The volatility of natural gas may make your pulse race, but now's the time for investors to jump in, before demand heats up with the season. Be on the lookout, though, for a price drop, which could be chilling.
It's tempting to believe that more money will fix the messes of American and other global financial institutions. But simple calculations tell us the system is insolvent, and the possible solutions are unpalatable.
The Bush administration, in its waning days, is hauling out the heaviest possible ammunition to force recalcitrant U.S. banks to lend. But the generals have no idea whether their battle plans will work.
The dawn of this new era feels a lot like the Gipper's 'Morning in America.' But the U.S. president-elect's oratorical and inspirational powers will be tested as he guides Americans through the economic crisis.
Coordinated government action to restore faith in banks sparked a huge equity rally that should help undo the damage of the past few weeks. Stocks should see double-digit percentage gains in the short term. Longer term, the economic outlook remains bleak.
In some situations, fear is the appropriate response -- and this is one of them. Why? The U.S. bailout plan is riddled with loopholes, and new crises are brewing for American cities, states and oil refiners.
The U.S. financial system has become dependent on debt and the transfer of risk via convoluted debt instruments, creating a mess that will require hundreds of billions of dollars and global cooperation to fix.
South America's largest country is rich in natural resources, low in corruption and, as oil prices soar, on its way to energy self-sufficiency. It's not too late for investors to jump in -- and here's how.