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Fabricated Materials Commodity Slump
By JAMES THILL

Fabricated Materials commodity prices are at their lowest price in a few months at 363 CR/MT as of yesterday, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a downturn in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to shy away from commodities. A sustained slump in commodities would likely signal unhealthy consumer and business demand.
Tragic Outcome from Touchdown
By JAMES THILL
PHOTOGRAPHER; BILL KENDALL

An E-11 Saint, operated by Mineral Mountain Madness Co., erupted in flames after crashing into Alphaville Mine 02 in the Ihoh region during a failed landing attempt last Sunday at 16:46Z. The pilot was the only one aboard and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine if that crew member was qualified for the flight.
Prime Rate Slump
By JAMES THILL

Fleet Bank lowered their prime lending rate to a record 0.44 percent earlier this month, their lowest level in over a year, and there is no sign that interest rates have bottomed out.

But many smaller businesses are in the black because of low borrowing costs and more than robust buying by consumers who themselves are being unshackled by deflation.

Many smaller commodity speculators are benefitting, too, as they find themselves able to get loans to cover the influx of new contracts they hold for Foodstuffs, Grade A materials, and other commodities.

Interest rates on such loans regularly are two percentage points or more above the prime, which is the rate banks charge their most credit-worthy corporate customers. Since banks now make most of their short-term business loans with a "floating" interest rate tied to the prime rate, decreases in the latter make money more readily available for borrowers.
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Consumer Goods Commodity Boom
By ANGELA SMITH

Consumer Goods commodity prices are enjoying their best run in several months at 5284 CR/MT as of today, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a pickup in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to pile back into commodities. A sustained rally in commodities would likely signal healthy consumer and business demand.
Total Colonies Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

The Governor's office announced Tuesday that the total colony count has fallen to 196, the lowest level in over a year. The Yonmaran development board is pointing fingers at the alliances blaming them for not maintaining the existing colonies and endangering the workforce.
Refined Fuel Commodity Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

Refined Fuel commodity prices are at their lowest price in a couple of months at 110 CR/MT as of Tuesday, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a downturn in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to shy away from commodities. A sustained slump in commodities would likely signal unhealthy consumer and business demand.
C-2A Slams into Structure
By ANGELA SMITH

A C-2A Dasher, driven by Midshipman ZAHIR ZAHISTA, exploded when it collided with a building in Deois Financial District earlier this month. Remains of both the driver and their passenger were identified based on dental records.
Investigators Pick Up the Pieces
By JAMES THILL

An E-10 Saint, flown by Rear Admiral DAVID G SUZUKI II, came apart in mid-air over an empty field in the Lleryt region earlier this month. Witnesses report the tail section detaching from the fuselage. The sole occupant was the pilot whose partial remains have been found. After recovering the "black box" the team investigating found the E-10 was at an altitude of 24 km.
Investigators Focus on Structure
By ANGELA SMITH

A W-6 Manx, operated by Mineral Mountain Madness Co., came apart in mid-air over an empty field in the Aknow region earlier this month. Witnesses report the tail section detaching from the fuselage. The sole occupant was the pilot whose partial remains have been found. After recovering the "black box" the team investigating found the W-6 was at an altitude of 1 km.
BUSINESS

FTL Departs Easydock (TAC)
By LUCINDA SMITH
PHOTOGRAPHER; GREY GHOST

The DIHV ship TERANIA (IVR 3317-A) departed earlier this month.
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Officer Promoted
By LUCINDA SMITH

Lt. Commander MATHEW ZANDERS was officially promoted by the United Stellar Republic earlier this month. They were cited for hard work and keeping their nose clean.
Alliance Membership Expands
By MARY STULL

Ensign JADEN OTTER joined the Mineral Mountain Madness Co. alliance earlier this year thereby expanding their total membership to 11.
Officer Promoted
By MARY STULL

Ensign JADEN OTTER was officially promoted by the United Stellar Republic earlier this year. They were cited for hard work and keeping their nose clean.