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Wed, Dec 13th, 2017

Daily Market Commentary

    Economic Research

    Credit Spread-Yield Curve: All Eyes on the Fed

    In our previous paper on the VIX-Yield Curve Cycle , we described a circular motion that occurs between the yield curve’s two-year moving average and the VIX’s two-year moving average, and that the...

    Bitcoin: Will Stunning Rally Sustain or Sour in 2018?

    Our previous article on bitcoin focused on the crypto asset as a currency and delved into the inherent tension in its role as a medium of exchange and a store of value. This paper examines why bitcoin...

    VIX-Yield Curve: At the Door of High Volatility?

    We freely admit: Figure 1 is probably the strangest chart that you will ever see, at least in finance.  You may be wondering: did they throw blue spaghetti noodle on paper for inspiration and then write...

    Saudi Arabia: Turbulence on the Horizon?

    There is considerable change underway in Saudi Arabia, from how the country is governed and managed to an even more activist role in the politics of the volatile Middle East. Options markets, however,...

    Wheat: Will High Inventory Further Dent Prices?

    Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat prices began a long-term bear market over five years ago in July 2012.  Since then, prices have fallen by more than 50%.  The good news for wheat growers...

    UK: What to Expect From a Prime Minister Corbyn

    Since losing its parliamentary majority in June 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has been hanging by a thread, propped up coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party...

    Ag Hedging Costs Could Spike if La Niña Strikes

    Off The Charts! examines the pertinent economic issues of the day, providing a deeper dive into complex topics and framing the issues in a way that can lead to a better understanding of the financial...

    Evolving Economics of Bitcoin, Gold, Currencies

    An inherent tension exists between the two major purposes of money.  Currencies that are perceived as great stores of value, such as gold and bitcoin, make for poor mediums of exchange.  By contrast,...

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