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Food Prices: Always Too High or Too Low

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The governance arrangements of international agricultural commodity markets are ripe for an overhaul to reflect not only the changes in markets, consumption patterns and technologies of the past 40 years, but also to actively engage in the challenges of the future.

The Political Implications of Latin America's Slowing Growth

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Eric Farnsworth

The challenge for regional democracies will be to meet the rising economic and political expectations of their people within a framework of slowing economies, reduced growth, and growing global competition. The political implications are potentially large.

First Half in Review: Melt Up!

Chris Wang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Money
Chris Wang

I've been in the business for almost 17 years now and I can't remember a time when virtually all assets classes went up together. Needless to say these are highly unusual times.

Institutionalized Fraud: How Wall Street Survives on Predicting the Past

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Jeff Schweitzer

We can just make stuff up with aplomb. One day we say the market rises as "investors cheer" good employment numbers; the very next day we attribute the decline to "structural problems" and look forward to a long decline! Were those structural problems not present yesterday when investors were cheering?

A Fun Way to Fight Goldman Sachs and Other Wall Street Banks

Matt Lockshin | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Matt Lockshin

"[Goldman Sachs] is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like mo...

Consuming Over the Horizon: Seeing Our Impact Can Help Us Make the Right Decisions

David Wilkie | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

By consciously situating ourselves in a larger, interconnected global community, where most trade is certified earth-friendly, we may begin to make choices about how we build, where we shop, and what we eat a little more carefully.

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Is What Scares Us About Banks In Physical Commodities

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Federal Reserve took a potential step Tuesday to limit big banks’ activities in physical commodities, publicly outlining concerns with bank inve...

Why Can't We Innovate Our Way Out of Poverty?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can governments do anything to make their people more innovative? And, if they cannot, are we saying that those middle-income countries who fail to climb the technological ladder are "trapped" forever?

Made in USA: How Are We Doing as an Export Nation?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Out of the top 100 metros, 76 registered record volumes in export. Interestingly, 28 percent of total U.S. exports was attributed to the top ten metropolitan areas in 2012 -- Los Angeles, New York and Houston being the top three respectively.

The Gold in Your Wedding Band: Mined by Modern-Day Slaves?

Verite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Verite

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgPeru is fifth largest gold producer in the world -- if illegally produced gold is taken into account.

South-South Trade Through Value-Added Glasses

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is misleading to use gross data on exports and imports to calculate the extent to which trade contributes to economic growth, and affects the allocation of national resources. Products often cross borders more than once while being processed.

Managed Futures Is Answer to Commodity/Stock Index Correlation Dilemma

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
Daniel P. Collins

Since the credit hit in 2008, commodities have become increasingly correlated with the S&P 500, especially when you don't want it to be as an investor.

Commodities Are Different (in a "Full World"): Part 3

John Fullerton | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
John Fullerton

Commodity market manipulation is fundamentally different and far more dangerous than the garden-variety manipulation of financial markets such as in single stock pump and dump schemes, or even the brazen manipulation of LIBOR. Nobody eats LIBOR.

Investing in Gold: It Might Pan Out

SaveUp | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
SaveUp

Gold has performed handsomely in the past few years despite recent dips. Some would call this a bubble. Others might argue it is a safe investment during a recession. In my opinion, part of what has made gold so popular of late, is our human propensity to chase returns.

Shahien Nasiripour

Wall Street Guzzles Millions Off Beer Drinkers, Brewing Company Gripes

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

The Federal Reserve should toughen oversight of big banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase due to their negative influence over commodities, i...

Mark Gongloff

Big Banks' Aluminum Ploy Driving Up Inequality Even Further

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.23.2013 | Business

If you want a clear example of how Wall Street is making income inequality worse, stop and think about the cost of your next can of Diet Coke or Bud L...

Shahien Nasiripour

Wall Street's Commodities Profit Threatened As Federal Reserve Launches Review

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

The Federal Reserve said late Friday it is revisiting a landmark ruling that allowed big banks to enter the lucrative commodities business, raising th...

Beware of 20 Percent Returns: 5 Ways to Separate Superior Performance from Salesmanship

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

If you lose 50 percent of your nest egg and then earn back 20 percent annually, you'll still be down almost 15 percent because it takes twice as long to crawl back to even when you lose that much money.

How Green Should Economic Growth Be?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Well before one gets to extreme dilemmas, there is a lot that can be done -- based on common sense -- to make growth greener without making it slower. There are win-wins.

What on Earth Are 'Commodity Super-Cycles' and Why Do They Matter?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whatever happens to the price of those commodities matters a great deal for development and, even more, for the war on poverty. The problem is that those prices are famously volatile.

Building a Resilient Los Angeles

Lisa Novick | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For a resilient food supply, we need to keep our specialty farmers farming and we need to make it monetarily worth their while not to sell out. We need to replace abandoned acres of asphalt with small allotments and grow crops.

The End of Growth

Robert Walker | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

When environmentalists ring alarm bells about what we are doing to the Earth, most Americans hit the snooze button, but when one of the world's most respected financial analysts says that climate change and resource scarcity are imperiling economic growth, maybe it's time to wake up.

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 ...