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My Take on the Euro

Feb 27, 2011 at 21:50 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Entering 2011 as the currency that everyone loved to hate, the Euro has staged a dramatic comeback, much to the chagrin of hedge fund managers and traders alike. Since January,…

Free Financial Content for All Websites and Blogs (Free Widgets)

Feb 25, 2011 at 08:19 | Editorial Dept

OilPrice.com has just released 20 Free widgets for Finance, Energy and Commodity related websites and blogs. The tables and charts available cover almost all energy and metal sectors: Gold, Silver,…

How Far Will the Market Fall?

Feb 23, 2011 at 22:24 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Now that we are solidly in “RISK OFF” mode, traders, managers, and investors are asking how much downside we are looking at. It is safe to say that those who…

4XP Wins World Finance Award for Best Trading Platform in Western Europe for 2011

Feb 21, 2011 at 08:21 | Editorial Dept

Feb 15, 2011, London Stock Exchange – 4XP rises above the competition to win World Finance’s prestigious annual award for most innovative trading platform.This seal of approval from…

A Rest for the Treasury Bond Sell Off

Feb 17, 2011 at 07:58 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Great Treasury Bond Sell Off, which has been running now for nearly six months, may be about to take a rest. Take a look at the chart below put…

The Collapse of the Yen: The Big Break is Near

Feb 16, 2011 at 13:26 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

“Oh, how I despise the yen, let me count the ways.” I’m sure Shakespeare would have come up with this line of iambic pentameter if he were a foreign exchange…

U.S. Market’s Remarkable Resilience!

Feb 11, 2011 at 14:10 | Sy Harding

The U.S. stock market’s continuing strength in the face of so many global problems is truly remarkable - and has been correct so far. Meanwhile, the stock markets of three…

Bought out by the Chinese: A Look at Chinese Takeovers

Feb 11, 2011 at 07:44 | David Caploe PhD

A decade ago China urged its companies to expand overseas under the slogan “go out”. Now it is finally happening -- and with great speed. A few years ago two…

The Coming Takeover Wars

Feb 09, 2011 at 07:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The spate of takeover bids we have witnessed recently, the attempted BHP Billiton (BHP)-Potash (POT) deal, the Sanofi Aventis (SNY)-Genzyme (GENZ) deal, and Intel’s (INTC) acquisition of Infineon Technologies (IFX),…

Morgan Stanley’s Chief Strategist Talks, Oil, Gold and Bailouts

Feb 09, 2011 at 07:26 | Business Insider

David Darst, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist of Morgan Stanley spoke at the Harbor Investment Conference yesterday and he laid out a few investment ideas. He said that gold…

Who Says Hedge Funds Aren’t Adding Value?

Feb 07, 2011 at 10:35 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

According to my old friend, Rick Sopher, chairman of LCH Investments in London, the top ten hedge funds have earned $153 billion for their investors since inception. John Paulson’s fund…

Be Careful - It’s Not Easy to Get Rich Quick!

Feb 04, 2011 at 16:39 | Sy Harding

Over the last decade investors and home-owners experienced a series of brutal beatings in what was historically a very short period of time. Many investors took heavy losses in the…

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.…


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