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Lee Adler Tells Lindsay Williams What Went Wrong This Year and What to Look for in 2015

Lindsay Williams of South Africa’s Fine Business Radio and CNBC Africa asked me to review 2014 in a nutshell and look ahead to next year. As for this year, apparently hedge funds forgot the two oldest rules in the book. And next year the Fed and ECB will face big problems in trying to continue to rig the markets and interest rates.

I misspoke on the crude futures positions. Specs record long, not short. Producers were record short, but the capital destruction occurred because large specs were record long. That contributed to the closing of those 400 hedge funds.

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Following Up: The Mainstream Media Remains in Denial on Trade Policy and the Middle Class’ Woes

Two Fridays ago, I expressed the hope that the Washington Post‘s big new series on the decline of the American middle class would deal realistically with the impact of decades of trade policy decisions. The reason should be obvious – these decisions have undermined employment and wages in the U.S. manufacturing sector, which both dominates the nation’s trade flows and boasts an unrivaled record of enabling working class Americans to lead middle class lives.

Weekly Market Summary

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Last week ended with extremes in equities, treasuries and volatility. That combination, together with positives in seasonality, were the primary catalysts for a positive week in the markets (post). But the gains this week were well beyond anyone’s expe…