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Irelands Death Grip, the Dollar and Ben Bernanke

Sep 29, 2010 at 06:33 | Bruce Krasting

Ireland is high on the list of, “Things that Could Go Wrong Big Time”. The numbers are so scary that they are encouraging. Ireland is a TBTF. If there were…

Fed Showing Signs of Awareness That Has Been Absent for Months

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:10 | David Beckworth

You may have missed it, but this afternoon a slumbering giant with a formidable arsenal of economic weapons began to awake. That giant is the Fed and its formidable arsenal…

Bring on the Conspiracy Theories!

Sep 22, 2010 at 19:26 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is a wonderful conspiracy theory propagated by Tea Partiers that has been making the rounds in the financial markets for the past several months. In a desperate attempt to…

China’s Unsustainable Real Estate Bubble

Sep 17, 2010 at 09:02 | Charles Hugh Smith

The Mainstream Media in the U.S. has presented two basic approaches to understanding China's real estate bubble: 1. There is no bubble in Chinese real estate, as demand for housing…

The Number One Economic Indicator

Sep 16, 2010 at 11:36 | Dave Forest

You'll find there are certain themes that reoccur often in this missive. One of them is U.S. credit. Analysts look at a lot of different numbers to try and figure…

Several Things Worth Noting on Inflations Remarkable Downward Trend

Sep 09, 2010 at 10:00 | David Beckworth

It's still happening.  Eight months on and counting, expected inflation continues to fall at a steady pace as seen below: …

The Bad News In the August Non Farm Payroll

Sep 09, 2010 at 09:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of my favorite math professors always used to tell me that statistics were like bikini bathing suits. What they reveal is fascinating, but what they conceal is essential. If…

Dinner With Joseph Stiglitz

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The great thing about interviewing Joseph Stiglitz over dinner is that you don't have to ask any questions.  You just turn him on and he spits out one zinger after…

China's Long and Winding Road

Sep 03, 2010 at 09:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I spent the evening speaking to Gao Jie, a Beijing civil judge who left the bench to join China's growing environmental movement when her kids came home from school one…

Lunch With Bill Clinton

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I opened the e-mail at my usual wake up time of 4:00 am. President Bill Clinton was playing at the Presidents' Cup PGA tournament at the Harding Park Golf Course…

Thailand Punches Through to New Highs

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:46 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

With hotel occupancy in the dumps at 20%-30%, and parts of downtown Bangkok still in ruins from the May riots, you would think the call to buy Thailand (TWD), (TF)…

A Chat With Steve Forbes

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:38 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I sat down with Forbes magazine publisher and perennial Republican presidential candidate, Steve Forbes, whose father, Malcolm, I knew from my journalism days in the seventies. He was there formally…

After Two Years of Financial Turmoil Nothing Has Changed

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:54 | Charles Hugh Smith

Despite the legislative churn that produced thousands of pages of new laws and regulations and much self-congratulatory PR, nothing of any importance has changed. All the truly important systems remain…

Return of the Great Bond Conspiracy

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:20 | Dave Forest

The old saying goes that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean everyone else isn't in on it. It's starting to feel that may be true in the bond market. For…

Why Can’t We Be More Like Chile?

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:05 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I just want to pass on some data forwarded to me from my extensive band of Chilean readers in response to my recent piece, “Chile is Looking Hot” (click here…

It’s Official: China is Number Two

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:05 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

With China’s (FXI) economy rocketing at 8%-13% quarterly growth rates, and Japan (EWJ) plodding away with meager 1%-2% rates, it was only a matter of time before the Middle Kingdom…

The Recovery Was An Illusion – And That’s A Good Thing!

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:02 | Sy Harding

In July, I wrote an article titled ‘Is The Recovery An Illusion?’ With the additional evidence that has come in since there really is no doubt about it. Economic recovery…

Watch International Savings Rates for Market Cues

Jul 28, 2010 at 14:46 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Often while searching for a piece of data through Google, I stumble across something else, which is far more interesting. That is how I found the table below of international…

Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan Causing Controversy with Build America Bonds

Jul 23, 2010 at 04:43 | David Caploe PhD

They are supposed to help states and cities that are short of cash build roads, schools and bridges. But Build America Bonds, part of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan, are…

The Booming Economies of Latin America

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:16 | David Caploe PhD

While the United States and Europe fret over huge deficits and threats to a so-called recovery, this region has a surprise in store. Latin America, beset in the past…

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