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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:  
 
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,

The Driving Force Behind the US Oil Boom

The shale revolution’s sweet spot is oilfield services, the lower-risk backbone of the American oil and gas boom that pays off regardless of a play’s economics.

Behind the stardom of the explorers and producers who have put themselves on the revolutionary shale map and absorb most of the risk—are

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

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
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:  

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