Monday , 20 May 2024

Save Time: Read Today's 'Speak For Themselves' Headlines

Why Focus On These Headlines: This morning I have personally filtered them from over 1,200 articles covering the latest important economic and resource news. My intent is to help you be better informed while saving you time. Below are 5 such headlines with a brief overview.

So says Ian R. Campbell of in excerpts from his latest Economic & Resource Stocks Commentary (subscription required). (Lorimer Wilson, editor of (Your Key to Making Money!), has edited his comments below for length and clarity. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.)

Here are Campbell’s highlights:

1. UK is back in recession, OECD says

  • Overview: This article focuses on technical economic recession in the U.K.
  • Source: The Guardian, Phillip Inman, March 29, 2012.
  • Reading time: 3 minutes.

2. The Domino Effect That Will End this Stock Market Rally

  • Overview: This article focuses on commodity input costs and their possible affect on 2012 Q1 earnings reports.
  • Source: The Profit Confidential Blog, Michael Lombardi, March 30, 2012.
  • Reading time: 4 minutes.

3. Europe’s Recovery is Fragile, Says the OECD

  • Overview: This article summarizes a March 30 OECD opinion. It includes a 90 second summary video.
  • Source: The Wall Street Daily Blog, March 30, 2012.
  • Reading and viewing time: 2 minutes.

4. Spain introduces ‘most austere budget’ in its history

  • Overview: This article highlights Spain’s ongoing economic problems, and indirectly societal backlash.
  • Source: The Financial Post (from Bloomberg News), Angeline Benoit, March 30, 2012.
  • Reading time: 3 minutes.

5. Everyone Is Wondering When Spain Will Become The New Greece

  • Overview: This article is more detailed than the previous one. What happens in Spain is ‘top of mind’ important.
  • Source: Business Insider (from The Automatic Earth Blog), Ashvin Pandurangi, March 30, 2012.
  • Reading time: 4 minutes.

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Other Recent Postings by Ian Campbell:

1. Ian Campbell Comments on the World vs. Market Reality Disconnect & the “Nerds on Wall Street”


The world is on the verge of becoming a cauldron of Disorder [y]et the market is orderly for now and people refuse to fully acknowledge it. This inability to compartmentalize the “world reality” from the “market reality” is costing investors money. The world isn’t likely to end well in the not too distant future but for now the market is doing just fine. Words: 610

2. Campbell: Balanced Opinions Regarding Gold & Silver are Paramount – Here’s Why


If you hold, or are considering holding, physical gold or silver or both, [it is imperative that you] read as many ‘balanced opinions’ as you possibly can with respect to ownership of each. [Here’s why]. Words: 337

3. Campbell’s Critique of Meredith Whitney’s Municipal Default Claims


Meredith Whitney has resurfaced on the subject of U.S. Municipal defaults stating that a “tidal wave” of defaults in the municipal bond market is still building and will eventually hit the United States [although her views are at odds with those of] Moody’s Investors Service [who only see] a small but growing number of defaults. [Here is a critique of her latest views.]

4. Campbell’s Critiques on Fiat Currency, Washington Gridlock, Business Journalism and Career Choices


Hundreds of articles are posted every week but their content is almost never challeged. Campbell does just that. He conveys his comments, concerns and criticisms in a concise conversation, concluding his critiques with either his concurrence or contrary point of view. He invariably ends each critique with a question or two for you to mull over until his next insightful and thought-provoking commentaries. Put your thinking cap on and give them a read. Words: 1722

5. Which Countries are Most Risky for Mining/Oil and Gas Companies? Here’s the List


The Behre Dolbear Group has recently published its annual comparative country risk assessment of twenty-five countries that host the global mining industry. [If you own, or are thinking of buying, stocks of companies in this sector print, then I suggest you give the Report your full attention and pass this commentary on to friends, acquaintances and colleagues interested in the Resource Sector, and to your Investment Advisor. Words: 437

6. Spanish Prostitutes Tell Wealthy Bankers: “No Loans, No Lays”! Is This an Early April Fool’s Day Spoof?


The largest association of luxury escorts in Spain – some costing as much as £250-an-hour – are reported to be boycotting their usual banker-clientele by refusing their erotic services until they start lending to the lower Spanish classes and SMEs (I assume this reference is to ‘small and medium business enterprises’). Sunday is April Fool’s Day so is this really happening or is it just an early spoof? Read on… Words: 497