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Hedge Fund Under Investigation after Algo Floods Oil Market with Orders

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:47

A high frequency trading firm based in Chicago is being investigated by the CME Group because back in February, it turned on an algo that in just 5 seconds, caused…

Its Official: China is Unloading its Treasury Bonds

Aug 26, 2010 at 08:41

It looks like the smart money these days is found in China. While American investors have been scrambling over each other to buy more Treasury bonds at historically low yields,…

Microbes Dissolving the Oil Spill Much Faster Than Anticipated

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:38

What is the real story about the "missing oil"? One study shows that most of the oil is gone, while another shows that there is still a whole lot of…

Why We’re on the Slow Boat to Nowhere

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:37

After speaking to a gaggle of economists, portfolio managers, and traders the last few days, I’ve had one of those “Eureka” moments, as the markets have shown their hands. Those…

Some Aspects of Iraq and Oil

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:33

Recently the Swedish Oil and Gas Network  graciously invited me to attend one of their seminars, and perhaps share with guests from abroad some of my thoughts on Iraqi oil,…

Private Military Contractors Experiencing an Industry Boom in Iraq

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:22

In hopes of making good on a campaign promise just months before the November elections, President Barack Obama successfully oversaw the last of combat troops depart from Iraq just a…

It's Off to the Races at Molycorp

Aug 24, 2010 at 22:33

I just wanted to follow up on the rare earths piece which I recently published. Despite lackluster market conditions at best, Molycorp (MCP) managed to raise $394 million through its…

Turkmenistan’s New Energy Policy Shows a Clear preference for China and the West

Aug 24, 2010 at 13:04

Turkmenistan, so key to the energy plans of so many, had long shown its readiness to break Russia's stranglehold on its gas and oil exports. But Ashgabat has offered few…

International Sanctions Inflicting Pain At Gas Pump, Stalling Energy Projects

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:59

Although the Iranian government insists that countries like China and Russia can make up lost Western investment in the petroleum sector, rising gas prices and stalled energy projects are signs…

How Much Power do Wind Turbines Use

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:55

Most people wonder how much power a wind turbine can produce, and never stop to wonder how much power a wind turbine requires to operate. Mechanical engineer Jerry Graf believes…

Russia Strengthens it’s Backing of Georgia’s Breakaway Regions

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:53

The Kremlin made a series of new gestures in support of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 8 August meeting with Abkhaz…

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:51

WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than…

Australian Defense Programs Delayed by Political Impasse; New Elections Possible in Near Future

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:48

Australia’s August 21, 2010, Federal Parliamentary elections for the lower house (the House of Representatives) and upper house (Senate) led to a hung parliament, with the prospect that the next…

Peabody Energy (BTU) Takes a Hatchet to the Natural Gas Industry

Aug 23, 2010 at 11:19

After my year in the White House Press Corps, I vowed never to return, and took a really long shower, hoping to scrub every last spec of prejudice, self interest,…

A More Rational Approach to Ethanol Policy

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:56

In my recent post Thoughts on an Ethanol Pipeline, I described what I feel would be a more rational approach to ethanol policy than some of the policies that…

After Two Years of Financial Turmoil Nothing Has Changed

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:54

Despite the legislative churn that produced thousands of pages of new laws and regulations and much self-congratulatory PR, nothing of any importance has changed. All the truly important systems remain…

US CCS plan slated for lack of ambition

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:51

A US interagency blueprint for commercial-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) argues that challenging obstacles can be overcome, such as the lack of a national carbon price and…

Why Bank Profits are Good for Renewable Energy

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:19

Had a long flight home yesterday from South America. Lots of time to read through a pile of news on resource projects and financing. Here's an important development that caught…

Don’t Buy Anything That Can Be Created With a Printing Press

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:17

We’re already eight years into what is probably a 20 year secular bull market for commodities. You can start with the traditional base commodities I just want to take a…

Iraq’s Dangerous and Depressing Reality

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:07

Iraq has since 2008 retreated from the brink of collapse, though it still remains perilously close to the precipice. There are daily attacks, such as the explosion in Baghdad on…

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