Last week we were surprised to see a 25 basis point rate cut by Australia – whose inflation and unemployment levels are in a healthy range – so to now see that even China has cut interest rates, well, that’s telling you something significant about the weakness and risks facing global growth.
First Rate Cut Since [...]
The rate at which investors are willing to lend the U.S. government money for ten years just reached a new near-term low on May 31, 2012. Financial commentators were calling it “mesmerizing.” How could so many people be so willing to lend money for so long and be paid so little for it?
What Is the [...]
The DOW is back above 12,000 for the first time since June 2008 – kind of weird to imagine, isn’t it? Does all feel right again in the world? Back in June 2008 the markets buzzing full of bullish energy. The U.S. housing sector tore it all apart, and the Ben Bernank huffed and puffed [...]
So, like many people, maybe you’re sick of the so-called “doom and gloom” crowd – that’s too bad. Because reality doesn’t depend on fashion and it isn’t going to wait for you to agree with it before basic cause and effect takes hold and serves you up a dish you don’t like.
Niall Ferguson is different [...]
Oil and gold prices are ending 2010 on new near-term breakout highs. After a post-crash slump that kept oil around $60-$68, oil broke out to the $80-85 range for much of 2010, but in December oil’s made new breakouts yet again.
Just this past week or so, oil touched through $90 for the first time since [...]