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Russia

Technology

Are Russian Hackers Selling U.S. Cyber Weapons Online?

Are Russian hackers selling U.S. cyber weapons online?

Unfortunately, this government data breach that just happened points to the answer "yes"...

Washington

Russia Is the Most Dangerous Wild Card in the South China Sea

Russia claims that it's neutral in the ever-alarming South China Sea conflict.

But there's a billion dollars' worth of evidence that says otherwise...

Washington

Japan Rattles the World by Cozying Up to Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to get Japan back into the global spotlight.

And he's irking a lot of world leaders in the process.

Including China's...

China

Russia and China Warn U.S. Over New Installation in Korea

Russia and China teamed up to issue a stern warning to the U.S. today.

Both countries are taking issue with a new American effort in South Korea.

Here's what the two foreign officials had to say...

Oil

The New Cold War Battlefield… and How It Will Affect Oil Prices

What is transpiring in geopolitics prompts me to recall the depths of the Cold War.

Back then, the two superpowers – the United States and Russia – contested for leverage wherever they could. But the primary battlefield was Africa.

Well, déjà vu is now kicking in.

Here's where the new Cold War is being played out... and how it's going to influence the energy markets, especially oil prices...

Global Economy

After Eurozone Meeting Today, Will Greece Play Russian Wild Card?

As an emergency Eurozone meeting today (Wednesday) convenes to discuss a possible Greek debt deal, observers are underestimating Greece.

Surely Germany holds all the cards in negotiating a Greek debt deal, and has a lot of power how much austerity Athens may have to stomach.

But Greece is not without a wild card of its own...

Global Economy

Don't Count Putin (or Russia) Out Yet

Don't underestimate Vladimir Putin: he knows how to fight back.

And right now, that trait might be all that keeps Russia from a catastrophic collapse.

The facts on the ground in Russia are, at best, chaotic…

Oil prices are way down, and its currency, the ruble, has crashed.

But while the West may think it's got Russia under its thumb, Vladimir has plenty more tricks up his sleeve to stave off his country's mounting problems and see his people through the crisis.

Indeed, this one "nuclear" currency option in his pocket may just be his way out, and it has major implications for the global economy...

Currencies

Chaos Mounts in Russia. Here's What to Do…

The collapse in oil prices has exposed some vulnerable economies. All of them are dependent upon crude export sales to maintain even the appearance of a national budget.

As you might expect, every member of OPEC falls into this group, although Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have sufficient reserves that will allow them to carry sizable budget deficits for some time.

However, Venezuela, Iran, and Nigeria are in a real bind.  Each needs oil to be over $100 a barrel to keep it all afloat. That's tough to finesse when oil is selling for less than $60 a barrel.

Today, Caracas is on the verge of defaulting (again) on its sovereign debt, Tehran may need to reintroduce rationing, while Abuja is fighting an incendiary civil war against Islamist fundamentalists in the north.

Yet these nightmares are hardly limited to OPEC. Other export-dependent producers are likewise taking it on the chin.

And at the top of this list is Russia, which has now come completely off the rails...

Currencies

This "Financial Mass Destruction" Play Is All Upside

While Russia fights for Eastern Ukraine, for now, it's losing the currency war.

Thanks to a perfect storm of low oil prices, economic sanctions put in place in response to the crises in Ukraine, and capital flight, Russia's been forced to capitulate by abandoning its currency peg.

It's all reminiscent of the financial attacks on Iran and its currency.

But fortune favors the bold, and blood's about to start running in the streets of Moscow, providing us an opportunity to capture our share of profits...