Kurt Kallaus's picture

If you’re driving across the country for the holidays you will definitely save money as gasoline prices are nearing 7 year lows. However, cheap gas and falling commodity prices everywhere are symptomatic of the global economic weakness pervading our future expectations and cautious...

Christopher Quigley's picture

Very few people today know that between 1934 and 1961 the British historian Arnold Toynbee wrote “A Study of History” describing the rise and fall of the 23 civilizations he had identified in human history. In contrast to Oswald Spengler, who thought that the rise and fall of civilizations was...

Adrian Ash's picture

Silver prices hit new 6-year lows in London trade Monday, dropping to $13.65 per ounce and falling near 2009 lows against steadier gold prices as industrial commodities sank and Western stock markets fell again ahead of this week's decision on Dollar interest rates from the US Federal Reserve.

Clif Droke's picture

A significant undercurrent of internal weakness is plaguing the NYSE broad market. This weakness is primarily visible in the dangerously high numbers of stocks making new 52-week lows. Lately that number has exceeded 300 on a daily basis, though it has been above 40 for the last few months in...

Sheraz Mian's picture

It’s been almost a year since oil prices started sliding, with a combination of oversupplied markets and soft demand pushing prices lower. On the supply side, US production hasn’t declined at the pace that many in the market were banking on earlier this year, with declines at the Shale fields...

Marc Chandler's picture

Economists expected China's reserves to fall by around $33 bln in November. Instead, they fell by a little more than $87 bln. This is the third largest decline it has recorded, and a little below the $94 bln drop reported in August.

Clif Droke's picture

Although the year of release is no longer formally observed, this ancient precept is unconsciously embedded in the financial dealings of Western nations. The debt release cycle can be seen in the recurring price “corrections” of commodity prices, and...

Urban Carmel's picture

The balance of the macro data from the past month continues to be positive. There is little to suggest the imminent onset of a recession. The main positives are in employment, consumption growth and housing. Employment growth is close to the best since the 1990s, with an average monthly...

John Mauldin's picture

I’m going to offer something a little different in this week’s Outside the Box. Nate Silver has consistently been one of the best political analysts of the past 12 years. I wasn’t terribly enamored of his move from the New York Times to ESPN – to go back to covering sports rather than politics...

Tom McClellan's picture

Gold traders seem to be losing all hope and giving up. That is the message from the drop in total assets invested in GLD, the largest of the gold bullion ETFs. The total assets in that fund go up and down as more investors or fewer decide to be invested in it. The sponsoring firm, State Street...

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