If you go by the strict definition of the word, yesterday marked the second anniversary of a bull market. You could have fooled me.
If you want to find a pessimist's pessimist, look no further than the Tea Party. According to a recent poll, only 3% of Tea Partiers think a recovery has taken hold in the U.S. The rest, of course, think we're all going to economic hell in a MOREDuff McDonald, Contributing Editor - Mar 10, 2011 9:55 AM ET
Inflation is on the rise in many parts of the world, but there are ways to profit from it through key trades in commodities, currencies and global equities.
By Darius Dale, Hedgeye
In recent weeks and months, analysts at Goldman Sachs (GS) and JPMorgan (JPM) have been reneging on their bullish emerging markets as a result of hawkish monetary policy and instead are predicting outperformance by US MOREJan 18, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The commodity pits aren't buying what Ben Bernanke is selling.
All manner of commodities took off Monday after Bernanke appeared on 60 Minutes to explain why expansive Fed policy won't set off an inflationary spiral.
With tighter labor markets nowhere in sight, his case makes sense to me -- but obviously not to everyone. Many fine people, judging by Monday's action, raced to purchase commodity futures in anticipation that Bernanke will succeed MOREColin Barr - Dec 6, 2010 3:36 PM ET
Gold usually shines in a crisis. But thanks in large part to changing views of China, the problems swirling in Europe and Korea have barely budged gold prices.
In just the past week, Ireland has been forced to take a bailout, Portugal has claimed it doesn't need any money and Spain has warned that speculators who bet against its bonds are cruising for a bruising. Oh, and North Korea started shooting at South MOREColin Barr - Nov 29, 2010 6:41 AM ET
Is it time to buy gold stocks?
Prominent gold fans are saying yes, reasoning that shares of miners haven't kept pace this year with the rise in the price of gold. The gold price is up 23% for 2010, compared with a 20% rise in the NYSE Arca Gold Bugs index, which tracks the shares gold producers such as Goldcorp (GG) and Barrick (ABX).
But that gap closed this week, thanks to MOREColin Barr - Oct 29, 2010 6:56 AM ET
In late 2008, Boston-area VC firms Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners pumped $40 million into a Florida company called Green Bullion Financial Services.
Doesn't ring a bell? Let me rephrase:
In late 2008, Boston-area VC firms Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners pumped $40 million into the parent company of Cash4Gold.
But here's the weird thing: Highland tells me that it's no longer a shareholder in Green Bullion, but refuses MOREDan Primack - Oct 15, 2010 10:20 AM ET
It's always fun to point fingers. But the weak dollar doesn't deserve all your scorn for the boom in, say, corn.
Commodity prices have surged in the months since Fed officials led by Ben Bernanke started talking in earnest about further asset purchases. Their loose-money talk has yet to lead to any action, but the jawboning tends to drive the dollar down MOREColin Barr - Oct 13, 2010 6:41 AM ET
Betting against the buck keeps paying off.
The dollar tumbled again Wednesday, hitting a 15-year low against the yen and a new low against the Swiss franc. The dollar index dropped to 77.7, putting it down 6% in the past month.
The dollar slid to $1.39 against the euro and 83 yen. It dropped to 96 cents on the Swiss franc, widely viewed as the soundest of the paper currencies, after trading MOREColin Barr - Oct 6, 2010 11:15 AM ET
The price of gold seems to have no limit, but recent movement in the price of silver points to a potential end to gold's rally.
For a peek into the future of the price of gold, look no further than its precious metal sibling, silver. The poor man's gold has been on the same streak as the yellow metal, but recent moves have some of the most bullish players wondering MORENin-Hai Tseng, Writer - Sep 30, 2010 1:09 PM ET
Gold is trading like it's lighter than air, but now is not the time to get carried away and load up on the stuff.
Gold futures for December delivery closed at their second straight record Tuesday, hitting $1,308. The gold price has risen more than 30% over the past year, with a third of that in just the past two months -- and to listen to the ever-expanding ranks of gold MOREColin Barr - Sep 29, 2010 6:43 AM ET
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