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  • In Global Trade, We Need Equal Protection from All Governments

    03/28/2017 5:13:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2017 | Seton Motley
    Yesterday we wrote of, here at home, the long lost beauty of equal protection before the law, which the 14th Amendment of our Constitution mandates - but our government almost never delivers. By forsaking this important tenet, we opened wide the door to cronyism - with government playing favorites amongst private sector players.  Decades later, we have a heinous patchwork quilt of laws and regulations - oft even contradictory rules that have been time and again warped to the will of the highest bidders. The result is anything but a free market economy.  Want to know why our nation has basically stagnated for decades? ...
  • Should the United States Abandon the Federal Reserve System?

    03/09/2017 8:07:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Economics Wire ^ | March 9, 2017 | Viliyana Filipova / Mr. Conrad
    The Federal Reserve gives us the freedom to buy things now that we would otherwise have to wait for.In looking at the Federal Reserve, it is important to note that this is a money system, not just a group of people sitting in a conference room controlling everything having to do with the US dollar. The Fed is a system just like the government of the US is a system. What that means is that no one controls it, and that it is much bigger than any one person or group of people could ever control. They can guide it,...
  • Copper Price Forecast Is Copper Ready To Start A New Bull Market In 2016?

    11/13/2016 7:30:00 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    Investing HavenNovember 12,2016 We have covered the copper market extensively in recent weeks. As the price of copper has truly gone balistic this week, it justifies another commentary with our view on where exactly copper stands, and where it can go from here. In other words, is the copper price forecast that bullish that it suggests a new bull market has started in 2016? MarketWatch is one of the few media outlets that provided some (positive) coverage on copper today. Their article implicitly suggests a bullish copper price forecast for the remainder of 2016: Copper futures, meanwhile, saw a weekly...
  • After years of pain, coal becomes one of the hottest commodities of 2016

    08/17/2016 11:16:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2016 | Henning Gloystein
    Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal, seen as the Asian benchmark, have soared over 35 percent since mid-June to more than one-year highs of almost $70 a tonne, pushed by surprise increases in Chinese imports. "Coal markets, after five years of declining prices, appear to have found a bottom in the first quarter," Australia's Whitehaven Coal said on Thursday,...
  • Citibank: Were Nearing A Bull Market For Oil

    07/12/2016 10:01:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-07-2016 | Citi
    Citigroup is especially bullish on commodities in 2017, the bank says. The oil market is treading water for now, but the oil price overshot to the downside earlier this year and this is clearly setting the stage for a bullish end to the decade, Citi analysts, led by Ed Morse, wrote in a research note published on July 11. There is a quite a bit of volatility in commodity markets, especially for oil, but global demand continues to grow at a steady pace. Prices have crashed on oversupply, but with oil production going offline, particularly in the U.S., the markets...
  • Precious Metal Pandemonium - Silver Spikes Limit-Up, Gold Surges As China FX Basket Hits Record Low

    07/04/2016 4:55:56 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-4-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden Jul 3, 2016 10:50 PM Update: Silver just exploded above $21 - up almost 8% - its biggest single day surge since September 2013. Silver is limit up on SHFE as Gold is also surging back towards Brexit highs near $1360... China's CFETS Renminbi basket just hit a record low..(snip)Lots of charts...click on link(snip)
  • Charting the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years, worst commodity returns in 80 years

    06/17/2016 9:59:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 14 June 2016 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    Looking to dazzle friends and family at the next summer barbecue? Well, drop this little fact on them: global interest rates are at their lowest in 5,000 years. Not only that, you can tell the acquaintance who brags about his gold bars in the bank vault that returns on commodities are the worst since 1933. Sounds crazy you may say, but thats just the kind of history Bank of America Merrill Lynch rolled out in the third edition of Longest Pictures note. The first chart shows the lowest global interest rates going all the way back to 3,000 B.C. Michael...
  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic down 10.6% ( coal down 33.5% )

    05/12/2016 7:31:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Railway Age ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ben Vient
    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 7, 2016: Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 492,923 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.6% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May. 7 were 233,047 carloads, down 14.8% compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 259,876 containers and trailers, down 6.4% compared to 2015. Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were miscellaneous carloads, up 6.7% to 9,839 carloads; chemicals, up...
  • Surprise! Baltic Dry Index Plunges Most Since November As Commodity Bubble Bursts

    05/08/2016 3:05:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 07 May 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Who could have seen this coming? Remember a week ago when TV entertainers crowed about the surge in The Baltic Dry Freight Index was a "clear signal" that 'China is back' baby and that escape velocity growth was just around the corner as global growth was destined to pick up... Well, just as we warned very explicitly, the ramp in the index merely reflected the frenzied speculation in industrial metals by the Chinese and as authorities have cracked down on that idiocy, so the Baltic Dry has plunged by the most since November... as real demand punches back.
  • Rail Traffic Depression: 292 Union Pacific Engines Are Sitting In The Arizona Desert Doing Nothing

    05/08/2016 5:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/08/2016 | Michael Snyder
    We continue to get more evidence that the U.S. economy has entered a major downturn. Just last week, I wrote about how U.S. GDP growth numbers have been declining for three quarters in a row, and previously I wrote about how corporate defaults have surged to their highest level since the last financial crisis. Well, now we are getting some very depressing numbers from the rail industry. As you will see below, U.S. rail traffic was down more than 11 percent from a year ago in April. That is an absolutely catastrophic number, and the U.S. rail industry is feeling...
  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • Why Gold Bugs Need to Stop Listening to The Fear Mongers and Start Thinking for a Change

    04/29/2016 9:36:04 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 4-29-2016 | Sol_Palha
    April 27, 2016 Sol_Palha We are still not convinced that Gold is fully out of the woods. Peter Schiff is busy telling everyone that it was a bad idea to have sold Gold in 2011, we beg to differ for the trend indicates otherwise, and so does the price of Gold. He is coming out with scary scenarios though they are not as grandiose as James Sinclair's scenario that calls for Gold to move to $50,000 an ounce. Even, when we dream we find it hard to envision such a price, so it is interesting that he can come up...
  • Silver Prices In Five Years?

