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What's Really Wrong With Speculation?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

The word "speculator" has often been conflated with "entrepreneur," and both of them tarred with the brush of "con men."

The 'Wag the Dog' Market -- Stock Manipulation Made Easy

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Market suckers have been taken in by these speculative games for four years running; why should 2014 be any different, especially with CNBC cheering them on by not explaining what's really going on?

A Rejoinder to President Obama's Views on Oil Speculation

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

The question is not whether or not speculators assist in the efficient operation of the market but whether or not that type of speculatory behavior should be extended fully to a commodity so vital to the livelihood of nations, especially people in the middle class and poor.

Trading vs. Gambling: The Age Old Question

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Daniel P. Collins

At Futures Magazine we were always careful not to equate trading with gambling. The futures industry has always struggled with the reputation that it was nothing but a den of gamblers and has taken pains over the decades to distinguish futures markets from gambling.

Elizabeth Warren Would Be the Conscience of the United States Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I have seen many Senators come and go and I have no doubt that if elected Elizabeth Warren would be the conscience of the Senate. Because she speaks for the best in you -- and me -- and Massachusetts -- and America.

Mitt's Antoinette Problem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.

Friday Talking Points [170] -- Newt Loses Two, Huntsman Gains An "H"

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Huntsman... whoops, took that from their own campaign materials, sorry... let's start over... Jon Huntsman announced he was running for president, to a giant collective yawn outside the Beltway.

Foreclosure Foul-Up Wins Florida Man a Free Home

AOL Real Estate | Sheree R. Curry | Posted 06.14.2011 | Business

Amid all the foreclosure horror stories, every now and then we hear about a good outcome, whether it's by winning a lawsuit through a homestead loopho...

Oil: Mucking Up the Recovery

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

Why is the government subsidizing an industry that is making record profits? How long can hard-working Americans tolerate the manipulation of the commodities their survival is reliant on?

Oil Drops As Saudis Signal More Supply

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Saudi Arabia should be complimented for the change in tone that has altered what otherwise has been an on going and grating discourse between oil buyers and sellers.

Regulators Launch Crackdown On Commodity Speculation -- One Year After Deadline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON: The U.S. futures regulator hopes to fully implement its biggest crackdown on commodity market speculators by early 2012, a year after the ...

Tightening Oil Markets Will Bring the Speculators Back

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

With oil prices now already above $80 per barrel, you can expect to hear a lot more about the role of speculators. It's always easier to find a whipping boy than to recognize that depletion and more costly fuel in the future are the real problems.

Wall Street Speculators Driving Up Oil Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Oil consumption has fallen, demand from U.S. motorists for gasoline is flat at best and refiners that turn crude into fuel are operating...

Can We Stop The Coming Global Economic War?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter


CFTC: Speculators Caused 2008 Oil Price Crisis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a major U-turn from its claims during the Bush administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is now set to admit that speculation in oil...

Wall Street Fights Back Against Curbs On Oil Speculation

Washington Post | Zachary A. Goldfarb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will consider new measures to curb speculation in the markets for energy and other commodities, the agency is...

Roiling On The Rivers Of Real Estate

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

There's definitely a bottom to the real estate market, but the bottom is not clearly visible through yesterday's floating wreckage and today's murky transactions.

Gasoline Prices Up $.25/Gallon in Two Weeks -- Time to Refocus on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is time for the Obama administration to show it is cognizant of the creeping upward push of oil and gasoline prices and its impact on a still very fragile economy.

The Economic Debate Has Yet to Target Key Issues

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

The US does not have energy independence or, for that matter, financial independence. Why? Partly because we live as if we are an island empire in an interdependent world.

Why Commodities Will Struggle in 2008

Eben Esterhuizen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eben Esterhuizen

It seems fair to say that most experts expect elevated volatility to continue in 2008, arising from three factors: monetary policy, fiscal policy and continued weakness in the financials sector.