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Does U.S. support of Japan put America at odds with China?

Provocative and unilateral? China told the United States to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves . . .more...

Will geopolitical unrest spur the metals markets?

A ''real'' war? Gold futures rose to the highest in almost three weeks as escalating tensions between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists boosted haven demand . . .more...

Is geopolitical uncertainty on the rise?

A Chinese court has seized a Japanese ship over claims related to the second world war as tensions between the two countries spilled into the realm of commerce . . .more...

Is the Ukraine crisis and US interventionism good for the dollar or gold?

The Administration is sending a billion dollars from US taxpayers to wealthy international bankers who hold Ukrainian debt. It is an international bank bailout, not aid . . .more...

What does the weak economy mean for gold in 2014?

Gold rose on Friday after sharply weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data supported the view that the Fed will take a gradual approach to tapering its bond-buying this year . . .more...

Will a poor economic outlook and US fiscal follies support gold?

Gold drew strength from speculation that federal worker furloughs, along with slower-than-expected U.S. private hiring, will prompt the Fed to delay winding down stimulus . . .more...

Will higher energy prices indicate greater inflationary pressure?

U.S. crude oil stockpiles have fallen; oil and gasoline futures prices shot higher Wednesday, which could signal higher fuel prices later in the summer . . .more...

Will the Fed have inflationary results before dousing the economy with higher rates?

Fed officials intensified efforts to curb a rise in long-term interest rates, seeking to clarify Bernanke comments that have triggered turmoil in global financial markets . . .more...

Is the true state of affairs that we are in a recovery, or in a recession?

A house of cards, and certainly not a recovery: Eventually, just like in 2008-2009, the market will discipline the bad actions of the Fed and seek to find the real normal . . .more...

Have year-end economic issues suppressed bullion market prices?

There was widespread expectation that prices would rise globally on U.S quantitative easing, but worries over fiscal cliff situation has damped prices in the past few weeks . . .more...

Could federal monetary stimulus be indefinite?

All of the so-called stimulus spending, quantitative easing and mountains of regulation from Washington has only crippled the economy; real unemployment a staggering 22.8% . . .more...

Will oil prices correct after central banks announce reflation measures?

Crude surrendered gains made earlier this month on a commodity-wide rally fed by stimulus measures by U.S. and EU central banks . . .more...

Will equity markets demand substantial central bank monetary expansion?

Global stocks are on course for a seventh consecutive day of declines as latest central bank monetary policy moves fail to counteract worries about fading economic activity . . .more...

Does the European financial crisis weigh heavily on markets?

Damaging to both confidence and demand: Unemployment numbers, the ADP report and the GDP data all combine to create a negative picture for all the markets . . .more...

Is the global economic slowdown driving uncertainty?

The economic picture: Heightening tensions over Greece come a day after China cut its growth forecast and data showed the European Union is unlikely to avoid a recession . . .more...

Will increasing bureaucratic cost, regulatory overhead and disincentives hurt the economy?

The laws of economics were working. Bankruptcy is the ultimate consumer protection, and what did Washington do? It protected the banks instead, and created more bureaucrats . . .more...

Will our politically created welfare state and unsustainable entitlements sink the USA?

Greenspan: We have created a level of entitlements that will require a greater share of real resources to fulfill than the economy seems likely to be able to supply . . .more...

Could increased regulation extend the trend of bank difficulties?

Rating agency Fitch downgrades 7 major banks, warns that new regulation could exacerbate the banks' difficulties by restricting their earnings potential and increasing costs . . .more...

Is the ultimate value of your securities portfolio blowing in the wind?

Market reflecting wild and unstable conditions of chaos; The volatile stock market will try to decide whether there will ever be a stable United States or Europe . . .more...

Will gold market prices be supported by physical buying?

Analysts say gold has been supported during its recent pullbacks as physical buyers step in to lock in purchases at bargain prices compared to September's highs above $1,900 . . .more...

Is the Euro-zone sovereign debt crisis weighing on commodity prices?

Investor concerns are mounting following news that Greece will miss its deficit targets this year; sovereign-debt woes could curb economic growth and weaken demand . . .more...

Is the euro-zone debt crisis causing investor apprehension?

Gold is often sold off as a means of raising dollars when funding conditions deteriorate, much as they did in late 2008 with the onset of the credit crunch . . .more...

Does the global debt crisis suggest investment diversification?

