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Elephants and Macro-Financial Linkages

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Global financial integration and the linkages between the financial and the real sides of economies are sources of huge policy challenges. A newly released book sheds new light on those multiple challenges.

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

JPMorgan Chase's Culture as Economic Parasite

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

JPMorgan, so accustomed to the profits of their prop trading not to speak of their full court press to dismantle Dodd-Frank, presumes it is being bullied, that, all in all, it is but "a tempest in a teapot" -- which should become their corporate logo.

Has Copper Lost Its Predictive Power?

Peter Hall | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

Copper is not a rare mineral, but it has a rare property: foresight. Pundits have often turned to the price of the orange metal as a reliable indicator of near-term economic direction.

How to Tell When Your Country Is Managing Its Riches Well

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals -- it has it all. New technologies are leading to even more discoveries. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust -- how do you know that's not going to happen?

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.

Food Banks' Dire Warning

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

* High commodity prices lead to drop in gov't food donations * Food banks increase food purchases, straining resources ...

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...

Catherine New

This Guy Stole A Man's Life Savings

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 07.18.2012 | Money

On a Tuesday morning earlier this month, Farhan Khan sat down for his milk and toast at his home in the Dallas suburbs. The 32-year-old engineer opene...

What NGOs Want From the Mexico G20 on Food Security and Nutrition

David J. Olson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Impact
David J. Olson

I discovered that the biggest NGOs and NGO coalitions here in Los Cabos are advocating for many of the same food security and nutrition issues, but also have some differences.

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.

Imperiling People, Posterity, and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

John Beddington, the U.K.'s chief science adviser, three years ago gave a speech in which he warned that population growth, climate change, and the world's rising demand for food, energy, and water constituted a "perfect storm" that could destabilize the world by 2030, or sooner.

'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...

People Still Crave This Even At High Prices

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business

(Adds details, comments on tea) By Martinne Geller and Carey Gillam CHICAGO, March 12 (Reuters) - Consumers are shunning...

Expect Restaurants To Get Even More Expensive In 2012

Posted 01.10.2012 | Food

Last week, Starbucks raised a fracas when it announced its plans to raise prices in some regions by an average of about one percent. Prices at the cof...

Agency Reverses Controversial Decision To Cut Agriculture Reports

AP | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is reinstating several reports that it had targeted for elimination two months ago in a cost-cutting move. T...

Many Expect Rising Food Prices To Cut Into Holiday Spending

Posted 01.01.2012 | Business

More than a third of consumers expect rising food prices to cause them to cut back on holiday spending, a new survey showed on Tuesday. A total...

Commodities Trading Regulator Filed Record Actions In Past Year

AP | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal agency that regulates commodities trading says it brought the most enforcement actions it has in its 37-year history during th...

Commodity Traitors: Financial Speculation on Commodities Fuels Global Insecurity

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
Eric Michael Johnson

In the face of widespread global hunger, it turns out there is a downside to playing with your food.

The Era of Living Dangerously

Robert Walker | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

We saw what happens when over-leveraged economies like the U.S. and Europe failed to anticipate the threats posed by unsustainable debt loads; we don't want to see what happens if we ignore signs that we are over-leveraging the planet's resources.

Christine Lagarde on Sovereign Debt, Growth and Social Instability

iMFdirect | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
iMFdirect

The IMF chief gave a speech in New York City today that sets out how the IMF can help countries tackle this troika of challenges to the global economy...

Farming Bubble Could Be Reality

Posted 09.21.2011 | Business

(Christine Stebbins) - Soaring farmland values in the past year are causing worries among agricultural bankers that a farmland "bubble" may be bre...

Goldman Cuts Growth Forecasts On Weak Consumer Spending

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for U.S. second-quarter growth to 1.5 percent from 2 percent, citing weak consumer spending. The downgrade f...

High Food Prices Here To Stay

AP | By RAF CASERT | Posted 08.17.2011 | Food

PARIS -- High food prices are likely to rise even further over the next decade, putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger, a w...

High Energy Prices Cause Sharp Decline In Manufacturing

DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in May at the slowest pace in 20 months, the latest sign that a sharp rise in energy prices is...