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Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans

Oil companies continue to get burned by low oil prices, but the pain is bleeding over into the financial industry. Major banks are suffering huge losses from both directly backing some struggling oil companies, but also from buying high-yield debt that is now going sour.

The Wall Street Journal reported

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:49

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The Experimental Consumer Price Index

The Experimental Consumer Price Index   The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) data each month, a measure that most of us think of as the rate of inflation.  The CPI measures the average change in prices over time for a fixed market basket of goods and services.  The CPI can be divided

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 14:22

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100,000 Layoffs and Counting: Is this the New Normal?

This time a year ago, the oil industry's biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the "retirement tsunami" about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom-55. Now, with oil prices still in the doldrums, many of those same workers are

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 14:04

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

Texas is famous the world over for two things on a massive scale: oil and droughts. Now the slick but dry state is becoming famous for water: that precious element that both resolves the drought problem and also makes it possible to pump more oil out of the ground.

Not only does Texas have the

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:49

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How Equity-based Compensation Misaligns the Interests of Shareholders and Management

How Equity-based Compensation Misaligns the Interests of Shareholders and Management   In today's corporate world, most of us are aware that executive compensation has grown astronomically over the past two decades with most of the growth coming in the form of either stock options or bonus schemes that involve equities.  While the alleged reason that companies took this route

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:53

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Consumers Winning With Low Oil Prices, For Now

Lest we be too quick to forget whence we came, America is now 9-months into lower gasoline prices, which started their swoon the week of June 30, 2015 from a lofty national average just under $3.70, tumbling almost every subsequent week before bottoming and bouncing from $2.02 the end of January,

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:37

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Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices   Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year. But along with all of the excess crude flowing from the oil patch, there is also an abundance of market indicators that while important, tend to produce a lot of noise that makes any

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:57

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