Europe's sovereign debt crisis has sparked concerns on Wall Street in recent months, and have again pressured world markets; blue chips down after steep selloff last week . . .more...

What should be expected for the price of oil?

As oil producers' spare capacity gradually declines to worrisome levels, average monthly price could reach a record $150 per barrel by spring, with spikes to $165 or $170 . . .more...

Will federal fiscal failures be the status quo?

It is predictable that Congress will again delay the inevitable and raise the debt ceiling, after the usual rhetoric about controlling spending, making cuts and raising taxes . . .more...

Will oil prices present a major investor concern given implications to the global economy?

Distinct possibility that the recent oil price increase could intensify; $150-a-barrel crude could add more than three percentage points to worldwide inflation . . .more...

Does higher oil support strong precious metals markets?

Middle East tensions kept oil prices elevated and gold at record levels; an extremely nervous and volatile backdrop for equities, rising concerns about the global recovery . . .more...

Is the political unrest spurring commodity price inflation?

The price of gold jumped $17.60 an ounce today to $1406 an ounce– much nearer its previous peak over $1420. Silver, as well, jumped over $2.00 an ounce to $33.91, precisely the scenario...more...

Is the Federal Reserve helping or hurting the U.S. economy and recovery?

Just when we need government to back off, we hear about more government intervention in the economy in the form of more spending -- what they call 'investment' . . .more...

Do rising gold and commodity prices suggest future currency and deficit problems?

Investors snapping up hard assets on fears of inflation, weakening paper currencies; S&P GSCI raw materials index rose to highest point since October 2008 . . .more...

Will the Federal Reserve use a second round of quantitative easing to inflate the economy?

Fed will meet next week on whether to extend its quantitative easing policy; could have significant implications for the dollar and inflation, and consequently gold . . .more...

Will the costs of war escalate?

The ongoing war takes place against a backdrop of economic crisis at home, as fresh numbers indicate that our economic situation is as bad as ever, and getting worse . . .more...

Will signals of a failing economy cause the Fed to render even more monetary stimulus?

One bad sign: Commerce Department figures showed US housing starts fell last month by 5 percent; Compared with peak in 2006, starts are off by 76 percent . . .more...

Will we see the bad economy and weak stocks getting the Fed back to aggressive stimulus?

Investor doubts about the strength of euro-zone economies have weighed heavily on the oil market and other assets tied to the global recovery, including metals and equities . . .more...

Are classic market segments getting more or less suspect?

Wild trading on Thursday -- at one point the price of Procter & Gamble, a blue chip consumer product giant, seen as a safe haven stock, fell 37 percent in a matter of minutes . . .more...

Are investors at risk of a fresh banking crisis?

Greek default contagion could spread rapidly to other, bigger EU countries with debt problems, triggering a far worse conflagration across Europe, including a banking crisis . . .more...

How do Greece's fiscal problems relate to the oil market?

Brent oil climbed to an 18-month high as corporate earnings improved, signaling fuel demand will increase; Dollar seems to be the primary driver of the oil market right now . . .more...

Will awareness of Goldman's Abucus debacle promote ownership of physical gold?

One of the worst-performing CDO mortgage deals highlights the ratings agencies' flubs on mortgage-backed bonds that many experts say were a leading cause of the credit crisis . . .more...

Will monetary easing bring higher oil prices even without increased demand?

Prices rise, but analysts caution that there has yet to be any concrete sign of a significant improvement in oil demand, especially in the U.S., due to the economic recovery . . .more...

Will expectations of a Euro-zone bailout of Greece trigger higher commodity prices?

A Greek bailout would raise risk appetite and should boost the euro against the dollar, increasing demand for riskier assets such as commodities and oil . . .more...

Has the Federal Reserve eliminated the stabilizing forces of real money?

A disastrous course: money supply has doubled, debt is unsustainable, value of the dollar continues its drop, and Americans feel helpless and held hostage by Washington . . .more...

Will dollar devaluation and China demand cause higher oil prices?

Dollar trading at its lowest level against the euro in over three weeks as investors moved out of the low-yielding currency and into more riskier assets, including oil . . .more...

Will increased war expenditures increase the need for the Treasury to print money?

The White House acknowledges it will have to cut spending or raise revenues to bring the deficit down to a more manageable 3 per cent of GDP over the medium term . . .more...

Is there risk to investors from banks in deep trouble?

An estimated 21 publicly traded banks that have received TARP injections are on the ropes; the number likely will grow, leading to some nasty surprises for investors . . .more...

