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The Russia “Sanction Spiral” Elegantly Spirals Out of Control





White House attacks Russian financial markets and oil, Merkel suffers from “moral cowardice,” Russia develops “Putin Doctrine,” in crescendo of sanctions and counter-sanctions

 
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Loophole Makes Hilarious Mockery Of US Crude Oil Export Ban





While Big Oil, consumer groups, lobbyists, lawmakers... are mudwrestling over the export ban, exports of “petroleum products” are soaring.

 
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The Smart Money Quietly Abandons The Housing Market





A national average sounds an alarm: investors that drove up the housing market are bailing out

 
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Housing Bubble II: What’s Ruining Home Sales? Not The Weather!





Not a word about soaring prices and higher rates that have pushed median-priced homes beyond the reach of hardworking Americans

 
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“Foreclosure Rebound Pattern”: Foreclosure Starts SUDDENLY Jump 57% in California (And Soar In Much Of The Country)





Cynic in me says it must be a data problem, that the computers got hacked, or something. But that’s wishful thinking.

 
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Crazy Abenomics Orgy In Japan Is Ending Already – Pounding Hangover Next





Kudos to the Bank of Japan. Its heroic campaign to water down the yen has borne fruit.

 
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From Glut to a Whiff of Panic: Natural Gas Soars





The big money has jumped into the fray.

 
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Manipulating the Entire IPO Market With Just $250 Million





Tech isn’t exactly booming, but that hasn’t kept “valuations” of tech startups from being pushed into the stratosphere, for the benefit of an elite club.

 
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Hang On Tight: ‘Merger Monday,’ Which Died in 2008, Is BAAACK





Like in the bubble days of 2007: the big numbers, the deal exuberance, the craziness, the hoopla

 
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“This Chart Is A True Representation Of The Employment Crisis In This Country”





There are millions of people in that category. And their numbers are growing, not diminishing.

 
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Fizzing Optimism For Wild Financial Engineering





Nothing can be a more pungent metaphor for today's investment climate than the headline, “Macau gambling revenue hits record $45 bn in 2013.”

 
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The Japanese Feel The Heat From The Big Lie Of Abenomics





Inflation without compensation and a consumption tax hike make a very toxic mix

 
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The Multi-Pronged Mortgage Debacle Next Year (So Long, “Housing Recovery”)





First hint of what happens when the heavily subsidized industry is being encouraged to try to stand on its own wobbly feet.

 
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