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Finance

Why 12 is a Scary Number

Jun 25, 2010 at 12:27 | Dave Forest

$12 billion is 1.1% of $1.127 trillion. These are important numbers. And the gap between them is even more critical. According to testimony by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner before…

Where's the Great Treasuries Collapse?

Jun 24, 2010 at 15:05 | Dave Forest

Despite all the talk that foreigners (China, Japan, et al.) will flee U.S. government bonds, the market remains stubbornly buoyant. Last week we got the latest numbers on foreign buying…

The Value Player's Take on BP

Jun 22, 2010 at 23:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

OK, I promise I won't talk about BP again until the stock breaks one way or another. But no sooner do I put out the call to buy the pariah…

Here Comes the Double Dip in Housing

Jun 21, 2010 at 11:24 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The great thing about the residential real estate market is that it floods us with tons of hard data. The bad news is that all of these tea leaves have…

How US Job Losses Will End

Jun 18, 2010 at 09:20 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am not in the habit of regularly lifting data out of the Wall Street Journal, but even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn. I was tempted by the…

Here Comes the Bathtub Economy

Jun 17, 2010 at 11:05 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Goldman Sachs' chief US economist, Jan Hatzius, can articulate my own view of the economy better than I can, so I will just repeat what he said yesterday. The boost…

What's the T-Bill Market Saying?

Jun 17, 2010 at 08:57 | Dave Forest

There have been some odd happenings in the T-Bill space recently.Security yields can tell you a lot about what's happening in a market. And sometimes, what's about to happen.…

Is it Time to Buy British Petroleum?

Jun 16, 2010 at 16:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The daily spill estimate has been ratcheted up from 1,000 barrels a day to 35,000, and now 60,000! Fitch downgraded its debt a stunning six notches from AA to BBB.…

India’s Booming Economy Showing No Signs of Slowing

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:28 | David Caploe PhD

India's economy grew at its fastest pace in six months in the quarter through March 2010, fuelled mainly by government and consumer spending, which is expected to allow policymakers to…

China’s exports Jump in May - But it’s Not All Good News

Jun 11, 2010 at 08:18 | Dave Forest

The good news, apparently, is that Chinese exports are up. Bloomberg reported this week that a rally in oil and metals prices was triggered by news of an export jump…

Hedge Funds Crash in May

Jun 10, 2010 at 14:18 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Hedge funds suffered a disastrous month in May, showing an average 3% decline in net asset values, and some funds like Eddie Lampert's ESL Investments got clocked for a 15%…

Where to Play the Dead Cat Bounce in Europe

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:28 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The currency is in free fall, and the continent is about to enter a new dark age, as enforced deleveraging brings economic collapse and widespread civil unrest. To me, this…

Goodbye BRIC, Hello N-11

Jun 09, 2010 at 12:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Jim O'Neill, the clever Goldman Sachs analyst who came up with the term "BRIC" a decade ago, has cooked up a new, catchy investment theme. Get ready for the "N-11",…

Fear and the Markets

Jun 09, 2010 at 08:21 | Michael Snyder

Extreme volatility is not a sign of health for financial markets.  But in 2010 financial markets around the globe are experiencing unprecented volatility.  Why?  It is because the entire world…

The Similarities Between Deepwater Horizon and Global Financial Meltdown

Jun 08, 2010 at 17:33 | Charles Hugh Smith

The explosion of Deepwater Horizon and the collapse of Lehman Brothers share similar characteristics of risk, denial and coverup. My good friend G.F.B. recently observed that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe…

Only Buy Companies You Hate

Jun 08, 2010 at 13:03 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Wall Street Journal published one of the funniest investment strategy pieces I have ever read. Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams argues that you should invest in companies you hate because…

Shipping Rates Continuing to Soar – Could the Chinese be Starting to Unload their Metal Stockpiles

Jun 03, 2010 at 17:19 | Dave Forest

There definitely appears to be something going on with global bulk shipping. I mentioned last week that shipping rates (as measured by the Baltic Dry Index) for Capesize vessels have…

This Could Deliver Wall Street's Next Windfall

May 29, 2010 at 04:27 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I can tell you right now that cap and trade is going to win the political battle over a carbon tax, hands down. Don't waste a nanosecond of your time…

Buy when a Lynch Mob is About to Hang Them From the Lamp Post

May 28, 2010 at 04:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

You know my preference for buying country funds when there is blood in the streets. The corporate equivalent of that maxim has to be to buy when a lynch…

U.S., Canada, Germany and Japan Back to Pre-2003 Industrial Production Levels

May 27, 2010 at 13:30 | Dave Forest

An interesting chart from the Bank of Japan's latest monthly economic report. Japanese capacity utilization is way down. Around 20% of manufacturing facilities are standing idle. This is an improvement…

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