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Coming Currency War; Trees Over People; Punching Above Weight Class

Coming Currency War The dollar is now nearly 13 percent weaker than it was earlier this year and possibly headed lower based on massive deficit spending. The inverse is that other currencies are getting stronger. And for those nations that are export dependent, a stronger currency threatens their recovery from the global COVID-19 recession. When President-Elect Joe Biden assumes office, he will inherit his predecessor’s designation of Switzerland and Vietnam as currency manipulators, plus a long list of others that are on a presumptive “watch” list.  The Nikkei reports that the day after Mr. Biden won the election, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told aides not to allow the yen to slip below 100 to the dollar...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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