Can Futures Determine the Future Price of Oil?

The headline from NBC News on Monday, April 20th was startling as it screamed: “U.S. crude oil futures for May plummet to minus $37 — lowest price in history.”

Understanding the U.S. Dollar Index

You’ve probably heard that the U.S. dollar is appreciating and getting stronger. But how much? A handy index tells you. If your business is involved in imports or exports, or if you invest in foreign securities or international mutual funds

The COVID-19 Risks of Trying to Time the Market

04/29/2020 – For the past two months, the market declines and market rallies have been historic, as COVID-19 introduced a level of uncertainty that was difficult to quantify, let alone predict.

Coronavirus bailouts will cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars

04/29/2020– The U.S. government has now pledged almost US$3 trillion to save the economy and Americans from the coronavirus recession.

Companies are Saying Goodbye to Dividends

04/28/2020 – The COVID-19 crisis has forced companies around the world to suspend dividend payouts to their investors. Through the first quarter of 2020 alone, over 500 companies worldwide have suspended or reduced their dividends this year.

Elements of the New Normal

04/27/2020 – After a rocky start as a result of a massive oil sell-off, stocks rallied later in the week, led by the technology sector. Still, markets ended this roller-coaster week slightly down, snapping 2 consecutive weeks of gains.

Will American shale oil go bust?

04/26/2020 – US oil is suffering unprecedented distress, as demonstrated by the benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude price crashing into negative territory.

The Nasty “Business Interruption” Insurance Fight

04/23/2020 – Restaurants, hotels, gyms and other businesses that were forced to close due to COVID-19 are now battling their insurance companies over their business interruption insurance and have asked the federal government to step in.