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The Hammerstone Group

December 19, 2019

Early Look: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Stocks appear on track for a higher open after closing mixed on the session late Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 falling into the red just minutes before the close snapping the 5-day win streaks for each, while the Nasdaq manages an almost 0.1% increase, closing at a record 8,827.73.

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BMO Global Asset Management

December 19, 2019

Worldwide Woes and Debt

One of the most fascinating moves in recent years has been the global tumble in long-term government bond yields to never-before-seen levels. In a number of countries, they fell into negative territory.

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Finimize

December 19, 2019

Home Stretch

Some analysts expect the US dollar to weaken and the pound to strengthen next year – the latter thanks to the postponed business investment likely to arrive once Brexit is brexecuted.

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SL Advisors

December 18, 2019

Tallgrass Investors Catch a Break

Yesterday Blackstone (BX) surprised Tallgrass Equity (TGE) investors by sweetening their offer for the shares they don’t own to match the price they originally paid in March. It marks a victory for Limited Partners in TGE, which retained its partnership structure even though it’s taxed at a corporation so as to avoid issuing K-1s.

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Vanguard Investments

December 18, 2019

UK Election Result Eases Brexit Uncertainty – For Now

Sterling rallied sharply on the result, which reduces some of the short-term uncertainty that has dominated UK politics and the economy in recent months. The UK parliament should now be able to approve the Brexit withdrawal agreement relatively soon, although questions still remain on how long negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a future trade deal will take once the UK leaves on 31 January 2020.

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PIMCO

December 18, 2019

The End of the Beginning

While the election result reduces Brexit uncertainty significantly, it doesn’t eliminate it. Will there be an extension of the transition period? How will any deal affect the economy? In the meantime, UK banks and sterling, especially wounded since the 2016 referendum, still offer value, while low-yielding gilts look unattractive relative to other government debt, such as U.S. Treasuries.

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CME Group

December 18, 2019

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.

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Finimize

December 18, 2019

Brain Freeze

Unilever – the Anglo-Dutch maker of consumer favorites like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream – announced on Tuesday that its half-baked sales growth would leave investors cold.

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Global X ETFs

December 18, 2019

Income Monitor: Q3 2019

The beginning of Q4 marked the closing of the Federal Reserve’s second round of interest rate cutting. The Fed cut rates for the third time in 2019 in October. The yield curve steepened with the Fed’s latest round of stimulus. A brief period of flattening gave rise to concerns about the economy, but those fears subsided on stronger domestic economic numbers. The challenge, once again, is how investors find income. We expect the Fed to hold rates steady from here, but there’s close to no real yield from traditional fixed income investments today.

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