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Finance / the Economy

Iran's People Suffer as Oil Income Protects the Government from Hyperinflation

Iran's People Suffer as Oil Income Protects the Government from Hyperinflation

Oct 05, 2012 at 17:38 | Juan Cole

The steep decline of the Iranian rial against the dollar has produced a lot of extravagant claims about the collapse of the Iranian economy. While there is no doubt that…

Iraq's Oil Exports Hide Broader Problems

Iraq's Oil Exports Hide Broader Problems

Sep 06, 2012 at 17:40 | Daniel J. Graeber

Iraqi oil production reached its highest level in more than 30 years last month. Oil production in the country has steadily increased despite lingering violence and internal political rivalries. The…

Growing Syria Crisis will Hurt Region's Economy

Growing Syria Crisis will Hurt Region's Economy

Sep 04, 2012 at 17:41 | Claude Salhani

The violence in Syria now entering into its 18th month will begin to target the country’s economy in a major manner if a threat made by the opposition to target…

Why Energy is Vital to Economic Growth

Why Energy is Vital to Economic Growth

Sep 04, 2012 at 17:39 | Gail Tverberg

In the beginning, the Master Economist created the Economy.  He created businesses large and small, consumers, governments with their regulation, and financial institutions of all types. And the Master Economist…

Get Ready to Buy the Bond Market

Get Ready to Buy the Bond Market

Aug 17, 2012 at 17:18 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Treasury bond market has just suffered one of the most horrific selloffs in recent memory, taking the yield on ten year paper up from 1.38% to an eye popping…

Bleak Growth Prospects for British Economy

Bleak Growth Prospects for British Economy

Aug 09, 2012 at 16:53 | Vladimir Harman

The outlook for Britain's economic growth remains bleak in the near-term, increasing pressure on Westminster and the Bank of England to spur growth well ahead of the 2015 parliamentary elections.

Britain's Spree of Multi-Billion Incentives

Britain's Spree of Multi-Billion Incentives

Jul 19, 2012 at 17:31 | Vladimir Harman

While the 17-nation Eurozone struggles with the introduction of its permanent €500 billion financial security mechanism, Britain itself, apart from their 2008 bail-out packages, has so far initiated more than…

Faith in the Feds Ability to Hit Inflation Targets Continues to Fall

Faith in the Feds Ability to Hit Inflation Targets Continues to Fall

Jul 18, 2012 at 18:32 | Ed Dolan

The latest inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the CPI unchanged in June, following a 0.3 percent decrease in May. For the full year, the CPI…

Declining Economic Growth due to Low Oil Supply Growth

Declining Economic Growth due to Low Oil Supply Growth

Jul 16, 2012 at 17:21 | Gail Tverberg

The usual assumption that economists, financial planners, and actuaries make is that future real GDP growth can be expected to be fairly similar to the average past growth rate for…

Signs that China is Heading for a Crash

Signs that China is Heading for a Crash

Jul 11, 2012 at 16:56 | Dave Cohen

There is something perversely satisfying in watching humans screw up on a massive scale, and especially so when you've seen it coming for years now. China's time has come. They're…

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