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A National-Security Strategy Devoid of Values

“The Trump administration unveils a National Security Strategy next week, but National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster provided an advance glimpse of the plan on Tuesday” writes David Frum for theatlantic.com. Apparently, based on the words read today by one of the most formidable soldier-intellectuals of recent times, the national-security strategy of the United States is to pretend that the problem does not exist at all.The Bush administration committed the United States to supporting human dignity, opening societies, and supporting the building of democracy.Within the Trump administration, McMaster has been a leading—if…

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Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia’s Westfield for $24.7 billion including debt

“SYDNEY (Reuters) – France’s Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record” reports businessinsider.com. “The acquisition of Westfield is a natural extension of Unibail-Rodamco’s strategy of concentration, differentiation and innovation,” said Unibail-Rodamco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christophe Cuvillier in a statement. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Two Firms File Bitcoin ETF Applications in Wake of CBOE Futures Launch

“Two exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers have filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create Bitcoin ETF products that trade in cryptocurrency derivatives” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. In the former case, the SEC denied applications that sought to trade bitcoin directly, citing the unregulated nature of bitcoin exchanges.Consequently, the futures launch is expected to trigger a flurry of new Bitcoin ETF filings.According to the SEC public filing system, the commission has received new applications for both REX Bitcoin Strategy ETF and REX Short Bitcoin Strategy ETF, as…

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Grand Strategy Is Overrated

“Even before the document is published, however, some grand strategy scholars have warned that the NSS will most likely fail to provide a long-term grand strategic design that the current president would be willing and able to follow” writes James Traub for foreignpolicy.com. In fact, when one examines key policies and strategies adopted by U.S. presidents over the past 70 years, the relation between following a coherent long-term grand strategy and achieving success in foreign policy is much more tenuous than commonly assumed.In the next few days, the Trump administration…

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What’s Driving Walmart’s Digital Focus? Paranoia, Top Exec Says

“In China, Walmart now has another potent competitor getting into the stores business: Chinese online retail titan Alibaba” reports fortune.com. Last year it sold Chinese online marketplace Yihaodian to JD.com, the country’s No. 2 e-commerce player behind Alibaba.The so-called Everything Store had more than 50% of all online retail sales in the U.S. last year and continues to expand at a blistering pace.The retail business is no longer bifurcated between physical and digital, said Penner.So that’s what we’re trying to solve for.” Walmart has made significant digital inroads since its…

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Intuit’s “rise of the rest” M&A strategy means large paydays outside the Valley

“Intuit acquired KDK Software, which produces software for tax compliance in the Indian market, which the company considers to be a key growth area” writes Hour Ago Lucas for techcrunch.com. Despite its size, the acquisition appears to be fairly standard for Intuit, fitting in well with their small business-focused SaaS strategy. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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Amazon’s surprising new strategy could help address the retail apocalypse

“When it comes to brick-and-mortar, that transparency “could encourage more people to shop in store rather than online,” he said” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. It is also offering exclusive merchandise, which can only be found in the store or at the ‘My Calvins’ online brand store on Amazon.com. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Thanks to CVS, Aetna and Apple, virtual medicine is getting the marketing boost it needs

“Telemedicine, or virtual medical consults by phone or video, has been the “next big thing” in health care for more than a decade” writes Cameron Costa for cnbc.com. Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams, also advocated for virtual medicine last week, when detailing the company’s plans for its new heart-health study.He described this strategy as an approach that will improve care and lower skyrocketing health costs for consumers by providing “a more holistic view of each individual.”.  Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Does Your Startup Have a Spending Strategy?

“These spending choices require tradeoffs, so entrepreneurs must first develop a strategy for allocating limited resources across a wide range of available options” reports hbr.org. Let’s look at one last example, this time of two associates of mine, who started with a sensible spending strategy.Too often, assumptions about the potential market and its clients can cloud our judgement about expenses, as can personal spending habits.But spending choices require tradeoffs, so entrepreneurs must take care to develop a strategy for allocating limited resources across a wide range of available options. Source: hbr.org…

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