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Finance / the Markets

Commodity Price Fears and China’s Growth Forecasts

Aug 18, 2011 at 21:07 | Stuart Burns

Commodity markets lost more than $16 billion in value during last week’s selloff, Reuters reported in a special report. Equity and commodity markets plunged…

Use the Melt Down to Load Up on India

Aug 12, 2011 at 16:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Take a look at the chart for the emerging market ETF (EEM) below and you will be surprised to see how well it has held up in the recent collapse.…

Bernanke Says Buy Stocks, Or Else!

Aug 10, 2011 at 21:18 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I believe that the risk markets are discounting a recession that isn’t going to happen. Not yet, anyway. So I am going to start adding some small, limited risk call…

Is QE3 Back From the Dead?

Aug 09, 2011 at 18:37 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I went to bed late last night, the (SPX) was trading down 30 points, and I was thinking “here we go again”. When I woke up, the market was…

Index Funds and Commodity Prices

Aug 09, 2011 at 07:53 | James Hamilton

There has been a lot of growth over the last decade in funds that take long positions in commodity futures contracts in order to offer investors an asset that follows…

The Real Crash is Coming in 2012: Are Stocks Now a Screaming Buy?

Aug 07, 2011 at 10:58 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I don’t think that we are going into recession immediately. I believe that we can eke out a few more quarters of 2% ish type growth before we put in…

RIP for America’s Triple A Rating

Aug 07, 2011 at 09:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

At long last, after months of warnings, leaks, hand wringing, and speculation, Standard and Poor’s has at last downgraded US Treasury bonds a notch to AA+. The change was the…

Here is Where to Watch for the Turn

Aug 04, 2011 at 17:58 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

What to say about Thursday’s market? The “RISK OFF” trade had its finest hour. The Dow average WAS down 512 points, NASDAQ (QQQ) cratered by 135 points, oil (USO) was…

What the Markets Are Telling Us

Aug 02, 2011 at 17:43 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I spent the morning doing a round robin with hedge fund trader friends of mine trying to figure how we all got this so horribly wrong. I did this as…

The Death of the Bond Vigilantes

Aug 01, 2011 at 18:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Back in the seventies and eighties, when inflation was soaring well into double digits, the markets were regularly punished by a band of gun slinging traders known as the “bond…

Jim Rogers: Buying Commodities Now Guarantees Success for Investors

Jul 15, 2011 at 12:18 | Top Stock Portfolios

Jim Rogers says the investing game is simple these days. Rogers said this week, “I do believe I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve been presented…

China on its Way to the Leading Global Currency?

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:17 | Ronald Stoeferle

The open criticism of the US policy is getting more vociferous by the day. For example, a former central bank advisor pointed out that in the medium to long term…

The Stock Melt Up That Was

Jul 04, 2011 at 21:34 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The first half of 2011 went out with a bang last week. The S&P 500 delivered an awesome 72 point run, its best performance in two years. After threatening the…

Take a Look at Tata Motors

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:26 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Every day, when considering what to write about, I tell myself that I’m not singing enough praises about India. Then events demand that a topic more urgent be thrust upon…

Big Opportunities Ahead for Smart Energy Investors on Internet Reform

Jun 21, 2011 at 08:00 | John Daly

Many of our readers are affluent investors seeking to better their fiscal situation. So, below is one of the best news tips you’ll receive in 2011 for making money. That’s…

Making the Most of the Coming Market Meltdown

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:13 | Top Stock Portfolios

Executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management’s emerging markets group, Mark Mobius, who oversees more than $50 billion, firmly believes another financial crisis is “inevitable.” Sounds ominous, right? Mobius doesn’t think…

When to Buy Japan?

May 30, 2011 at 20:08 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It has been three months since the horrific Japanese tsunami, the economy is in free fall, and radiation is still lingering in the air and water. It now appears that…

World Bank Predicts the Demise of the US Dollar by 2025

May 26, 2011 at 07:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This week, the World Bank published a report predicting the demise of the US dollar as the major reserve currency by 2025. The transition will be driven by emerging market…

QE3 Has Already Started

May 23, 2011 at 21:40 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Most analysts have missed the fact that QE3 has already started in earnest. Of course, it would have been easy to miss. Ben Bernanke has not made any grand pronouncements.…

Getting Out at the Top: The Glencore Effect

May 20, 2011 at 08:02 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of the greatest indicators that the music has stopped playing, the fat lady is singing, and it is time to get out of Dodge City, is the level of…

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