Archive | August, 2004

No wrongdoing found in rally

Bloomberg News – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission found no evidence of trader misconduct in a 48 percent rally in natural gas prices during a three-week period at the end of last year, the agency said in a news release. In January, the commission said it was reviewing trading data after natural gas futures […]

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Commodities: Beyond Pork Bellies

By Amey Stone – Surging prices in staples such as oil, gold, and corn are catching investors’ eyes. The rewards can be great, if you know how to play Although commodities investing is pretty much the same as it always has been, you sure wouldn’t know it from the buzz these days. It’s suddenly one […]

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Debt-Fueled Consumer Running on Fumes

By Aaron Pressman – Research released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York puts in stark terms just how far consumers extended themselves to keep the American economy afloat over the past few years. The data, rather than rising energy prices, may help explain why consumer spending has weakened over the past […]

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Analyst Shares Insight On Art Of Technical Commodity Trading

By Colleen Schreiber – FORT WORTH — “Markets are right. Traders are wrong.” That message was repeated numerous times during a presentation by technical commodity analyst Tony Wolfskill. Wolfskill was one of two keynote speakers engaged by TCU’s Institute of Ranch Management for a two-day advanced ranch management course on management and marketing. The purpose […]

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How Mutual Fund Managers Exploit Opportunities to Maximize Fees

How can anyone serve two masters? It’s hard enough when the two want the same thing. But when the masters’ interests conflict, the servant’s position is untenable. That’s the view of the mutual fund industry’s harshest critics. Fund managers, they say, cannot properly serve fund investors when they must also serve their own bosses, the […]

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The Death of the Hedge Fund Is Much Exaggerated

By Matthew Lynn – We always knew the financial markets were subject to violent, often neurotic, mood swings. Even so, the speed at which hedge funds have turned from the stars to the dogs of the investment universe has been startling. A few months ago, everybody was starting a hedge fund. Now, it seems, nobody […]

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Investor Strategy for Brazil

By Bill Cara – In the first three parts of this series, I organized the 34 Brazilian stocks that trade on the New York Stock Exchange, first in order of their market capitalization, then in their industry sector group. Then I gave you some brief comments to say that the stock cycle in Brazil was […]

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Flight to commodities as banks scent rich pickings

By David Wells – Passengers on United Airlines flight 904 from Los Angeles to New York this morning have Morgan Stanley to thank for keeping them aloft. The investment bank provides UAL Corporation, United’s parent, with all its jet fuel at 35 airports as well as financing all third-party fuel sales and handling UAL’s fuel […]

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Keep your losses small

By Jake Bernstein – Great traders are created, not born. Those who lack discipline, persistence and self-confidence lose the never-ending challenge of trading profits. But those who survive the battle by using the tools of the masters enjoy the fruits of consistent success. Here is an opportunity to learn from some of the best-known international […]

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