Buy the Dips: Why the Pullback in US Shale is Only Temporary

Harold Hamm, the “father of the frack boom” along with a few other determined oilmen, pioneered the technology and know-how needed to crack energy-filled shale formations, like North Dakota’s Bakken. Today the Bakken produces more than one million barrels per day.

Back in May, Hamm donned the cover of Forbes Magazine, under the title “The Man Fueling America’s Future.”

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A Federal Program that Could Turn Your Town into a Warzone

Password security firm Thycotic visited the recent Black Hat conference for hackers. While there, they conducted a survey.

The results? In short, hackers believe they’re above the law.

Eighty-six percent of them, for example, believe they’ll never get caught.

What else? “For one,” CNET writes, “hackers’ impulses don’t appear to be financially motivated. More than half of those surveyed said their actions were driven by fun or thrill seeking, while only 18% were after money and 1% wanted notoriety.

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The New Bitcoin Trend that Could Make You $100,000 Per Month

This is a true story.

Back in 2008, I was adventuring around the world.

I had just lived in South Africa for six months, Australia and New Zealand (North Island) for one more and Fiji for a couple weeks.

Finally, I decided to re-enter my native homeland to visit a free-spirited friend who had taken up residence at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Stock and Commodity Market Ratio Messages

Using monthly charts I want to update more big picture views of where we stand in the financial markets.  This is just a brief summary [edit; okay it's not so brief.  In fact it had to be ended abruptly or else it would have just kept on rambling] and not meant as in depth analysis with finite conclusions.



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Gold Price – The Thin End of the Wedge

Background Gold had a horrendous year in 2013 disappointing many of its supporters; however, 2014 started brightly bringing with it much hope for an attempt at achieving new record highs. Gold prices moved quickly from the $1200/oz level to flirt with $1400/oz by mid-March. The summer brought some confusion with gold rallying and falling without much in the way of conviction in either direction. As optimists we can argue that the summer doldrums arrived to take the steam out of the market and that better times lie ahead. The pessimists suggest that gold is struggling to gain some traction and will head lower in the near future, so we will take a brief look at some of the factors that affect gold’s movements.



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Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided. Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management.



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U.S. Inflation Pressures in Core Food Components

Inflation Isn`t Moderating, It is Consolidating before the Next Leg Up Inflation numbers of late have been helped by the drop in fuel costs, the agricultural grains have been brought down in the futures market by the overplanting of corn, but eating out for the weekend where shrimp, steak, other seafood and vegetables are consumed at dinner brings home the idea that restaurant costs are only going up on the whole, and expect menu prices to continue to be raised at your favorite restaurant.



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Preserve Your Wealth in the Face of Financial War

During the Cold War, the United States had enough nuclear missiles to destroy Russia and its economy and Russia had enough missiles to do the same to the United States.

Neither adversary used those missiles and the leaders were quite careful to avoid escalations that might lead in that direction. Proxy wars were fought in places like Vietnam, the Congo and Afghanistan, but direct confrontation between the United States and Russia was never allowed to come to a head.

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How to Use Market Forecasts to Your Advantage

Behold! I have a foolproof, unbreakable, 100%-guaranteed stock market prediction for you this morning…

Summer is finally over. I’ve made the appropriate sacrifices and renewed my allegiance to the demonic league of market magicians. Now, you may watch in amazement (or terror!) as I gaze into my crystal ball to reveal exactly which direction stocks will move during this new trading month…

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Independent Scotland Currency, Plan A, B, C or D – British or Scottish Pound?

Alex Salmond recently repeated - "It's our pound and we're going to keep it." Much of the independence debate has centered around what currency an independant Scotland would use, where on one side we have the SNP implying that an independent Scotland would have the right to 'share' the British Pound in terms of the ability to print money and debt (government bonds), whilst on the other hand UK politicians state it would be impossible for two countries to share sovereignty over the same currency for the obvious reason that it would effectively allow an independant Scotland to go on debt fuelled spending binge without consequence of hyperinflation or currency collapse as the bill would be being picked by the UK tax payer as guarantor of the currency. Which is particularly galling as an independent Scotland would no longer be paying any taxes to the UK Treasury.



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