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Posted: 03 Nov 2009 02:37 AM PST
In the past year, the Federal Reserve has increased our monetary base by about 120 percent, more than double the previous highest annual increase over the past 50 years. The Fed has made huge loans to private lenders and bought over $1 trillion of mortgage securities and hundreds of billions of dollars of long-term treasury bonds. It has succeeded in lowering the federal funds rate below 1 percent—even, for most of the time, to less than half that. The goal, of course, is to force
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Posted: 03 Nov 2009 03:10 AM PST
It’s no secret that Goldman Sachs has an enormously profitable trading operation. In the most recent quarter they reported an astounding $10B in total trading and investments. This represented 81% of the firms total revenues. One of the most profitable arms of this trading operation is the commodity desk. Goldman’s commodity calls are often market moving and always noteworthy.
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Posted: 03 Nov 2009 03:26 AM PST
We are now on twitter – follow us for up to the minute cef news at CEFGuru
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 03:31 AM PST
..taking the current bounce in the dollar as a chance to purchase oil as it pulls back into support
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 04:34 AM PST
Residents of the Venezuelan capital face cuts in water service for as much as 48 hours per week, after the government imposed rationing to stem a 25 percent shortfall in the city’s supply, officials said Monday. Officials said cuts in water service were to be staggered throughout Caracas through the duration of the current dry season, which is not expected to end until May 2010. Seems like a global problem
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 04:50 AM PST
Seems like significantly more regulation from UK on behalf of bailed out banks. Likely a restrictive policy.
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 05:02 AM PST
The Altman Group’s Closed End Fund Conference at the NYSE
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 06:54 AM PST
In the midst of a historically low interest rate environment, many fixed income segments continue to enjoy considerable yield advantages, or spreads, relative to US Treasuries. This trend presents investors with opportunities to earn attractive returns at a lower risk than equities.
Posted: 03 Nov 2009 12:27 PM PST
The Australian central bank raised its benchmark interest rate Tuesday for the second month in a row, as widely expected, and suggested a gradual withdrawal of stimulus measures amid mounting evidence that the Australian economy was rapidly picking up speed.
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Posted: 03 Nov 2009 11:13 PM PST
…coal eventually finds its way to Asia, namely China. China’s power supply is still coal-fired and demand for coal is expected to increase in the coming years.
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Posted: 03 Nov 2009 11:19 PM PST
In an update to its East Asia and Pacific Outlook, published in April, the World Bank said the economies of developing east Asia had rebounded sharply from the steep drop in activity in early 2009 because of extraordinary fiscal and monetary measures, improved global financial conditions and an upturn in inventory cycles.
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Posted: 04 Nov 2009 12:00 AM PST
Transocean Ltd. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income fell by a third as the oil service firm saw lower activity in its fleet of rigs and drill ships.
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Posted: 04 Nov 2009 12:09 AM PST