I’m a coffee lover, and this is getting personal: our latte, espresso, or just plain good coffee is going to bite fiercely into our already mauled pocket book. In one crazy chart.
By Don Quijones: When it comes to dodgy landlords, few have it quite as bad as the tenants of a number of housing projects in Spain who were notified that the government had sold their units to an innocent-sounding investment fund called Cibeles.
By Renee Parsons: I’ve never missed George Carlin, a biting political satirist and a comic of clear-eyed integrity, as much as last week when some of the most utterly preposterous political pronouncements have been foisted upon the American public as gospel truth.
What Caused The Glorious Jump In Household Wealth (In One Insanely Good Chart) And Who Will Blow It Up Again?
The stock market has soared for five years, risks have ballooned, home prices have jumped. Gains built on the quicksand of endless liquidity and a lackluster economy. “Irrational exuberance” is back in the Fed's vocabulary. As the Fed’s Fisher said, it may end “in tears.”
By Nick Cunningham, OilPrice.com: ExxonMobil had a rotten week: a string of bad news from seething hotspots around the world, just as rising costs and flat output raise questions about the firm’s trajectory.
By Aaron Layman: All US home builders are dealing with the same problem…affordability. They’re now seeing the consequences of the Fed’s Catch-22: depressed sales.
By Valentin Mândrăşescu: Washington’s defaulting on an agreement with Russia about Ukraine’s future, and the prospect of NATO troops in Ukraine, convinced Putin and much of the Russian elite that there’s no point in negotiating with the US. Big risks lie ahead.
By Nick Cunningham, Oilprice.com: The US coal industry, plagued by rising costs and increasingly stringent environmental regulations, was to have a comeback year in 2014. Instead, it has had an epic year so far in environmental damage and horrible publicity.
By Don Quijones: Christine Lagarde, former economy minister of France, now Managing Director of the IMF, by pledging her undivided allegiance to the dark interests of those she serves, has inflicted untold devastation on families and communities across the globe even as she’s tangled up in a sordid corruption affair in France.
By Benjamin Shepherd, Chief Investment Strategist: As global investor who focuses on the emerging markets, I'm willing to put money to work almost anywhere in the world there’s a return to be made. I say almost because Russia is the one country I avoid.
California is at it again. It released its employment and jobs reports today, in parallel with the national reports released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What a doozie. Is the California boom already over?
By David Stockman: The Fed’s bubble machine has fostered a noxious culture of plunder and entitlement on Wall Street. Now a marauding gang of vulture-speculators demands a multi-billion payday on the worthless Fannie and Freddie preferred stock they scooped up.
Washington is tangled up in spirited bouts of mudwrestling over exporting US crude oil, prohibited since the Arab oil embargo. Big Oil, environmentalists, consumer groups, lobbyists, lawmakers – they’re all at it. Yet, exports of "petroleum products" are soaring.
By Mariana Belisario-Blaksley, The Bubble: Government policies have destroyed the economy, sovereignty, and security of our once rich nation. They led to preposterous exchange controls, persecution, expropriation in the private sector, and impunity regarding corruption. Reading the media has turned into masochism....
By James Stafford, Oilprice.com, and energy expert Arthur Berman: This winter, things have begun to unravel. Natural gas inventories are near their 2003 low. Sure, weather is the main factor, but that's always the case. The truth is that supply has not been able to meet winter demand, period. It's a fact that is inconsistent with the fairy tales we continue to hear about cheap, abundant gas forever.
The US offered the Ukraine $1 billion in aid, the EU €11 billion. The IMF is working on its aid package. All to shift losses from lenders, bondholders, hedge funds... to taxpayers. But it won’t rescue the economy. Because it's a cesspool of corruption and plundering oligarchs.
By Bryan Taylor, Global Financial Data: What if IBM had stayed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average between March 1939, when it was removed, and June 1979, when it was re-added to replace Chrysler?
Despite breath-taking hype on Wall Street and President Obama’s budget that assumed economic growth of a glorious 3.1%, corporate executives and directors are quietly dumping their shares in bouts of extreme bearishness, just like they did before the last crash.
By Danny O'Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Mexican website 1dmx.org, set up in the wake of the protests against the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, included a campaign against proposed laws to criminalize protest – until it was taken down by GoDaddy, a US company, at the request of the US Embassy.
Regarding Russia’s Ukrainian campaign, Speaker of the House Boehner did what President Obama had done: posturing. “It’s time to stand up to Putin,” he said. NATO met. The UN Security Council met. EU Foreign Ministers met. Sanctions, that’s the common denominator.