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The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift to the East.

The reasons for the cozier relationship between the two giant powers are, of

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:26

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Why Has GDP Growth Been So Modest?

Why Has GDP Growth Been So Modest?   We all know that there is a close relationship between personal consumption and GDP growth as shown on this graph from FRED:     As the decades have passed, personal consumption has made up an ever-increasing component of GDP,

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:40

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Are Mutual Funds Being Haunted by Shadow Banking and Illiquidity?

Are Mutual Funds Being Haunted by Shadow Banking and Illiquidity?   In the October 2014 edition of the IMF's Global Financial Stability Report, there is a very interesting paragraph buried on page (ix) of the Executive Summary:   "The share of credit instruments held in mutual fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:12

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Guess Who's Buying Treasuries?

Guess Who's Buying Treasuries?   In case you weren't aware, the Federal Reserve's H.8 database provides the public (most of who don't pay any attention) with information about the assets and liabilities of the American commercial banking system.  Here is some interesting data from the latest version:  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 06:24

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Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations

Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers.

The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:52

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Nobody's Home America's Vacant Housing Problem

Nobody's Home America's Vacant Housing Problem   FRED, that wonderful source of all things economic, has a lot of interesting data that is there for the taking.  As you'll see in this posting, there is one very little discussed aspect of America's housing market that has shown almost no improvement since the end of the Great

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:57

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The Price-Earnings Ratio and the Overbought Stock Market

The Price-Earnings Ratio and the Overbought Stock Market   The recent volatility in the stock market has come as shock to many investors, however, looking at historical data, we shouldn't really be all that surprised.   Back in 2000, Yale Professor Robert Shiller, co-creator of the widely

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:19

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