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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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]

Latest Financial Trends

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...]

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles?

I've been enamored with electric vehicles since long before they were commercially available. Way back in 1975, Mechanix Illustrated featured the "Urba Town car" and offered plans to build your own Electric Car. It required removing the body from a VW bug, and building … [Read More...]

Futuristic Advances to Ancient Materials

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." This quote has been mistakenly attributed to Charles Holland Duell commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1898 to 1901. The advance of technology has grown exponentially since then and … [Read More...]

Investors Pessimistic… Market to Rally

In the following article, The Gold and Oil Guy Chris Vermeulen looks at investor sentiment, Federal Tax Revenues, Food Stamps, Median Household income vs. Home Prices, and comes to some interesting conclusions. ~ Tim McMahon, editor EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS MAKE … [Read More...]

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Increase

In the following article Chris Vermeulen of  The Gold and Oil Guy, looks at the current trend in Mortgage Delinquencies in an effort to determine whether the market is still bullish. He also looks at FED actions and how they affect the markets. According to Wikipedia … [Read More...]

America & Money: Cool Facts About the History of Our Monetary System

Since 1776, many things have changed dramatically in America. One of the most drastic series of changes has been in the way we conduct transactions using money. Believe it or not, the monetary system that is in place today would be almost completely unrecognizable to … [Read More...]

The U.S. Economy, Payrolls & FOMC

In today's post Gary Tanashian looks at ten charts and indicators to give us a unique look at the trends of the overall economic situation, the state of the "economic recovery" and the employment situation. He looks at where the jobs are, how the average consumer is … [Read More...]

Is a Second OPEC Cut In The Cards?

In November 2016 with great fanfare, OPEC announced a production cut in an effort to drive up prices in light of the massive global supply glut, partially the result of U.S. shale oil flooding the market. This supply glut had put every Oil producing country in fiscal … [Read More...]

Are Oil Production Costs Rising or Falling?

Oil Majors' Costs Have Risen 66% Since 2011 The oil majors reported poor earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, but many oil executives struck an optimistic tone about the road ahead. Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures implemented over the … [Read More...]

Cryptocurrency: Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?

Introduction, History, and Progress of BITCOIN Just a few short years ago no one had heard of them and now it seems like everybody on the Earth knows about Bitcoin. Bitcoin (a peer-to-peer electronic cash system) was first introduced in October 2008 by two unknown … [Read More...]

Gold Prices Inching Higher

Several factors determine the U.S. price of gold. Inflation, market uncertainty (i.e. worry),  the value of the Dollar compared to other currencies (a falling dollar increases the gold price), supply and demand. Market supply can come from three sources: mining, scrap … [Read More...]

The Oil War Just Getting Started

Let the battle begin. OPEC is trying to cut production and drive prices up while U.S. Shale Oil producers are seeing the increase in oil prices as an opportunity to get back in the game. More oil rigs are coming on line in the U.S. accompanied by increased drilling … [Read More...]

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally?

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are … [Read More...]

Oil Prices High Enough to Spark Shale Rebound

U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral - What that means is that Operating Cash flow is finally covering the cost of Capex (i.e. Capital Expenditures - an expense is a capital expenditure when the asset is a newly purchased capital asset or an investment that improves … [Read More...]

FED Raises Interest Rates- ROC’s Retain Buy Signal

At the Federal Reserve's recent policy meeting on Wednesday, December 14th the FED raised their federal-funds target interest rate by a quarter percentage point, to range between 0.50% and 0.75%. Fed officials pointed to a strengthening economy and inflation nearing … [Read More...]

Auto Safety Trends

There's no doubt that cars are safer today than they used to be. In 1970 there were 25 automobile fatalities per 100,000 people in the United States according to Wikipedia. In 2014 that number had shrunk to 10 per 100,000 even though the number of miles driven increased … [Read More...]