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Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Trump throws cold water on border adjustment

The president-elect tipped his hand on tax reform, saying in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he "doesn't love" border adjustment because it's "too complicated."

Border adjustment would raise taxes on corporate importers and lower them on exporters. Because the U.S. imports more than it exports, this process would raise revenue, allowing for overall rate reductions that benefit firms that locate production at home.

The president-elect hasn't proposed any alternatives, however, to an idea that's becoming increasingly popular with Congressional Republicans, precisely because border adjustment is designed to achieve the purported goals of the Trump campaign.

Theresa May will spell out Brexit

The British Prime Minister is expected to provide details today of the British government's plans for negotiating an exit from the European Union. The Pound fell by more than 1% against the dollar Monday, in anticipation that May's strategy will give up preferential treatment for British exporters in Europe for the right to block European emigration to the U.K.

What we're watching: All eyes are on Britain's prime minister, and how she will describe plans for the U.K's post-EU trade policy. Market's will also be attuned to the president-elect's reaction to the speech, and whether he further signals his plans for changes to U.S. trade or tax policy.

China comes to OPEC's rescue

Not only are the Chinese the world's largest importer of oil, but they'll need to import even more of it as its own energy exploration industry continues to pull back on domestic production.

China's oil output fell by more than 6% last year, and the The International Energy Agency predicts significant declines again this year as China's aging oil fields become less cost effective to exploit. Those declines roughly match what a country like Iraq has taken off the market, boosting the impact of those production cuts.

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Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.

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