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Commodities Corner: Natural gas leads commodity gainers in November, but oil prices suffer the biggest losses

By Markets/commodities reporter Natural gas was best performing commodity in November, defying overall losses in the energy sector that saw crude-oil prices drop by more than 20% for the month. An increase in natural-gas prices isn’t all that surprising given that demand for the heating fuel tends to increase as temperatures drop toward the end…

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Capitol Report: U.S. banking system is still fragile, leading economist argues at Treasury Department conference

The U.S. banking system is still perilously fragile despite reams of new rules in the wake of the Great Recession meant to stave off another financial panic, a leading economist contends. “The financial system is too fragile, distorted and dangerous,” said Anat Admati, professor of finance and economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.…

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