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Are Higher Oil Prices in 2013 About to Set Off an Inflationary Spiral? Kent Moors – Money Morning

There is a long-held belief that significant increases in oil prices are harbingers of building inflationary pressures.

It follows from the observation that a market able to absorb more expensive oil is also one where prices are rising elsewhere.

And for those who remember their “Intro to Economics,” there is an additional element.

The Fraud Shotgun: The Overlapping Fields of Fraudulent Fire that Drove the Crisis- William K. Black

I have written a series of articles recently that focus on appraisal fraud.

I did so because appraisal fraud allows such “clean” tests of what (and who) drove the financial crisis and how many different private and public sector actors could have easily prevented the crisis had they acted against the fraud epidemics.

Commodities 2013 Halftime Report: A Time to Mine for Opportunity? Money Morning

It was a challenging first half of the year for most commodities, with only two resources we track on our Periodic Table of Commodities Returns rising in value.

Natural gas and oil rose 6.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively, while silver lost a third of its value and gold lost a quarter of its price from the beginning of the year.