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Weekly Market Review & Target Fills September Week 2

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills September Week 2

The big news in the market this week is the rally in oil prices near the end of the week. American West Texas Intermediate (WTI) had advanced from $44.36 USD (United States Dollar) a week ago, to $46.84 USD. This is an increase of 5.59% in a week. Similarly, International Brent during the same period […]

Uzbekistan Facing An Uncertain Future

Uzbekistan Facing An Uncertain Future

After nearly a week of doubt, it became clear that long time leader Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan had finally died. Since independence in 1991 from the former Soviet Union, he ruled the predominately secular country with an iron hand. Karimov had maintained sway over this Central Asian nation, since his appointment to power by the […]

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills September Week 1

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills September Week 1

The big news in the market this week is the downward movement in the major United States (U.S.) exchanges. Thursday saw the end of a 6 month winning streak in the Dow Jones Industrial Averages (Dow) and a 5 month streak for the Standard and Poor (S&P 500). Still, the 3 major U.S. exchanges remain […]

Croatia In Economic And Political Stalemate

Croatia In Economic And Political Stalemate

Croatia a country of 4.8 million inhabitants, has been in a political stalemate since June and it is a reflection of the present division among the electorate. The main parties consist of the Social Democrats (SDP) and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). The leadership continues to focus on connections and rivalries of the past, which […]

Colombia: The Civil War At An End?

Colombia: The Civil War At An End?

After 52 years, the civil war that has enveloped Colombia may be at an end. The decades long conflict has led to the deaths of some 220,000 inhabitants and resulted in the displacement of close to seven million citizens. At one time, insurgents controlled nearly one third of the country. Outside the individual losses, the […]

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills August Week 4

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills August Week 4

The big news in the market this week is the lack of movement in the major United States (U.S.) exchanges. Today will be the 35th trading session, where the Standard and Poor has moved less then 1% in either direction. This condition in equities, has not occurred in decades. The week began with the U.S. […]

Tajikistan: Still Struggling To Break Free From Russia

Tajikistan: Still Struggling To Break Free From Russia

Among the former Soviet republics Tajikistan has struggled almost since its founding. When independence arrived in 1991, the country was almost immediately plunged into a civil war. The five years struggle devastated the domestic economy, and has kept Tajikistan the poorest nation in Central Asia. The over dependence on Russia, has hampered internal development in […]

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills August Week 3

Weekly Market Review & Target Fills August Week 3

The big economic news for the week, is the surge in the price for crude oil this week. American West Texas Intermediate (WTI) increased from $44.38 USD (United States Dollar) last Friday to $48.27 this morning. This is a gain of 8.77%. International Brent during the same period went from $46.71 USD to $50.74 USD. […]

Nicaragua: The End Of Democracy And Private Marketplace

Nicaragua: The End Of Democracy And Private Marketplace

Nicaragua will hold general elections in November of this year, with the political outcome already predetermined. The incumbent President Daniel Ortega, will run virtually unopposed in an unprecedented consecutive third term. Since 2000, the country’s constitution has been changed or construed three different times, to the benefit of Ortega. The democratic institutions of Nicaragua have […]