Ben Hunt PhD's picture

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...

Stratfor's picture

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...

FS Staff's picture

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...

Chris Puplava's picture

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...

Patrick O'Hare's picture

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...

Sober Look's picture

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...

FS Staff's picture

The percent of banks tightening on loans to small businesses leads nonfarm payrolls by about 6 months. In the chart above we’ve advanced the percent of banks tightening forward by that amount to show the extremely high correlation between these two indicators overtime...

Oil Price's picture

The dividends for the largest oil companies in the world are suddenly not looking as untouchable as they once were. Hefty payouts from Big Oil are what has made them the darlings of Wall Street for a long time. The oil majors, in most cases...

Global Risk Insights's picture

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has flooded China’s financial system with record amounts of cash this past week to pre-empt the annual liquidity crunch ahead of the Lunar New Year in early February. The central bank is cautiously refraining...

FS Staff's picture

Wednesday’s drop in the US service sector to the lowest level in two years took many economists by surprise, leading to a sell-off in the dollar and a boost to gold and commodities, as expectations for further rate hikes this year diminished. Lakshman Achuthan...

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