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Did Putin Really Want Trump To Win?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:43:00 -0500

Oil and gas wise, which is of extreme importance in Russia, the election of President Trump is a BIG NEGATIVE for Russia.


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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:43:00 -0500

Ivanka Trump worked out a deal to pay a bargain-basement price of $150 million for the Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida.



Ivanka Trump in her New York City office.




Ivanka Trump at Doral.


Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend 'Macy's Celebrates the Launch of Ivanka Trump Fragrance' at Herald Square Macy's, New York City.

Ivanka Trump in 1995 as a teenage model.

Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Ivana and a young Ivanka Trump in Palm Beach, Florida.


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Deadline To Vacate Looms At Dakota Access Protest Site

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:01:00 -0500

As today's deadline for vacating the Oceti Sakowin protest camp looms, several important lessons can be taken away from the long saga by everyone involved. Chief among them is that much trouble can be avoided by simply following the rule of law.


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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:28:00 -0500

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model S

Porsche Mission E

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Mercedes Generation EQ


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Solar Jobs Aren't What They're Cracked Up To Be

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:10:00 -0500

Solar advocates point to the number of jobs created by the industry, but it's actually a sign of labor inefficiency. It takes a lot more jobs to produce a given amount of solar energy than oil or natural gas do.


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Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

A new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma – shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Unfortunately, its conclusions are wrong, especially about the cost savings and climate effects.


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Oil And The Golden Constant

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

My model, which is based on the "golden constant," predicts a price for oil (WTI) of $70/bbl by the end of the year.


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The World's Saddest (And Happiest) CountriesMisery Index: The World's Saddest (And Happiest) Countries60. Venezuela59. Argentina58. Brazil57. Nigeria56. South Africa55. Egypt54. Ukraine53. Azerbaijan52. Turkey51. Iran50. Colombia49. Greece48. Russia47. Algeria46. Kazakhstan45. Saudi Arabia44. Peru43. Spain42. Ecuador41. Indonesia40. India39. Portugal38. Sri Lanka37. Italy36. Pakistan35. Chile34. Mexico33. Belgium32. Bulgaria31. Poland30. Canada29. France28. Australia27. Finland26. United Kingdom25. Hong Kong24. Norway23. Philippines22. New Zealand21. United States20. Vietnam19. Slovakia18. Czech Republic17. Ireland16. Sweden15. Austria14. Denmark13. Singapore12. Taiwan11. Israel10. Romania9. Netherlands8. Hungary7. Malaysia6. Germany5. Switzerland4. South Korea3. Thailand2. China1. Japan

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:14:00 -0500

The Misery Index is Dr. Steve Hanke's quick,data-driven method of ranking the world's happiest and saddest places to live. Take a country's unemployment rate, add the inflation and bank lending rates, then subtract change in real GDP per capita. The higher the number, the more miserable the country. Only countries with reliable data are included. Where does yours rank?

Amid hyperinflation, rampant corruption, and societal collapse, Venezuela's ineptPresident Nicolas Maduro presides over the world's most miserable country for the second year in a row.

Misery index: 573.4

Unemployment rate: 15.5%

Inflation rate: 522.4%

Bank lending rate: 20.6%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: -14.9%


Though President Mauricio Macri is an improvement over the Kirchners, Argentina's economy remains hobbled by socialist policies

Misery index: 83.8

Unemployment rate: 9%

Inflation rate: 40.6%

Bank lending rate: 31.2%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: -3%


President Michael Temer replaced the impeached Dilma Rousseff, whose tenure solidified Brazil's reputation as a hotbed of corruption and incompetence.

Misery index: 75.0

Unemployment rate: 12.6%

Inflation rate: 6.7%

Bank lending rate: 51.4%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: -4.3%


PresidentMuhammaduBuhari. According to Prof. Steve Hanke, Nigeria's true inflation rate is likely several times higher than the official 18.55%.

Misery index: 83.8

Unemployment rate: 13.9%

Inflation rate: 18.5%

Bank lending rate: 18%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: -4.1%


Nigeria President MuhammaduBuhari pictured above.

In South Africacorruption runs to the very highest office. President Jacob Zuma recently survived impeachment after a court found unanimously that he failed to uphold the constitution.

Misery index: 44.9

Unemployment rate: 26.8%

Inflation rate: 7.2%

Bank lending rate: 10.5%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: -0.4%


President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi presides over a military-socialist regime that it is mired in currency exchange controls and surging inflation.

Misery index: 43.9

Unemployment rate: 12.5%

Inflation rate: 17.8%

Bank lending rate: 15.8%

Percent change in real GDP per capita: 2.2%

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If EPA Chief Pruitt Is Listening To Private Enterprise, He'll Think About Pricing Carbon

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:06:00 -0500

The confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA raises questions and concerns about whether he'll take any action to address climate change -- and whether Republican-led solutions to price carbon will get an audience on his watch.


