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This is what it has come to

Craft beer production is now on hold.

America is finally starting to see some side effects of the government shutdown in its second week, in an area near and dear to Americans' hearts: beer.

Turns out, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has been crippled, meaning the approval of new breweries, recipes, and labels have all been stalled.

Big businesses like Anheuser-Busch might not be affected, AP reports, as they can continue processing their old products. Craft brewers, however, are now on hold when it comes to new recipe and labels, and since smaller companies tend to have limited quantities of batches, it's pushing everything back.

Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee is waiting on packaging for a new IBA in November, and another in December. "If we lose that first month, we lose out on a good chunk of money," Lakefront Brewery spokesman Matt Karjnak said. "Right now, it's only been a week so it's not too bad. Two weeks, three weeks is when we're really going to start sweating here."

In the meantime, New Belgium Brewing is waiting on three recipes and five labels, potentially pushing back its spring release. Brenner Brewery, which was slated to open in two months, might have to push everything back, now that an application for a tasting room is on hold, and four label applications have yet to be put into the system. The cost for him? Some $8,000 every month the opening is pushed back. Watch the AP report below.

Craft Beer Stalled Thanks to Government Shutdown - Recipes

Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway).

The government shutdown that began Tuesday morning is big topic of the week nationally, but especially in our area. Thousands of government employees are currently off the job, waiting to see if congress can reach an agreement that will reopen the ‘non-essential’ departments and parks that are either closed or largely empty right now. With the last government shutdown occurring 17 years ago when I was in high school, I hadn’t even considered how the beer business might be affected by the shutdown, but sure enough, it is.

There are two main issues for the craft beer industry to deal with during the shutdown. By the numbers, the largest of these issues is the Treasury Department’s Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ceasing approval of new beer labels and recipes. Beer news site Beerpulse estimates that 400 labels per day won’t receive approvals during the shutdown, based on the over 110,000 labels that TTB had approved over the course of 2013 through the end of September. More immediately detrimental to the health of craft breweries is the Small Business Administration halting approval of new loans for the duration of the shutdown. As the rhetoric heated up in D.C. ahead of midnight on Tuesday morning, breweries like San Antonio’s Alamo Beer Company raced to complete paperwork and get approval for their SBA loans before the deadline, which Alamo did Friday afternoon.

Closer to home, Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company has felt the effects of the shutdown. I asked Port City’s founder Bill Butcher about difficulties they were facing after he mentioned to me on Twitter that they were trying to deal with an SBA loan ahead of the shutdown. Butcher told me that Port City “…had to scramble ahead of the shutdown in order to expedite all of our paper work to get everything in before Monday.” Fortunately, Port City got the paper work in and had their loan approved over the weekend, but even with that they’re not yet in the clear: Butcher noted that “if something comes up that we need to change during this period,”—meaning the duration of the shutdown—“it will not be possible.”

Regarding the TTB halting label/formula approvals, Butcher said “We have some exciting and innovative beers in the works, some of which have formula submittals, and all of this is on hold. This will delay getting our new beers brewed and out on the market.” Not every department is closed, however: my email conversation with Butcher revealed that the government still sees fit to interact on at least one level with craft breweries, saying “We will continue, of course, to file and pay our Excise taxes as required. These TTB offices are not affected by the shutdown.”

Take care out there if you’re stuck waiting to go back to work. Until next week.

Nick Anderson maintains a blog at, and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings at The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of

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How the government shutdown stalled beer-making in Mosinee, Wisconsin

MOSINEE - Mosinee Brewing Co. was able to open in November after years of construction, but it has yet to brew a drop of its own beer.

The government shutdown isn't exactly helping.

The brewery is serving only beer from other Wisconsin brew-makers, along with a few offerings of soda and kombucha. Because the U.S. government has halted all nonessential agencies, Mosinee Brewing's federal brewing license is on hold, said owner Jacquelyn Forbes Kearns.

Employees at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau are among those affected by the government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 when President Donald J. Trump reached an impasse with congressional Democrats over his request for nearly $6 billion to build a wall along the southern border. Forbes Kearns has unable to even call the federal agency.

"There's no communication at all," she said. "There's just a recorded message when you call, saying they're not on duty, they're part of the shutdown."

Forbes Kearns said that sad is a mild way to describe how she and the others involved at the brewery are feeling right now. After the large investment in all of the brewing equipment that now makes its home at Mosinee Brewing Co., all they've been able to do so far is run water through it.

"We're very anxiously awaiting," she said.

The brewery, in the home of a former Discount Liquidators at 401 Fourth St., has been in the works for years. The business was supposed to open in 2014 as North Abbey Brewing, but after a falling out with a former business partner, Forbes Kearns set out to start the company with a new brewer. She secured the 100-year-old building in 2015 and completed renovations in 2018.

