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The 60,000 ton bulk ore carrier MV Irenes Vigor is loaded at the Port of Geraldton in February 2006 in a photo released by Midwest Corp. to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. Murchison Metals Ltd., the best-performer on the benchmark Australian index, bid as much as A$986 million ($887 million) in stock to buy Midwest Corp. and secure the right to build a port needed for its iron ore project. Source: Midwest Corp. via Bloomberg News

It is near impossible to Americanise the dry bulk world, finds John Dizard

Don’t count your coups before they hatch

It will take more than angry mobs in troubled countries to boost US oil profits, says John Dizard

Puerto Rico wanders into muni minefield

The island is playing a dangerous game with US hedge funds, writes John Dizard

Ukraine haircut is easy to say, hard to do

The country will need something on the order of $40bn in external money, writes John Dizard

Capital markets v adventurous drillers

Sometimes, it seems, low gas prices do not cure low gas prices, finds John Dizard

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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Blue skies create a reinsurance tragedy

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

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

Making a gold molehill out of a mountain

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