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Food Matters: Commodity Prices and the Egyptian Revolution

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul

For all of the stories wired in from Cairo of the yearning for freedom in Tahrir Square, one question is rarely addressed: why now?

The Next Economic Crisis

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The resource shortages that worried Theodore Roosevelt are finally here. Indians are leading worries about food inflation, but world food prices hit an all-time record last month.

On Destabilizing Food Inflation, Krugman misses the point

Daniel Dicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Dicker

Krugman is right that soaring food prices have contributed to Middle East troubles. But the major point of the piece unfortunately concentrates on weather events as the fundamental cause.

Hedge Funds Are Making A Killing On Commodities As Gold Prices Soar

bloomberg.com | Chanyaporn Chanjoroen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bets by hedge funds and large speculators on further gains in commodity prices are holding near their highest level in more than...

Egypt Unrest May Cause Big Rise In Oil Prices: Kuwait Official

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Global oil prices could exceed $110 a barrel if political unrest in Egypt continues, a member of Kuwait's Supreme Petroleum Council said on Sunday. ...

The Long and the Short of It -- Government Debt Plans in 2011 and Beyond

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

As we said in the just-published Fiscal Monitor update, fiscal policy this year in some leading advanced economies is shaping up to be quite different from what was expected just last November.

'Combination of Worries' Gets Attention in Davos (Video)

iMFdirect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
iMFdirect

Europe's sovereign debt crisis, fiscal challenges in advanced economies, concerns about overheating in emerging market countries, and the impact of rising food prices. These were the hot topics this year in Davos.

Two-Speed Global Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The world economic recovery continues. But it remains a two-speed recovery: slow in advanced countries, and much faster in emerging and developing economies.

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 ...

Food Production A Rare Bright Spot In Gloomy Economy

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

MILWAUKEE — While the recession took a toll on manufacturing and other industries, one part of the economy has remained a bright spot over the p...

QE2 Dangerous for American Wage Earners

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

A policy that makes fortunes for commodity traders, for hedge fund operators, for the gold and silver crowd while squeezing 90% of the nation is a terrible price to pay for replacing deflation with inflation.

Gas Prices Hit 8-Month Low -- Why That's BAD News For The Economy

washingtonpost.com | Steven Mufson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The sagging commodity market price for gasoline is good news for American motorists, promising a mild easing in pump prices. It also marks the end of ...

Food Prices Poised To Rise

DailyFinance | Dan Burrows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If there's any silver lining to a recession -- albeit a thin one -- it's that consumer prices typically go down. Make no mistake, deflation is a sign ...

Food: Commodity or Human Right

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Messinger

Last year, enough food was produced on our planet to feed humanity nearly twice over. So how is it that 30 children will die of hunger or a related cause by the time you finish reading this column?

CFTC: Speculators Caused 2008 Oil Price Crisis

rawstory.com | 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...

The Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute: Not Over Yet

Sam Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Black

The news today out of Russia was that a solution to the gas problem has been reached, though seemingly this is just a superficial fix.

Oil Prices Were Manipulated, U.S. Government Commission Charges

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ritz

The agency charged with "ensuring the integrity of the futures & options market," has accused Optiver Holding of manipulating the prices of crude oil, heating oil and gasoline futures on the NY Mercantile Exchange.

Steel Prices Nearly Doubled In Past Year

Financial Times | Chris Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Steel prices have almost doubled in the past year as steelmakers have passed big increases in the costs of iron ore and coking coal on to consumers. ...

Is This The End Of Cheap Food?

Washington Independent | Mary Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A sharp spike in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other staples has sparked riots in Mexico and Egypt, marches by hungry children in Yemen and the spe...

Food Riots Skyrocket, World Leaders Have No Solutions

Wall Street Journal | BOB DAVIS, DOUGLAS BELKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Finance ministers gathered this weekend to grapple with the global financial crisis also struggled with a problem that has plagued the world periodica...

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.

Commoditizing the Decoupling Theory

Eben Esterhuizen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eben Esterhuizen

Conventional wisdom suggests that when the U.S. economy sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.