During Trump's presidency, a trade war escalated with China, meant to benefit U.S. farmers. While his approval remained the same, in reality large farms got away with the most.
President Joe Biden is moving in a new direction with immigration policy, proposing $4 billion in foreign aid to Central American countries. For this to work, it'll half to win over Congress and any future administrations.
This week, Breeze editors Jillian Carey & Matt Young dug deeper into the Dogecoin craze. Find out whether Dogecoin is worth the investment and the risks associated with volatile cryptocurrency.
Rapidly rising housing prices have signaled a red flag, as home builders struggle to keep up with demand and fast declining inventory is pushed lower during pandemic uncertainty. Without more stability the housing market could be in trouble as prices continue running higher.
This week, markets continued their upward trend as stimulus spending fuels growth. Meanwhile, the crypto surge seems to have no limit, as cryptocurrencies gain even more value.
Albert Einstein once described compound interest as the “eighth wonder of the world,” saying, “he who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays for it.”
Mounting prices have bolstered theories of an upcoming commodity supercycle. However, not everyone's convinced.
Last month's stimulus plan has sent the U.S. spending rate upwards, boosting prospects for a profitable summer. Meanwhile, California announced plans to reopen as the housing market saw growth.
The Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry house, on the corner of E. Grace Street and S. Main Street, was acquired by JMU by trading property last November. The ministry is using its new lot to construct another house and is nearing completion.
U.S. markets saw growth in March, aided by a strong stimulus plan and increasing vaccination rates. Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth looks at what changed – and what didn't – over the past month.
How much are meal punches at JMU really worth, do students feel they’re getting fair value with meal plans and do they know if they aren’t?
One year ago, the Madison Business Review — a student-led, business-focused publication published through The Breeze — launched with a mission to inform, empower and serve the JMU and Harrisonburg communities. On behalf of our team, thank you for your readership and continued support.
JMU students shouldn’t procrastinate on paying taxes because of the additional complexity of tax rules this year from the slew of measures passed by Congress in response to the pandemic. Here's what's important to know ahead of May 17.
JMU Dining increased meal plan prices after its revenue dropped by $18 million during the pandemic. The Madison Business Review reached out to university officials to find out what's behind the move before speaking with students to hear whether they feel they're getting a fair deal.
The red-hot housing market simmered in March despite continued improvement in jobless claims as the U.S. economy continues to heal. Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth breaks down what moved markets this week.
President Joe Biden's administration is serious about fighting climate change, as are major Wall Street banks. Here's why financial institutions and the government are working toward a common goal.
Despite a sharp decrease in foot traffic, many fashion brands and apparel companies noticed increased demand last year in one area in particular: leisure and comfort clothing. Will VF Corporation's $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme pay off in the face of this retail transformation?
An economic rebound is under way as vaccines roll out, which should lead to higher inflation sooner than expected. The Federal Reserve is insisting that monetary policy change is far off, but stocks still sold off. Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth breaks down what moved markets.
The third COVID-19 relief package survived Congress and became law on March 10 without any support from Republicans. This marks the first legislative victory for President Joe Biden, as Democrats hope the bill will bolster the economy. Here's a look at what's inside.
Recently, non-fungible tokens have surged in popularity, allowing digital files, from art to music, to be sold for ownership. While highly profitable for some, many others find this form of income as objectionable: drawbacks include environmental degradation and a ruined market for digital creators.
A long-waited stimulus bill became law this week as Roblox's stock debuted and shares of GameStop continued to surge. Madison Business Review staff writer Bryce Roth breaks down what moved markets this week.
Target’s long-time slogan of “expect more, pay less” may prove to be prophetic for investors, given a bevy of catalysts that lifted the retailer to a record 2020. Here’s a detailed breakdown of Target’s fundamentals to analyze whether the retailer's stock is set to retest its all-time high.
Energy is leading the market in 2021 after a miserable performance in 2020. This comprehensive research report introduces the petroleum refining industry and breaks down its structure, firm conduct, performance and trends to watch going forward.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's attempts to calm investors about inflation failed as stocks and bonds got crushed this week. Madison Business Review staff writer Bryce Roth breaks down the moves.
Contrary to popular opinion, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have much in common despite radically different policy proposals. Here's how both channeled populist anger to build a huge, passionate base.
February saw choppy market moves despite plenty of reasons for optimism, including vaccine rollouts underway, fiscal stimulus on the horizon and pent-up consumer demand pending. Are inflation fears enough to deflate what bears have called a stock market bubble?
