Economics

Stock Market Scam

Using technology to manipulate the value of stocks may be easier than apparent.  ABC World News had a report that companies were placing errant phone messages designed at duping investors into thinking that they are receiving a hot insider stock tip designed for someone else ears.  The hope is the unsuspecting investor will act on the tip anyways, artificially inflating ...

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Agree to disagree

Gosh, the other night I heard some business executives’ organization predicting that in 2005 there would be more jobs, lower oil prices, and business growth. Contrast that with this article I just stumbled across reporting that a well-placed financial analyst is forecasting a high probability of "economic Armageddon." Hmm, maybe he’s trying to create conditions to sell a book on ...

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Oil anxiety relapse

Fret, fret! Am I off the wall in thinking a company like ACS ought to be thinking about Plan B: what do we do if energy prices keep going up, our cost of doing business increases, and we have to compete for scarce dollars going to oil? Higher Oil Prices Soon To Squeeze Consumers

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Answer: $50

What does a barrel of crude oil cost, Alex? Crude went to a record $50 yesterday. According to the NY Times: Fueling these gains is the alignment of three events: record high demand, historically low spare production capacity, and a set of potentially destabilizing events in some of world’s the top oil-producing regions, including Iraq and Venezuela, to name only ...

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