Is the financial crisis continuing to claim large companies?

The most gut-wrenching failures may be over, but the financial crisis continues to claim the occasional big victim; CIT bankruptcy pain will be widely felt . . .more...

Is the threat of heightened global unrest escalating next week?

America has threatened “crippling sanctions” against Iran if high-level, multi-nation talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear program, starting this week in Geneva, collapse . . .more...

With silver outperforming gold recently, could some believe the recession is over?

Many economists believe that consumer spending will be constrained for months by households’ limited access to credit and their desire to reduce their debts . . .more...

Is a crisis in commercial real estate looming?

Fed may be forced to leave emergency-lending programs in place and keep its benchmark interest rate close to zero for longer than some investors expect . . .more...

U.S. Recession: Is this the beginning of the end . . . or the end of the beginning?

Consumer spending, accounting for 70 percent of the economy, may be slow to recover as unemployment to keep rising and home values to fall further . . .more...

Have Fed and Treasury actions helped or hurt the economy and health of the dollar?

Geithner’s remarks reflect an economy that’s showing signs of pulling out of its deepest recession in half a century, but with little momentum for a recovery . . .more...

Why have gold bullion prices been strong?

All the ingredients in place for a bull run in gold; the dollar is beginning to wobble, US Treasuries are under pressure and inflation is set to rise . . .more...

Is there inflation?

Oil prices, up 48.8% so far this year, rose above $66 a barrel on Friday, setting a fresh six-month high and heading for their biggest monthly gain in more than 10 years . . .more...

Does the world recognize problems ahead for business in America?

Reckless lending by American financiers produced a crisis that has pushed the world into its worst recession since the 1930s; tales of greed and fraud during the boom abound . . .more...

Will improved consumer confidence buoy commodity prices?

Oil has nearly doubled in price since December, buoyed partly by expectations of increased demand if the world economy recovers . . .more...

Will the monetary stimulus campaign result in higher commodity prices?

Oil’s recent price strength not based on fundamentals, but on financial flows; investors’ appetite for commodities “better entrenched, more sustainable” than earlier this year…more...

Will the monetary stimulus campaign result in higher commodity prices?

Oil’s recent price strength not based on fundamentals, but on financial flows; investors’ appetite for commodities “better entrenched, more sustainable” than earlier this year…more...

What is the outlook for oil and inflation?

Price of oil rising to $100 a barrel as a worldwide economic recovery spurs inflation and the Fed attempts to mop up all the liquidity it has pumped into the system . . .more...

Do economic conditions suggest that the Fed will step up stimulus even further?

U.S. has lost 4.4 million jobs since the recession started in late 2007; new claims for state unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 26-year high . . .more...

Is oil on the rise?

Crude Oil heading for its biggest monthly gain in almost a year, as equities increased and a weaker dollar enhanced the appeal of commodities . . .more...

Is oil on the rise?

Crude Oil heading for its biggest monthly gain in almost a year, as equities increased and a weaker dollar enhanced the appeal of commodities . . .more...

Will OPEC cut oil production?

The 12-member OPEC cartel burnished its credibility over the weekend by deciding not to cut production quotas, despite pressure from some members . . .more...

Will central banks furiously devalue their currencies to compete for exports and jobs?

As world economic crisis deepens, recorded unemployment could rise by more than 50 million by end 2009, with half the global labor force unemployed or working poor . . .more...

Will central banks furiously devalue their currencies to compete for exports and jobs?

As world economic crisis deepens, recorded unemployment could rise by more than 50 million by end 2009, with half the global labor force unemployed or working poor . . .more...

Will geopolitical instability and terrorist conflict take a turn for the worse?

New message from bin Laden says there is only one strong way to bring the return of Al Aqsa and Palestine, and that is jihad in the path of God . . .more...

Will the first bailout budget run out quickly?

Paulson said on Friday that first $350 billion of the TARP funds was effectively exhausted; now calling on Congress for a second $350 billion tranche of bailout funds . . .more...

Is the present financial crisis a global concern like the economy after the 9-11-2001 attacks?

World’s central banks cut interest rates on Wednesday, in response to mounting fears about the impact of the financial crisis on the world economy . . .more...

Why could over $60 trillion in credit derivatives turn this financial crisis into market mayhem?

The risk of being blamed for plunging the world’s greatest economy into financial ruin is a good incentive for all sides to reach a compromise . . .more...

