Category Archives: Finance

The Lost Six Months In 2009 That Still Haunt Us

As President Obama started his first term in office he was provided with the kind of opportunity for real change that progressives had only been able to dream about for nearly a century. The deregulation of the financial industry had … Continue reading

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The Panic Of ’32?

The current period reminds me of the period of Perestroika (openness) in the old Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, which instigated media and intellectual freedom, a process put in place by then President Gorbachev to help open up and … Continue reading

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The Hog Cycle and Oil Prices

Industries that have a delayed supply reaction to price (short term price inelasticity of supply) tend to exhibit a cyclical behaviour in supply and price. Delayed responses to falling and rising prices may create price and supply “overshoots”. Likes(1)Dislikes(0)

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Oil Price Dynamics In A Constrained World

Oil is a globally traded commodity, where there is generally little variation in price between different locations. Given this, a highly simplified model of global oil prices would look something like this: Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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TTIP/TTP: Part Of The Elite Strategy To Embed Neoliberalism

A strategy of the elites highlighted by the Trilateral Commission report that complained of an “excess of democracy”[1] in the 1970’s has been to remove as many of the important decisions affecting society from any possibility of democratic control. This … Continue reading

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Continuing With The Insanity

During the peak of the financial crisis during 2008 and 2009, there was a window of opportunity for a fundamental remaking and realignment of the massively over-sized and dysfunctional global financial system. Perhaps, also a questioning of the consensus that … Continue reading

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Energy & The Financial System: What Can I Do?

Unlike the rest of the content on this site, this is copyrighted work which cannot be reproduced without the prior and explicit permission of the publisher, Springer. This is the fifth chapter to my book on Energy & The Financial … Continue reading

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The Ukrainian Conflict And U.S. Hegemonic Resistance to Decline

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, the United States (U.S.) entered a period during which it was the sole global superpower. The Eastern European countries that were previously within the soviet sphere were integrated into the … Continue reading

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Watching The World Go By: Iceland

When I used to think of Iceland, thoughts of a plucky nation that fought off the curse of the bankers, and runs everything on renewable energy, would come to the fore. As usual, the reality is somewhat more mixed than … Continue reading

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Watching The World Go By: Valencia, Spain

Sitting on a beach south of Valencia, 30 degrees and no clouds, with my iPad and a cold beer (and a ready supply from the bar 20 feet away from me). Only 30 minutes away is the city itself, with … Continue reading

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