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USG Shutdown Forecast; Wall Signals USMCA; Whether the Weather

USG Shutdown Forecast Historical: The partial shutdown of U.S. government (USG) services that began 16 days ago must last until 13 January to beat the 21-day shutdown that occurred during 1995/96. The frequency in recent decades of political impasses between the branches of government leading to a shutdown means that they have become normalized. For those with money, it looks like a paid vacation for federal workers since they will ultimately be compensated for any lost wages. However, nearly 80 percent of all full-time workers say they work paycheck to paycheck, meaning they lack the savings to bridge a multi-week gap in income. Government employees are unlikely to veer far from that pattern. More adversely impacted are government contrac...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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