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Rob Kirby

Rob Kirby

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Currency Conundrums

    Published 24 November 2005 | viewed 5,902 times

    In light of much of what has been going on - from a macro economic perspective - I felt it might be appropriate to review…

  • How You Discover a Pirate's Cover

    Published 12 November 2005 | viewed 4,530 times

    Once upon a time, I thought monstrous conspiracies were largely the product[s] of active or vivid imaginations because the world's a small place and after…

  • What's Up Doc?

    Published 09 November 2005 | viewed 8,016 times

    We all know the Fed is in a rate tightening mode - right? In fact, this past week the Fed raised their benchmark rate [the…

  • Anecdotal Asides: Rubber Hits the Road and PVC Hits the Pavement -- Face First

    Published 28 October 2005 | viewed 5,029 times

    Road Kill Over the past couple of weeks crude oil prices have plummeted on the NYMEX [exchange] in N.Y. After a long and pronounced run…

  • Passing Gas, Royalty and Income Trusts and More

    Published 19 October 2005 | viewed 5,629 times

    This past week, more than a few investors took a pass on gas - so to speak - selling their oil and gas investments. This…

  • Kilroy was Here

    Published 12 October 2005 | viewed 6,821 times

    This past weekend saw automotive parts giant Delphi [NYSE: DPH] file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its U.S. operations. For those who may be…

  • Easy Come, Easy Go

    Published 05 October 2005 | viewed 6,034 times

    This past week saw already unsettling rhetoric between the U.S. and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez 'kick it up a couple notches,' so to speak, when…

  • Losing It

    Published 28 September 2005 | viewed 5,820 times

    This title seemed appropriate given the state of affairs in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Without a doubt, there are many who have lost much.…

  • The Other Price of Gold

    Published 26 September 2005 | viewed 6,809 times

    Who out there knows the price of gold? Most of us would at least be likely to say that the price of gold is four…

  • News with Views

    Published 21 September 2005 | viewed 4,229 times

    Picking through the rubble of last week's news headlines, there was one particular newsy piece that, while I've seen it before, it struck me in…

  • An Overused Worn Out Cliche

    Published 08 September 2005 | viewed 3,790 times

    And now for another understatement; we truly are living in unprecedented times - aren't we? I mean, just when the world appeared to be growing…

  • The Greenspan Legacy

    Published 31 August 2005 | viewed 5,824 times

    Soaring Like a Double Eagle Over Jackson Hole, Wyoming This past week saw his eminence - a surprisingly sober Sir Alan Greenspan accepting the accolades…

  • The Anatomy of a Fictional Hedge Fund Collapse: The Next Chapter

    Published 27 August 2005 | viewed 4,652 times

    At the conclusion of our first installment, [when free media had been renamed the Ministry of Truth] the employees of our beloved hedgy STCM [Short…

  • Slow Boat to China or Junk Tales to Debunk? - The Sequel

    Published 23 August 2005 | viewed 4,743 times

    Spurred on by Financial Sense's Jim Puplava interview of Matthew Simmons [Twilight in the Desert], I've written about the topic of shipping and crude oil…

  • A Slow Boat to China or Hollywood Hubris?

    Published 17 August 2005 | viewed 6,802 times

    Having recently listened to Matthew Simmons being interviewed by Jim Puplava on the Financial Sense Newshour about his new book, Twilight In The Desert, I…

  • Twilight at the Fed: Subliminal Parallels

    Published 10 August 2005 | viewed 6,406 times

    I couldn't help but get a sense of déjà vu all over again with Jim Puplava's interview of Matt Simmons this weekend, Aug. 6, 2005,…

  • Texas Hold 'Em or Know When to Fold Them?

    Published 01 August 2005 | viewed 8,452 times

    After spending 15 years of my life involved in institutional capital markets - followed by 3 or 4 years in the retail trade as an…

  • Mid Summer Report Card

    Published 20 July 2005 | viewed 4,475 times

    I wanted to take a moment and revisit a wonderful essay written April 3, 2005 by Professor Robert Bell titled The Invisible Hand (of the…

  • From Pinches and Paradox to Bear Raids and Goldilocks

    Published 17 July 2005 | viewed 4,627 times

    In today's, July 14, 2005, 8:30 a.m. CPI report, inflation was reported to be non existent or benign at worst and the price of gold…

  • The Running Of The Bulls

    Published 13 July 2005 | viewed 5,162 times

    This past week, the world was treated to one of the familiar 'rites of summer'. Every year at this time, one of the true spectacles…