Posts filed under “Federal Reserve”

Blog Spotlight: The Mess That Greenspan Made

Today we start a new series:  Blog Spotlight.

We put together a short list of excellent but somewhat overlooked blog that deserves a greater audience. Expect to see a post from a different featured blogger here every Tuesday and Thursday evening, around 7pm.

First up in our Blogger Spotlight:  Tim Iacono and The Mess That Greenspan Made. Tim is a software engineer in his mid-forties, living in Southern California. He calls his blog is a "vain attempt to stave off a mid-life crisis, and here’s hoping that it’s going to work."



Today’s focus commentary is called Friends in High Places? and it address the controversey we discussed last week.



Friends in High Places?

Life is always much more fun when there’s a good
conspiracy theory to kick around. When the New York Times starts kicking it
around too, then it can really be

Such is the case with the recent plunge
in the price paid for gasoline by formerly dour consumers leading up to an
election where the party in power is clearly having difficulty wooing the
electorate. It just so happens that the newly appointed Treasury Secretary used
to run the investment bank that controls the world’s most important commodity
index, which seven weeks ago cut the weighting of unleaded gasoline by nearly 75
percent, causing all commodity investments based on this index to sell their
unleaded gasoline futures.

For the same number of buyers, a glut of
sellers means lower prices, and voila! Prices at the pump drop precipitously,
consumer confidence rebounds, and the electorate develops a new spring in their

Or at least, that’s what some would have you believe. . .

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Category: Blog Spotlight, Commodities, Corporate Management, Federal Reserve, Finance, Politics

Paul Volcker at Bloomberg HQ

Category: Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation

Quote of the Day

Category: Federal Reserve

As we wait for the Fed Announcement…

Category: Federal Reserve, Inflation

The Technical Dilemma

Category: Federal Reserve, Investing, Markets, Technical Analysis

Yellen’s Yelling

Category: Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation

The Fed is Wrong on Core Inflation

Category: Federal Reserve, Inflation

Is a Housing Crisis Approaching?

Category: Consumer Spending, Economy, Federal Reserve, Real Estate

The Fed on Productivity & Inflation

Category: Economy, Employment, Federal Reserve, Inflation

Does the Bond Market Have it All Wrong?

Category: Data Analysis, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Markets