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Russia 1998 - A Currency Devaluation and Sovereign Debt Default Case Study    Russia's collapsing currency and rapidly rising interest rates have been front page news in the media over the past month.  Here is a chart that shows what has happened to the yield on Russia's 10 year bonds:  
 
Why Are Consumers Pessimistic?   While consumer sentiment has, in general, been on the upswing since the Great Recession, as we can see in this chart from FRED, even at its current level of 93.8, it is just reaching levels that would have been considered average during the period from the 1980s until the Great Recession took
The Comeback of Political Soft Money   Hidden in the trillion dollar 1774 page spending cromnibus (continuing resolution and omnibus) bill pasted together by Congress to avoid yet another government shutdown was a provision that would see the amount of money that wealthy donors could give to national political parties increase by
Jobless Claims Statistics - How Useful Are They?   Every Thursday morning at 09:30 Eastern Time, the investment world gets a vague notion of what is happening in the American economy through the Initial Unemployment Claims data released by the Department of Labor.  A recent paper by David Wiczer, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank
Overstated Tight Oil Reserves and a False Sense of Energy Independence    A recent publication, "Drilling Deeper", by J. David Hughes on behalf of the Post Carbon Institute has proven to be a most interesting resource in this current low-oil price environment.  As a geoscientist, I found this report to be extremely well written and the authors analysis was
Could falling oil prices spark a financial crisis?

The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns.

Junk-bond debt

What does it take to build up a new region for oil and gas development? Obviously, the resources have to be in place and economically recoverable. But it is not as easy as just sticking a drill into the ground and pumping out oil and gas.

Even with significant oil and gas reserves trapped in shale,

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