Archives for May 2014

Exxon and BP Defy White House

Several of the largest oil companies in the world are doubling down in Russia despite moves by the West to isolate Russia and its economy. ExxonMobil and BP separately signed agreements with Rosneft – Russia's state-owned oil company – to extend and … [Read more...]

Bursting the California Shale Bubble

The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the statistical arm of the Department of Energy – has downgraded its estimate of the … [Read more...]

Russia’s Weakened Hand Could Pay Off For Beijing In Major Gas Deal

A major gas deal between Russia and China could finally be sealed this week when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits China on May 20-21 and meets with President Xi Jinping. In the lead up to Putin's arrival, the two sides have been working on … [Read more...]

How a Big Cat Started Europe’s Addiction to Oil

By Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist On July 1, 1911, a German gunboat named Panther sailed into the port of Agadir, Morocco, and changed history. For the previous two decades, a faction within the British Admiralty had called … [Read more...]

Yellen’s Wand Is Running Low on Magic

The FED Thinks it has a "Magic Wand" that can boost the economy and solve all of our country's problems. But as interest rates near zero... By Doug French, Contributing Editor How important is housing to the American economy? If a 2011 SMU … [Read more...]

How to Find Junk Bonds That Don’t Stink

By Andrey Dashkov, Research Analyst Riddle me this: Why would anyone ever buy junk bonds or a junk bond fund? Before we get to the answer, I would like to point something out that seems to be a given, but that astonishingly few investors think … [Read more...]