Urban Carmel's picture

In May we started a recurring monthly review of all the main economic data. At the time, the consensus view was that growth in wages and employment were accelerating and that this would soon lead to a meaningful...

FS Staff's picture

Stratfor's Reva Bhalla explains how oil's 50%-plus decline has reconfigured the geopolitical chessboard between Russia and the West. She also addresses whether we should expect a repeat of the '98 Russian Ruble Crisis and the disruption it led to global markets...

Sy Harding's picture

U.S. treasury bonds defied the experts last year. The consensus was that once the Fed began dialing back its massive bond-buying stimulus program last January, bond prices would have to begin plunging.

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold prices sank at the start of New York trade on Friday, dropping 2.5% to hit 3-week lows beneath $1235 per ounce after new U.S. jobs data came in much better than analysts forecast.

Doug Short's picture

Every week I post an update on new unemployment claims shortly after the BLS report is made available. My focus is the four-week moving average of this rather volatile indicator. The financial press generally takes...

Michael Shedlock's picture

I received several requests to comment on an article written by Antal E. Fekete entitled the Counter-Productive Monetary Policy of the Fed. The subtitle of his article is "Sowing Inflation, Reaping Deflation".

Sheraz Mian's picture

The jobs report reconfirms that the U.S. recovery is for real and here to stay. What this means is that the U.S. economy is more than capable of absorbing the coming Fed tightening cycle, notwithstanding...

Robert Rapier's picture

When I made my energy predictions for 2015, I made some very aggressive predictions. Perhaps the most aggressive was that the closing price of West Texas Intermediate would not fall below $40/barrel (bbl) in 2015.

Global Risk Insights's picture

In recent years, the new radical right’s political discourse has attracted voters across Europe and experienced a substantial increase in electoral support. Unlike radical right parties throughout history, the ‘new’...

Clif Droke's picture

Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief this week after a case of the jitters the last couple of weeks. Fears over a deflationary plunge in the euro zone had sparked an increased demand for safe haven assets, including gold and silver.