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Dropping Oil Prices Threaten Moscow’s Budget

Oil and gas are at the heart of the Russian economy and are largely responsible for keeping Moscow’s government budget in balance. But the recent decline in the price of oil from the North Sea and Texas has now spread to Urals crude, giving President Vladimir Putin one more economic headache.

Philly Fed Business Outlook: Highest Six-Month Outlook in 22 Years

The Philly Fed's Business Outlook Survey is a monthly report for the Third Federal Reserve District, covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The latest gauge of General Activity came in at 28.0, an increase from last month's 23.9.

Sharia Zoning Law

My town’s zoning board, the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, met last week and heard several appeals. Two of them made headlines in the East Hampton Star—one involving Steven Spielberg of movie fame, the other Dylan’s Candy Bar.

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

This past week several reports came across my desk highlighting both the good news and the bad news about the future of automation and robotics. There are those who think that automation and robotics are going to be a massive destroyer of jobs and others who think...

Is China’s Economy Too Big to Transform?

China’s growing debt-to-GDP ratio raises concerns for investors. Investment in traditional pollution-heavy and overcapacity-ridden industries is strong, despite many policy tools that help finance more lucrative sectors.

Back on the Cusp of All-Time Highs

The Fed remains in the spotlight today, with minutes of its last meeting coming out later this afternoon and the annual Jackson Hole meeting getting underway tomorrow. The risk in today’s Fed minutes center on...

Five Regions Where Big Oil Is Foolishly Chasing Profits

Big Oil has been very successful at developing sophisticated technology to access oil in some pretty remote areas. Consider the technological skill necessary to drill several miles below the seabed at staggering depths...

Has the 2014-2016 Crisis Window Been Delayed?

Jim Puplava responds to feedback received over the last few months. Has the 2014-2016 crisis window been delayed? What happened to peak oil and metals? Are you still positive on the markets and the economy?

Novel Fuel Resources, the Force of Economics and the Renewed East–West Power Struggle

Rapid technological advancements can make previously uneconomic resources and/or feedstock available within significantly reduced timeframes. This can and will further transform the global energy landscape and moreover...

Are Overseas Capital Inflows Pushing Up U.S. Markets?

Nobody really believes the official narrative that the "recovery" is powering the remarkable strength of U.S. stocks, bonds and real estate. The real Main Street economy is quite obviously struggling, outside the energy and Federal government sectors, and so...

Europe’s Malaise: The New Normal?

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These events should be enough to constitute the sum total of our global crises, but they're not.

Ebola: Largest Outbreak on Record Takes Toll on Local Economies

The deadly Ebola virus has continued to spread across West Africa, with dire secondary effects on the affected countries’ economies.

U.S. Financials/Consumer Staples: Stick With It

There are high odds of further gains in coming months as business confidence picks up, and hiring and capital spending gain traction leading to a narrowing output gap.

Further Aigns of China’s Alowing Property Markets

China's official housing index now shows home price appreciation slowing faster than some had anticipated. Other indicators are also pointing to weakness in China's housing markets. For example the number of cities with falling prices has spiked sharply.

Lucid Dreaming!

Evidently, the “lucid dreamers” on Wall Street practiced their skills two weeks ago as professional traders were sneaking large “buy orders” into the equity markets on the closing bell. Simultaneously, the Commitment of Traders’ Report showed those same traders were dramatically reducing their “short sale” bets.

QE Will Come to the Eurozone – and, Like Elsewhere, It Will Be a Failure

The data was not really surprising and neither was the response from the commentariat. After a run of weak reports from Germany over recent months, last week’s release of GDP data for the eurozone confirmed that the economy had been flatlining in the second quarter.

What Are the Smart Guys Saying?

Perhaps I should put quotation marks around the word "smart" in the title. Early in the month the smart money was saying we were going to roll over. They based this on the action of the bond market.

Stay on Board

Over the past few weeks, geo-political tensions have increased in various parts of the world and we have also experienced a sovereign debt default. Despite these developments, the majority of the stock markets have held up relatively well and so far...

While "A" Bottom Is In, Is It "THE" Bottom?

There are two catalysts I see that could spark a deeper correction after the present relief rally runs its course. The first being the most obvious is a further escalation on the Ukraine/Russian front and the second is a slowdown in US economic growth stemming from prior inflationary pressures.

News: Gold Takes a Momentary Hit; Soros Bets on Stock Crash; Ukraine Destroys Armored Russian Convoy

The big news today was the shelling of an armored Russian convoy by Ukrainian forces, which sent the markets down after a positive open. Gold was also hit and dropped below $1,300 before retracing its losses on the news.

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