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  • Analyzing Current Market Conditions In The Offshore Drilling Industry PowerhedgeFor quite some time now, the news media and company reports have been awash with statements about the challenges currently facing the offshore drilling industry. This has taken a toll on the stock prices of the companies in the industry, all of which have declined considerably over the past year. In order to better understand ...
  • Economic Weakness Evident In Manufacturing Sector PowerhedgeIt seems as though the media and politicians constantly tell the American citizenry that the economy has once again regained the strength that it had prior to the most recent recession. However, the numbers tell a very different story. In fact, the economic figures show a country whose economy is significantly weakening, not strengthening. Some ...
  • Low Oil Prices Could Have A Surprising Impact On U.S. Treasuries PowerhedgeThe decline in oil prices that occurred over the latter half of last year had a dramatic effect on the government budgets of many different nations, most prominently those nations that export significant quantities of oil. This is because the governments of these countries derive a significant portion of their revenues either directly or indirectly ...
  • More Evidence U.S. Dollar Dominance Is Beginning To Fade PowerhedgeOver the past several months, I have published a series of articles to this site that discussed how the reserve currency status of the United States dollar is currently in jeopardy. These articles have generated considerable controversy among readers due partly to the fact that many simply cannot conceive of this happening. However, there have ...
  • Forget Full Employment, Real Jobs Situation Likely To Be Drag On Economy PowerhedgeI continue to be amazed by all the media hype surrounding the current unemployment rate in the United States, with some politicians and other officials claiming that the country has now returned to full employment. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, we continue to see market participants make judgments about their ...
  • Why A Rate Hike May Not Be As Certain As The Media Believes PowerhedgeFor quite some time now, the financial media has been predicting that the Federal Reserve will soon embark on a cycle of rising interest rates. The most typical argument presented in favor of this is that economic data over the past several months has been quite strong. As I have discussed multiple times in the ...
  • Stock Market May Be Overpriced Due To Consumer Weakness PowerhedgeFor the past several years, the Federal Reserve has repeatedly stated that inflation in the United States remains consistently below the central bank’s official target of 2%. However, this is dramatically different from what the average person on the street is experiencing. These individuals represent the largest group of consumers in America and thus the ...
  • Offshore Drilling Companies With Newest Fleets Best Positioned To Weather Industry Problems PowerhedgeOne of the most important factors for investors to consider in determining the ability of an offshore drilling company to weather through the current challenging conditions in the industry is its contract status. This is because of the way the industry works. In the offshore drilling industry, drilling rigs are contracted out to an oil ...
  • A Few Reasons To Avoid Investing In American Shale Oil Companies PowerhedgeOver the past several weeks and months, there have been several reports, primarily being released by Wall Street and the mainstream media, discussing how U.S. shale oil companies still represent good investment opportunities in spite of the sharp plunge in oil prices that we have experienced over the past several months. However, this is not ...
  • Gold, Sand, And The Great Malaise: A Treatise On Positive Money J. T. Sheeder“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered… I believe that banking institutions are ...

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  • North Atlantic Drilling Faces Near-Term Challenges But Likely To Avoid Financial Disaster PowerhedgeOn Thursday, May 28, 2015, harsh-environment drilling specialist North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NYSE:NADL) announced its first quarter 2015 results. As I expected, these results were nowhere near as good as the company’s fourth quarter 2014 results but the results were not the disaster that many analysts and investors expected. Nevertheless, the company does face a number of ...
  • Seadrill Faces Challenges, But Results Show That The Company Is Weathering The Difficult Industry Conditions Well PowerhedgeOn Thursday, May 28, 2015, offshore drilling giant Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE:SDRL) announced its first-quarter 2015 results. This was the last of the major drilling companies to report its results, and like many of the others, the company’s earnings significantly beat analysts’ expectations. With that said, however, the company did fail to achieve the top line revenue that ...
  • India’s Finance Ministry Move Could Prove Positive For Gold Prices PowerhedgeIn the eyes of many investors, gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) is much more than just another commodity. Instead, the precious metal serves as an alternative currency – one that is theoretically out of the control of any central bank as it cannot be printed as fiat currency can. Over the past year, I have published several articles ...
  • The Franklin Templeton Double-Tax Free Income Fund Is A Highly Risky Bond Fund PowerhedgeNot too long ago, the annual reports from several of the nation’s largest bond funds began to land on my desk. As I looked through these reports, I became increasingly concerned. Bond funds are typically sold as a safe alternative to equity funds; this is one reason why financial planners recommend that investors increase their ...
