Financial Sense

The Misplaced Animosity Towards Imports
Marc Chandler's picture

The mercantilist inclination by the Trump Administration makes it seem as if exports are good and create jobs and imports are bad and cost jobs. This is simply not true. This assessment is not based on newfangled thinking about trade.

The Surprise Factor
Patrick O'Hare's picture

There is no mistaking from the performance of the stock market that investor optimism is running high in terms of the economic outlook. That optimism stems from a variety of factors, the most prominent of which is the faith in the...

The Problem with Gold-Backed Currencies
Charles Hugh Smith's picture

Any currency is only truly "backed by gold" if it is convertible to gold. There is something intuitively appealing about the idea of a gold-backed currency—money backed by the tangible value of gold, i.e. "the gold standard." Instead of intrinsically...

Instant Tax Collection: As Bitcoin Surges to Record High, China Prepares its Own Digital Currency
Michael Shedlock's picture

Bitcoin hit an all-time high of $1,172.09. Traders are happy because the SEC is expected to rule on a Bitcoin ETF by March 11. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency.

Cybersecurity of the Power Grid: A Growing Challenge
The Conversation's picture

Called the “largest interconnected machine,” the US electricity grid is a complex digital and physical system crucial to life and commerce in this country. Today, it is made up of more than 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations, 160,000 miles of...

US Tax Reform in Jeopardy and the State of Strong Dollar Policy
Marc Chandler's picture

The focus in the market is shifting away from the Federal Reserve, for which the consensus recognizes that the FOMC minutes probably make a March hike less likely. The CME's calculations put the odds at less than 18%, while the Bloomberg estimate...

Kansas City Fed Survey: February Activity Highest Since 2011
Jill Mislinski's picture

The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Survey business conditions indicator measures activity in the following states: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, western Missouri, and northern New Mexico.

Reality Catching Up With Expectations
Kurt Kallaus's picture

The stock market is a major leading indicator that rallies on optimism in the economy. Stocks represent the sum progress of companies in the present with a premium for what is expected in the future. Often these economic...

North Korea Hacking Spree: Is Blockchain the Solution?
Global Risk Insights's picture

Locked in a punishing sanctions regime, North Korea is throwing caution to the wind and has mounted a series of cyber attacks by taking advantage of outdated financial technology, mainly through the SWIFT network. Such cyber-attacks are...

EIA Reports Minor Build in Crude Inventories, Draw in Gasoline Stocks
Oil Price's picture

After three straight weeks of builds in commercial oil inventories, today, the EIA had some more bad news for traders. The authority reported a build of 600,000 barrels, a day after the American Petroleum Institute estimated commercial...