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The Trouble With Bonds

Mar 19, 2010 at 14:28 | Charles Hugh Smith

The U.S. deficit and the Treasury bonds which must be sold to fund it are beyond comprehension. The trouble with bonds (the U.S. Treasury variety, among others) is simple: there's…

Fate of Foreign Oil Investors In Limbo Amid Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Border Dispute

Mar 18, 2010 at 16:07 | Fawzia Sheikh

A maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire that erupted this month casts doubt on future international oil claims near the contested area and raises questions about the reaction…

The Stock Market As Propaganda

Mar 16, 2010 at 18:47 | Charles Hugh Smith

Since 91% of stocks are owned by the Plutocracy, the much-ballyhooed rise in the stock market as proof the recession is over is perception management/ propaganda. The 75%…

Shipping Indices Highlight a Potential Commodities Sell Off

Mar 12, 2010 at 15:34 | Dave Forest

The China Containerized Freight Index has bee-lined upward in 2010. The index tracks shipping prices for goods sailing from China to 11 different regions around the world. Between January…

The Debt Potato

Mar 11, 2010 at 18:50 | Dave Forest

The past year has been all about shifting debt. The financial crisis drove American homeowners into debt. Homeowners defaulted on their loans (or threatened to), driving the banks into debt.…

What is the Biggest Question in the Markets Right Now?

Mar 11, 2010 at 15:24 | Christopher Laird

Now that the S&P rallied over 60 pct since last March 2009, and pretty much all other markets except housing and real estate have also rallied (anything connected to financial…

A Bull Market Requires a Healthy Consumer Underneath

Mar 09, 2010 at 15:26 | Michael Pento

A year ago this week the stock market hit its nefarious 666 level on the S&P 500. Since that historic day, we have enjoyed a 68% appreciation in equities from…

U.S. Jobs Data Propels Crude Oil Above $80 a Barrel

Mar 05, 2010 at 22:52 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/01/2010 to 03/05/2010. Jobs data indicating that U.S. economic recovery might be picking up steam finally pushed crude oil futures decisively over the stubborn $80 a…

Is the Dollar Really Safer Than the Euro?

Mar 04, 2010 at 13:36 | Michael Pento

The European currency has depreciated dramatically against the US dollar in the past few months, falling from over $1.50 on December 1st to $1.35 today. The move has caused many…

Why the Euro Might Devolve into Euro1 and Euro2

Mar 02, 2010 at 21:38 | Charles Hugh Smith

The euro as presently configured is doomed due to structural imbalances between mercantilist and consumer nations. A "euro1 and euro2" system would allow a face-saving demise to euroland's single currency.…

Chinese Shipping Indices go Ballistic as Wave of Exports Leave China

Mar 01, 2010 at 16:48 | Dave Forest

There are a lot of ships sailing around China these days. As I've discussed several times over the past weeks, Chinese shipping indices have gone ballistic. The China Containerized Freight…

Seismic Activity in Japanese Commodity Markets

Feb 26, 2010 at 01:58 | Dave Forest

There has been some unusual action on the Japanese commodities markets that demands a comment. I mentioned earlier this week that over the last two weeks the Japanese have revved…

Analysts Remain Bullish on Schlumberger After Bid for Smith International

Feb 25, 2010 at 19:30 | Darrell Delamaide

Although shares of oilfield services giant Schlumberger (SLB) took a hit after the company announced an $11 billion takeover bid for rival Smith International (SII) on Sunday, many analysts remain…

Peak Oil and the Investment Landscape: A Look at the Potential Winners and Losers

Feb 19, 2010 at 15:45 | Business Insider

Last month, I explained in an article how and why the world is approaching a worldwide peak in oil production sometime in the next decade. Although…

US Energy Security Placed at risk as Oil & Gas Companies are Penalised by Obama Administration

Feb 19, 2010 at 15:39 | John Interval

The Obama Administration is currently pursuing a misguided and dangerous war on the oil and natural gas industry, blaming it for not doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Not…

Libya Courting Oil & Gas Investors but Faces a Tough Sell Following Recent Government Fiascos

Feb 18, 2010 at 12:38 | Fawzia Sheikh

The Libyan government has been sounding off lately about boosting the profile of its oil and gas market, but it’s questionable whether international companies will ignore the government’s missteps in…

Losing the Red Queen's Race

Feb 17, 2010 at 17:44 | Charles Hugh Smith

The Red Queen's Race is an apt analogy for the meltdown in assets and debt now swamping the global economy. The a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen's_race">Red Queen's race refers to running…

Fed Chooses to Exit Through Eye of Needle

Feb 16, 2010 at 14:04 | Michael Pento

Ben Bernanke is making sure the Fed's exit strategy goes as easily as a camel can pass through the eye of a needle. Instead of choosing to just sell assets…

The U.S. Dollar is Finally Getting Invited Back to the Investment Party

Feb 08, 2010 at 16:25 | Dave Forest

The U.S. Dollar is Finally Getting Invited Back to the Investment Party The buck is up 6% against the euro in the last three weeks. Notwithstanding problems in Greece and…

Crude oil prices drop as investors seek safe haven in the U.S. dollar

Feb 05, 2010 at 22:26 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 02/01/2010 to 02/05/2010. After starting the week on a firmer note, oil prices fell sharply toward the end of the week in a general market sell-off…

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