Archive | June, 2005

Individual investors no longer wary of futures markets

By Peter A. McKkay – Not many individual investors have weathered the risks of the futures markets for as long as Bruce Reale, who started trading contracts on silver and Swiss francs more than 20 years ago. Futures trading, traditionally the bailiwick of big Wall Street firms, is essentially a bet on the direction that […]

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Ag week speaker touts high-tech usage

By Raed Battah – Jack Crowner, 73, is the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” in Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Morocco. That’s the message he received from his son, Mark Crowner, when he visited North Africa and the Middle East with Presbyterian USA. “You’re loud and clear in Syria, Dad,” read an e-mail from Mark Crowner to […]

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Wealth Maker Turns Attention to Peru Silver Mine

By Tim Wood – NEW YORK ( — Investing in mining and exploration companies is made a lot simpler by following some basic rules. The first rule is ‘know thy management’; does management have a track record of making returns, and are the returns reasonably balanced between insiders and investors. As in all aspects of […]

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BEST Brazil promotes Brazilian financial market to investors in London

The Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange, the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa), and the Brazilian Clearing and Depository Corporation (CBLC) promoted in London, its second international BEST Brazil event. Approximately 200 people representing banks, brokerage houses, hedge funds, investment funds, custodians, and dealers attended lectures on the Brazilian financial market, its efficiency, security, and reliability. […]

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New funds mine profit in demand for commodities

By John Waggoner – Commodity mutual funds are hot commodities. Fund companies are starting to roll out more funds that invest in commodities — such as iron, hogs, timber and gold — as the market for raw materials heats up. The Rydex funds launched Rydex Commodities fund May 25, following the lead of Pimco, OppenheimerFunds […]

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Striking while oil is hot

Boone Pickens’ calls that prices would keep rising have paid off big By Sudeep Reddy – As oil surged toward $55 a barrel last week, Boone Pickens and his energy investment funds had their most profitable day ever. But the 77-year-old sat quietly in his Dallas office without celebration. When making bets in the volatile […]

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Natural gas traders on the NYMEX

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Peter R. Huntsman, President and CEO of Huntsman Corporation , today blasted natural gas traders on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for continuing to foster high and volatile natural gas prices at consumers’ expense. “Government data released today show a record amount of natural gas in inventory […]

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Striking out inflation

by Larry Kudlow – Dick Fisher is the spanking new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a voting member of the Fed’s open market committee policy arm. A terribly bright guy, he is somebody who reads the research memos and looks at the data. He may be a Democrat — he served […]

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China may launch share index and treasury bond futures

BEIJING – China may launch share index and treasury bond futures to make it easier for investors to hedge risk, state media reported. The go-ahead for financial derivatives will depend on how well the market develops for existing futures in a limited range of commodities, Xinhua news agency said, citing the China Securities Regulatory Commission […]

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