15 Mar 2011

Tokyo Shares End Day Down 11%

“Asian shares tumbled Tuesday as Tokyo’s stock benchmark plunged 11% on panic selling amid worries that a possible nuclear catastrophe in Japan would further complicate and endanger the nation’s recovery from its worst earthquake on record. The Nikkei Stock Average finished 11% lower at 8,605.15 after sliding more than 14%

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07 Mar 2011

Oil Rises to 29-Month High

“Oil rose to the highest in 29 months in New York as escalating violence in Libya renewed concern that supply disruptions may spread through the Middle East. Crude gained as much as 2.3 percent after fighting between Libyan rebels and troops loyal to Muammar Qaddafi intensified. Hedge funds raised purchases

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04 Mar 2011

Financial terrorism suspected in 2008 economic crash

“Evidence outlined in a Pentagon contractor report suggests that financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations, contributed to the 2008 economic crash by covertly using vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system. The unclassified 2009 report ‘Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses’ by financial analyst Kevin

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03 Mar 2011

Bill Gates: State Pension Funds Unsustainable

“There are long-term problems with state budgets that a return to economic growth won’t solve. Health-care costs and pension obligations are projected to grow at rates that look to be completely unsustainable, unless something is done. But so far, many states aren’t doing much to deal with their fundamental problems.

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01 Mar 2011

Oil climbs despite Saudi output pledge

“World oil prices advanced on Tuesday despite OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia’s pledge to ensure sufficient supplies to cover Libya’s production shortfall. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in April rose 67 cents to $112.47 per barrel. New York’s light sweet crude for April, known as West Texas Intermediate (WTI), gained

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27 Feb 2011

Turmoil rocks Libya’s oil sector, slashing output

“The massive oil terminal at Brega feels strangely deserted for Libya’s second-largest hydrocarbon complex. After more than a week of turmoil in the country, production has been scaled back by almost 90 percent with many employees fleeing and ships not coming to collect its products. The most activity on the

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21 Feb 2011

Federal, state and local debt hits post-WWII levels

“The daunting tower of national, state and local debt in the United States will reach a level this year unmatched just after World War II and already exceeds the size of the entire economy, according to government estimates. But any similarity between 1946 and now ends there. The U.S. debt

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18 Feb 2011

Grocery and gas prices on the rise

“Groceries and gasoline are two necessities in just about every American household and pretty soon, most families will have to stretch those two major budget items. According to the United Nations’ food price index, the cost of putting food on the table has increased over the past seven months, peaking

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17 Dec 2010

As China premier Wen visits India, tension over oil markets not far from surface

“Competition between India and China as they seek bigger shares of the world’s dwindling supply of oil is likely to accelerate the rise in oil prices, economists say. It also has the potential to ignite lingering tension between the two countries going back to China’s 1962 invasion of India and

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17 Dec 2010

Moody’s slashes Ireland’s credit rating

“Moody’s has downgraded debt-stricken Ireland by five notches just days after the Irish parliament approved a multi-billion euro international bailout. The credit ratings agency cited increased uncertainties over Ireland’s economy and public finances for cutting its foreign and local-currency government bond ratings from Aa2 to Baa1. The action follows similar

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