December 2, 2020

FTZ’ine December 2020

A Late Start – A late start to the transition to a new administration in Washington has left the town abuzz wondering who will fill the top posts affecting trade.  This includes intrigue about who is in the running to be the next Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.  Palace gossip in “The Crown” has nothing on […]
November 5, 2020

FTZ’ine November 2020

America Chooses, America Wins As the FTZine goes to press, Joe Biden holds a lead in electoral college votes that appears solid enough to make him the next President of the United States. Election results have been much tighter than polling had predicted, however his lead appears sufficient that a court challenge in any one state would not change that […]
October 1, 2020

FTZ’ine October 2020

Trade was rising in the public eye as the 2020 election progressed.  Then the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the release of President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns last month upended the election narrative in Washington.  Action this month to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice and examination of those returns are sure to make October […]
September 1, 2020

FTZ’ine September 2020

Follow The Fed or The Street? Wall Street set several records in August, yet the Fed remains very cautious about the near-term future of the U.S. economy.  Who to believe?  Mortgage rates are now low enough to make you put your mask on and march into your bank for a new mortgage, or a refinance of an existing one.  People […]
August 4, 2020

FTZ’ine August 2020

Election Talk Heats Up – As Tropical Storm Isaias is bearing down on your Nation’s Capital today, talk of the November election has taken a slight pause.  As soon as the winds outside the Capitol stop blowing though, expect the wind inside the Capitol to gust anew focused on how the election might take place in the face of the […]
June 2, 2020

FTZ’ine June 2020

Growing Grip of The Pandemic – The impact of the coronavirus has gotten deeper and is affecting trade in ways that could not have been predicted at the outset of the pandemic. Taiwan and Hong Kong have now become flash points in the trade dispute between the United States and China and tensions continue to escalate.Rapidly growing unemployment is forcing […]
May 5, 2020

FTZ’ine May 2020

We Could All Use Some Angels Right Now – The Blue Angels (and Thunderbirds) were in town this past weekend to salute the heroic work of first responders and health care workers around the country. The hospital flyover by the Navy and Air Force precision air teams provided a much-needed distraction in your Nation’s Capital.Then it was back to reality. […]
April 2, 2020

FTZ’ine April 2020

Groundhog Day – It was fun at first. Staying home from work. Staying home from school. Teaching Grandma to Zoom. But now the days are starting to run together for the FTZine staff. No one has to go to work today . . . again. The kids are home from school today . . .again. There’s no toilet paper at […]
February 4, 2020

FTZ’ine February 2020

The 2020 Election Heats Up – Yesterday, the Iowa caucuses began in earnest, kicking off the voting for a Democratic challenger this November. The Senate is expected to formally vote tomorrow to bring an end to the impeachment trial of President Trump. With impeachment proceedings complete, and primary voting in full swing, the 2020 campaign is likely to consume all […]