Even after the shutdown ends, which remained undetermined Friday, there will be a delay in getting the brewing license application for the brewery back on track. The license probably won't get picked up right away on the first day federal workers return to their jobs, Forbes Kearns said.

Then the state of Wisconsin will have to complete its portion of the licensing process, which is dependent upon the federal license.

For now, all there is to do is wait, she said. Originally she hoped that the license would be approved by early February, but at this point it's not clear when Mosinee Brewing Co. will be able to make and sell its own beer.

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BLOOMFIELD &mdash Michael Haseltine and his wife were set to open the state&rsquos latest craft beer brewery in Bristol, probably during April.

All that was left to do was obtain the required federal license, label approval and other paperwork. But that&rsquos not happening anytime soon &mdash thanks to the ongoing federal government shutdown over a proposed border wall.

Although Haseltine applied to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in early December, the little-known federal agency is shuttered and no one even answers the phone.

"The effect of the shutdown is it&rsquos keeping us from opening the doors," said Haseltine, owner of Better Half Brewing. "There is no one to even talk to."

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, on Friday met with brewery owners at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield to call attention to the impact the federal shutdown is having on the small and growing businesses.

The brewers all said their new product lines are in limbo because the federal bureau that issues approval for new labels, formulas and other details is closed. Breweries constantly change their products and the federal agency makes sure labels are accurate and standards are met.

Curt Cameron, president of the Hooker Brewery, said his spring line may not be put out because of the shutdown.

"It&rsquos frustrating," Cameron said. "I shutter to think what the backlog will be when the government reopens. We have two now [awaiting] label approval.&rdquo

&ldquoMajor problem&rdquo

Cameron and other brewers said the holdup impacts their entire operation, pointing out that the large chrome kettles where beer is made have to remain full until label approval arrives, which means the next beer cannot be brewed.

Blumenthal urged his fellow lawmakers to reopen the government so small business owners like Cameron and Haseltine can continue their work.

"Craft brewers sell great products," Blumenthal said. "We need to reopen the government so these guys can sell their product."

Blumenthal noted the large national brewers are better able to withstand delays than smaller craft brewers like Hooker.

"We will keep working to reopen the government," Blumenthal said, adding Republican Senate leaders should tour a brewery to see the impact of their actions.

Manuel Rodriguez, owner of the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, said he plans new beers months in advance of offering them to customers. Approval for labels and new formulas is critical, he said.

"This holdup is a major problem," Rodriguez said.

Blumenthal said Democrats in the House have passed individual bills to open the closed branches of the government without funding for the border wall that President Donald Trump demands.

"The bills are on the floor, let us vote on them and put the president to the test," Blumenthal said.

Trump has vowed to veto any legislation that does not contain $5.7 billion for some form of a border wall. The president is considering declaring a national emergency and using existing funding reserved for disaster relief or the military to build the wall.

Democrats and others have vowed to challenge that declaration in court, saying there is no crisis that warrants an emergency declaration.

No new labels or formulas

One of the TTB's jobs is to approve new labels (called COLAs, which stands for certificate of label approval) for bottles and cans. The laws are strict regarding what can and can't be written on the label of an alcoholic beverage. Every label, as well as many changes to existing labels, require TTB approval.

For mainstream, established beverages like Budweiser, Kendal Jackson Chardonnay or Jack Daniels Whiskey, the lack of new labels isn't a problem because those labels rarely change. If their producers want to make a slight change to a label, they can use the old labels until TTB gets through the backlog of applications. But for any new beverage that doesn't already have an approved label, it's a big problem.

VinePair reports that in 2018, TTB approved 192,000 labels for alcoholic beverages. Many of those beverages aren't mainstream. They're craft beverages that are small batch or seasonal, but if they're going to cross state lines, they need an approved label.

Another responsibility of TTB is to approve new formulas. The agency's website says that a company's "wine, distilled spirit, or beer/malt beverage may require formula approval or laboratory sample analysis" before a COLA can be applied for. This most often happens when a product has added flavoring or coloring.

If a company has created a new beverage that needs formula approval, it won't get that approval until TTB is operational again. For some craft beverage companies, this could mean entire small batches are waiting for formula or label approval — and these small batches may not have a long shelf life or are aimed at specific season of the year.

How does the government shutdown affect breweries?

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The government shutdown’s tentacles reach into multiple areas, but you can include a popular and beloved industry in its reaches.

The reason for the shutdown's effect on the world of suds is simple: Beers being brewed in Ohio and distributed outside the state require federal approval.

