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Financial Sense recently had the pleasure of speaking with George Friedman, internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and best-selling author, to get an update on escalating problems in Europe. George says Greece was not an outlier, but merely a precursor...

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Money continues to pour out of Italian and Spanish banks for safer havens. This month I note a curious side effect: A huge amount of money went into French banks instead of German banks. The following table shows the winners and losers.

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In a recently released annual report, the Federal Reserve issued rules for stress-test scenarios that include a move to negative interest rates. While the report is careful to categorize the scenarios as merely hypothetical, investors would be...

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"The Fed doesn't have a clue!" - I allege that not only because the Fed appears to admit as much (more on that in a bit), but also because my own analysis leads to no other conclusion. With Fed communication in what we believe is...

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The susceptibility of credit spreads to systemic risk(s) that I was describing last month was borne out last week. Protection on the ITRAXX senior European financial debt index widened by over 45 bps from 92 bps at the close of January to 137 bps at the close on February 8...

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Oil prices hit new lows in January, but the world's biggest producers still can't seem to agree on how to respond. Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino returned home empty-handed after concluding on Feb. 7 a week of visits to major...

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Longtime listeners of the show will know that Gary's comments are always worth paying attention to, which is why we were especially interested to hear if he was still sticking to his forecast made last year for oil to eventually reach as low as $10 to $20 a barrel. Here's what he said...

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With credit default swaps spiking in recent weeks among a wide number of major financial institutions—most notably Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank—it's time to take a look at the overall credit markets for signs of contagion/crisis. Here are some of the things we are monitoring...

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Thinking about March 2009 could understandably induce some post-traumatic stress for a lot of people. That was a harrowing time to say the least. Still reeling from the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy and the greatest financial collapse...

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Some people say that gold is dead. They point to deflationary pressures and a bear market that started back in September of 2011. The bulls have been wrong for years; however, that may be about to change. At present, there are multiple...

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