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Economy

What is on the Mind of Central Banks? $

  The Jackson Hole meetings start this week and he agenda will be packed with formal and informal discussions. This symposium has been organized by the Kansas City…

Are There Economic Lessons in Ferguson? $

The race riots in this St. Louis suburb have been a shock to the nation and for the last week it has been the latest example of a…

What Inflation?  $

What Inflation? $

Right now the inflation hawks are starting to feel a little like the guy who has been standing on the corner for the last twenty years with a…

Top Stories

Consumer Price Index Mixed $

Consumer Price Index Mixed  $

The top line consumer price index for July came in higher by just .1% in…

Housing Starts Rebounds in July and a Surprising Impact $

Housing Starts Rebounds in July and a Surprising Impact  $

This is what we were waiting for. New home starts rebounded in July hitting an…

What Lazy Days of Summer? $

What Lazy Days of Summer?  $

Fall sports can be the trigger. Back to school could be the thing that moves…

China Business Sentiment Indicator Mixed $

China Business Sentiment Indicator Mixed  $

The MNI business sentiment indicator for China was released for July and it showed a…

California Getting Out There on Limb by Itself $

California Getting Out There on Limb by Itself       $

We love California – please don’t take our focus on the negative conditions in the…

Geopolitics

Fukushima Rice Exports to Resume $

Fukushima Rice Exports to Resume  $

This is one of those stories in which you just need to be aware and draw your own conclusions from. We have not been shy about running stories…

Analysts Blaming Geopolitics for Market Sell-off $

Analysts Blaming Geopolitics for Market Sell-off  $

Wall Street is blaming what they are saying is a host of new geopolitical risks as the reason for today’s sell off in the market. We aren’t that…

Direct Cost of the New Cold War $

Direct Cost of the New Cold War  $

You can all call it what you want, we do believe that (at least for now), we have re-entered the cold war pitting Russia against the West. Just…

Where are the Threats Coming From? $

Where are the Threats Coming From?  $

According to counter terrorism sources in the Defense Department the threats to the US from terror cells will be coming from Syria, Yemen and the northern states of…

Israel Calls Up 40,000 Reservists – Air Strikes to Continue

Israel Calls Up 40,000 Reservists – Air Strikes to Continue

Israeli officials have now said that they will “put an end to Hamas once and for all” in retribution for a series of killings and daily missile barrages…

Raw Materials

Water Resources and Drought – Continued Focus $

Water Resources and Drought – Continued Focus  $

A lot of sources have dropped the drought story in California – but we think it is still one of the…

Electricity Costs hit All-Time Highs $

Electricity Costs hit All-Time Highs  $

  We know that there has been a lot mentioned about the surge in electricity costs. But, we don’t think that…

Quick Fuel Update $

Quick Fuel Update  $

It may not seem like it with all of the geopolitical tension around the world, but fuel prices are actually lower…