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Week In Review

The Damage Caused By the Oil Bear Will Spread Far and Wide

Oil prices continued to fall this week but stock markets shrugged off the disarray this continued to cause in global markets after Janet Yellen whispered soothing words in their ears after the Fed's last meeting of the year on Wednesday. Mrs. Yellen has become a "bull whisperer" – fearful of upsetting the equity market, she cloaks her words in indirection and equivocation in an effort to keep them calm as she prays for an economic lift-off that will take her institution off the hook.

Unfortunately, her patient is likely to be very disappointed, for it would take an economic miracle the likes of which hasn't been seen in this country since the years after the Second World War to deal with the mountain of existing debt and future liabilities that are going to bury us.

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Oil Prices: Black Swan or the Work of Vultures?

Over the past few of days, three separate prognosticators have claimed the fall in oil prices is a "black swan" event – in other words, an outlier, a development that fails to follow any normal pattern.

This isn't a black swan, but calling it one may be a good way of clouding up what really is happening.

In this case, there's another motive at work - and the black swan becomes a convenient cover...

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This Crude Oil Chart Shows Which Countries Are Reeling

This crude oil chart shows just how hard the steady oil price slump has hit OPEC countries.

Oil is the foundation of OPEC countries' economies. Their budgets feel a tremendous strain when crude oil prices fall as dramatically as they have.

Brent oil for January delivery traded at $64.59 at noon today (Thursday). That's a drop of more than 41% from the $110 mark Brent hit in June.

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Crude Oil Price Chart: This Is the 4th-Largest Drop in 30 Years

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil dropped to $63.38 yesterday (Monday). At that level, the price of oil is now down more than 42% since September of 2013.

As this crude oil price chart shows, that's the fourth-largest bear market for oil in the last 30 years.

And while this isn't the biggest drop for oil, it is the longest bear market among the top five dips.

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Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture.

The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations.

And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision.

I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide.

Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public and private sector side.

Much of that is coming together in my current slate of meetings with some of the most powerful people in the energy world.

What I learn in these gatherings will allow everyday investors to make some heavy money as these pivotal changes kick in...

Keystone pipeline

Keystone Pipeline Vote Is Just a Bump in the Road to Approval

A narrow defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate yesterday (Tuesday) is a setback for the project, but a minor one.

The tally was 59-41, just one vote shy of the 60 needed to pass. But the Republicans have vowed another Keystone pipeline vote next year when they have the numbers to pass the bill. Then it will be up to President Barack Obama, who many assume will veto the $8 billion project.

But President Obama may have other ideas...

Stocks to Buy

"Unloved" Pick of the Week: Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL)

Oil services company Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) is an unloved stock that's actually a great value.

Based in Houston, Tex., Halliburton is the world's second-largest oil field services company and once had former Vice President Dick Cheney as its CEO.

But HAL stock got slammed in recent months by the plunge oil prices, and could go lowerStocks to Buy in the short term.

Here's why Halliburton stock will bounce back...

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