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Big Data Visionary Bates Sees 'Disruptive' Forces In Testing Arena, Made TestPlant CEO

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:18:00 -0500

As Dr John Bates is appointed the new CEO of TestPlant, a leader in software test automation, the Big Data and IoT space pioneer envisages disruptive forces at work in the testing environment across a range of industries. And, in this article he explains his thinking on these aspects.


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Vietnam Is Getting Closer To Its Rival China Because Neither Side Trusts Trump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Vietnam shows new sighs of edging closer to one-time rival China as it hasn't figured out what the United States will do in Asia's major maritime dispute.


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Don't Expect Carbon Capture To Save Coal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

A carbon capture project near Houston has sparked a lot of excitement, but a closer look at the economics and competing technologies suggests it might not be the solution the coal industry wants.


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Commodities Have Been Down So Long It May Be Time To Snap Them Up

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Inflation has consistently surprised on the downside but if it goes the other way real assets will outperform stocks.


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Tight oil's growth potential - fracturing conventional wisdom?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Not long ago growth was the big thing. Listed oil and gas companies set aggressive production targets to woo investors, though few succeeded it hitting them. Value then usurped volume as the industry’s Holy Grail. This results season suggests growth targets are making a comeback.



Trump And Ryan's Hatred Of EV Tax Credit Is Threat To Tesla

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Tesla's stock is surging ahead of fourth quarter earnings, but hanging over the shares' future is the possible, if not likely, elimination of the federal EV tax credit.


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My Destination Experience Jamaica: Networking With $100B In Investment Capital

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:59:00 -0500

“In order for us to get where we're going, influencers need to create a partnership of shared prosperity- those who have, making a way for those who don’t. My job is to give motivation and provide some direction towards the pathway.” – Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica


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Stuck In The $50s: Why The Oil Price Is Going Nowhere Fast

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:33:00 -0500

The current near-equilibrium in the oil price is likely to last a while longer with bearish and not bullish market fundamentals lurking in the background.


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One Toshiba Lesson - Organizations With Venerable Corporate Names Can Be Risky Acquisitions

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:41:00 -0500

Toshiba is struggling to survive. After a series of purchases and deals that gradually took Toshiba a long way from its core competencies, the company is facing large future losses. It is responsible for completing a massive amount of difficult work with little or no upside potential.


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GM May Soon Have 'Thousands' Of Self-Driving Electric Bolts In A Lyft Test Fleet

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:56:00 -0500

If the automaker gets its robotic Bolts on the road in 2018, it may have the biggest such test fleet -- unless Waymo or Tesla move even faster


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Gastar's Stock Jumps On Financing News But May Now Be Fully Valued

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:33:00 -0500

The new funding provides the small oil and gas company with the capital to pay down debt, develop its Stack properties and possibly make acquisitions. But one analyst thinks its shares are sufficiently valued given its current assets and growth profile.


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Farewell Dodd-Frank. Sometimes We Don't Like What Makes Us Stronger.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:35:00 -0500

Work is underway to dismantle Dodd-Frank, including rules requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. But those rules, and similar rules that came before them, have actually been good for the industry.


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Update: The Situation At Dakota Access Protest Site

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:30:00 -0500

As this week has worn on, the ongoing controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline has been addressed by prominent public officials ranging from the Governor of North Dakota to Pope Francis. Meanwhile, polluted water has begun running off into the Cannonball River.


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Gevo's Valentine's Day Massacre

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Advanced biofuel company Gevo has outlasted most of its advanced biofuel competitors, largely at the expense of its shareholders.


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Hey Anglers, Get Ready To Enjoy Some Toxic Heavy Metals With Your Trout Fishing

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:03:00 -0500

This bill allows for the pollution of our nation's headwaters and will do nothing to help out the struggling coal industry, which makes it the very definition of a lose-lose proposition.


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Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:30:00 -0500

Dismantling the EPA will greatly increase our health, water safety, and environmental concerns. Fracking related health problems and governmental denial illustrates how.


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Texas Utility Giant EFH Poised To Exit Bankruptcy After Three Years

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:48:00 -0500

Energy Future Holdings (EFH), the parent company of Texas utility giants Luminant and Oncor Electric, is winding down what has become one of the longest and most unpredictable corporate bankruptcies in recent memory. Its success now rests in the hands of Texas regulators.



Enhancing Both Parts: Noble Energy IPO Carve-Out Of Noble Midstream Partners LP

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:14:00 -0500

Noble Energy IPO carve-out of Noble Midstream Partners LP has created shareholder value for both companies. NBL ROR 12%, and NBLX 81% since 9/15/16. Increased activity and performance improvements will continue organic growth. Spin-Off Research, experts trusted by Institutional Investors.


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Three Investor Strategies For Energy Storage's Exponential Growth

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

As technology costs decline while battery deployments proliferate, existing niche markets for storage will expand, opening new markets and value-streams. Here's how investors can take advantage.


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