s yield curve movements might mean. The persistent flattening of the U.S. yield curve has investors scratching their […]

Gold poised for big breakout amid looming economic downturn – precious metals expert

After the lengthy bear market, gold could pick up its bullish momentum again, according to VanEck International Investors Gold Fund manager Joe Foster who sees a coming breakout for the precious metal. The prospects for beaten-down gold stocks are starting to look promising, he claims, citing geopolitical risk, uncertainty around the Trump presidency, and potential […]

Morgan Stanley breaks down which markets provide the clearest hints of a downturn

Stephanie Keith/Getty Strategists at Morgan Stanley have put together a guide on which assets are most consistent with the final stages of a bull market. “Our current environment of rising inflation, strong data, tighter policy, flatter yield curves and more volatility is consistent with a late-cycle market,” they said.  The agreed definition of a bear […]

Why Ethereum weathered the cryptocurrency downturn better than Bitcoin

GUEST: If 2017 was a dream for cryptocurrency enthusiasts, 2018 has been a swift return to reality. The value of Bitcoin, which increased over 1,000 percent last year, has decreased by close to 30 percent so far this year, and many other coins have followed suit. The crypto market has begun a modest recovery, but […]

Unrest in Iran & Tunisia caused by economic downturn – so why is Western spotlight on Tehran?

At least one person has been killed and several more injured as protests in Tunisia rage over the country’s economic situation. But why has the West not paid as close attention to them as it has to similar grievances in Iran? The protests, which have seen police use tear gas to disperse stone-throwing crowds, first […]

The opioid crisis has finally seen a downturn in New England

John Moore/Getty Images The rate of overdose deaths has seen a slight downturn in several states in New England in 2017, with a 10% drop in Massachusetts. The overall rate of deaths and overprescriptions remains high. Overprescription of opioid drugs remains one of the main contributors to addiction in the opioid crisis. DECEMBER 29, 2017 — The […]

Pizza companies reject Papa John’s criticism of NFL over sales downturn

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 15:37 After Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed the National Football League’s (NFL) anthem protests for falling sales, other pizza companies have rejected any idea of a negative effect on their businesses. Pizza Hut, an official sponsor of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), said it had seen no impact […]

India is in a serious cyclical downturn that may linger until 2020

REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay India’s economy is in a cyclical funk, weighed down by rising bad debt, anemic credit and falling private investment. Growth is at its slowest for three years after weakening for five successive quarters to 5.7%, with little sign of an imminent pick up. Even foreign portfolio investors, who have poured more than US$ […]