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    • He tangata, he tangata, he tangata* November 14, 2018
      *The people, the people, the people: "You just have to meet the people" is the result of a three-week diversity reporting project undertaken by Whitireia Journalism students. The post He tangata, he tangata, he tangata* appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • ‘You just have to meet the people’ – beyond mental health stigma November 13, 2018
      As New Zealand wakes up to the enormity of the mental health issue, more and more of us are finding the will to tell our stories. The NewsWire team puts people at the heart of the story in a project culminating in this multi-media, interactive long read. The post ‘You just have to meet the people’ – beyond mental health stigma appeared first on NewsWire.co.n […]
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    • Royals put spotlight on mental health at iconic Wellington cafe October 30, 2018
      The royal visitors put Wellington's Maranui cafe in the spotlight on Monday as LEAH TEBBUTT reports. The post Royals put spotlight on mental health at iconic Wellington cafe appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • Anxious moments as armed police board bus October 30, 2018
      Passengers on the Island Bay bus got more than they paid for as NIKITA RAWNSLEY WRATT reports. The post Anxious moments as armed police board bus appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • Robotics team wins big in international competition October 16, 2018
      University robot rolls into the winner’s circle at international competition. BONNIE MOSEN reports. The post Robotics team wins big in international competition appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • Blind patrons catered for at Nutcracker performances October 16, 2018
      The Nutcracker ballet will offer audio description to blind audience members. BONNIE MOSEN reports. The post Blind patrons catered for at Nutcracker performances appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • LISTEN: New Zealanders like their internet without limits October 15, 2018
      Broadband use is rising rapidly In this country. LEAH TEBBUTT reports. The post LISTEN: New Zealanders like their internet without limits appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • LISTEN: Calls for change to benefit system October 15, 2018
      The Green Party wants an overhaul to the benefit system. LEAH TEBBUTT reports. The post LISTEN: Calls for change to benefit system appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • Benefit system failing the most vulnerable October 15, 2018
      Green Party are changing the benefit system. LEAH TEBBUTT reports. The post Benefit system failing the most vulnerable appeared first on NewsWire.co.nz.
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    • Rainbow crossing a small step in the right direction October 15, 2018
      Members of the rainbow community say Wellington’s new rainbow crossing is a sign of visibility and pride for the capital. The crossing which was officially opened last week was a collaborative effort between the Wellington City Council and the rainbow community. Support group, Inside Out’s national coordinator, Tabby Besley says the crossing is important for […]
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Learsy questions banks over role in oil speculation

Raymond J. Learsy, scholar and author of the Over a Barrel: Breaking Oil’s Grip on Our Future, has written an interesting piece in the Huffington Post that’s worth a read.

In his piece, Learsy looks at how investment banks turned bank holding companies like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have used the Tarp fund and other taxpayer bailout money from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and Treasury to speculate heavily in oil markets instead of lending to businesses and financing mortgages, which the money was intended for:

Here we go again. The same Financial Class that brought us to the edge of economic meltdown is now pressing its well connected pals and cronies on Wall Street, in Congress as well as its allies in the press and our OPEC cheering oil industry, to lay hands off the continued stripping America’s wealth through the gamed racket and egregiously profitable world of oil futures trading.

This week the Commodity Futures Exchange Commission (CFTC), responding to a national and international outcry that enough is enough, and in keeping with the Obama administration’s goal of tougher oversight, has finally decided to act. Reacting to Congressional pressures, a struggling industrial landscape and a beleaguered public, the CFTC announced that a series of restrictions on energy trading would be set forth. And here the CFTC and the American public’s outrage is not alone. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal printed an Op-ed Essay (July 8,2009) jointly written by Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France calling for “transparency and supervision of the oil futures market in order to reduce damaging speculation” (The WSJ, signaling its take on the issue placed the piece at the bottom of its pg.15 Opinion column). READ HERE.

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CFTC considers measures aimed at speculation

An interesting story from the Washington Post about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Gary Gensler considering implementing  policies that will reduce the price volatility caused by speculation on the commodity exchange.

The CFTC also has plans to regulate derivatives (financial contracts whose prices are derived from the price of something else. CLICK HERE for more information), limit the size of an investment a single firm can make in a particular commodity and allow greater public disclosure about the holdings of commodities traders:

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will consider new measures to curb speculation in the markets for energy and other commodities, the agency is set to announce today.

The move aims to reduce the volatility of prices but faces resistance from top Wall Street firms, which fear the efforts could cut into profits. Regulators and lawmakers increasingly worry that these firms have used their size and power to inflate the prices of commodities, booking profits in the process. READ HERE.