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We're in the double digits

Financial Markets

Blog04/15/2008

The Producer Price Index is out and it shows a change in intermediate goods in March 2008 from 12 months ago (unadjusted) at a 10.5% increase. This follows a 8.8% rate of increase in February and January. Focusing on energy alone, the...

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What are you investing in?

Financial Markets

Blog03/12/2008

This is an open thread to discuss the question I (and others) continually receive many queries about. What does your portfolio look like? What is the long-term strategy? What are you diversifying into? What are you shorting? What are you bullish about? What economic analysis tools or...

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Jonathan Lebed: criminal or just one smart stock-trading cookie?

Financial Markets

Blog02/10/2008

I can recall reading this article by Michael Lewis when it first appeared, but it holds up 6 years later. It is his detailed out of how a 15-year old made the big bucks on Wall Street through day trading -- until the SEC cracked down for...

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A new year coming

Financial Markets

Blog02/09/2008

The Chinese stock markets have been closed for several days to celebrate the new year--the year of the Rat. One wonders what the Chinese market will do when they reopen. During the last three days the less volatile Japanese stock market lost 6% while the Dow lost 3%. Of course the Chinese...

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Review of Gene Epstein, Econospinning

Financial MarketsFiscal Theory

Blog01/25/2008
Gene Epstein finds little fault with government's economic numbers and plenty of fault with the reporters and pundits who use those numbers.

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Mozilla: Meet Sarbanes-Oxley (and Henry Blodget)

Financial MarketsProduction Theory

Blog01/07/2008

The insufferable Henry Blodget, the disgraced securities analyst who is barred from working in the securities industry (he met up with Eliot Spitzer), is back to his usual chatter....

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Stockpiles and Speculators

Financial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog01/07/2008

Although most commentators concede that the free market does a decent job providing regular goods and services day in and day out, for some reason they believe that when it comes to unlikely but catastrophic events, government intervention is necessary. An excellent example of this misguided...

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Credit Expansion and Submarginal Investments

Financial MarketsMoney and Banks

Blog01/03/2008

Markets are ruthlessly efficient, meaning in large part that people will not undertake investment projects with risk characteristics that are not aligned with savers' preferences. All profitable...

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The Future of the Commodity Price Boom

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

Blog11/21/2007

As late as 1999, oil was trading at $10 per barrel and gold at $250 per ounce, down from their nominal peaks in 1980 of $39 and $850 respectively. And that's not even adjusted for the fact that the value of a dollar was a lot lower in 1999 than in 1980. Many pundits at the time argued that...

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SEC: The Great Overseer Fails in Oversight of Self

Financial MarketsInterventionism

Blog11/19/2007

Today it was announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had a material weakness in the internal controls over its financial reporting. The SEC avoided a big fat "E" last year via its...

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