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The 5 Countries That Could Push Oil Prices Up

Oil prices appear to be stuck in the $50's per barrel, but that doesn't mean there aren't serious supply risks to the market. An unexpected disruption could occur at any moment, as has happened in … [Read More...]

Catalan: Independence or Revolution?

On October 1st, the Catalonian region of Spain held a referendum similar to "Brexit" on whether they should leave Spain or not. But unlike with Brexit and the vote in Scotland the results weren't even … [Read More...]

Stocks Still Have Strong Low-Inflation/Low-Rates/Improving-Economy Tailwind

Lower Rates Longer When interest rates are low and economic data is improving, stocks typically get an added opportunity-cost boost relative to bonds. From The Wall Street Journal: “Leaders of the … [Read More...]

Latest Financial Trends

Bitcoin Trends

Although Bitcoin has been around for about a decade now it wasn't until recently, that it has become fashionable and common knowledge. This year we've published several articles about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. Including Bitcoin: The New Safe … [Read More...]

The “Amazon Effect” Is Coming To Oil Markets

While OPEC mulls over further steps to once again support falling oil prices, tech startups are quietly ushering in a new era in oil and gas: the era of the digital oil field. Much talk has revolved around how software can completely transform the energy industry, … [Read More...]

Bulls, Bears and Fed Bond Purchases

The market has been on a tear most of 2017 with the NASDAQ gaining about 25% since the November Election of Donald Trump. With that kind of good news in its pocket the FED has decided that it is time to tighten the money supply. It plans to do this by an accounting … [Read More...]

Gold Production

I first became interested in gold, back in the 1970's, when I was in college. In 1970, South Africa held the title of the world's largest gold producer, producing 900 metric tonnes of gold, i.e. roughly 2/3rds of the world's gold, and Russia was a distant second … [Read More...]

The $10 Trillion Resource North Korea Has But Can’t Tap

North Korea is making quite a bit of news these days with its crazy war threats and threatening missile launches.  It knows that in the past, brinkmanship has gotten it concessions from every U.S. President since Clinton. During Clinton's Presidency North Korea began … [Read More...]

Could the Next Oil Price Spike Cripple The Industry?

In the following article Andreas de Vries and Dr. Salman Ghouri of Oilprice.com discuss the possibility of oil price spikes crippling the oil industry. At first blush that seems highly unlikely.  After all the oil industry is critical to powering the world and although … [Read More...]

New Battery UnVeiled

The Lithium Ion battery (Li-Ion) was invented by  Adam Heller  over 40 years ago and it still reigns supreme as the best hope for lightweight batteries. It runs everything from laptops to Teslas to power tools and mobile phones. Even though it has undergone some major … [Read More...]

What Can We Learn About the Stock Market From the NY Subway?

New York city is one of the most populous cities in the world and of course the home of the massive New York Stock exchange. But every workday all those people must get to work which means that just one of the many bridges i.e. the George Washington Bridge handles over … [Read More...]

Bitcoin: The New Safe Haven?

Bitcoin prices plunged more than 25% over the weekend of July 17th, 2017. In one weekend, Bitcoin, lost $10 billion, in market cap due to the crash. On Monday morning, July 17th, 2017, the Bitcoin market recovered 30-40% of that loss. In the following article Chris … [Read More...]

Investing: The Incredible Power Of Staying In The Now

Living in the now is an important concept for both a happy life and also as an investment strategy. The following article by Chris Ciovacco of Ciovacco Capital originally appeared here and has been reprinted by permission. ~Tim McMahon, editor 1982: A Bed Of … [Read More...]

The Technical Failure That Could Clear The Oil Glut In A Matter Of Weeks

The following article by Cyril Widdershoven of Oilprice.com takes a look at the recent technical glitch that could cut Saudi production by as much as 900,000 barrels per day. Many Middle East oil fields are aging and are experiencing technical challenges. Creation of … [Read More...]

Is A Big Move In Oil Prices Due?

On November 30th 2016, Bloomberg trumpeted the following headline, OPEC Confounds Skeptics, Agrees to First Oil Cuts in 8 Years. On the day before, (i.e. November 29th) oil prices had plunged 2.5% and the NYMEX Oil ETF was trading at $11.34 and the news drove the price … [Read More...]

Are Regulations Strangling Free Enterprise?

On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner died due to a police officer's "choke hold". This made big news but what made barely a ripple was his "crime". What was his crime? It was simply selling “unlicensed cigarettes”. No one seemed to question whether "selling loosies" is even a … [Read More...]

Will Solar Energy Finally Catch On?

The idea of using solar power is a popular one. Not only is it eco-friendly, but the hope is that it can also save your household a significant amount of money. But the idea of using solar power is not new. The first solar hot water heater was created by Clarence Kemp … [Read More...]

eCommerce Trends: What’s in Your eWallet?

A Brief History of Money and Credit From earliest times a variety of objects have been used as mediums of exchange... everything from beads and shells to precious metals like gold and silver. In order to fund the American Revolution Congress authorized the issue of … [Read More...]

Real Estate Trends: House Flipping

From a builder's point of view, the housing market has always been cyclical from boom to bust and back to boom again. During boom times building, renovation and house flipping are all big business but during times of economic recession the demand for houses falls as … [Read More...]

Has Permian Shale Productivity Peaked Already?

The Permian Basin is a sedimentary basin primarily located in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico.  It is named "Permian" because it has one of the world's thickest deposits of rocks from the Permian geologic period. The Permian Basin is the largest … [Read More...]

Where Will Oil Prices Be in 2020?

The oil industry is notoriously cyclical. Perhaps because it takes so long to bring new supply on-line. As prices rise and the industry blossoms the oil machinery kicks into gear. Independants locate the oil and the fields get bought up by majors who bring it into … [Read More...]

Cyberattack! Ransomware and The Future of Computing

The big news this week was the outbreak of a computer virus called "WannaCry". According to CyberSecurity company Symantec makers of Norton Security, WannaCry  is a "worm that spreads by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows operating system. Once installed, it … [Read More...]

Low Probability Market Will Crash

In the following article Chris Ciovacco looks at a variety of indicators to determine the probability that the market will take a dive in the near future. He'll look at New Highs vs. New Lows, and compare market vulnerability of the 2011 market compared to today. The … [Read More...]