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Buying Underwear and Headphones: Selling Higher Education

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.23.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I bought some underwear the other day at Walmart. I felt pretty good about the price. The package of three was a national name, all cotton. It was che...

Trading: A Gambler's Game? (Part 1)

Zaheer Anwari | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Zaheer Anwari

By trading using the daily and weekly chart, minimal time is spent in the markets, maximum results are yielded and the one thing we require most of all -- our time -- can be spent exactly how we choose to. After all, who wants to spend all day staring at a screen?

GOP Rep's Family Took Subsidies He Wants To End

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

The family of Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, has received farm subsidies under federal programs that he ...

Time Banks

Paul Rockower | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Paul Rockower

"Time is the most valuable commodity we can spend," stated the ancient Greek philosopher Theophastus; in Time Banks, the idea that "time is money" tak...

The Turtle Traders

Zaheer Anwari | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Zaheer Anwari

The Bet "We're going to raise traders like they raise turtles in Singapore." That is what one of the world's famous commodities speculators, Richard ...

Too Bad These Guys Don't Run the Banks & Brokerage Firms

Michael Martin | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Michael Martin

This is in stark contrast to how the public and some analysts make their picks. Unfortunately, it's also the best way to lose one's objectivity in managing risk. Objectivity and risk management are Siamese twins.

D.M. Levine

Commodities Trader 'Ecstatic' At Drought-Driven Corn Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | D.M. Levine | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Across the Midwest, one of the worst droughts in decades is ravaging crops and driving the price of corn and other basics to record heights. It’s ba...

Is Global Trade About to Collapse? Where Are Oil Prices Headed? A Chat With Mike Shedlock

James Burgess | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
James Burgess

As markets continue to yo-yo and commentators deliver mixed forecasts, investors are faced with some tough decisions and have a number of important questions that need answering.

Mega-Bank's Fed Financed Back Door Evasion of Prop Trading Restrictions

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The Fed must desist in funding the trading operations of Mega-Bank Holding companies so that they can no longer use the Fed window to play casino with commodities that are basic to our economic well-being.

D.M. Levine

Crisis in Commodities

HuffingtonPost.com | D.M. Levine | Posted 07.20.2012 | Business

First, there was a banking crisis. Now, after the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, commodities markets may be on the brink of their own emergenc...

Dime Bag Might Actually Cost A Dime If Weed Were Legal

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 07.20.2012 | Business

It continues to be totally off the radar of prominent politicians, but polls indicate that large and growing numbers of Americans are open to the ...

Mark Gongloff

Collapsed Brokerage Firm Breaks Irony Meter

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Business

Are you getting collapsed brokerage firm PFGBest confused with collapsed brokerage firm MF Global? It's understandable! They're both commodity brokera...

Brokerage Founder Attempts Suicide As Firm Loses Customer Funds

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business

By Tom Polansek and David Sheppard CHICAGO/NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) - More than $200 million in customer funds appears to be missin...

D.M. Levine

Lawsuit Claims CME Group Favors High-Frequency Trading Machines Over Humans

HuffingtonPost.com | D.M. Levine | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

A small band of humans is fighting what it warns is the rise of the machines in financial markets. A group of two dozen brokers and traders has sue...

A Latin Solution to an African Problem

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Direct cash transfers can be more than a smart way to deliver social assistance. In fact, they may provide Africa with a neat solution to its most urgent problem: how to handle its massive commodity bonanza.

Distorted Prices in Commodity Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Take the case of the upsurge of export barriers in response to rising world prices of food staples. While a particular country might put in place such a barrier to keep food at home and prices low, the effects in importing countries are negative.

Bank Fraudster Sentenced

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

By Grant McCool NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) - A former chief executive of Optionable Inc commodities brokerage was handed a prison te...

Missing MF Global Customer Founds All Accounted For

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business

Jon Corzine might not know where the money is, but somebody certainly does. James Giddens, the trustee overseeing MF Global's liquidation, told th...

Richard Sandor: A Legend in Financial Innovation

Michael Martin | Posted 06.24.2012 | Business
Michael Martin

Richard Sandor is not a household name but he should be. He is quite frankly one of the most important people in finance today given his 40 years of innovation.

'Fear Has Been Gold's Best Friend'

AP | MATTHEW CRAFT and BERNARD CONDON | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged Wednesday to its lowest l...

What You'll Be Paying More For This Weekend

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 03.16.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- A sharp jump in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February. But outside higher pump prices, inflation stayed mild....

You're Probably Going To Be Paying More For This

AP | Posted 03.08.2012 | Home

ROME -- International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting cou...

Why MF Global's Farmer Clients Are Panicking

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business

* MF Global trustee puts off mailing key tax forms * Former clients struggle to estimate 2011 earnings * Customers still...

Defragmenting Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Africa has integrated with the rest of the world -- mostly selling commodities like oil, minerals or cocoa -- faster than with itself.

Blessed by Nature, Cursed by Politics

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.