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Charles Hugh Smith

Of Two Minds

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith has been an independent journalist for 22 years. His weblog, www.oftwominds.com, draws two million visits a year with unique analyses of global finance, stocks and political economy. He has written six novels and Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis and just released Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation.

Latest articles from Charles

  • French Nuclear Giant Sues Government For $8 Billion

    Published 10 August 2022 | viewed 3,206 times

    French nuclear giant EDF, forced to sell power to competitors below market value, is now suing the French government for over $8 billion in compensation. …

  • India Limits Fuel Exports

    Published 01 July 2022 | viewed 7,106 times

    India has stepped up efforts to ensure sufficient energy supplies for the domestic market by imposing limits on fuel exports by introducing export duties. This…

  • European Auto Industry Decries EU Ban On Petrol Cars

    Published 09 June 2022 | viewed 10,743 times

    The German auto industry is protesting a decision by EU parliament to ban the sale of cars that run on petrol and diesel by 2035,…

  • Japan To Step Up Investment In LNG

    Published 15 April 2022 | viewed 6,437 times

    Japan will increase investments in the production of liquefied natural gas abroad to secure supply, the country's industry minister said today. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine…

  • Big Oil Beats NYC Appeal On Climate Change Lawsuit

    Published 01 April 2021 | viewed 4,654 times

    A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of five of the world’s biggest oil companies in an appeal over a climate lawsuit that…

  • Mexico Energy Reform Sparks Wave Of Lawsuits

    Published 11 March 2021 | viewed 1,856 times

    The Mexico chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects a wave of international arbitrations and lawsuits in the coming weeks after Mexico enacted…

  • Expect Wide Swings in Oil Prices and Increasing Volatility

    Published 14 April 2011 | viewed 16,936 times

    The reasons for oil to keep rising are well known--perhaps too well known. Let's look at some charts to illustrate the swirling currents in the…

  • America’s Role in the Global Oil Market

    Published 28 February 2011 | viewed 7,173 times

    It's pretty easy to sum up America's role in the global market for oil: We need it, they got it. Here are the numbers, via…

  • Alternative Energy, Fossil Fuels and the Importance of Middle East Oil

    Published 02 February 2011 | viewed 13,778 times

    Below are a series of charts that take a look at the current situation of alternative energy, oil and other fossil fuels and the importance…

  • Is it Possible for the US Dollar to Rise 50%

    Published 13 January 2011 | viewed 6,486 times

    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…

  • Recession, Recovery and the Wealth Pyramid

    Published 23 November 2010 | viewed 10,219 times

    The top 20% are prospering and spending money; the bottom 80% are not, but thanks to vast wealth disparity, the top slice of households can…

  • Oil and Empire: The Great Game of Geopolitics

    Published 22 October 2010 | viewed 12,735 times

    The Great Game is afoot and no matter how we may disapprove of the Global Empire, we would be wise not to discount the cards…

  • China’s Unsustainable Real Estate Bubble

    Published 17 September 2010 | viewed 6,594 times

    The Mainstream Media in the U.S. has presented two basic approaches to understanding China's real estate bubble: 1. There is no bubble in Chinese real…

  • The Perils of Prediction

    Published 07 September 2010 | viewed 4,183 times

    Nobody knows the future, so the best we can do is strive for an open mind and flexibility in our thinking and responses. In 1904,…

  • American Investors Absorb $4 Trillion in Treasuries and Remove China’s Financial Leverage

    Published 03 September 2010 | viewed 4,099 times

    China's "nuclear option"--selling its vast stash of U.S. Treasuries to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and interest rates--has been downgraded by the flood of…

  • After Two Years of Financial Turmoil Nothing Has Changed

    Published 23 August 2010 | viewed 7,667 times

    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…

  • Why Alternative Energy Will Never "Pencil Out"

    Published 07 July 2010 | viewed 12,443 times

    Advocates of a smooth transition away from petroleum may be surprised by the consequences of huge swings in the cost of oil. I first proposed…

  • China Faced with Structural and Demographic Headwinds that could Derail it’s Rise

    Published 05 July 2010 | viewed 6,976 times

    China's strengths get relentless coverage, its headwinds less so. We all know China's strengths: hard-working populace, high savings rate, a so-far wildly successful marriage of…

  • The United States Weakest Link

    Published 12 June 2010 | viewed 23,661 times

    Any system, organization or device is only as strong as its weakest component. What are the weakest links in the U.S. culture and economy? The…

  • Is Gold Set for a Dramatic Decline?

    Published 10 June 2010 | viewed 11,874 times

    Teasing apart the various forces acting on the price of gold reveals the complex financial character of the yellow metal. That gold is in a…

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