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Finance / the Markets

Has The Euro Turned?

Nov 12, 2010 at 07:49 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The call that a turn in the dollar was imminent by Brown Brothers Harriman’s Mark Chandler is looking more prescient by the day. September and October was all about pricing…

What Will Cause the Next Crisis?

Nov 08, 2010 at 11:45 | Dave Forest

It's not going to be another Lehman. A failure of a bank or major corporation won't cut it anymore. Governments globally have shown they're willing to step in and bail…

Its Off to the Races With Emerging Markets

Nov 05, 2010 at 12:44 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Ben Bernanke’s unprecedented announcement that he is buying $600 billion in medium dated Treasury securities is tantamount to the government ordering you to pour all of your money into emerging…

New Japanese Monetary Policy could Cause Commodity Prices to Rise

Nov 05, 2010 at 10:09 | Dave Forest

It's official. The Bank of Japan today announced specifics for direct purchasing of Japanese exchange traded funds (ETFs) and real estate trusts (J-REITs). As part of a 35 trillion yen…

Foreigners Buy $117 Billion in Treasuries During August

Oct 20, 2010 at 13:01 | Dave Forest

The U.S. bond market is murky these days. Yields have been plummeting. But some of the action is almost certainly due to the Federal Reserve once again buying Treasuries. Since…

What Do Katy Perry and Eminem Have in Common?

Oct 19, 2010 at 08:59 | Dave Forest

Answer: both were quoted in the keynote speech last week by U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Scott O'Malia, at the 13th Annual Energy and Commodities Conference in Houston.…

Indonesia is On Fire

Oct 17, 2010 at 09:56 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Who said quantitative easing wouldn’t work? The only problem is that you have to speak Bahasa, eat nasi goreng, and live South of the equator, to take full advantage of…

America’s Unhealthy Obsession With the Chinese Exchange Rate

Oct 15, 2010 at 08:56 | Open Democracy

The US obsession with the Chinese exchange rate is a classic example of blaming foreigners for domestic woes. And we’ve been here before. In the 1980s, the US government –…

Swiss Finish Sets New Standard for Global Bank Regulation

Oct 13, 2010 at 08:30 | Charles Kennedy

The traditional Swiss finishing school taught young women etiquette and social graces, but international bank regulators are talking about something much tougher when they refer to a “Swiss finish” for…

Rio Tinto (RTP) is Firing on all 16 Cylinders

Oct 12, 2010 at 22:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I managed to catch an interesting interview on TV the other day with Tom Albanese of Rio Tinto (RTP), the planet’s second largest producer of iron ore. It is one…

The Seductive Allure of Brazilian Bonds

Oct 07, 2010 at 09:30 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

OK, let’s say that if you don’t own bonds, but someone is holding a gun to your head, dangling you by your ankles outside a window on a high floor,…

Bank of Japan Plans to Make Investing Unprofitable

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:48 | Dave Forest

Overnight, the Bank of Japan announced unprecedented monetary policy. The Japanese are going "all-in" on economic stimulus. Since the financial crisis, "monetary easing" has been a buzzword globally. For many…

The Very Long View on China

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I have long sat beside the table of Mckinsey & Co., the best management consulting company in Asia, hoping to catch some crumbs of wisdom. So, I jumped at the…

The Long View on Emerging Markets

Sep 29, 2010 at 16:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I managed to catch a few comments on TV yesterday in the distinct northern accent of Jim O’Neil, the fabled analyst who invented the “BRIC” term, and who has been…

Must attend Conference for Investors, Traders and Economists

Sep 27, 2010 at 14:18 | Editorial Dept

THE ECONOMIST ADDS ELEVEN NEW SPEAKERS TO 2010 BUTTONWOOD GATHERING LINE-UP. Peter Orszag, Neal Wolin, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Rubin, And Others To Join Discourse On Global Finance And Economy (NEW…

Europe’s Regulatory Iron Fist

Sep 22, 2010 at 12:49 | Dave Forest

Big news out of Europe today. The European Parliament has endorsed the "EU financial supervision reform package". Basically, this is a series of principles aimed at creating a cohesive regulatory…

What to Invest in Should the Republicans Win in November

Sep 09, 2010 at 10:05 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

What will the Republicans winning in November mean for your portfolio?  This is an easy call to make. Expect a dramatic roll back of the leftward policies the country has…

Sovereign Debt Was a Great Place to Hide

Sep 08, 2010 at 08:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am constantly asked where to find safe places to park cash by investors understandably unhappy with the risk/reward currently offered by the markets. Any reach for yield now carries…

Bond Market Blues: Fed Snaps up $9 Billion in Government Bonds

Sep 07, 2010 at 17:16 | Dave Forest

There's certainly been no shortage of news to analyze lately. One of the biggest items being the Federal Reserve's announcement that the agency will restart its buying of U.S. Treasury…

The Perils of Prediction

Sep 07, 2010 at 10:51 | Charles Hugh Smith

Nobody knows the future, so the best we can do is strive for an open mind and flexibility in our thinking and responses. In 1904, the "fact-based" consensus was that…

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