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July 26, 2018 | More Anti-Trust Prosecutions Coming

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel ( Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog:

The most stable systems have strong counter-veiling forces to help maintain balance rather than allowing any one party or interest to weaken the whole with domination and control.

Last week Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it ties search and web browser apps on Android mobile devices.  Presently Android powers 85% of the world’s smartphones and Google captures 90% of the world’s internet search activity, according to Statcounter.  Google says it will appeal the ruling.

Over the past decade, big tech cos have enjoyed minimal regulatory oversight and massive lobby influence on policymakers while most smaller startups (that traditionally create the most new jobs in the economy) struggle to compete.

A new trust-busting era is overdue and is likely to keep chipping away at monopoly profits for some time.  See:  Google’s grip on search is secure, but getting pricer.

FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra agreed recently that the agency should have more vigorous enforcement against large companies:

“When it comes to small-time scammers, we really do lay down the hammer,” he said, giving the examples of bans on particular executives and even the shutting down of businesses. “I would like us to apply the law evenly regardless if it’s a small-time scammer or a big-time publicly traded corporation.”

Also see Happy Amazon Prime Day! Amazon is holding our cities hostage.

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July 26th, 2018

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