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The Mysteries of the VIX

The Mysteries of the VIX

The VIX is an index in the financial markets that is frequently used to gauge "Fear" and "Greed". But what is it really, is it accurate, should we trust it, and how do we use it?......[Read More]
Soaring Oil Prices A Main Concern For Asia

Soaring Oil Prices A Main Concern For Asia

The Euro debt had posed a big threat to the economic growth in Asia. This threat however will soon be replaced by the rising oil prices. The high prices on oil will suffocate oil demand while having adverse effects on exports.......[Read More]
The US Housing Market Rebound

The US Housing Market Rebound

Global markets have retreated slightly over recent weeks, following a minor fall in new jobs for the month and unemployment in Europe reaching new highs. A big-picture view however, shows major US economy bellwethers -housing and stock markets, experiencing a rather robust recovery.........[Read More]
Are Economy Beer Sales an Economic Indicator?

Are Economy Beer Sales an Economic Indicator?

Budget beers saw a huge increase in sales in late 2008 and in the first two quarters of 2009. Why? Well, as the beverage branding experts tell us, when the economy gets tough folks figure out a way to shave some money of their expenses.......[Read More]
What Did You Do During the Depression, Daddy?

What Did You Do During the Depression, Daddy?

The sub-prime mortgage crisis was only the beginning. As Whitney Tilson explains, we're about to be hit with another $1.5 Trillion in red ink. Tilson predicts that eight million Americans will lose their homes within the next five years.......[Read More]
Wall Street's 777 Drop - What Does it Mean?

Wall Street's 777 Drop - What Does it Mean?

This morning I gave an interview for a Dallas morning radio show. The two hosts had great questions about the significance of Monday's closing number on Wall Street.......[Read More]
The Fate of the US Dollar

The Fate of the US Dollar

Ever since the dawn of our modern economy there has been much talk about our dollar, the American dollar. Debate after debate shows the contempt many economists and business law grads have for our suspicious economy. One must ask when listening to the news and visiting various media sites: Is the Am......[Read More]
What-cha Gonna Do When Your Nation's Oil Runs Dry?

What-cha Gonna Do When Your Nation's Oil Runs Dry?

Imagine you are an Oil Exporting Country, oh yah, imagine your good fortune, but is it really all it's cracked up to be, remember; all good things come to an end. Indeed, a recent economic survey of African Nations showed excessive inflation of oil exporting countries and moderate to high infla......[Read More]
R.I.P. Neighborhood Blockbuster

R.I.P. Neighborhood Blockbuster

On Saturday I made my weekly pilgrimage to my local Blockbuster to pick up a previously non-viewed flick. However, to my dismay, I discovered that they will be closing at the end of February. Not only does the best employee Blockbuster has ever seen work at this particular location (more on that lat......[Read More]
Free Market Capitalism Is a Concept, One We'd Be Wise to Practice

Free Market Capitalism Is a Concept, One We'd Be Wise to Practice

There is a big joke amongst economists when it comes to "free market capitalism" theory, in that no one has ever seen it, as free-market capitalism in its purest form isn't practiced anywhere to my knowledge, nowhere on Earth that is, well unless some undiscovered Amazon Tribe is doin......[Read More]
INR Appreciation and the Road Ahead

INR Appreciation and the Road Ahead

The Indian Rupee has evolved to great acceptance Worldwide since its inception by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century in the form of copper coins when 40 copper coins were said to constitute Re 1. The period of relevance in its history is the 20th century. ......[Read More]
Using The Yield Curve Data To Predict GDP Growth

Using The Yield Curve Data To Predict GDP Growth

The yield curve data has surpassed its reputation of merely just being a simple predictor of economic growth. The rule behind its interpretation is simple such as when an inverted curve is displayed then it means a recession is about to happen after a year, and the yield curve inversions have proven......[Read More]
Nice GDP #, Yikes!

Nice GDP #, Yikes!

Well the GDP revision #'s came in this morning and wow! 1.6%, how pathetic. ("Anemic" if you want to be PC). 2 years of recovery and a gazillion dollars in stimulus and this is the best we can do?......[Read More]
Airline Economics: Consumer Buying Behavior and Ticket Price Increases

Airline Economics: Consumer Buying Behavior and Ticket Price Increases

As fuel costs mount many airlines are forced to raise ticket prices. Currently airlines are indeed enjoying a robust economy and filled seats with business and consumer travelers, but they are also forced to raise ticket prices and there is a fine line that will cull the current 80%......[Read More]
Several Issues in China's Logistics Industry

Several Issues in China's Logistics Industry

China's logistics industry has now entered into a rapid growth period.Due to positive policy factors such as the national "11th Five-Year Plan" to develop the logistics industry, government support for key areas and weak links in service industries, and emerging industries, China&apos......[Read More]
BP Debt Crisis

BP Debt Crisis

BP bonds have now fallen in cost significantly following the leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The downturn is giving a sign that BP will soon default on its debts according to many analysts. Although shares are beginning to show signs of recovery the bonds are still falling steadily.......[Read More]
What a Federal Stimulus Package Should Include

What a Federal Stimulus Package Should Include

President Barack Obama is proposing to spend nearly one trillion taxpayer dollars on a federal stimulus package to hopefully revive the ailing U.S. economy. Such a bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate, where changes to it are likely. Therefore,......[Read More]
2009 and the Growth of Mobile Banking

2009 and the Growth of Mobile Banking

It is not surprising that technological developments in the financial sector this year have been somewhat overshadowed by the wake of the credit crunch and the continuing recession. Yet, it is fair to say that despite such developments as the historically low Bank of England Base Rate, the financial......[Read More]
Confidence is the Spark!

Confidence is the Spark!

Interesting word, confidence. We're all supposed to have it, as part of our necessary self-esteem. However, it seems that civic duty not to overindulge plays a part, because if one abuses or betrays a confidence, that's bad.......[Read More]
Why Australia and Others Will Be Left Behind

Why Australia and Others Will Be Left Behind

Imagine this. You plan a 3 month holiday and spend a lot of money on it then go. 2 months into the holiday you are running out of money so you sell all your possessions, house and car back home to fund the remaining month of vacation knowing you will have to go home in a month. Sound stupid? Well th......[Read More]