Will the US financial crisis grow to engulf foreign central banks?

Lehman Bros., BofA, Merrill Lynch moves capped a weekend of high drama that could lead to one of the most radical reshapings in Wall Street history . . .more...

Why has the price of oil retraced recently?

The slide in oil prices could be short-lived in the light of Iran stepping up efforts to persuade fellow Opec members to cut output when they meet in Vienna . . .more...

Will crude oil prices be supported at current levels?

The threat of storms like Gustav will prevent oil prices falling further; experts see the market supported above $110 until the end of the hurricane season . . .more...

Is our “faith-based” Dollar now doomed to fail?

Every dollar created and spent by government makes the dollars in your pocket worth less and less, and will eventually be debased to worthlessness . . .more...

Could up to 300 more banks fail as a result of the worsening debt crisis?

Hundreds of banks with soured loans face pressure as credit losses once concentrated in subprime mortgages spread to other home loans and debt once-thought safe . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the U.S. Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

Would bailouts of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac put even more pressure on the Dollar?

S&P: A government bailout of Fannie or Freddie could cost taxpayers $1 trillion and force the agency to lower its rating on the creditworthiness of the United States . . .more...

What does the world’s richest investor see up ahead for the US economy?

Warren Buffett today on Bloomberg Television: “I think the ‘flation’ part will heat up and I think the ‘stag’ part will get worse . . .”more...

Will inflation from the dollar's devaluation prompt political posturing?

Bush called on Congress to lift a 27-year-old moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling, putting himself in the middle of an election-year debate over U.S. energy policy . .more...

Are the consequences of Middle East extremists unavoidable?

Iran ignored demands to stop producing nuclear fuel and blocked inspectors; US and EU want tighter sanctions to keep Iranian banks from funding terrorism . . .more...

Why is the Federal Reserve’s manufacturing of fiat money the true cause of high oil prices?

When the Fed inflates the dollar as drastically as it has, this causes certain sectors to expand beyond what would naturally occur in the free market . . .more...

Will oil prices increase further?

Latest jump in prices came as T. Boone Pickens, the legendary US investor, predicted crude would reach $150 a barrel this year . . .more...

Is gold a better economic barometer than the actions of the world’s central banks?

The consequences of central banks' trying to guide their economies are routinely disruptive, if not destructive. Inflation is almost always the result . . .more...

Will Democrats taking power feed the oil inflation spiral?

Democrats’ energy policy and their actual record while in control of Congress in the last year and a half has been nothing short of disastrous . . .more...

Will the suspect Dollar lend price support for oil and gold?

The recent run above $100 a barrel has been largely attributed to a steadily depreciating U.S. currency and investors seeking a safe haven in hard commodities . . .more...

Are higher oil prices on the horizon?

If oil manages to breach $109 a barrel, the minimum and likely maximum upside target zone for a major multi-year peak becomes the $112 and $120 area . . .more...

How bad will things get?

The recent rise in corporate bankruptcies in America may be sign of much worse to come; most forecasters expect it to rise sharply over the coming months . . .more...

Will worsening economic conditions and the war in Iraq bring about monetary easing?

Further Fed action is expected in response to fresh signs of fragility in the American economy and the worsening state of global financial markets . . .more...

Will a stagflation epidemic push stocks into a bear market?

With economy in decline and lenders in recoil, stocks fell to their lowest level in more than 18 months and now stand on the brink of a bear market . . .more...

Is the housing bubble crisis furthering stagflation?

Inflation is up, food is up, oil and gold are up, foreclosures are up, unemployment is up, government spending at record highs; the only thing down is the value of the dollar . . .more...

Is there confidence that the weakening economy and the Dollar's decline will be reversed?

The dollar fell against the euro on Friday after a gauge of consumer sentiment plunged to its lowest level since 1992 . . .more...

Will we now see a commercial real estate market collapse?

There is a growing risk of defaults on loans on commercial property this year, in a trend that could spill over into tumbling values and create more . . .more...

Will the Fed have to use monetary inflation to deal with an economic crisis?

The Fed's huge emergency rate cut did little to allay fears of a brewing U.S. recession . . .more...

Will the New Year bring three-figure oil prices?

Oil prices kicked off 2008 by hitting a new high of $100 a barrel Wednesday . . .more...

How could the Pakistani political crisis impact the U.S. economy and gold?

Gold and bond prices rose on news of assassination of Pakistani leader . . .more...

