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U.S. Investors, Take Note: The Robin Hood Tax May Be Coming

It's a simple idea: Levy a tax on stock, bond, and derivatives trades so small that it only impacts speculators and the biggest high-speed traders, and use the proceeds to fight poverty and climate change. In Europe, it's gaining momentum, and the U.S. could be next.

Why $4 a Gallon Gas Wouldn't Last Long

Not long ago, everyone knew gas was sure to reach $4 a gallon for regular on a nationwide basis soon. Now, though, that sure thing is looking iffy: Gas prices are wavering, and a number of factors at home and abroad are about to come together to push demand -- and prices -- lower.

Will Saudi Arabia's Gambit Drive Oil Prices Even Higher?

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said his country cut oil production in March because the market was oversupplied. Was this move an honest bid to a bid to expose the speculators and push prices back down, or an attempt to capitalize on the current instability to propel prices higher?

Five Ways the Government Could Make Oil Prices Fall

Fears over Mideast turmoil have pushed oil and gas prices sky high, which risks tipping the U.S. economy back in to a recession. But the government isn't powerless when it comes to oil prices: Here are five things that Washington and the states can do that would quickly reduce our pain at the pump.

The Fix for High Oil Prices? Regulate the Speculators

As the crisis in Libya continues to shake world oil markets, many voices are calling for President Obama to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. With gasoline prices up 33 cents a gallon in the last month, that's a tempting idea. It's also the wrong one.

Oil and Food Prices Keep Rising, but It's Not Time for the Fed To Act

Unrest across the Middle East is pushing high oil prices higher, and that's having a cascade effect that feels a lot like inflation as these higher prices bubble through the economy. Still, that's not enough reason for the Fed to battle inflation by starting to raise rates.