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Sep 22, 2015

$20 a Barrel of Oil – Are You Serious?

The below post was authored by guest blogger John Gabrielski. 

The summer of 2014 concluded with oil prices hovering around $100 per barrel. Just one year later, oil prices have reached a six-year low; in August oil dropped to as low as $38 per barrel.  The drastic decrease in price can be attributed to the massive supply glut that producers are now facing. » Read More

Sep 17, 2015

Yellen and the Fed Hold the Line on Rate Hikes

While the Fed is more comfortable that US economy is performing well, China and global turmoil rule the day.  Coming out of its two day meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee released a statement pushing off any interest rate increase.  “Recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put further downward pressure on inflation in the near term.”  But for the lone dissenter in the vote, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker, the decision to hold the line on any rate hike was unanimous. » Read More

Sep 16, 2015

The Fed September Meeting Has Arrived – Will Janet Yellen Raise Rates?

It’s now been nine years since the Fed has raised its benchmark interest rate which has essentially been at zero for quite some time.  The job market is certainly better reaching its lowest jobless rate of 5.1% since early in the recession, but the quality of jobs and workers’ pay has not increased to any meaningful level.  The housing market remains sluggish, certainly on new home starts. » Read More

Sep 03, 2015

Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Program Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

The Department of the Treasury has proposed requirements for SEC registered investment advisers to establish anti-money laundering programs. The proposed rules would require a firm’s anti-money laundering program to be reasonably designed to prevent the firm from being used for money laundering or terrorist financing activities and to achieve compliance with provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act that would also become applicable to investment advisers.» Read More

Aug 27, 2015

REWIND: International Business News #106

In this week’s REWIND of international business news:

Tesla Stock Soars As One Of Its Vehicles Exceeds Highest Ratings

Tesla stock gained over 6% late in the week of August 24th on news that Consumer Reports rated its all-wheel drive, battery-powered Model S P85D vehicle a 103 (out of 100). The Model S P85D received this off the charts rating because of the vehicle’s “exceptionally strong performance.”  Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ head of automotive testing, told Bloomberg: “This is a glimpse into what we can expect down the line, where we have cars with the performance of supercars and the comfort, convenience and safety features of a luxury car while still being extremely energy efficient.”

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