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Portugal Banking Situation Takes Another Turn  $

Portugal Banking Situation Takes Another Turn $

The holding company of troubled bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES), Espirito Santo International, has filed for creditor protection (what the Portugal market would call “controlled management”). This is…

It’s not the Big Mac Index…But  $

It’s not the Big Mac Index…But $

McDonald’s reported earnings for the second quarter today and the company took a big hit. As is our policy with all corporations, we only run financial news when…

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How Does China Avoid a Crash? $

How Does China Avoid a Crash?  $

The data is pretty startling – China has a debt load that is 251% of…

Sobering Chart from the CBO on the Federal Deficit $

Sobering Chart from the CBO on the Federal Deficit  $

They call it “debt owed by the public”, essentially it is Federal debt and deficits…

Existing Home Sales Jump in June

Existing Home Sales Jump in June

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, jumped 2.6% to a…

Frustration Mounts as Euro Gathers Strength $

Frustration Mounts as Euro Gathers Strength $

For all the talk of trying to stimulate the European economy the ECB has been…

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Geopolitics

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…

Don’t Forget Ukraine $

Don’t Forget Ukraine  $

We won’t dwell on this long, just know that conditions in Ukraine are still tense and fighting continues. In fact, separatist fighters in the Eastern parts of Ukraine…

Iraq becoming Syria? $

Iraq becoming Syria?  $

Insurgents in Iraq have taken key points in Mosul, Iraq – forcing the retreat of Iraqi trained forces that many opponents to the US are quick to point…

Thailand Military Stages Coup $

Thailand Military Stages Coup  $

We told you on Tuesday that the Thailand Military had instituted martial law in the country – but that it wasn’t a coup. Well, now it is officially…

Raw Materials

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…

Newest Price to Stocks Ratio for Major Commodities $

Newest Price to Stocks Ratio for Major Commodities  $

We like to go to the monthly crop outlook from the USDA to pull out just one figure – the price…

A Beef Chart Needing Little Explanation $

A Beef Chart Needing Little Explanation  $

The accompanying chart in this story is from IndexMundi and it shows the daily price for beef. It really doesn’t need…