  • Pacific Drilling Faces Challenges But Should Be Able To Overcome Them PowerhedgeOn Monday, May 4, 2015, offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) announced impressive first quarter 2015 results. These results surpassed the expectations of analysts and showcased the company’s growth story playing out. However, as with many of the companies in the industry, Pacific Drilling is facing several challenges in the near-term but the company should be able ...
  • Bonds Are Not As Safe As Many Believe PowerhedgeIt is a commonly held belief among market participants that bonds are safer to own than stocks. This is why many financial advisors recommend that clients increase their allocation to bonds as they approach retirement. This belief may have been strengthened by the decades-long bull market in bonds that was caused by interest rates declining ...
  • Noble’s Results Were Excellent But Future Challenges Abound PowerhedgeOn Wednesday, April 29, 2015, offshore drilling giant Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) announced its first quarter 2015 results. These results were significantly better than the company’s fourth quarter 2014 results, although the two quarters are admittedly not directly comparable. Noble also continued the trend that we have been seeing recently of offshore contractors beating the expectations that analysts ...
  • While There Are Challenges, TeliaSonera Remains A Solid Telecommunications Investment PowerhedgeOn Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Swedish telecommunications giant TeliaSonera AB (OTCPK:TLSNF) announced its first quarter 2015 results. As has been the case for the past few quarters, the company’s results show that Europe remains a challenging environment to operate in. However, TeliaSonera is doing an admirable job of weathering this challenging environment at home and continues ...
  • Rosneft Delays Deal With North Atlantic Drilling For 2 Years, Here’s What It Means PowerhedgeOn Friday, April 17, 2015, Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) subsidiary North Atlantic Drilling (NYSE:NADL) announced that it and Russian oil giant Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF) have elected to extend the deadline allowing either company to terminate their Arctic drilling agreement until May 31, 2017. A move such as this was widely expected by investors and the stock appeared to ...
  • Why I’m Bullish On Silver PowerhedgeIn a recent article, I discussed a few reasons to be bullish on Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW) due to its position as the world’s largest silver broker. In this article, I would like to look at a few reasons to be bullish on silver itself. Many investors consider silver to be a precious metal, much like ...

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  • Greece: Out Of Cash, Out Of Time, Out Of Options June 4, 2015
    Authored by Andrew Lilico - Chairman of Europe Economics (@Andrew_Lilico), excerpted from CapX.xom, On Friday Greece is due to pay at least a quarter of the €1.5bn due to the IMF in June.  ... The creditors say they will only disburse the money if the Greek government enacts various key economic reforms and does not […]
    Tyler Durden
  • China Is Crashing (Again) June 4, 2015
    It appears - as opposed to what the world's asset-gathering commission-takers would have one believe - that huge illiquid spikes in bond markets are not good for stocks. As the bond carnage continues to careen throughout Asia, Chinese stock investors appear to have decided enough is enough at doubling their money in a mere few […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Free Speech, Facebook & The NSA: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly June 4, 2015
    Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.”—Writers Against Mass Surveillance THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express themselves on the Internet, including making threatening—even violent—statements on Facebook, provided that they don’t intend to actually […]
    Tyler Durden
  • Who Are Washington's Most Expensive Speakers? June 4, 2015
    Recently, we’ve taken a look at some of the details surrounding speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton. As discussed in April, Goldman Sachs paid Bill Clinton nearly a quarter of a million dollars for a speaking engagement before lobbying Hillary’s State Department in an effort to secure $75 million in financing for a Chinese […]
    Tyler Durden
  • THe BouNTiFuL GaMe... June 4, 2015
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  • It's Official: The USA Freedom Act Is Just As Destructive As The USA Patriot Act June 4, 2015
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, My general rule of thumb when it comes to legislation is that the more high-sounding the name, the more insidious the law. Exhibit A: the just-passed USA FREEDOM Act. “Freedom”. It sounds great. So great, in fact, that they stuck it in the title and built an […]
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  • America's Discouraged, Underpaid Workforce Turns To Drugs June 4, 2015
    It’s not a fantastic time to be a job hunter in America. The US economic “recovery” officially stalled in Q1 no matter what Steve Liesman, The San Francisco Fed, and/or the BEA say after double-adjusting the numbers, and as we’ve shown, those who are highly skilled at delivering beer and wings to restaurant patrons are […]
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  • Bond Crash Continues - Aussie & Japan Yields Burst Higher June 4, 2015
