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EconMatters
EconMatters is made up of a team of financial and market analysts who research, analyze, and write articles devoted to the discussion of important economic and market specific issues relevant to various readers and global strategic investing.

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  • Is Inflation really a Problem?
    It seems that to exclusively focus on one side of the equation can be human nature at times, and with regard to inflation concerns humans never see the other side of the equation, i.e., areas where they are actually experiencing deflation in their lives.
  • The Market Rally Tells Us Nothing about the Economy
    Markets have had a good run from the third quarter earning's sell-off, the inevitable Santa Claus rally, and the first quarter new money being put to work. But all this talk about some Super Cycle turn in the economy is putting the proverbial cart ahead of the horse.
  • Forget Libor-gate, Oil Market Manipulation Is Far Worse
    Since the Global Community all the sudden seems to be preoccupied with Market manipulation even though the authorities knew it was a problem for over 5 years with Libor Rate Fixing. It is high time authorities look at the Crude Oil market which has been manipulated for the last decade and all the sophisticated participants know it is rigged or artificially higher than the fundamentals of the economy dictate. Consumers are paying an easy $35 dollars per barrel over what they would otherwise dole out for a barrel of oil, if fund managers didn't use the benchmark futures contracts as their own personal ATMs.
  • Spain and The Runaway Euro Bailout Train
    Spain finally bowed to the rising interest rates and the billions of euros worth of bad loans at Spain's regional governments to ask for a loan. After emergency talks between eurozone finance ministers on Saturday, Spain will get up to $125 billion from the European Union to bailout its banking system.
  • Forget Peak Oil, Time To Worry About Peak Oil Labor
    In a recent working paper, researchers at the the IMF attempt to reconcile the Peak Oil debate that whether resource constraints will dictate the future of oil output and prices, or advance in technology motivated by high oil price would eventually provide a solution to more production, as well as higher oil prices.
  • Another Oil Price Shock, Another Global Recession?
    Brent crude ended trading above $120 a barrel on Friday, April 13, while WTI crude on NYMEX for May delivery settled at $102.83 a barrel. Oil has traded above $100 for all but a couple of days in the past year. This persistent high oil price has many concerned to start threatening a nascent recovery of the global economy.
  • Greed Is Indeed Good at Goldman?
    Scandal and headlines seem to perpetually follow Goldman Sachs (GS), a firm that's simply doing "God's Work". On Wed. March 14, Goldman's name once again burnt up the Internet, and social media. This time it was from a resignation letter by one of its top executives published as an op-ed at the New York Times.
  • Dollar, Gold and Gasoline: Much Ado About Nothing
    U.S. regular gasoline price has spiked almost 4% in one week to $3.688 a gallon as of Feb. 26, the highest level since last September, with residents in three states--Alaska, Hawaii, California-- are already seeing above $4 at the pump, based on AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
  • Crude Oil and Iran: Who Blinks First?
    Oil futures spiked more than 2% in one day to their highest level in nine months on Tuesday Feb. 21. WTI front month contract closed at $105.84, while Brent ended at $121.66 on ICE, primarily on investors fear of potential conflict over the escalating tensions between the US, Europe, Israel, and Iran. A second Greek bailout deal of €130bn (£110bn; $170bn) also helped to inject some optimism into the market (which would seem totally mis-placed as we may need to relive this Greek drama in two years). Nevertheless, the fact remains crude oil market supply and demand has not changed a bit to warrant a 2%+ price jump in one day.
  • China and The Global Trade Rebalance
    Europe’s underlying problem is not budget deficits or even unsustainable debt. These are mainly symptoms. The real problem with Europe is the huge divergence in costs between the core and the periphery – in the past decade costs between Germany and some of the peripheral countries have diverged by anywhere from 20% to 40%. This divergence has made the latter uncompetitive and has resulted in the massive trade imbalances within Europe.
  • Too Big To Care?
    Various financial commentators have pointed to the fact that Wall Street banks created and partied in the subprime securitization mess as one of the major factors contributing to what is fast becoming The Great Recession. The 1999 repeal of provisions in the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 has not only effectively made "Too Big To Fail" a reality and a moral hazard, the subsequent trillion's of dollars in bank bailout funded by the taxpayer has also saddled the already over-indebted nation with even more debt.Various financial commentators have pointed to the fact that Wall Street banks created and partied in the subprime securitization mess as one of the major factors contributing to what is fast becoming The Great Recession. The 1999 repeal of provisions in the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 has not only effectively made "Too Big To Fail" a reality and a moral hazard, the subsequent trillion's of dollars in bank bailout funded by the taxpayer has also saddled the already over-indebted nation with even more debt.

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