It's ironic that beer is being affected by the government today, Jan. 16. The date marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, which started Prohibition until its repeal in 1933.

The shutdown's effect is not lost on Hoppin' Frog Brewery's Fred Karm, who has worked in a competitive landscape to market his beers. The 13-year-old Akron brewery's beers are distributed to 23 states and 38 countries.

"We have a wide distribution network," he said. "The government shutdown has affected what we told our distributors. Every year we give a schedule of what is coming out."

And what is coming out is Hoppin' Frog's Tadpole series in 16-ounce cans. But the release order of those six beers has changed, thanks to the shutdown.

"We had to drop (the first beer) because of the shutdown," said Karm, who made the decision after Christmas to shift the schedule. "The first one we aren’t going to make. … because I didn’t get approval of the label."

The "cookie-style beer" he had planned blends "beer with dessert flavors. People go crazy for that. Several distributors were excited about it. I had to bite the bullet for that."

Instead, Karm will be releasing Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Stout, the next beer in the series. The cookie-style beer might come out toward the end of the year, he said, but that is not certain, considering the many recipes he has in the pipeline and the momentum that some beers gain in the marketplace.

"I invested in brand, time and money," he said. "The first-of-six series is now a five-beer series."

Most distributors, he said, want a long lead time. "With our distributors it requires a lot of legwork now. It didn’t before. I have to communicate with them way ahead of time," he said, to get his beers on their plate - or in their glass, so to speak.

"The government shutdown I wouldn’t say greatly affected us, but it has adversely affected us. … That was the disappointing thing about the Tadpole series. Here we are trying to stay relevant in this market, and this gets thrown at us."

Karm said he always obtains federal approval for his beers being distributed outside the country, but he added it is an "unknown if it is required."

"I really wish I could yell at the government," he said.

Karm's frustration is based on working in an ever-growing competitive landscape. American craft brewers in particular churn out very creative brews and expand style categories. They are in a battle for shelf and tap space, which is a challenge for them while being good for the consumer.

Government shutdowns that took place more than a decade ago had limited impact on beer because there were fewer craft breweries. But the industry has grown - and keeps growing - on multiple platforms: Some breweries expand with additional fermenters, new ones start up. With more space and equipment comes more beer. With more beer comes the quest for distribution channels - and the labels that go on those beers.

Beers distributed outside the state need federal approval via the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Label approval is required for several reasons, including ingredient and source information. It also is doubtful to see a beer called "I Hate My (amp*!) Neighbor at (insert house number and street)" Ale.

Two beers from different breweries cannot have the same name, so a registration process mostly prevents that. When it does occur it often is settled with a friendly call or cease-and-desist letter between brewers, though in some cases the dispute winds up in court.

Attorney and former Clevelander Adam Russ, who includes beer, wine and spirits among his areas of legal expertise, said with the proliferation of craft breweries "How many plays on the word 'hop' or 'IPA' or ɺle' can you really include?"

Russ, who now works in Houston for Lorance Thompson, said labels are regulated for consumers so "there's no confusion about what they’re buying."

While he said it is "hard to tell" how much of an effect the shutdown can have on the craft-brewing industry, he said "the issue that (the shutdown) can have an effect, I think, for not only breweries in production but breweries that are looking for expanding distribution."

Well-known breweries in Northeast Ohio that have been expanding include Great Lakes Brewing Co., Ohio's first and largest craft brewery, which is distributed in more than a dozen states Fat Head's Brewery, which recently opened a huge production facility and taproom in Middleburg Heights and Platform Beer Co. All are based in Cuyahoga County, and all ship their beer outside the state.

Summit County's two largest breweries both distribute outside Ohio. In addition to Hoppin' Frog, Thirsty Dog goes to 12 states.

Many area breweries like The Brew Kettle, Goldhorn, Market Garden, Masthead and Sibling Revelry - all in Cuyahoga County - are not affected because, while they have strong regional distribution, their beers do not leave the state for sale.

State regulation of a brewery's beers, Goldhorn's Joel Warger said, is not intended solely for labels but also for any distribution or packaging. Lindsey LeBerth, brand manager for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, confirmed that any beer an Ohio brewery makes must be registered.

"The state wants to register everything you do," Warger said. But if you're distributing only within Ohio you do not have to register federally, he added.

The decision to distribute depends on a brewery's volume as well as its mission.

Small breweries can have distribution limited to just a few neighborhoods, or sell beer exclusively from their taprooms. But others - larger, more established ones - send their beer to multiple states.

Jack Kephart of The Brew Kettle said the shutdown affected him in 2013 but not now.

"It affected me more then because I was doing more federal registrations," he said. "We were distributed outside the state, in Kentucky. So we were doing COLAs (Certificate of Label Approval) at that time. That was a major hangup for us. … It will be interesting to see how this one plays out."

