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Saudi Arabia Wields the Crude Oil Sword. $

Saudi Arabia Wields the Crude Oil Sword.    $

When your enemies get the majority of their GDP from oil and you sit on top of a mound of cash and have a ton of the commodity yourself, it…

Chinese Export Shockwave. $

Chinese Export Shockwave.   $

The markets shrugged it off yesterday, but Chinese export activity in March sent a shockwave through us yesterday. Everyone expected them to be a little sluggish given the US West…

Global Economy Revised – Mixed. $

Global Economy Revised – Mixed.   $

The IMF has just released its latest revision to the World Economic Outlook and generally, we got a mixed picture. For the United States, the IMF believes that growth will…

Where are all the Workers? $

Where are all the Workers?   $

Who would have thought about two years ago that we would be looking at labor reports and wondering:  “where are all the workers”?  Back in 2008, we saw a report…

The Hidden Impacts of an Iran Deal. $

The Hidden Impacts of an Iran Deal.   $

Let us say at the outset that any country that has a peaceful means of improving its standing should be allowed to do so. Iran should be allowed to pursue…

It’s a Deal! $

It’s a Deal!    $

    In a development that rattled foreign oil markets today, Iran and the “6 powers” (which include the United States) inked a deal that could lead to ending economic…

Areas Where Drought Will Intensify. $

Areas Where Drought Will Intensify.   $

NOAA has released its latest seasonal Drought Outlook updated as of March 19th.  We thought this view might be interesting for future planning purposes.…

Any Business Impact of Saudi Action in Yemen? $

Any Business Impact of Saudi Action in Yemen?    $

    The news over the past 36 hours was dominated by the news of the Germanwings airline disaster in what now looks like a murder/suicide by the co-pilot (who…

Cruz Part of GOP Strategy? $

Cruz Part of GOP Strategy?  $

We should never underestimate the power of a political party. And, as much as we would like to think that most parties are dysfunctional and can’t get on the same…

Why Will the Fed Not Say When Those Rates Will Go Up? $

Why Will the Fed Not Say When Those Rates Will Go Up?    $

The financial community waited in vain for the Fed Chair to announce something definitive this week. It is not that anybody expected there to be a change in interest rate…

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