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Wall Street Is Losing Confidence In Exxon Mobil

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business

Falling oil prices have gutted the American shale boom and pushed the Saudis to try to kick their oil addiction. And now Exxon Mobil's debt has been d...

Why Bernie Sanders Wants To Make Credit Rating Agencies Into Nonprofits

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business

Bernie Sanders' financial reform plan is chock-full of clear goals, even if it's not always clear whether he can actually achieve them. He wants to br...

Brazil's Unpromising New Year

Paulo Sotero | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Paulo Sotero

A president fighting impeachment names a finance minister not trusted by markets as Brazilians, dismayed by the country's politics, prepare for more hardship in 2016.

Hedge Fund Myths and Misdeeds

Dan Solin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Dan Solin

Is it any surprise that brokers are fighting so hard to avoid being fiduciaries to retirement plans, much less to individual investors?

For Many States, Now Is the Day of Reckoning

Bob Williams | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Bob Williams

It is time for reform-minded leaders in statehouses and city halls to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Facing a half-century of ballooning debt, the cost of inaction is simply too high.

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

California's Budget Surplus Leads to Credit Upgrade

Harlan Green | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

California, once thought the economic basket case, has instead become the model that both red and blue states should follow.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

Is the Era of Big Ideas Over?

Tom Silva | Posted 10.14.2014 | Media
Tom Silva

Literally, big ideas don't stand a chance in our media environment. According to a study by the University of California, San Diego, the amount of info we receive on our mobile devices and at homes everyday takes about 15 hours to consume.

The Danger Signs Are Adding Up

Brian E. Finch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

Namely warnings about cyber threats are growing more specific, and the language being used to urge action is growing more aggressive. Taken together, one starts to see a very interesting picture develop.

Uncertainty Reigns

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business

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Strike Threat Looms at Indian Point Nuke Plant

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Roger Witherspoon

Representatives of Entergy Nuclear and the union representing control room operators and other technical workers are preparing for around the clock bargaining sessions to avoid a strike at the two Indian Point nuclear plants.

Controlling Risk in a World of Risks

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

Now is the time for a new globalization, that can be either multipolar, based on fair development, stability and innovation or confrontational, based on privileges, speculation and inequities. This means making choices and changes in many sectors: let's begin with credit rating.

Playing With Fire

Michael Farr | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As rates begin to rise in anticipation of Fed "tapering," we would expect an eventual reversal as economic indicators begin to deteriorate. In other words, there is a ceiling on the pace of this economic recovery until deleveraging runs its course (which could be a long while).

Mortgage Payouts Will Still Plague Banks

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

Nov 26 (Reuters) - The largest U.S. banks may need to pay out up to an additional $105 billion to settle legacy mortgage-related issues, but have a ...

What is "For the good of the Country"?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Former CIA assistant director Mike Morell's lamented on a recent CBS 60 Minutes that he didn't understand why congressional Democrats and Republicans ...

Eric Holder Finally Gets Tough On Banks

Bloomberg View | Jonathan Weil | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

BLOOMBERG VIEW See if you can make sense of this. Somehow, in the space of seven months, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gone from being: ...

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Mark Gongloff

Another Pre-Crisis Wall Street Practice Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If you somehow missed out on all the fun of the last financial crisis, don't worry: We're apparently slowly building up to another one. The latest ...

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

The Cluelessness Of The Standard & Poor's U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade, In One Chart

Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

On Monday the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's upgraded its outlook for the credit rating of the United States to "stable." Which is terrible news for the credit rating of the United States.

Wall Street Continues Record-Setting Run

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks continued their climb into uncharted territory on Friday, racking up the fourth week of gains in a row as e...

Mark Gongloff

Credit Rating Agency Admits You Shouldn't Trust Its Credit Ratings

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

Here's yet another reason we may never trust credit-rating agencies again: One of the biggest of them has just suggested that we shouldn't. The rat...

Free Trade, Economic Growth and Population Aging - huh?

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As the early outlines of a U.S.-European free trade dialogue is being crafted, American and European leaders ought to explore common trade agreement-type solutions to this 21st century challenge of the profound population shift from young to old.

An Open Letter to Rachel Fox

Dan Solin | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

I understand you get up at 6:30 a.m. to study the markets. What do you learn that is not already in the public domain and has been analyzed by millions of other investors all over the world?