By Vitor Gaspar and Ruud De Mooij
Imagine how three-dimensional printing, driverless cars and artificial intelligence will change our future. Or think of how developments in information technology, e-commerce and the sharing economy are already changing the way we learn, work, shop, and travel. Innovation drives progress and, in economic terms, determines productivity growth. And productivity growth, in turn, determines prosperity. It impacts our lives and well-being in fundamental ways: it determines where and how long we live; it determines our quality of life.
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In the spring 2016 Fiscal Monitor, we look at innovation as shaped by effort and incentives. That makes innovation highly dependent on government policies. We find that a little government support can go a long way in boosting innovation and growth. For example, we document that public policies that would reduce the cost of private R&D by 40percentwill lead to increases in private sector effort by the same percentage, and increase GDP by 5 percent over the long run.
Top Warren Buffett Companies To Buy Right Now: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)
United States Cellular Corporation operates as a wireless telecommunications service provider in the United States. The company offers wireless voice and data services to retail consumer and business customers. It provides wireless services in postpaid service plans with voice, messaging, and data services; and prepaid service plans with minutes, messaging, and data services for a monthly fee. The company also offers various additional features, including caller ID blocking, call forwarding, voicemail, call waiting, and three-way calling; and data usage features consisting of Web browsing, email services, instant messaging, text messaging, and picture and video messaging. As of December 31, 2010, it provided wireless voice and data services to 6.1 million customers in 26 states. In addition, the company operates retail stores that sell a range of wireless devices, including handsets, modems, and tablets, as well as accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, b atteries, battery chargers, memory cards, and other items to consumers and small businesses. Further, it sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale; operates service facilities that provide servicing and repair for wireless devices; and enables customers to activate service and purchase wireless devices online. The company?s business customers include small-to-mid-size businesses in various industries, including construction, retail, professional services, and real estate. It offers its products and services through retail sales and service centers, direct sales, and independent agents. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. United States Cellular Corporation is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.
Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.
Top Warren Buffett Companies To Buy Right Now: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)
Brookline Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, and The First National Bank of Ipswich, which provide commercial and retail banking services, and cash management and investment services to customers in Central New England. The company accepts various deposit products, including non-interest-bearing checking accounts, interest-bearing NOW accounts, savings accounts and money market savings accounts, certificate of deposit accounts, individual retirement accounts, and other qualified plan accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises first mortgage loans secured by commercial, multi-family, and residential real estate properties; auto loans; loans to business entities consisting of commercial lines of credit; and loans to condominium associations, as well as loans for financing equipment used by small businesses. Brookline Bancorp, Inc. also provides financing for construction and development projects, home equity, and other consumer l oans; and loans to finance coin-operated laundry, dry cleaning, and convenience store equipment and businesses. As of January 25, 2012, it operated 43 branches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.
5 Best Income Stocks To Watch For 2016: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)
The Blackstone Group L.P. (Blackstone), incorporated on March 12, 2007, is a global alternative asset manager. The Company’s alternative asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary funds and other multi-asset class strategies. The Company’s segments include Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Fund Solutions and Credit.
The Company’s Private Equity segment focuses on identifying, managing and creating lasting value for its investors. Its Private Equity segment includes corporate private equity funds; tactical opportunities business, which pursues a global multi-asset class approach to investing in illiquid assets focused on timely opportunities that fall outside the Company’s other alternative fund strategies; strategic partners, which is the Company’s secondary private fund of funds business, and Blackstone Total Alternati ves Solution (BTAS), which is an investment program for eligible high net worth investors. The Company has raised approximately seven general private equity funds, as well as over three specialized corporate private equity funds focusing on energy and communications-related investments.
The Company manages various global, European and Asian focused opportunistic real estate funds, several real estate debt investment funds, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (BXMT), and core and real estate investments. Its real estate opportunity funds are diversified geographically and have made investments in lodging, office buildings, shopping centers, residential and a variety of real estate operating companies. Its debt investment funds target high yield real estate debt related investment opportunities in the public and private markets in the United States and Europe. The Company’s core and funds target stabilized office, multifamily, i ndustrial and retail assets across the world. The Company re! fers to its real estate opportunistic funds as Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds, its real estate debt investment funds as Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS) funds and its core and investment funds as Blackstone Property Partners (BPP) funds.
Hedge Fund Solutions
The Company’s Hedge Fund Solutions group comprises Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM). It manages a range of commingled funds of hedge funds and customized vehicles. BAAM’s businesses also includes investment platforms that seed new hedge fund talent, purchase ownership interests in established hedge funds, invest in special situation opportunities, create alternative solutions in regulated structures, and trade long and short public equities.
The Company’s credit segment consists of GSO Capital Partners LP (GSO). The funds the Company manages or sub-advises include senior credit-focused funds, distressed debt funds, mezzan ine funds and general credit-focused funds concentrated in the leveraged finance marketplace. GSO also manages separately managed accounts and registered investment companies, including business development companies. The Company’s vehicles have investment portfolios comprising loans and securities spread across the capital structure, including senior debt, subordinated debt, preferred stock and common equity.
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Steve Halpern: Among your recent recommendations is a housing related play called the Blackstone Group (BX), a private equity firm. Could you explain how that’s related to the housing sector?