    The carnage in Europe and US bonds is echoing on around the world as Aussie 10Y yields jump 15bps at the open (to 3.04% - the highest in 6 months) and the biggest 2-day spike in 2 years.  JGBs are also jumping, breaking to new 6-month highs above 50bps once again raising the spectre of […]
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  • The Definition Of An Unfree Market June 4, 2015
    Commentary by Guy Haselmann of Scotiabank Unfree A market economy is one based on supply and demand with little or no government control.   Dictionary site ‘Investopedia’ states that “a completely free market is an idealized form of a market economy where buyers and sellers are allowed to transact freely (i.e. buy/sell/trade) based on a mutual […]
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  • Six Political Issues to Watch This Summer June 4, 2015
    Via Goldman Sachs' Alec Phillips, The next several weeks are likely to be relatively eventful in Washington. While the votes are close, we expect the House to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) this month, which should increase the likelihood that negotiators conclude talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Supreme Court looks more likely to […]
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  • Hammer and Nail: Spinning War from Peace in Iran’s Nuke Deal June 4, 2015
    Here is the ultimate axiom for all aspiring diplomats and foreign policy experts to know: there is no such thing as a simple quest for peace. Before anyone goes apoplectic with disgust and disdain at such cynicism, allow me to explain. I am not saying diplomats and foreign policy analysts do not have the best […]
    Мэтью Кросстон
  • China Gets Political in Afghanistan June 4, 2015
    In the last week of October 2014, soon after his election as the new President Ashraf Ghani travelled to China to convince China of the need for playing a big role in re-constructing the war-torn country. The tour was highly symbolic of Afghanistan’s efforts to coax China into filling the power vacuum to be left […]
    Салман Рафи Шейх
  • ISIL: Ugly Washington’s Child June 4, 2015
    A considerable amount of evidence in support not only of the close ties with ISIL and involvement of the White House in the emergence of this terrorist radical formation, but also the US participation in the preparation of its militants and supplying them with weapons has been already published in various countries. It is enough […]
    Владимир Платов
  • Why Didn’t my Doctor Tell Me Chemo Kills? June 3, 2015
    In my daily research I came across a report so alarming I put aside planned writing in order to bring this to the attention of those who care about life. It has to do with one of the main treatments for cancer used in modern medicine—chemotherapy. New research has documented that chemotherapy, far from ridding […]
    Вильям Энгдаль
  • Former FBI Anthrax Investigator Files Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation June 3, 2015
    Retaliation. It is becoming a rather consistent sub-text in growing numbers of reports coming in concerning US policies—domestic as well as international. On the domestic front, attorneys are being suspended from the practice of law for protesting that the courts are corrupt, an intelligence whistleblower flees the US for safety in Russia and a journalist […]
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  • Japan in “Grand Manoeuvres” of May 2015 June 3, 2015
    The strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region is shaped during the course of “The Grand Manoeuvres” held by the main actors of the regional “Great Game.” The main act of the Japanese manoeuvring this May was undoubtedly the state visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States, of which some results were discussed […]
    Владимир Терехов
  • Syria: Iran Is Going In June 2, 2015
    Recently a number of sources on the net started citing an influential London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that is funded by Saudi Arabia. According to these sources the newspaper claimed that Russia is going to turn its back on Syria. Allegedly, after a number of sensitive defeats of pro-Assad forces, Russia started reconsidering its position on […]
    Петр Львов
  • Yemen: Practical Nuclear Survival June 2, 2015
    The gloves are off. With proof of a nuclear attack on Yemen saturating “some of the news,” issues of a new reality of war, the covert use of WMD’s by governments, needs to be addressed. Fabricated claims of nuclear proliferation and other WMD’s has led to invasions, endless threats of war and mindless sanctions while the […]
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  • Misha Reinvented in Ukraine: Not Safe, But Stupid June 2, 2015
    Retired tennis champion John McEnroe became famous for throwing tantrums and saying “You can NOT be SERIOUS!” in an anguished voice. What, therefore, should we say when we hear that former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, a fugitive from justice who is wanted on a multitude of charges in his homeland, has been recently appointed Governor […]
    Генри Каменс
  • India Fighting Against Foreign NGOs June 2, 2015
    The development of public diplomacy in world politics, the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are actively being discussed in public and political circles of various countries. According to some estimates, there are over 60 thousand international NGOs alone in the world today. Many NGOs are indeed non-political civil society institutions, structures of self-organisation of citizens […]
    Валерий Куликов