Blue skies create a reinsurance tragedy

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: A woman looks at damage in the Rockaway neighborhood where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. With the death toll currently at 55 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the affects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Hurricane Sandy. JFK airport in New York and Newark airport in New Jersey expect to resume flights on Wednesday morning and the New York Stock Exchange commenced trading after being closed for two days. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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John Dizard wonders if the lack of storm losses has turned reinsurers into ‘climate refugees’

Beware Greek technocrats bearing gifts

John Dizard doubts that all will be well when the engineers take over society

Perilous history of oil and gas lending

Investors did not learn anything from subprime mortgage securitisation, despairs John Dizard

Grim demographics of the industrial world

John Dizard looks back at the year in informed journalistic commentary

Stormy Grexit tragedy is European farce

A Greek crisis would draw away attention from much bigger problems, says John Dizard

No Santa Claus for US shale oil this year

‘Redetermination dates’ for borrowing are the most important in the oil calendar, says John Dizard

The eastern European ‘booby trap bond’

John Dizard marvels at how Russia outmanoeuvred the west in Ukrainian finance

384183 13: FILE PHOTO: A crowd gathers to watch a side gusher on Spindletop Hill in Beaumont, Texas which was the site of the first Texas oil gusher, January 10, 1901. Beaumont, in the southeast corner of Texas, will host a day of centennial celebrations January 10, 2001 to commemorate the event as a historic and economic milestone. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the modern texas oil industry. (Photo by the Texas Energy Museum/Newsmakers)
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Oil producers can’t kick drilling habit

It is not enough to find the cash to bail out the feckless exploration addicts, warns John Dizard

Gold Coin Bars

Making a gold molehill out of a mountain

Their presumed market manipulations have not even made gold traders rich, says John Dizard

Rumble in the Paris climate talks jungle

John Dizard predicts a broken-bottle-and-teeth brawl with the White House over environment summit

Demography ate my homework on cheaper yen

John Dizard wonders if the Bank of Japan is setting up the world for another run of devaluation

Obama hopes all politics is local for KXL

The North American pipeline is very important on the global energy chessboard, says John Dizard

Disaster plans from clearing house geeks

Central banks prepare to deal with a crisis, as long as it is like the last one, says John Dizard

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

In future, taxpayers will not bail out failing banks, says John Dizard, but clearing houses

Get ready for the corporate bond crash

John Dizard is worried when likely witnesses at post-crash hearings circulate testimony in advance

US oil and gas: producers vs pipeliners

E&P revenues squeezed by oversupply while investors in pipelines profit, writes John Dizard

Midterm shootout at the Dodd-Frank corral

John Dizard mulls the possibilities if the ingenuity wasted on DC dealmaking were redirected

It is time to sell momentum and buy value

It is not a good idea to wait around to see if the asset bubble can be blown just a little bigger, writes John Dizard

ECB: frontrunner in evil Anglo-Saxon race

There is no clear path to recovery, but there is a way to inflate the bonus pool, says John Dizard

Stuck in the re-election waiting room

Even though Dodd-Frank makes no sense, Congress will not be moved to act quickly, says John Dizard