President Trump has decided to give key allies more time to negotiate trade deals with the United States prior to the instigation of tariffs on steel. Currently, China, Russia, and Japan face the brunt of steel tariffs from the 45th President’s administration. American allies in the European Union (EU) have been issued a reprieve on their tariffs for the time being and are waiting to negotiate the final details of a more favorable trade deal. Tensions within the EU continue to create conflict over trade negotiations among member countries; the 2015-2016 rise in populism in Eastern Europe and Italy, and the subsequent populist appeal of many European leaders have made trade deals more difficult to negotiate.
Electric automaker Tesla, Inc. has had a rough March, which included a deadly Model X crash, threat of increased Chinese tariffs, lower credit rating, voluntary Model S recall, and lawsuit from shareholders challenging its SolarCity acquisition. Tesla’s shares fell 22 percent in the span of March’s 31 days, with a 12 percent plunge in just the last week of the month. Nevertheless, despite increasingly negative expectations, Tesla looks to be starting April in good spirits—CEO Elon Musk humorously announced bankruptcy through an April Fools’ tweet—and stock has been up 13 percent this week.
For many graduating college students setting their sights on the job market, buying a home is a distant goal, not worthy of much worry. However, with the accelerating rise of home prices and mortgage rates that show no sign of stopping, millennials will soon have difficulty in affording their first homes.
This week’s feature interview is with Colby Triolo (left), co-founder of The Worldwide Travel Network, a platform that connects solo-travelers with one another. We asked Colby a few questions to learn more about her experiences of creating a start-up, and where The Worldwide Travel Network is headed in the future.