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Where to Play the Dead Cat Bounce in Europe

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:28 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The currency is in free fall, and the continent is about to enter a new dark age, as enforced deleveraging brings economic collapse and widespread civil unrest. To me, this…

Goodbye BRIC, Hello N-11

Jun 09, 2010 at 12:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Jim O'Neill, the clever Goldman Sachs analyst who came up with the term "BRIC" a decade ago, has cooked up a new, catchy investment theme. Get ready for the "N-11",…

Fear and the Markets

Jun 09, 2010 at 08:21 | Michael Snyder

Extreme volatility is not a sign of health for financial markets.  But in 2010 financial markets around the globe are experiencing unprecented volatility.  Why?  It is because the entire world…

The Similarities Between Deepwater Horizon and Global Financial Meltdown

Jun 08, 2010 at 17:33 | Charles Hugh Smith

The explosion of Deepwater Horizon and the collapse of Lehman Brothers share similar characteristics of risk, denial and coverup. My good friend G.F.B. recently observed that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe…

Only Buy Companies You Hate

Jun 08, 2010 at 13:03 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Wall Street Journal published one of the funniest investment strategy pieces I have ever read. Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams argues that you should invest in companies you hate because…

This Could Deliver Wall Street's Next Windfall

May 29, 2010 at 04:27 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I can tell you right now that cap and trade is going to win the political battle over a carbon tax, hands down. Don't waste a nanosecond of your time…

Buy when a Lynch Mob is About to Hang Them From the Lamp Post

May 28, 2010 at 04:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

You know my preference for buying country funds when there is blood in the streets. The corporate equivalent of that maxim has to be to buy when a lynch…

U.S., Canada, Germany and Japan Back to Pre-2003 Industrial Production Levels

May 27, 2010 at 13:30 | Dave Forest

An interesting chart from the Bank of Japan's latest monthly economic report. Japanese capacity utilization is way down. Around 20% of manufacturing facilities are standing idle. This is an improvement…

Silver Coin Sells for $7.85 Million

May 25, 2010 at 15:15 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Who Said the Dollar Was Going Down?  I knew silver was doing well, but not that well! Possibly the oldest silver dollar in existence, a mint condition 1794 liberty dollar,…

Make Your Next Killing in Africa

May 24, 2010 at 18:53 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Feel like investing in a state sponsor of terrorism? How about a country whose leaders have stolen $400 billion in the last decade and has seen 300 foreign workers kidnapped?

Welcome to Financial Reform Light

May 23, 2010 at 23:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Banking industry lobbyists were popping the Champaign bottles in Washington yesterday, as a greatly weakened and enfeebled financial reform bill stumbled across the finish line, coughing and wheezing all the…

Wall Street Corruption: Are People Losing Faith in the Financial System

May 23, 2010 at 09:28 | Michael Snyder

In order for a financial system to be able to function properly, it is absolutely essential that the general population has faith in it. After all, who is going to…

China Continuing to Buy U.S. Treasuries

May 20, 2010 at 12:34 | Dave Forest

More talk last night about China getting out of U.S. Treasuries. On the Q1 conference call for U.S. power major Duke Energy, management discussed the possibility of partnering with Chinese…

How the Hedge Funds Are Calling the Tune on Oil

May 19, 2010 at 14:44 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Watching the gut churning $22 plunge in crude (USO) has been fascinating, and gives broader insights into the state of global capital markets as a whole. Just as the Gulf…

The Easy Money on the Euro Has Been Made

May 19, 2010 at 14:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I have been a conspicuous bear on the euro (FXE) all year, back when it was trading at $1.45. We have now hit my target of the low $1.20's, and…

Chinese Market Indicates that US Stocks could be in for a Big Fall

May 19, 2010 at 08:06 | Charles Hugh Smith

Does the Chinese stock market presage the U.S. market's direction? If so, the U.S. market is set for a fall. The economies of China and the U.S. are in effect…

Where to Buy on the Dip

May 17, 2010 at 11:21 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

There is a new war underway between two forms of capitalism. The traditional type is driven by the big global multinationals we all know and love which are being aggressively…

Why Real Market Liquidity has Been Shrinking for Decades

May 14, 2010 at 14:13 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The "flash crash" is in effect the little boy who shouted out that the emperor has no clothes. It was a day that has been long in coming. The screaming…

An Environmental Activist's Take on the Markets

May 06, 2010 at 18:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I spent an evening with Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute and a winner of the coveted MacArthur Prize, for some long term thinking about the environment and…

Why the Stock Market and Oil are Rallying

Apr 30, 2010 at 13:25 | Charles Hugh Smith

Below are two self-explanatory charts which shed light on the current rallies in the stock market and oil. The first is a long-term snapshot of the Dow Jones Industrial Average,…

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