Financial Sense

Metals: Start of a New Trend?
Keith Weiner's picture

Readers have been asking if there has been any signs of a turn in the market, especially for silver. Something may be happening. Read on…


Markets Signaling Return of Economic Weakness in China
Sober Look's picture

In addition to property market challenges and the unexpected slowdown in manufacturing expansion, we continue to see markets signaling a significant loss of momentum in China's economic growth.


What Does a “Good” Chinese Adjustment Look Like?
Michael Pettis's picture

I have always thought that the soft landing/hard landing debate wholly misses the point when it comes to China’s economic prospects. It confuses the kinds of market-based adjustments we are likely to see in the U.S. or Europe with the much more controlled process we see in China.


Fed Positioning to Normalize Policy
Tim Duy PhD's picture

With the leaves turning to gold signaling the end of summer, so too will the Fed be facing its own change of seasons as quantitative easing comes to an end. With asset purchases likely ending in October, time is growing short for...


The Eurozone Is a Growing Problem for U.S. Economy
Sy Harding's picture

Its recovery from the 2008 global financial collapse has been as anemic as that of the U.S., in fact more so. The euro-zone already slid back into recession once. And its economy was barely positive in the first quarter of this year...


Consumer Sentiment Bounces Back for August
Doug Short's picture

The Final University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for August came in at 82.5, a bounce back from the 79.2 preliminary reading and its highest level since the April final. Today's number topped the Investing.com forecast of 80.1.


Can a National Quasi-Religion (Pro Sports) Go Broke?
Charles Hugh Smith's picture

Attending costly games is on the margins of the household budget. When the credit card gets maxed out, attending is no longer an option.


Japanese Household Spending Slumps 5.9%; Cries for More Monetary Stimulus
Michael Shedlock's picture

Consumer spending in Japan slumped in June because of a tax hike pushed through by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Economists claimed it would be temporary and spending would quickly recover thanks to inflation.


U.S. Dominates Globe in Biofuel Production
Robert Rapier's picture

Global biofuel production falls primarily into three categories; ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), also known as “green diesel.” Of the 30.8 billion gallons (116.6 liters) of biofuel produced globally in 2013, 23 billion gallons (75%) were ethanol.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shadow Banking
FS Staff's picture

Shadow banking is back in the news. First there are ongoing problems in China where bad loans outside of the traditional banking system are causing increasing financial strain. Then, here in the U.S., regulators are also becoming more concerned about the rising use of leveraged loans by non-bank intermediaries or things like peer-to-peer lending, where the largest such company in this space, Lending Club, just filed for an IPO.


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