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Finance / the Markets

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,…

The Gravitational Pull of Financial Disaster

Apr 29, 2010 at 11:38 | Dave Forest

There are two views on the economy and stock markets. The first (and most widely-held) is that these are "responsive systems". Prices for homes, stocks and labour react to events…

Where Did U.S. Households Get the Money They Needed to Bid Up House Prices So High?

Apr 25, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

What happened to housing and financial markets over the last decade? To find out, follow the money. According to Yale Professor Robert Shiller's data, the run-up and collapse of U.S.…

The Predatory Partnership of Wall Street and the State

Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

The Central State and Financial Plutocracy are bound in a mutually beneficial, highly predatory partnership. The Mainstream Media is missing the Big Story in the SEC/Goldman Sachs filing: the Central…

Chinese Profits: Bad for Metal prices?

Apr 20, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

Metals investors globally were cheered this week by good news from Aluminum Corp. of China (A.K.A. Chalco). The aluminum giant swung back into profitability for the first time in a…

Gaming the System - The Foundation of the U.S. Economy

Apr 19, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

The status quo not just incentivizes gaming the system, it has made it the primary way to get ahead in today's economy. Gaming the system is not just encouraged--it has…

The Creeping Terror

Apr 15, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

Over the last few days I’ve noticed one significant thing. Creeping yields on U.S. commercial paper. Prior to the financial crisis in 2008, rising yields on commercial paper were one…

Are Short Term Treasuries the Best Trade of the Next Five Years

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

Despite the year-long equities rally and the euphoric mood of speculators and government officials, maybe the best trade of the next 5 years will be short-term U.S. Treasuries. Stocks provide…

The Ultimate Truth on Preventing Market Abuse. It Can't be Done

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

I just finished reading a 144-page document from the Committee of European on ways to prevent market abuse. The paper discusses myriad ways regulators can browbeat listed companies into following…

The Fundamentals of Crude Trading

Apr 01, 2010 at 18:06 | Daily FX

It would seem that the normal laws of supply and demand would be the foundation for establishing the current market price for commodities like crude; and to some extent this…

Vault Wars and the $50 Trillion Picture

Mar 23, 2010 at 18:14 | Dave Forest

The picture below is worth a thousand words. And $50 trillion. This was just released by the Bank of Japan as part of…

Is the U.S. Dollar the Contrarian Trade of the Decade

Mar 22, 2010 at 18:49 | Charles Hugh Smith

The majority of economic observers seem convinced that the dollar is doomed, and not in some distant future. The basic reason for this unanimity is the reasonableness of the basic…

Crude oil futures slip as funds increase bet on higher prices

Mar 19, 2010 at 22:31 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/15/2010 to 03/19/2010. Crude oil futures kept falling back from highs even though speculative funds increased their bets that prices are headed higher. The benchmark West…

The Trouble With Bonds

Mar 19, 2010 at 14:28 | Charles Hugh Smith

The U.S. deficit and the Treasury bonds which must be sold to fund it are beyond comprehension. The trouble with bonds (the U.S. Treasury variety, among others) is simple: there's…

Fate of Foreign Oil Investors In Limbo Amid Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Border Dispute

Mar 18, 2010 at 16:07 | Fawzia Sheikh

A maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire that erupted this month casts doubt on future international oil claims near the contested area and raises questions about the reaction…

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