The Rise of the Robots in banking

If you think the human factor is rapidly disappearing from the workplace, you may be surprised to know that Skynet has arrived and even C-3PO and R2-D2 are being left behind. Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the nation’s banking system.   Automation,...

OPEC’s poker game

The news this week that some OPEC members have at least agreed to talk, and possibly freeze production, had traders covering their oil shorts, sending crude up over 15%. But why should simply freezing production at multi-year levels stem oil’s price decline? Nay...

A tale of two Chinas

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened? Times have changed. Back in...

The Marijuana Market

Only four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far. Another 23 have given the nod for using cannabis for medical usage. Today it is a $2billion industry that is set to grow substantially in the years ahead if more states jump on the band wagon....

Could Greece upset the applecart?

    This week a parliamentary vote to elect a president failed in Greece. National elections have now been called for late January. The outcome could trigger a revolt against an austerity program that has brought years of suffering and pain to the...