Kephart said The Brew Kettle had a "couple" of beers waiting on label approval in 2013, but working in advance helps.

"If you don't have it planned out well in advance it can definitely trip you up," he said. Federal waiting times for beer labels are at least 21 days, according to TTB figures.

Kephart added Ohio's beer-registration fee is $50 while the federal permit is free.

Frank Luther, one of the owners of Masthead, sees an interesting, potential ramification for some Ohio breweries.

"Depending on how long it lasts, it could end up being a win for local breweries on the store shelf as out-of-state breweries that weren't able to get TTB label approval for new products prior to the shutdown won't be able to sell their products here," he said.

Jan. 16 marks a record 26th day of the shutdown, which is affecting more than three quarters of a million federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay. It is a result of the congressional stalemate over President Trump's call for funds to build a wall along Mexico.

When the government shut down for 16 days in 2013, there were about 100 breweries in Ohio. Today, there are 297, according to the non-profit Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

Mosinee Brewing Company is now making its own craft beer. Here's what you can expect.

The exterior front of Mosinee Brewing Company on downtown Fourth Street displays the new brewery's logo. The brewery began crafting its own beer on March 12, 2019 after finally receiving its federal license. (Photo: Megan Stringer/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

MOSINEE - Central Wisconsin beer lovers are about to have a plethora of brand new, local craft options on tap.

After months of waiting to get permits and details in order, Mosinee Brewing Company at 401 Fourth St. is finally brewing its own recipes. The brewery opened in November and was ready to start brewing their own by December, but the federal government shutdown delayed it a bit longer as the company waited to receive its federal brewing license.

In the meantime, customers have been able to choose from a range of craft Wisconsin guest taps and non-alcoholic options, including kombucha and nitro cold brew from Edgar's Redwood St. Roasters.

But starting in early April, expect to see a brand new brew on tap every few days as new recipes come out one at a time.

The call came Tuesday morning that they were good to go with their brewing license, and the brewers didn't waste any time hopping to it. That afternoon, Head Brewer Ben Schreiner and Brew Master Greg Sperry were in the back room of the brewery, cleaning everything down and putting together the first batch of original beer from Mosinee Brewing Company.

Head Brewer Ben Schreiner, left, and Brewmaster Greg Sperry, right, work on a new recipe special to Mosinee Brewing Company. The brewery was final able to begin making its own beer after receiving its federal license, after a delay from the federal government shutdown. (Photo: Megan Stringer/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

The first beer is an Irish red dubbed Flashover Red in honor of the Mosinee Fire Department. When the brewery first opened last fall, a group of firefighters would come in, jokingly asking for a beer named after them — so, why not, Schreiner said?

The Flashover Red has an Irish malt base and is lightly roasted with flavors of nuttiness, biscuits and a hint of chocolate. It's an easy-drinking beer with some bitter hops to balance out the sweetness, Schreiner said.

The next concoction, which they began to make Wednesday, is an oatmeal stout. There's a roasted flavor to it that tastes like a chocolate rye toast. The oats will make the beer a bit more creamy, balancing out the sweetness with the bitter. There's no official name yet, but keep an eye out for one in the future. They are working on names that will reflect the history of the building.

Schreiner and Sperry have a lineup of plans for the beers to follow, too. Beer-lovers can expect a wide variety of styles and flavors, including: a West Coast-style IPA a lighter blonde ale a pale ale a New England-style hazy IPA a sour beer a hefeweizen German wheat and more in the future.

Eventually, the brewers plan to replace the majority of the guest taps with their own recipes. The bar has 16 beer taps total. While there are currently no plans to bottle and sell the brand — Schreiner said this would be far in the future — they might one day work with other local bars to offer them on tap elsewhere.

This craft brewery is suing the US government over the shutdown, here’s why

Altas Brew Works is one of many breweries around the US affected by the shutdown after the closure of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

The TTB approves labels for new products like beer, wine and spirits, with a Certificate of Licensing Approval (COLA). Businesses that wish to sell their beverages in the US are required by law to have their labels approved by the department before they reach the market.

Atlas, which has joined local groups in Washington in creating an online platform that allows people to buy beer for federal workers furloughed by the shutdown, is waiting for keg labels for The Precious One — an apricot IPA — to be approved by the TTB. The labels for the beer cans have been approved, but not for its kegs, which means it can’t ship them outside of Washington D.C.

In response, Atlas filed a legal case against the Attorney General, pleading the First Amendment. The lawsuit, filed at Washington D.C.’s District Court on Tuesday, said that the brewery “sits on 40 barrels of seasonal, perishable beer…that it cannot lawfully label for interstate sale in kegs as scheduled, for lack of COLA.”

