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July 14, 2014 Goldman Stays Gold Bear as Bullish Wagers Increase: Commodities

Source: Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Jeffrey Currie isn’t backing down from his bearish call on gold. As bullion’s 11 percent rally this year beats gains for equities, commodities and Treasuries, he’s sticking with the view that the metal...

July 13, 2014 Are Pensions Finally Fed Up with Social Divesting'

Governing - Since then, trends have hopped from one cause to another. In 2013, a number of pension funds, including the California teachers and îNew York City pensionî funds, divested from gun manufacturers as a...

July 11, 2014 Why Buffett is betting on energy stocks again

Source: CNBC

Warren Buffett has been a big believer in and buyer of U.S. energy—indirectly. When it comes to direct investments in energy stocks, though, Buffett—famous for using an elephant-gun analogy to describe his hunt for...

July 11, 2014 World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments

Source: The Guardian

An umbrella group of churches, which represents over half a billion Christians worldwide, has decided to pull its investments out of fossil fuel companies. The move by the World Council of Churches, which has 345 member churches...

July 11, 2014 Rising bond yields point to rate rises


Investors’ radar screens have long been clear of the one blip guaranteed to sound the alarm in financial markets: interest rate rises by central banks. Now, though, in the UK and US, economists and bond traders are homing in on...

July 10, 2014 Euro strength defies Draghi’s loosening plans


The eurozone economy has failed to spring into life. The danger is of a damaging deflationary slump. Official interest rates have been slashed, and pushed into negative territory. Surely the euro ought to have weakened by now?

July 10, 2014 Gas prices could drop up to 25 cents by August

Source: USA Today

Gasoline prices could fall up to 25 cents a gallon in parts of the USA within the next two weeks, thanks to slumping crude oil prices, weakening demand and robust supplies. Now averaging $3.64 a gallon - vs $3.48 last July...

July 10, 2014 Fed mulls policy exit, October end of asset purchases: FOMC minutes

The Federal Reserve has begun detailing how it plans to ease the U.S. economy out of an era of loose monetary policy, indicating it will end its asset purchases in October and appearing near agreement on a plan to manage interest...

July 10, 2014 Do Low Bond Risk Premiums Predict Financial Instability?

Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheet

One reason that many monetary policy hawks cite for raising the target federal funds rate sooner rather than later is that risk premiums on bonds could spike sharply when the central bank finally begins to tighten its monetary...

July 9, 2014 Trade talks begin on $1 trillion green goods

Associated Press - GENEVA (AP) â Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began negotiations Tuesday with 11 other members of the îWorld Trade Organizationî toward a new deal that would cut...

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