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Leonard Brecken

Brecken Capital LLC

Contributor since: 26 Mar 2015

Leonard Brecken

Leonard is a former portfolio manager and principal at Brecken Capital LLC, a hedge fund focused on domestic equities.

You can reach Leonard on Twitter.

Latest articles from Leonard

  • Saudi Policy Tied to Weak Economy

    Published 01 April 2016 | viewed 7,043 times

    In recent weeks I have read many oil prognosticators theorizing what the ultimate Saudi strategy is, or what their end game might be. To recap,…

  • The Fed And The Oil Markets On Unsustainable Path As Election Looms

    Published 17 March 2016 | viewed 14,685 times

    Oil prices have increased 50 percent since the lows exhibited earlier this year, a rise that is largely linked to the positive market reaction to…

  • Exposing The Oil Glut: Where Are The 550 Million Missing Barrels?!

    Published 09 March 2016 | viewed 27,018 times

    If any of you have seen my early writings on OilPrice.com, you would know I have been steadfast in my criticism of the media exaggerating…

  • U.S. Has Too Much Oil. So Why Are Imports Rising?

    Published 03 March 2016 | viewed 34,907 times

    Despite domestic production declining and demand surging, the EIA reported oil inventories surge by more than 10 million barrels, or more than three times what…

  • Is This The Most Bullish News For Oil Since 2014?

    Published 25 February 2016 | viewed 16,753 times

    Whiting Petroleum announced earnings on February 24, with probably the most bullish and shocking news to come to the oil patch since the crash started…

  • Why Wall St. Craves QE Right Now

    Published 24 February 2016 | viewed 3,834 times

    (Click to enlarge)Wall Street remains addicted to the sugar rush of monetary easing, and the rise in asset valuations over the past years have largely…

  • A Bubble Induced Economy & The Wage Gap

    Published 12 February 2016 | viewed 7,873 times

    During the 1990s, developing nations including Mexico and many in Asia became very competitive manufacturing bases due to lower wage structures. This, I believe, was…

  • Computerized Trading Creating Oil Price Volatility

    Published 08 February 2016 | viewed 12,496 times

    Recently, I dedicated some time studying in much further depth the explosion in volatility in the broader market as well as in underlying stocks. We…

  • Managing Risk Through A Downturn

    Published 02 February 2016 | viewed 6,701 times

    As a small business owner I know all too well of the struggles to manage overhead as we all struggle through sky rocketing health care…

  • Continental Resources 2016 Guidance & Oil Price Impact

    Published 29 January 2016 | viewed 11,188 times

    Continental Resources (CLR) announced its 2016 guidance on January 26 (excerpts below). Essentially it confirms our theory of the new normal of seeking free cash…

  • Weak Economy Could Stifle Oil Price Rally

    Published 28 January 2016 | viewed 11,619 times

    As I have explained previously, the main drivers for a sustained oil price recovery – if we shove aside all the media noise and fundamentals…

  • Seven Years Of Distortion By The Fed Are About To Take Their Toll

    Published 21 January 2016 | viewed 9,421 times

    The past seven to eight years in the financial markets have been especially unique. No two periods of time are ever exactly alike, but the…

  • The Era Of Cheap Credit Is Over, Time For Markets To Wake Up

    Published 12 January 2016 | viewed 5,565 times

    Financial markets repeatedly cling to bits of data to justify irrational conclusions about the current state of the economy. The latest attention-grabbing headline is the…

  • What Comes After The Commodities Bust?

    Published 04 January 2016 | viewed 14,110 times

    The days of E&P companies using external debt financing to fuel growth have most likely come to a close. The one thing executives should have…

  • Uncertainty Looms Over Global Markets In 2016

    Published 21 December 2015 | viewed 5,217 times

    It’s very clear that both the industrial and manufacturing sectors are in recession while consumer spending slows but remains positive despite lower commodity prices. This…

  • Government Influence Over Asset Prices Growing

    Published 14 December 2015 | viewed 6,710 times

    Where most analysis on oil markets tends to fall short is on the depth of analysis vs. reading headlines and group think, the latter of…

  • Inflated EIA Data Could Keep Oil Prices Subdued Next Year

    Published 11 December 2015 | viewed 10,167 times

    It is indisputable that central bank mandates have morphed from just employment/inflation managers to all out asset class manipulators. One may argue what assets classes…

  • Central Banks Continue To Rule Equity And Commodity Markets

    Published 03 December 2015 | viewed 9,754 times

    First, let’s review 2015 to see what could occur in 2016. What was most noteworthy was the continuation of investor focus on central bank interventions…

  • How The Fed Has Backed Itself Into A Corner

    Published 31 October 2015 | viewed 5,718 times

     In my last article I outlined the case that the fall in commodities is a result of Fed policy more so than fundamentals. The fall…

  • Policy, Coincidence Or Conspiracy: What’s Really Holding Oil Prices Down?

    Published 28 October 2015 | viewed 12,477 times

    One thing I live by is the belief that “if coincidences keep happening they are no longer coincidences.”There seem far too many coincidences to credibly…

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