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Crude Oil Power Rankings: Middle East Takes Center Stage
Saudi Arabia’s response to September attack will have the biggest impact on crude prices for the remainder of 2019. U.S. oil production has leveled off, coinciding with a perceived drop in global demand. In March of this year, we began a series on which countries matter most for the price of crude oil.
Striking Options: Gold Shows Strength and Interest Rates Weaken
Economist Perspective: Trade War – Europe Next?
On Jobs Report Day, S&P 500 Futures Provide A Liquid Market
Economic Perspective: Is Mexico Headed for Tough Times?
Does an Inverted Yield Curve Always Mean Recession?
Since the last Federal Reserve rate hike in late 2018, treasury yields have been on a consistent slide towards their lowest point since the financial crisis in 2007. On August 14, the 2-year yield finally surpassed the 10-year yield, inverting the yield curve and causing increased concern about an upcoming recession.
The Federal Reserve Is Out Of Options
Why The Chinese Yuan Matters
Unlike other currencies, the yuan is not freely traded. This means every day the Chinese government fixes the rate and aims to maintain a 2 percent window in which the currency can fluctuate. In 2016, China set a precedent to keep the yuan above a floor of 7 per dollar and although there is no official policy constituting the Chinese government to maintain this floor, it is an important psychological benchmark for the government and world economy.
Economist Perspective: Stormy Fall, Warmer Spring
Striking Options: Global Growth and Earnings Season Ends
We Haven’t Always Loved Tech Stocks
As the popularity of tech has increased in recent decades, acronyms like FAANG have been created to refer to the darlings of tech. Although the tech sector continues to reveal superior relative strength and it has outperformed the broader market, there have been time periods when investors have fallen out of love with tech. Here’s a look back at three pivotal points in Nasdaq Composite Index history that tell the story of our relationship with tech stocks.
Economist Perspective: Trade-War Recession
Trade War: An End To China’s Currency Stability
Economist Perspective: What’s Next in Oil’s Wild Ride?
Market Movers: Q2 Tech Earnings
The Euro At 20: Why This Currency Matters
It is almost hard to believe that the euro is just over 20 years old. In the short span of two decades, it went from the world’s most ambitious financial experiment to its second most important international reserve currency. At 20 percent of the world’s global reserve holdings, it trails far behind the U.S. dollar but is quickly becoming its most viable challenger.
What Happens When The U.S. Dollar Declines?
The U.S. dollar is the most important currency in the world and when it falls, everyone feels the ripples. Over 80 percent of all currency transactions involve the greenback and investors of all asset classes have learned that its ups and downs can have significant ramifications for their investments.