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Finance

The Bond Check-In

May 13, 2010 at 12:31 | Dave Forest

Lots of concern the last few weeks over sovereign debt. Investors globally were wondering how Greece would fund its budget shortfalls. Now we're looking at how Europe is going to…

Exotic investment Vehicles: An Unproductive Abuse of Capital

May 12, 2010 at 12:33 | Dave Forest

Michael Lewitt has an interesting new book out, called "The Death of Capital". In it, Lewitt attacks speculative investment activities such as private equity buyouts. He notes that such speculation…

The Greek Debt Crisis: Hype and Manipulation or is the World Economy Really at Risk

May 11, 2010 at 19:18 | Michael Snyder

Everywhere you turn in the financial media right now you see some "expert" declaring that the Greek debt crisis has become a "contagion" which is going to spread all over…

4 Economic Predictions: What Remains when you Scrape Away the Hype

May 11, 2010 at 13:34 | Charles Hugh Smith

Market fluctuations are mostly noise. To understand the trends beneath the surface noise, we need to establish an integrated context. The Mainstream Financial Media (MFM) is famously (or infamously) deficient…

Return of the Dollar Cavalry

May 10, 2010 at 11:29 | Dave Forest

The world is in distress. The economic future looks bleak. Who can the citizens of our great planet turn to, to save them in this time of need? The Federal…

Why the Euro Is Doomed

May 10, 2010 at 09:42 | Charles Hugh Smith

Papering over the structural imbalances in the Eurozone with endless bailouts will not resolve the fundamental asymmetries. Beneath the endless announcements of Greece's "rescue" lie fundamental asymmetries that doom the…

An Environmental Activist's Take on the Markets

May 06, 2010 at 18:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I spent an evening with Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute and a winner of the coveted MacArthur Prize, for some long term thinking about the environment and…

Bank Lending and Other Key Stats Take a Turn for the worse

May 04, 2010 at 13:37 | Dave Forest

I wrote last month that several economic indicators seemed to be turning positive. I may have spoken too soon. The last two weeks a number of key stats have…

Oil, Greece & China – On a Collision Course with Reality

May 03, 2010 at 11:49 | Charles Hugh Smith

A chart of exponential growth/depletion may be the "chart of the century." The chart displays two lines: the blue line traces out exponential growth (for example, in demand for oil,…

Why the Stock Market and Oil are Rallying

Apr 30, 2010 at 13:25 | Charles Hugh Smith

Below are two self-explanatory charts which shed light on the current rallies in the stock market and oil. The first is a long-term snapshot of the Dow Jones Industrial Average,…

The Recession is Over

Apr 30, 2010 at 13:08 | James Hamilton

That's the big take-away from today's report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis that the seasonally adjusted real value of the nation's production of goods and services grew at…

Japanese commercial banks are hurting. Will the government step in with more bailouts?

Apr 30, 2010 at 11:27 | Dave Forest

Sometimes the briefest bits of information are the most critical. The Bank of Japan today put out its usual one-page summary for the April meeting of its Policy Board. The…

The Gravitational Pull of Financial Disaster

Apr 29, 2010 at 11:38 | Dave Forest

There are two views on the economy and stock markets. The first (and most widely-held) is that these are "responsive systems". Prices for homes, stocks and labour react to events…

Where Did U.S. Households Get the Money They Needed to Bid Up House Prices So High?

Apr 25, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

What happened to housing and financial markets over the last decade? To find out, follow the money. According to Yale Professor Robert Shiller's data, the run-up and collapse of U.S.…

Greece Debt Crisis: No Way Out?

Apr 23, 2010 at 19:00 | Dian L. Chu

As if Greece did not already have enough problems. The market was already jolted by the Goldman SEC case. Then, it was the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland postponed…

The Predatory Partnership of Wall Street and the State

Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

The Central State and Financial Plutocracy are bound in a mutually beneficial, highly predatory partnership. The Mainstream Media is missing the Big Story in the SEC/Goldman Sachs filing: the Central…

Is There an Asset Bubble in China? The IMF Doesn't Think So

Apr 21, 2010 at 19:00 | Dian L. Chu

Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), talks with Bloomberg this morning about the prospects for an asset bubble in China.  Blanchard, speaking from Washington, also discusses…

Chinese Profits: Bad for Metal prices?

Apr 20, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

Metals investors globally were cheered this week by good news from Aluminum Corp. of China (A.K.A. Chalco). The aluminum giant swung back into profitability for the first time in a…

Gaming the System - The Foundation of the U.S. Economy

Apr 19, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

The status quo not just incentivizes gaming the system, it has made it the primary way to get ahead in today's economy. Gaming the system is not just encouraged--it has…

The Search for a Reserve Currency

Apr 18, 2010 at 19:00 | Gregory R. Copley

Currency, like all forms of abstract value, is based on trust. And trust itself is based - except among the most naïve - on experience, and the repetitive demonstration of…

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