GameStop's stock surged again as the broader market suffered. Here's what's behind the wild market moves.
Supply side-focused “trickle-down” economics may have been a semi-effective school of economics during the Reagan Era, but the philosophy has little positive impact today. Madison Business Review contributing writer Will PerDieu explains why.
JMU Dining continues to face delays in opening the new on-campus Panera Bread after suffering setbacks related to the pandemic last spring. Here's what's behind the latest setback in the fast-casual bakery's launch.
While tens of thousands froze during a massive winter storm that swept the U.S., Bitcoin was scorching hot, though stocks were largely flat. Here's a recap of what happened in the stock market this week.
Amazon's stock hasn't missed a beat after founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced he'd be stepping down in July. Why have shareholders shaken off the surprising news after decades of success under Bezos?
Elon Musk, the world's wealthiest man, is using Twitter to help his followers make a quick buck. By giving market-moving shoutouts to popular stocks and cryptocurrencies like GameStop, Bitcoin and Dogecoin, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is showing his influence and power as he flexes his social media muscles.
Apple may be planning to enter the auto industry, while Bitcoin is rising with the broader stock market as the vaccine rollout continues. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks down this week in markets.
Is one well-respected financial adviser's method for paying down debt better than the traditional approach? The Madison Business Review's Phillip Roth breaks down two competing strategies for tackling debt, which is an ever-present problem in most Americans’ lives.
CNN struggled with ratings before Donald Trump rose to power and captured the attention of the nation. How will the news network and its cable competitors fare under what's likely to be a less controversial president?
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite surged to new record highs, even though last week’s high fliers — GameStop and AMC Theatres — plunged 80.4% and 48.5%, respectively. Here's what happened in the stock market this week.
Madison Business Review editor James Faris returns to Breeze TV to explain how GameStop's stock surge happened.
Four JMU students joined a massive internet collective and made tens of thousands of dollars by investing in GameStop and AMC Theatres' surging stocks. Here are their stories.
An aggressive army of Redditors took Wall Street hedge funds by storm with wild speculative bets in a massive investing mania that’s quickly becoming one of the most fascinating investing case studies ever. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what’s behind the out-of-control speculation as well as a look at the emotions — greed, fear, euphoria and panic — fueling the Wall Street bloodbath.
GameStop stole headlines this week from Apple and Microsoft, which saw their stock prices slip despite reporting strong earnings. The Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund also released updates. Here's a breakdown of this wild week in markets.
As the world entered lockdown, freelancing grew in popularity tremendously. But as the trend becomes more permanent, workers will face new issues.
Businesses use social media as a marketing staple but now must consider how their methods of driving engagement may help spark unintended negative externalities. Here's how business owners can drive engagement while standing out from competitors.
Netflix surprised Wall Street this week while President Joe Biden peacefully took office, which added up to a winning week for stocks. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth examines what happened in markets this week.
Moderna and Pfizer appear to have promising COVID-19 vaccines, but will that momentum translate to those companies' bottom lines and stock prices? Madison Business Review contributor Will PerDieu considers whether the two pharmaceutical companies are enticing investments.
Democrats and Republicans have found common ground on one issue, though for starkly different reasons: Big Tech may be too big and powerful. Despite bipartisan criticism, is it time to buy the dips in shares of Facebook and Twitter, or will these social media companies keep trending downward? Here’s a look at how each company will fare going forward.
President-elect Joe Biden's planned $1.9 trillion stimulus plan encouraged investors but wasn't enough to lift a market weighed down by backlash tech giants are receiving. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth breaks that down and recaps the week in markets.
Virtual reality and similar technologies have provided a getaway from a world affected by the pandemic and social unrest. Industry experts and a JMU grad explain what’s behind the industry’s growth and what’s next for the rapidly growing technology.
Businesses are feeling pressure to do their part for the planet as global temperatures warm and sea levels rise. The Madison Business Review examines policies aiming to correct climate change, caused in large part by carbon pollution.
Stock market averages reached new highs this week after President-elect Joe Biden's victory was certified by Congress — despite an interruption from rioters. The Madison Business Review's Bryce Roth recaps a wild week and explains what's driving markets.
Slowdowns in global trade and business investment crippled chipmakers in 2020 as the pandemic spread, but the industry has proved resilient. This comprehensive research report introduces the semiconductor industry and breaks down its structure, firm conduct, performance and trends to watch going forward.