Archives for October 2017

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 the past, leading to a sudden and sharp jump 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 close. In the vote in Scotland to split from … [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 world’s largest central banks indicated that weak … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]