The brewery started making its first batch of The Precious One on 3 January, and had initially planned to brew enough to fill 100 barrels. Around 60% of its beers are exported to other US states. The beer is perishable within 120 days.

Alan Gura of Gura PLLC, the attorney representing Atlas, told the drinks business that this is a “very new” problem facing brewers since the shutdown has become the longest in the country’s history.

“Breweries need to schedule their production plan” he said, adding that “nobody knows when the shutdown will end.”

“This isn’t to say that brewers might not have been affected by previous shutdowns,” he said, “but this is a very new problem facing businesses that are unable to sell their products without approved labels.”

Atlas said it is unable to sell the whole tank in canned format and needs to ship “substantial amounts” of its IPA to other states before the product perishes and becomes “worthless.”

Gura has used the argument of a right to free speech to plead the brewery’s case. “Beer labels are considered free speech,” he said. “It is commercial speech, but it is still speech.”

The suit says the Federal Alcohol Administration Act “subjects Atlas to criminal penalties should it ship beer with unapproved labels in interstate commerce.” The closure of the TTB and inability of brewers to gain new certificates, it argues, makes filing this brief “impossible.”

Atlas, Gura claims, “cannot be denied the right to speak for lack of meeting an impossible condition.”

The brewery’s founders estimate that it would lose roughly $5,000 (£3,880) if it can’t sell the 40 barrels, but this would go up to $15,000 if they met their 100 barrel target but were still blocked by the shutdown. Atlas has asked the Attorney General to apply a temporary injunction which would allow it to sell its beer without being punished under criminal law.

The TTB receives an average of 500 applications for new labels every day, According to the Brewers Association in the US.

the drinks business has contacted the Attorney General’s office for comment and awaits a response.

Speaking to the drinks business last week, director of the Brewers Association, said craft beer growth in the US “could slow way down” if the shutdown continues, and even if it is lifted this week, the industry still faces problems.

“Spring seasonal releases are already jeopardized, as even if the shutdown was lifted today, any new application wouldn’t likely be touched by TTB until March. TTB hasn’t processed with beverage alcohol labels from applications starting December 13.”

“The backlog is going to be unwieldy once the government starts up again.”

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.

The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution. That means government employees can't issue the permits needed for the beer to flow.

"I've been joking with people that if you're going to want a new beer coming out pretty soon, you're going to have to drink your brother-in-law's home brew," said Russ Klisch, founder and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

Brewers are increasingly nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer in the dispute over President Donald Trump's demand for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border with Mexico.

At Lakefront, the release of a new beer has been postponed because the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau isn't open to approve labels for the bottles and cans. The brewery can sell beer in Wisconsin, but sales in other states require federally approved labels.

The shutdown that began Dec. 22 pinches primarily craft brewers, which offer wider varieties of beer and selections that change constantly. The biggest brewers are largely unaffected because they already have government approval for their top national brands.

Lakefront offers about 30 styles of beer throughout the year, including 20 that are sold out of state. In a typical year, about six of those need label approval because they are new.

Out-of-state sales account for about 10 percent of the brewery's annual profits, Klisch said.

The end of the shutdown won't bring an immediate end to the delays. The longer the shutdown continues, the bigger the backlog the bureau will have to sort through when work resumes. That means it could still be months before labels and permits are approved.

"A big part of it will be all the plans that brewers have for 2019 will get thrown out the window," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado.

David Rowland's plan to expand his brewery with a new location is also on hold.

"We really did expect to have our license by now or to be darned close," said Rowland, co-owner of SoMe Brewing Co. in York, Maine.

The new brewery in York Beach is ready to open, he said. But first they need a federal permit. In the meantime, they still have to pay for rent, utilities and loans for the new location.

"We're paying for a second brewery that is not open," Rowland said.

Back in Wisconsin, Mosinee Brewing Co. finds itself in a similar position. The brewery expected to be making its own beer by now, but without a permit, it is limited to selling brews from other Wisconsin companies.

It's too early to quantify the overall economic effect on breweries, said Mark GarthWaite, executive director of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. But he said smaller brewers who are always introducing new beers — especially those that rely on sales to other states — are likely to suffer most.

Klisch said a beer or two might help the negotiations between Democratic lawmakers and Trump.

"I think if they all got a beer together and they drank one in a room, they would figure it out," he said. Then, after a pause: "A few beers. I think they need a few beers, and they'll figure out this shutdown."

