Last week saw a significant spike in volatility across most markets. While traders welcomed the opportunity, those with US Dollar exposure have been eagerly watching one of the years largest moves unfold. The US Dollar Index has taken a beating in 2017. The charging bull of November and December is a distant memory, and the […]
US equity futures are down and safe haven assets have popped on the news that President Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI probe into Russian ties. Risk-off sentiment has appeared in Asian equities, and both Gold and the Yen have seen flows. The moves aren’t massive at this stage, and we won’t know the market […]
To say that the outlook for the Euro was “extremely bearish” at the beginning of 2017 would be an understatement. Numerous research notes had it heading to parity with the USD, based on both economic weakness and systemic political risk. Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Jan Hatzius stated the the Euro could reach parity, driven by divergent […]
The VIX (CBOE:VIX) is getting a lot of attention right now. The index is currently hovering around the 10-11 level, and has been here since the first round of the French election. To give you some perspective, the VIX averages around 16-17 and reached just above 80 during the financial crisis. Moves to the downside are not […]
Q: Does crisis investing work? Turn the clock back one month, do you remember what the biggest story of the week was? The United Airlines Incident. Wall to wall coverage on CNBC, including expert analysis from airlines analysts, PR and crisis management professionals and lawyers. If you’re anything like me, your social feeds were ablaze with […]
Oil made headlines this week as price tumbled back down to levels last seen in November 2016, pre-OPEC production cut. With the US increasing production and inventory numbers stubbornly strong traders & investors must ask: can OPEC still set the price of oil? A complex web of supply and demand. For the uninitiated, oil is a complex […]
Believe the polls, or believe the market?
The second round of the French election is scheduled for this Sunday, 7 May 2017. If you’re politically inclined, speculating on the likely winner and potential fallout provides some excellent conversation material. For those with investments exposed to Euro’s or the Eurozone, the question turns from entertaining to directly relevant to your bottom line. How worried should you be about a […]