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The IMF’s Controversial Russian Forecast, Explained

The IMF’s Controversial Russian Forecast, Explained

The International Monetary Fund's prediction…

Finance / the Markets

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,…

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 –…

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