On a daily basis, people are increasingly inundated with more “noise” than ever before. From never-ending coverage of the presidential race to what the stock market did that day and what it means for the future, analysis and commentary are abundant and come from a growing array of media and mediums. 

But has all this information made the public more informed or just more desensitized to trends and unable to grasp when trends slip the surly bonds of fundamentals and even common sense? The severity of the asset bubbles during the past 15 years—tech stocks at the beginning of the...

Market prices for most steel, aluminum, and copper products are at or near historical lows not seen since early 2009 following the global financial crisis and resulting recession. Market barometers and the global economy indicate that the remainder of 2016 could experience further market price deterioration.

Steel

Market prices for coils, plates, bars, and most other steel products decreased by approximately $200 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015, leveled off during the second quarter, showed slight improvement in the third quarter, and then...