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Finance / the Markets

Bernanke's Response To Commodity Price Inflation Accusation

Feb 04, 2011 at 09:17 | David Beckworth

Bernanke responds today to the accusation that the commodity price boom is being caused by U.S. monetary policy: Supply and demand abroad for commodities, not U.S. monetary policy, are…

Capital Leaving Middle East Looking For Safe Havens In Hard Assets and Oil

Feb 02, 2011 at 13:07 | Jeb Handwerger

Last week I warned of a flare-up in Egypt and a reversal in oil and gold. The media are transmitting pictures of street scenes in Egypt that for the most…

Swiss Banks in for a Pounding Over Banking Secrecy – Why you Should Go Long Gold

Feb 01, 2011 at 09:01 | Bruce Krasting

The blow up in Egypt is going to create ripples all over the globe. It will certainly be disruptive for equities and the dollar. It will influence global bond yields…

Baltic Dry Index Set for a Big Fall?

Jan 28, 2011 at 09:34 | Bruce Krasting

A friend calls from Athens this morning moaning and groaning about the sorry state of the shipping industry. I ask, “What’s new that makes you so grumpy?” He points me…

When will the Commodities and Chinese Real Estate Bubbles Pop?

Jan 27, 2011 at 07:11 | Kurt Cobb

During a presentation last week a questioner asked me what I thought about predictions that gasoline prices would reach $5 a gallon this summer. I offered this critique. I said…

Another Nail in the Market’s Coffin

Jan 27, 2011 at 06:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I think it was very interesting not to see what happened today, but what didn’t. The Federal Reserve announced that it would continue its purchase of $600 billion in debt…

Watch out for the Black Swans

Jan 26, 2011 at 07:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It is not my intention to ruin your day. But I may well do that if you read this piece. While traders pile on their longs with reckless abandon, and…

Buying Straw Hats in the Dead of Winter

Jan 25, 2011 at 07:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am one of those demented people who buys flood insurance when the sun is shining and sun tan lotion by the gallon from Costco in the dead of winter.…

Is a Weak Dollar Really a Bad Thing?

Jan 15, 2011 at 09:00 | Ed Dolan

One of the top themes for 2010 in economics, politics, and diplomacy was the damage being done to the U.S. economy by an undervalued Chinese yuan. As the yuan began…

Is the Dollar’s Reserve Currency Status Being Threatened?

Jan 14, 2011 at 08:41 | David Beckworth

Randall W. Forsyth points to two recent developments as part of a broader change in the global monetary system: The new world monetary order continued to evolve with two…

Is it Possible for the US Dollar to Rise 50%

Jan 13, 2011 at 08:02 | Charles Hugh Smith

Conventional wisdom is that the Fed wants the U.S. dollar lower, so it must drop. But the dollar seems to be lacking proper obedience to the Fed's grand commands. Before…

The Case Against Treasury Bonds

Jan 12, 2011 at 17:33 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you want to delve into the case against the future of US Treasury bonds in all its glory, take a look at the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs, the…

The Chinese Yuan is Just Begging for a Home Run

Dec 29, 2010 at 18:40 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Any doubts that it is a huge screaming buy should have been dispelled when news came out that China had displaced Germany as the world’s largest exporter. The Middle Kingdom…

Vietnam is a Paradise for Demographic Investors

Dec 17, 2010 at 09:08 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Now that we have figured out that Vietnam is a great place to invest, take a look at the Van Eck Groups Vietnam Index Fund (VNM). The venture will invest…

Euro Shows One Size Doesn't Fit All

Dec 07, 2010 at 15:32 | Llewellyn King

When do two diametrically opposed economists, one from the left and one from the right, agree? Answer: When the subject of the euro comes up. So it is that Paul…

Green Mutual Funds Outperforming Traditional Funds in the U.S.

Dec 03, 2010 at 08:04 | Jess McCabe

Equity mutual funds that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis are outperforming their more traditional peers, according to analysis by Trucost and RLP Capital. Seven out of eight responsibly-managed…

Trade Alert for the (SSO)

Dec 02, 2010 at 19:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After the Dow’s impressive 250 point blast off to the upside yesterday, my phone started ringing off the hook. Fundamental and technical analysts around the world were screaming at me…

Play China's Yuan From the Long Side

Nov 17, 2010 at 11:02 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Any doubts that China’s Yuan is a huge screaming buy should have been dispelled when news came out that it had displaced Germany as the world’s largest exporter. The Middle…

The Bond Liquidation is On

Nov 16, 2010 at 12:11 | Dave Forest

Big jumps in yields on U.S. Treasury bonds over the past week. Check out the one-year Treasury. Yields are up 30% since November 8. To their highest level since early…

An Overview of the Jeremy Grantham Interview

Nov 16, 2010 at 08:02 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Jeremy Grantham, of the esteemed Boston money management firm, GMO, LLC, is not a person who suffers fools gladly (click here for their site). I learned this the hard way,…

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