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Over the past several months financial "experts" and politicians on all sides have been bickering about whether the U.S. economy is in a recession. Unfortunately for most people, the declaration of yes or no is a meaningless semantic argument. The way a recession is officially "defined" - two consecutive quarters of a shrinking gross domestic product - means that it can only be named after it has already happened. By that time, a lot of damage is already done to regular people. Unfortunately, pr

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Well, the big news from yesterday that the price of a barrel of oil went over the $100 mark for the first time ever. The big news from today is that we have one guy to blame for this incident. According to the Daily Mail, a single trader who was "seeking his moment of fame" decided that being the first to pay more than $100 for a barrel of oil was the best way to make the papers. Man, how sad and lonely is that guy?

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