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In a filing dated May 19, the SEC said Nasdaq's proposed rule change was consistent with the regulator's rules and regulations and could be beneficial to investors as an alternative to a traditional initial public offering. The move is a big breakthrough for the exchange operator that has been pushing for an alternative for companies to raise money. Reuters had reported in August that Nasdaq had filed with the SEC to change its rules to enable companies that debut on the stock market through a direct listing to raise capital.

How Dovish Monetary Policy Affects Interest Rates

The U.S. central bank, known as the Federal Reserve, has a dual mandate of managing inflation and promoting full employment. When Fed officials are said to be “dovish,” it means they are more interested in promoting job creation than in … Continue reading → The post How Dovish Monetary Policy Affects Interest Rates appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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Why Nvidia Stock Jumped After Announcement Of Four-For-One Split?

The stock is trying to settle above the $600 level.

Why Do I Owe State Taxes?

Filing taxes may not be your favorite financial chore but it is a necessary one to stay in the good graces of the IRS. Why do I owe state taxes is a question you might have if filing your return … Continue reading → The post Why Do I Owe State Taxes? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

Crypto Hedge Funds Buy the Dip in Bitcoin’s Week of Reckoning

(Bloomberg) -- Felix Dian is in fighting spirits after this week’s crypto meltdown.Like many pros, the former Morgan Stanley trader says Bitcoin’s volatility actually shows why hedge funds are in the digital-currency game: To ride boom and bust cycles with diversified bets so clients don’t get killed at times like this.Something is working. His $80 million crypto-focused fund at MVPQ Capital is up 14% in May and has more than tripled in value this year. In contrast, Bitcoin has plunged almost 30% this month, cutting the advance for 2021 to 42%.“We had kept dry powder,” he said in an interview from London. He took advantage of Wednesday’s price collapse and bought Bitcoin when it was trading around $35,000.Crypto-Crash Autopsy Shows Billions Erased in Flash LiquidationsNot everyone’s been so lucky. Scores have seen their fortunes dashed this week in a cascade of selling across crypto markets. Investors spent some $410 billion buying up Bitcoin during this bull market, according to data from Chainalysis. When prices sank to $36,000 this week, $300 billion of those positions were at a loss.It’s left money managers wrestling with whether the digital currency, which is coming under new regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and China, still has the makings of a serious asset class or will remain nothing more than a speculative bubble.Bitcoin hovered around $40,000 on Friday, trading up 1% as of 7:15 a.m. in New York. The token has lost 35% since hitting an all-time high of $63,000 in April.Charles Erith, who worked for 24 years in Asian emerging markets before jumping to crypto, said the speculative froth was flushed out this week. He bought Bitcoin as prices were plunging.“At $35,000, we felt it’s a reasonable level at which to be adding,” said Erith, who runs ByteTree Asset Management in London. “It’s obviously not regulated and it’s a very young asset, but I don’t think this is going to be a revisit of 2018.”Data from research firm Chainalysis shows professional investors used the crash as an opportunity to start buying at cheap levels, helping put a floor under the market. Big investors bought 34,000 Bitcoin on Tuesday and Wednesday after reducing holdings by as much as 51,000 bitcoin in the last two weeks, according to data from Chainalysis.“People that were borrowing money to invest, they were wiped from the system,” said Kyle Davies, co-founder at Three Arrows Capital in Singapore. His firm bought more Bitcoin and Ether as prices of the tokens tumbled this week.“Every time we see massive liquidation is a chance to buy,” he added. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Bitcoin and Ethereum retrace the entire drop in a week.”Over in Paris, Loan Venkatapen, founder of Blocklabs Capital Management, blames the recent rout on over-leveraged retail investors but says blockchain and the related technologies “are here to stay.”Unlike Davies, Venkatapen avoided Bitcoin, but bought Ether, Solana and other assets connected with the decentralized finance movement as they sold off.“Bitcoin is not dying, but we expect productive blockchain assets such as Ethereum or Solana to challenge Bitcoin dominance in the coming months,” he said.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Nvidia Gains on 4:1 Stock Split Amid Chip Shortage

Bitcoin Stabilizes After Recent Volatility

Bitcoin tried to settle above the resistance at $42,000 but failed to develop sufficient upside momentum.

Microsoft exec says CEOs that force workers back into the office ‘are missing the point’

According to Microsoft, companies that don't offer employees the ability to work from home will miss out on top talent.

Nvidia sets 4-for-1 stock split, shares rise

The company's stock, which was last up at over $600 in premarket trading, has gained nearly 12% this year after its value more than doubled in 2020. Stock splits can potentially attract retail investors who make small trades. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia said stock holders of record on July 21 would receive dividend of three additional shares after the close of trading on July 19, with the stock trading on a split-adjusted basis beginning July 20.

