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As long as the dollar weakens, inflation rises and uncertainty remains due to the continuing credit crisis, the environment will be supportive to commodities.
Investors consider commodities a safe haven amid rising inflationary concerns. The …Read full article » : Sunday, March 16 - 2008 @ 12:05
Last week, Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that the Fed anticipates a slowing inflation in part because of ‘sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment’. In a testimony to the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, the …Read full article » : Sunday, March 02 - 2008 @ 14:35
These signs could be a nice contra indicator. Wisdom says: ‘If everyone is bullish and have bought, where are other buyers to push prices higher?’ In other words, if the ‘whole world’ is positive, a …Read full article » : Thursday, February 14 - 2008 @ 12:11
Concern of a recession in the US is the main reason. December-employment figures were dramatically bad. Analysts were looking to 70,000 non-farm payrolls, however companies hired only 18,000 people, the lowest since 2003.
Worse, the …Read full article » : Sunday, January 13 - 2008 @ 10:03
Many investors have set up so called yen-carry trades: this involves buying shares/investing in assets in high yielding countries, which is funded by selling yen at a low interest rate. The Japanese currency is often …Read full article » : Saturday, December 22 - 2007 @ 14:56
The US Dollar Index, which measures the currency’s performance against six of its biggest trading partners fell to its lowest point since 1973 (the year of the oil crisis) of 74.48 on November 23. Gold …Read full article » : Tuesday, December 11 - 2007 @ 12:45
Investors initially cheered these steps driving US exchanges to new highs in October. At that time, people hoped stability would return to the subprime market. However, it now looks like this medicine provided the stock …Read full article » : Monday, November 19 - 2007 @ 16:32
The Fed is presently holding a two day meeting and a further cut of the federal funds rate is widely expected. During the last meeting on September 18, Chairman Ben S. Bernanke unexpectedly, and aggressively, …Read full article » : Wednesday, October 31 - 2007 @ 15:30
This resulted in a severe drop, not only of the indexes, but also in the selling of speculative assets. Oil, precious and industrial metals also got hammered. Ironically, the US dollar was seen as a …Read full article » : Thursday, October 04 - 2007 @ 11:39
Problems on the American subprime markets have caused many problems to financial institutions. Not only hedge funds, but also ‘normal’ banks like the German IKB Bank and Sachsen have lost billions of dollars. Subprime is …Read full article » : Tuesday, September 18 - 2007 @ 12:49