T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire founder, chairman and CEO of hedge fund BP Capital, may be one of the most outspoken insiders in the energy industry. Never one to shy away from controversy, Pickens eagerly discussed “fracking,” Oklahoma earthquakes and his decision to get out of wind energy in an interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference 2013.
Employers added 165,000 to payrolls in April, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.5% from 7.6% -- the lowest rate since December 2008. Economists had expected the rate would remain unchanged from March and payrolls would grow by 145,000
Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a non-profit organization committed to analyzing and influencing fiscal policy, says the next five months are critical for budget reform. In an interview at the Milken Institute's 2013 Global Conference, MacGuineas argues that Washington needs to replace the sequester with a bigger debt deal – one that tackles the “real problem areas of the budget” such as health care, aging and an outdated tax code
As was widely expected, the European Central Bank cut interest rates for the first time in close to a year from 0.75% to 0.50%. The rate cut was driven by an economy in recession, with unemployment hitting a record high in April and inflation dropping the most in more than four years
Many market strategists credit the Federal Reserve with the rally that has pushed the Dow and the S&P 500 to record highs.
The Commodity Futures Trading Committee is currently holding a hearing on the market impact of the April 23 rd Twitter attack.
More good news on the housing market.
Niall Ferguson has two words for Paul Krugman: you’re wrong. The Harvard University history professor and author of “Civilization: The West and the Rest” says Krugman’s pro-government spending thesis not only fails to address the core problems facing the U.S. and Europe today but also has dire consequences for individuals living in these economies.
The Federal Reserve begins its two-day policy-making meeting today and not much news is expected, as has been the case ahead of many of the most recent meetings.
It was one week ago this Tuesday that a hacked AP account tweeted, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured” to its 1.9 million followers. Moments later, the @AP twitter handle released a statement saying they had been hacked and that President Obama was fine, but the markets had already reacted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 150 points and lost $136 billion in value before rebounding.