    02/29/2016 11:56:37 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 2-29-2016
    DeviantInvestorFeburary 29, 2016 What will the price of silver be in 2021? You can find articles suggesting the price of silver will be over $1,000 and under $10. Perhaps this is the wrong question. A better approach: The global financial system is increasingly unstable and fragile, more so than in 2008. The important question is: How will governments, central banks and financial systems respond to the ongoing crisis? Future prices for silver are dependent upon the answer to that question. I suggest three possible scenarios. Scenario One status quo: The next five years could look much like the last...
  • Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High

    02/23/2016 4:00:07 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-02-2016 | Page
    With lithium prices skyrocketing beyond wildest expectations, talk heating up about acquisitions and mergers in this space and a fast-brewing war among electric car rivals, it’s no wonder everyone’s bullish on this golden commodity that promises to become the ‘’new gasoline”. Moreover, land grabs, rising price predictions, and expectations of a major demand spike are leaping out of the shadows of a pending energy revolution and a new technology-driven resource era. For once, we have agreement across the board on a commodity: Demand for lithium will continue to rise throughout the year--and beyond--spurred by the rise of battery mega/gigafactories and...
  • A desperate Hillary attacks Sanders for supporting legislation Bill signed

    01/18/2016 7:09:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    PowerLine ^ | January 18, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    Under powerful attack from Bernie Sanders in last night's debate over her cozy relationship with Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton stated that Sanders is "the only one of this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000. . .which [was] one of the main causes of the collapse in '08." [Snip] Consider this, however. Bill Clinton signed into law the very act - The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 - that Hillary attacked Sanders for supporting.
  • Gas Wars: A Gallon Is Just 46 Cents Here

    01/18/2016 10:50:44 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    CNBC - REUTERS ^ | 1-18-2016 | Katie Little | Steve Kopack
    CNBCJanuary 18, 2016 While gas prices are low nationwide, some stations are slashing the fuel's price to rock-bottom levels to the tune of less than 50 cents a gallon. The drastic price cuts are part of a gas price war at three Houghton Lake, Mich., stations. During the last three days, the prices dropped below a buck per gallon, falling as low as 46 cents at Sunrise Marathon. Meanwhile, the Beacon & Bridge gas station was as low as 47 cents, said employees of each station in interviews with CNBC.(snip)
  • Here Comes "QE For Metals" - China's Desperate Commodity Sector Demands A State Bailout

    11/25/2015 1:47:32 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11-25-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/25/2015 When it comes to commodity metals, the dead cat no longer bounces. We showed this last night in "No End In Sight For Commodity Carnage As Chinese Fear Fed Hike Blowback", a post which can be summarized with the following chart showing that at least for nickel, copper, zinc, iron ore and aluminum it will be a very unhappy holiday season: The one-word reason for this condition: China, which as documented extensively in the past, has clammed down on its unprecedented credit creation now that its debt/GDP is well over 300% and as a result conventional industries...
  • Copper Futures Are Getting Destroyed In Another Asian Commodities Rout (Dr Copper)

    11/23/2015 7:06:40 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 11-23-2015 | Greg McKeena
    Greg McKennaNovember 23, 2015 It’s an ugly day on industrial commodity markets in Asia today with some big falls in crude oil, copper, zinc, and Chinese rebar steel. At the moment Nymex crude for January delivery is down 2.74% to $40.75 a barrel, Brent crude is down 1.75% to $43.87 a barrel, Copper in US trade has fallen 2% to another six-year low of $2.01 a pound, but it is down 3.74% in Shanghai. Zinc in Shanghai is down 1.03%, and rebar steel on the Shanghai exchange is off 3.35%. Interestingly even against this back drop Gold still can’t find...
  • The Long, Cold Winter Ahead (Zero Hedge)

    11/22/2015 8:17:22 AM PST · by citizen · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    If you recall, the popular storyline since late last year has been that the U.S. economy is moderately improving while the world’s other major economies – Japan, China, and Europe – are rolling over. The U.S. economy would power through. Moreover, stock prices had achieved a permanently high plateau.
  • What The Paris Attacks Mean For Commodities Prices

    11/17/2015 9:07:30 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-11-2015 | com prices
    The Paris tragedy clearly showed the world that the war on terror has gone global. If that had not already been made clear by terror bombings in Baghdad, Beirut, and the Russian airliner in recent weeks, it was hammered home by Paris. Israeli media (debka.com) reports that no western intelligence picked up any signs of the attack plan. The grim message to the world: It could happen anywhere. For any that still needed to be convinced, the attack also revealed that the greatest threat to the west comes from radical Islam, not from Iran, Russia, or China. That fact was...