In the wake of a widely unexpected, huge oil price decline, I have received many questions and comments. Some speculate U.S. pressure on Saudi Arabia to punish Russia. Others think "big oil" is out to punish the frackers.
The Financial Times ran a very interesting article last week called “China: Turning away from the dollar”. It got a lot of attention, at least among China analysts, and I was asked several times by friends and clients for my response. The authors, James Kynge and Josh Noble, begin...
For signs that the energy market is stabilizing we need to see default risk for the sector improve, which clearly hasn’t happened yet. Option adjusted spreads on the investment grade energy sector index are nearing a 5-year high and for the high yield energy index spreads have exploded...
Lowry Research’s Senior Market Strategist, Richard Dickson, tells Financial Sense Newshour that the sharp Sept/Oct correction and bounceback in stocks is typical late-stage bull market behavior and that investors should be focusing on large-caps heading into a top.
The way events are lining up, 2015 will be the Year of Volatility. Markets will be waiting for major decisions from the world’s central banks and uncertainties in macro and commodity markets to broach. Here are 6 reasons volatility is poised to make a comeback.
The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns.
Every now and then the financial media is abuzz when a Hindenburg Omen is signaled and investors turn cautious. A short description of the frightening market-event is provided below from Wikipedia. Named after the famous Zeppelin airship that exploded in a disastrous fire...
The Chief Market Technician at MKM Partners recently told Financial Sense Newshour that he doesn’t see much evidence of a turnaround in the gold market, noting that it usually takes a long time—several quarters, if not years—to repair the type of “technical damage” that’s taken place.
A New York Fed research paper wonders, "What’s Keeping Millennials at Home? Is it Debt, Jobs, or Housing?" The paper says "it's a mystery" why the housing recovery did not have a bigger impact on millennials living at home.