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Shahien Nasiripour

The Next Derivatives Regulator?

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

The White House is considering Elizabeth Ritter, a longtime lawyer at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to replace Gary Gensler as the chief U...

The Cost of Nearly Everything Is Rigged, Enriching the Bank Fixers

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Hello Congress, Federal Reserve, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is anybody listening? Or do the Big Boys just get to play while we pay and pay!?

JPMorgan Exits Physical Commodity Trading

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Quite dramatically, being the biggest bull in the China shop, JPMorgan Chase made the striking announcement this past week that it would quit trading in physical commodities.

After Costing Americans Billions, Federal Reserve Reexamines Banks' Commodity Speculation

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is one of the grossest miscarriages of Wall Street power and government obeisance resulting in billions of consumer dollars going into the pockets of banks, hedge funds and traders producing and adding nothing to the economic wellbeing of the nation, other than lining their own pockets.

FTC to Probe Oil Price Fixing. Saying So Doesn't Make It So

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Certainly the FTC has its work laid out. The big question now is will they follow through or go the way of the "Oil/Gas Pricing Fraud Panel" of April 2011 from which we have yet to hear a single note?

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Set To Purge Top Wall Street Foe

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is poised to nominate Amanda Renteria, a former Senate staffer, to replace Gary Gensler atop the main U.S. derivatives regulato...

Banks in Collusion With the Fed Shamelessly Spike Up Price of Oil/Gasoline

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be testifying before a House Financial Services Committee. Would it not be timely if he were asked about the role the Fed plays in facilitating the bank holding companies to hold sway in the oil market?

President Obama Speaks and the Oil Speculators React

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.24.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Natural gas, as traded today on U.S. exchanges, is a uniquely isolated American commodity and any attempt at influencing its price, overt or otherwise, would fall under the purview of the nation's anti-trust laws and its stated prohibitions to all manner of collusion.

LIVE Q&A: Key Federal Regulator Explains Brutal Swings In Gas Prices

Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

Gas prices have been climbing this year, putting the pinch on pocketbooks around the country and prompting a host of campaign promises from politician...

Why Regulators Say They're 'Paralyzed'

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - Some U.S. regulators are "paralyzed" by the threat of lawsuits from Wall Street...

Gold and Silver Price Manipulation

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The following chart reflects my own view of conditions that are historically good and bad for gold. Central banks' money printing on an unprecedented scale also makes the case for gold as a currency alternative.

Zach Carter

Gambling On Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since July, the price of corn has jumped 62 percent. Wheat has climbed by two-thirds, and soybeans are 38 percent more expensive. For ma...

Time to Dismiss the CFTC Chairman and His Commissioners

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

The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFTC until January 2011 to set limits to curb excessive speculation in the energy markets. Lo and behold, Chairman Gensler told lawmakers the CFTC wouldn't meet the deadline "because it doesn't yet have sufficient data."

Oil Prices: Debate Over Speculators Intensifies

washingtonpost.com | Steven Mufson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The run-up in oil prices that began earlier this year was not as steep as last summer's record climb, but it was almost as mystifying. ...