Will Iran's Islamic extremist leader pursue atomic weapons at all costs?

Iran vowed to pursue its disputed atomic program come what may . . .more...

Will the Fed cause a recession to save the Dollar?

New fear now stalks the markets: Dollar's slide could spin out of control . . .more...

What does $90 oil mean for gold?

If the relationship was to go to the average gold would be nearer to . . .more...

Will the Fed have to inflate to soften the worst financial crisis since the great depression?

The collapse of home prices might turn out to be the most severe since . . .more...

Is there commodity inflation to spur gold and silver?

The jump in oil prices cames as other commodities hit all-time highs . . .more...

Will central banks inflate the money supply to try to solve the present global economic crisis?

The European Central Bank on Thursday injected €42.2bn into euro money markets . . .more...

Could escalating oil prices fuel inflation?

We're only a headline of significance away from $100 oil . . .more...

Is the US still at imminent risk of al-Qaeda terrorism?

We are facing a persistent terrorist enemy led by al-Qaeda that remains . . .more...

Will it be common to see the price of oil exceeding $70?

Oil prices extended gains above $71 a barrel on Thursday . . .more...

What are the chances for political stability in Iraq?

A suicide bomber killed three Iraqi lawmakers and wounded dozens of other people . . .more...

Does the conflict in Iran present growing economic uncertainty?

Something will eventually have to give in the current crisis, and when it does, we could . . .more...

Is there growing instability for world oil prices?

Oil broke through $64 a barrel on Monday, setting a fresh 2007 record . . .more...

Will America's massive sub-prime real estate loans collapse to cripple the economy?

Investor worries over loans made to US borrowers with weak credit histories have grown since . . .more...

Will OPEC cut oil production?

Saudi Arabia . . . plans to cut 158,000 barrels of oil production a day starting tomorrow . . .more...

Can gold hold over $600 in the face of lower oil prices?

The weakness in oil prices put gold under pressure with bullion retreating . . .more...

Why is evidence of a weakening economy pushing gold higher?

Gold is going to $682 and may well make a new high before another serious reaction . . .more...

Are gold and black gold prices related?

"It is a surprise that gold's relationship with oil is stronger at the moment than . . . "more...

At what level should OPEC support oil prices?

Some of the more bearish voices in the oil markets are starting to talk about oil falling to . . .more...

Will South Korea's nuclear testing trigger a nuclear arms race in the region?

North Korea exploded a nuclear device on Monday October 9th deep under a . . .more...

How have suppressed oil prices affected the gold market?

Gold, little changed in New York, may rise as rebounding oil prices boost the appeal . . .more...

What is the low end of the oil range now?

Crude fell as low as $66.99 a barrel as supply concerns eased after U.S. distillate supplies . . .more...

Is there any end in sight for the war on terrorism?

British Police: "It would have resulted in 'mass murder on an unimaginable scale'"more...

Are higher oil prices expected?

Oil prices reversed their early losses on Monday to post gains as hopes of a ceasefire . . .more...

Are higher oil prices here to stay?

The balance of world oil supply and demand has become so precarious that even small acts of . . .more...

Why does $70 oil suggest $1,400 gold?

I believe the current rising price of oil will be a bullish factor for gold . . .more...

Will equities be stable as economic health and the US Dollar drift downwards?

On Wednesday, after new data on consumer and producer-price inflation came in higher than . . .more...

What could the Iran crisis mean for gold?

If the US, GB and the other usual suspects invoke economic sanctions against Iran . . .more...

Does Iran want even higher oil prices?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that record crude oil prices were still below . . .more...

Has the upward trend in oil prices resumed?

IPE Brent for June delivery hit a record $72.20 a barrel before easing back to . . .more...

Where are we in the gold/silver generational bull market?

It will move above $600 with a probable overrun of our magnet at . . .more...

Are Iraq and Iran bullish for gold?

Gold rose in Asia amid concern that the Iraq war and Iran's nuclear ambitions may disrupt . . .more...

Why do the current geopolitical conditions present potentially explosive gold prices?

It should be kept firmly in mind that the gold-starved Muslin central banks are devoid of the . . .more...

Will the Iran nuclear crisis inflate oil prices and prove negative for equities?

Iran has made threats to withhold supplies from the world market if there was international . . .more...

How should we forecast Middle East tensions this year?

Coming a day after 58 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings, the latest bloodshed . . .more...

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