Connecting the Dots


 

At Advocom Group, we believe in “connecting the dots”, leveraging the relationships we have and developing the relationships our clients need.

Here we bring together observations, insights and thought leadership from around the world.

Corporate Tax Reform and The Locust

Corporate Tax Reform and The Locust

Corporate Tax Reform will happen in 2017, and the perimeters of the likely new tax rates are already generally accepted. It’s as certain, though less frequent, than the 17-year locust. The last successful corporate tax reform effort was Ronald Reagan’s successful effort in 1986, 31 years ago. President Trump supports a dramatic cut in the corporate tax rate, from 35% to 15%.

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The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Landscape

The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Landscape

Over half of the individual states directly refute federal law in their regulations of marijuana. 25 states plus Washington, D.C. have now legalized medical marijuana, repudiating the schedule I classification. An additional 17 have approved the use of “low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD)” products for medical reasons (while CBD remains classified as schedule I, a synthetic variant approved for medical use by the FDA is classified at schedule III). Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

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The Environmental Middle Ground is Melting Away

The Environmental Middle Ground is Melting Away

Immigration and constitutional rights are policy flashpoints on the right, while economic regulation and civil rights have taken center stage on the left. Somehow, in the midst of all of this debate, we’ve lost sight of perhaps the most significant threat our country has ever faced. The fight against climate change has gotten lost in the mix. Why aren’t the candidates talking about it more?

Unfortunately, what was once a bipartisan dialogue has devolved into trench warfare, and it has become almost impossible to survive in the middle ground.

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Advocom Group Announces ‘Puerta a Cuba’ (Door to Cuba)

Advocom Group Announces ‘Puerta a Cuba’ (Door to Cuba)

Advocom Group, as part of its Sector Door Openers program, has launched a customized, sector specific program to help U.S. and Cuban business and investment leaders build strategic relationships and introduce them to short-term investment and trade opportunities between the two markets. Called Puerta a Cuba (Door to Cuba), the program is carefully designed to work inside the President Obama’s recent Cuban initiative, leveraging the support and guidance of the US government and connecting sector leaders to senior Cuban government leaders and the island’s business community.

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Glen Campbell Documentary “I’ll Be Me” Provides a Voice for Millions Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

Glen Campbell Documentary “I’ll Be Me” Provides a Voice for Millions Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

On Sunday, CNN aired “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” – a powerful documentary profiling country-music legend Glen Campbell after the singer revealed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The film depicts Campbell’s decline during his farewell tour to support his most recent album “Ghost on the Canvas.” Admittedly, I only recognized Campbell for his 1975 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” but after watching the documentary, I was amazed by the singer’s vulnerability during the film and his courage to be profiled with this crippling disease.

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The News Media in 2015: Mobile Is King

The News Media in 2015: Mobile Is King

This week, the Pew Research Center released its 2015 State of the News Media today, a 94-page assessment of American journalism. The report covers topics ranging from the changes driven by mobile devices to the ups and downs of legacy news organizations. So what did this year’s report find? Here are five key takeaways:

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The Unexpected Opening

The Unexpected Opening

It was as unexpected, if not as dramatic or consequential, as a Nixon trip to China: President Obama and President Raul Castro’s December 17, 2014 announcement of a change in the formal policy and status of the relations between the two Cold War neighbors that President Obama called both “outdated” and “failed.”
For a half-century, the economic and political isolation between the United States and Cuba made the roughly 100 miles of distance between us seem more like thousands. For Cuba, economically time stood still. For the United States, political reforms on the island failed to gain momentum. The relationship between neighbors was frozen in time.

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GFSP — Guardians of the Food Supply Chain

GFSP — Guardians of the Food Supply Chain

Each night, families all over the world sit down at our respective ‘tables’ and eat dinner together, giving little thought to the safety of the food they consume – its origins or the essential food chain that feeds the world. In the developed world, we are reminded of food safety when a contamination reaches the table or the food store. It is rare, but it happens. In middle-income and developing nations food safety can be an everyday concern and the cause of serious illness and death. Astoundingly, over 2 billion people each year become ill as a result of food poisoning and contamination. That number continues to grow. Why? The growing gap in food safety capacity (trained lab manager and analysts) around the world. These are the guardians of the food supply chain – a last line of defense. The fact is, the world hasn’t done enough to keep up with a more global supply chain and a global population that will reach 9 billion people by 2050. Food safety is a growing, silent crisis, and it will impact each of us.

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