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European Repo at a Crossroads in 2020
Relative calm in European repo activity could be awakened by several factors, including rate changes or Brexit. The removal of negative rates in Sweden may provide a clue to the direction of other European repo markets.
Economist Perspective: Yield Curve and Global Growth
Will Uncleared Margin Rules Change the FX Landscape?
Aramco IPO May Change Everything for OPEC+
Saudi Aramco is the Kingdom’s state-owned oil company and the most profitable company in the world. In the first three months of this year, Saudi oil revenues totaled 169 billion riyals ($45 billion dollars) and non-oil revenues amounted to 76.3 billion riyals ($20 billion dollars).
Gold: Dollar Hedge or Expensive Door Stop?
Depending on who you talk to, gold is either an inflation hedge, a currency proxy, a safe-haven asset or a zero-yielding waste of time and money. Regardless of an individual’s opinion on gold, two things are usually agreed upon.
Economist Perspective: The Power of Consumer
Why Investors Should Insure Their Financial Assets
Trading Is Stressful, And Traders Need An Outlet
Many traders would deal with stress in positive ways like exercise or competitive sports, while others seemed to never find the right outlet. Over the years I’ve tried to identify the characteristics of the successful traders, and the one thing that always pops up is a healthy respect for risk.
How Aramco IPO Will Change Oil Dynamics
Why The Japanese Yen Matters
Economist Perspective: Outlooks for Rates, Equities and Gold
Economist Perspective: GDP-Inflation Fuzzy Math?
Why You Should Follow The Tech Relationship To The Trade War
Apple, Microsoft, Intel and many other U.S. tech behemoths have relied heavily on Chinese manufacturing and now this has become a liability. How much of a liability is anybody’s guess as the political backdrop continues to change and intensify pressure.
Why Global Investors Want Access To China’s Gold Market
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.