Enforcement: Chase to Pay $136M Over Debt Collection Practices
Meanwhile, FINRA barred five brokers for a sham private placement offering.
Canada and Oil
The falling price of oil has hit Canada hard, with Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz warning that its effect would be “atrocious.”
Get Realistic About Green Technology
The quest for cleaner energy encounters limitations.
Brazil’s Petrobras: A Buying Opportunity?
The disappointing choice of Banco do Brasil chief Bendine to head oil company Petrobras has darkened sentiment on Petrobras, Brazil and the Brazilian markets.
Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Some Energy Investments
U.S. energy renaissance lets investors reap tax breaks while avoiding commodity market swings like those engendered by Saudi Arabia oil price cut.
SEC, FINRA Enforcement: Reps Sold ETFs They Didn’t Understand
In other enforcement news, the SEC charged an energy firm and a stock promoter with defrauding investors about its oil reserves.
Should California Split Up to Save Itself?
Economist Bill Watkins calls a new ballot initiative to divide California into six states economically unviable, yet worries about the viability of the existing state.
Wary Investors Consider High Risk Premium in Brazil
Powerhouse Brazil’s economic slowdown has put investors on alert for trouble, and for opportunity.
Kenya Investment Lure Won’t Be Stifled by Mall Shootings
Natural resources, a high literacy rate and solidarity will push the country forward.
Syria Strike by U.S. Likely to Push Oil Prices Higher
Disruptions in oil supply network could also affect U.S. inflation. Kerry speech slams Assad regime for chemical attacks; markets respond as military action appears to still be an option.