Daimler Disagrees With Tesla and VW’s Batteries-or-Bust View

(Bloomberg) -- Daimler AG’s truck chief expects hydrogen-powered big rigs to play an important role in slashing emissions from the transportation sector despite the technological hurdles and skepticism raised by two prominent rivals.Focusing solely on battery-electric vehicles would be risky because of the scarcity of certain raw materials and challenges grids will have supporting wide-ranging charging networks for trucks and buses, Martin Daum, Daimler Truck’s chief executive officer, said in a phone interview.“We cannot afford to bank on just one technology to reach the climate goals,” Daum said. “The focus until 2025 will be 100% on battery-electric vehicles. Between 2025 and 2035, we’re going to need both battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles because the massively growing infrastructure requirements require a two-legged approach.”Fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen and therefore eliminate the need to recharge batteries, have been touted for years as a potential alternative to combustion engines. But high costs and sparse fueling infrastructure have stood in the way of broader adoption and left the technology far behind battery-electric powertrains in the passenger-car market.Electrifying commercial vehicles is more complex -- they’re larger, heavier and used for everything from deliveries to supermarkets in urban areas to long-haul transport in remote areas. Daimler recently formed a joint venture with rival Volvo AB to jointly develop fuel cell stacks.Daimler’s DetractorsWhile prominent industry leaders including Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk and Volkswagen AG’s Herbert Diess have repeatedly criticized fuel cells and argued battery power is the only way forward, Daimler and Volvo aren’t alone in seeing long-term potential.“Decarbonization of the energy mix represents the most profound shift in energy since the start of the industrial revolution,” Sanford Bernstein analysts led by Neil Beveridge said in a note to clients. “It is simply impossible to reach net zero by 2050 without hydrogen playing a major role.”Daimler’s truck division is the world’s largest maker of commercial vehicles and on track to be spun off from the Mercedes-Benz luxury-car operations this year. The split reflects the diverging technology trends between passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Both will need enormous investment in new technology to comply with stricter emissions standards.Daum, 61, mapped out more aggressive profitability targets on Thursday and objectives to generate the funds needed to navigate the industry’s transformation.“We want to be a resilient company that can avoid losses even in difficult years,” he said. The unit plans to list at the Frankfurt stock exchange later this year and could enter the country’s blue-chip DAX Index.Global PresenceDaimler boasts a truly global footprint that’s unique among commercial-vehicle manufacturers. While Volvo just trimmed its presence in Asia by selling its UD Trucks business in Japan, VW’s Traton SE unit is finishing its takeover of U.S. truckmaker Navistar International Corp. next quarter.Apart from Mercedes trucks, Daimler’s trucks and buses division comprises Fuso in Japan, BharatBenz in India, Setra in Germany and Freightliner, Thomas Built and Western Star in North America.The company has relied heavily on profits from Freightliner in recent years, as North America tends to generate much of the industry’s earnings. Executives said Thursday that boosting profitability at European operations will be a top priority and pledged to reduce personnel and material costs to become more competitive in the region.Asked whether Daimler may consider an acquisition of CNH Industrial NV’s Italian business Iveco, Daum said his focus is on the company’s own operations. “I don’t see the need for us to add an asset to our European business,” he said. “There are no plans for any structural changes.”More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Investors shun tech, rush for inflation protection - BofA

LONDON (Reuters) -Investors pumped money into inflation protection and dumped some tech stocks, BofA's weekly fund flow data showed on Friday, as U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers hinted at discussing tapering of government bond purchases "at some point". Gold funds attracted $1.3 billion, BofA said. Tech stocks are particularly sensitive to rising interest rate expectations because their value rests heavily on future earnings, which are discounted more deeply when rates go up.

Zara owner Inditex to close all stores in Venezuela, local partner says

Inditex, owner of brands including Zara, Bershka and Pull & Bear, will close all its stores in Venezuela in coming weeks as a deal between the retailer and its local partner Phoenix World Trade has come under review, a spokesperson for Phoenix World Trade said. Phoenix World Trade, a company based in Panama and controlled by Venezuelan businessman Camilo Ibrahim, took over operation of Inditex stores in the South American country in 2007. "Phoenix World Trade is re-evaluating the commercial presence of its franchised brands Zara, Bershka and Pull&Bear in Venezuela, to make it consistent with the new model of integration and digital transformation announced by Inditex," the company said in response to a Reuters request.

Musk says he supports crypto in battle with fiat money

Musk has previously compared bitcoin to fiat money and often tweets about cryptocurrencies that have sent values for bitcoin and the meme digital currency dogecoin up and down. In February, bitcoin shot higher after Tesla revealed it had bought $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency and would soon accept it as a form of payment for cars.

Apple App Store profits look ɽisproportionate,' U.S. judge tells CEO Cook

(Reuters) -A federal judge on Friday grilled Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook over whether the iPhone maker's App Store profits from developers such as "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are justified and whether Apple faces any real competitive pressure to change its ways. Cook testified for more than two hours in Oakland, California, as the closing witness in Apple's defense against Epic's charges that the iPhone maker's App Store controls and commissions have created a monopoly that Apple illegally abuses. At the end of testimony, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers questioned Cook, pressing him to concede that game developers generate most App Store revenue and help subsidize other apps on the store that pay no commission.

Nvidia Shares Jump After Announcing 4-for-1 Stock Split

(Bloomberg) -- Nvidia Corp. shares jumped Friday after the graphics-chipmaker said it would split its shares 4-for-1 in an effort to make them more accessible to investors and employees.The split, in the form of a stock dividend, is subject to shareholder approval at the Santa Clara, California-based company’s annual meeting on June 3, Nvidia said in a statement Friday. The move, if approved, would increase the common stock to 4 billion shares. The shares jumped 3.1% as trading got underway in New York Friday.Currently Nvidia has about 622.4 million shares outstanding, valuing the company at $363.8 billion, based on Thursday’s closing share price of $584.50. The stock has gained 12% so far this year.If shareholders approve the plan, each Nvidia stockholder of record on June 21 will receive a dividend of three additional shares of common stock for every share held, to be distributed after the close of trading on July 19. Trading is expected to begin on a stock split-adjusted basis on July 20.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Hong Kong to restrict crypto exchanges to professional investors

HONG KONG (Reuters) -Cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Hong Kong will have to be licenced by the city's markets regulator and will only be allowed to provide services to professional investors, according to government proposals published on Friday. Investor protection and preventing money laundering are particular concerns. Dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges operate in Hong Kong, including some of the world's largest.

CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar nears 6-year high as inflation concerns ease

* Canadian dollar strengthens 0.2% against the greenback * For the week, the loonie is on track to gain 0.6% * Canadian retail sales rise 3.6% in March * Price of U.S. oil rises 1.9% TORONTO, May 21 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar rose against its U.S. counterpart on Friday as investor worries about U.S. inflation receded and domestic data showed retail sales climbing in March, with the loonie moving closer to a six-year high notched earlier in the week. Canadian retail sales rose 3.6% in March from February, surpassing estimates for a 2.3% increase, data from Statistics Canada showed. World stock markets edged higher after a volatile week, taking their lead from a stronger Wall Street as U.S. business activity data tempered inflation fears.

UPDATE 4-Apple App Store profits look ɽisproportionate,' U.S. judge tells CEO Cook

A federal judge on Friday grilled Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook over whether the iPhone maker's App Store profits from developers such as "Fortnite" maker Epic Games are justified and whether Apple faces any real competitive pressure to change its ways. Cook testified for more than two hours in Oakland, California, as the closing witness in Apple's defense against Epic's charges that the iPhone maker's App Store controls and commissions have created a monopoly that Apple illegally abuses.

Craft Beer Stalled Thanks to Government Shutdown - Recipes

Government shutdown, seems to be the word of the day, the topic of the month. I saw on the news this morning that “Americans are starting to feel the effects!”

What. We are nearly a month in to the government shutting down and we Americans are “Starting to feel the effects” that is amazing, that after a month, we are now just starting to feel the effects.

So what do we care - some National Park’s have limited access, some National Weather Service employees are working for free, a few heads of lettuce are not being inspected by the FDA. But was your life affected yet - I mean really.

Well, I know you're reading this because you drink beer - so let’s get down to some important stuff, like beer, new beer, and new beer label approvals. One entity that is shut down right now is the label approval entity (COLA) for the TTB.

What does this mean for you, the beer drinking connoisseur? Well it means that we cannot get our labels approved for our new beers. We have been working for a few month’s on a handful of seasonal beer releases, that we really want to release. Without the stamp of approval from the TTB, we cannot legally release thee beers to you.

So now we have beer labels and beer recipes ready to go, but we are unable to make them and release them. This is a huge bummer for us, and probably for you too.

I also have to think that there are 7,000 some breweries in the US, all working on seasonal releases, and all submitting labels into the TTB black hole. Will there be a shortage of new beer in the coming months or year - because of this shut down?

Hopefully our government officials can work it out - we can get the TTB back to doing what they do best, checking for micro-legalities on our labels (like the use of “Powder Flu”), and approving our new beer labels.

In the meantime, all this new beer talk has made me thirsty and probably made you a bit parched as well. So pop down to our taproom and try out our latest new beer release on draft, Shut Down Pale Ale. A bright citrussy Pale Ale that is sure to Shut Down your palette.


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