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Thu, Apr 26th, 2018

Daily Market Commentary

    Economic Research

    Copper: Economic Risks Ahead and Options' Downside Skew

    Copper prices are often said to reflect the health of the global economy, hence the moniker “Dr. Copper.”  Between January 15, 2016, and December 28, 2017, copper prices rose by 72% as China’s pace...

    Li Keqiang Index: China's Alternative Growth Barometer

    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...

    High Consumer Confidence: Cause for Concern or Celebration?

    Consumer confidence as measured by independent, global research association, the Conference Board, has recently achieved lofty levels only seen twice before in the 50-year history of the index (Figure...

    Equities Caught in the Middle of U.S.-China Trade Skirmish

    The stock market is caught in the middle of the escalating trade skirmish between the U.S. and China, one of several phase transitions adding to volatility. -->

    Three Things to Keep in Mind for Friday’s Employment Report

    The February jobs report was a killer: 313,000 new jobs were created, with an additional 54,000 in upward revisions.  Average hourly earnings growth, however, was much less impressive, growing only 2.6%...

    Phase Transitions and the Rise in Market Volatility

    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...

    Why U.S. Dollar is Lagging Euro, Yen Despite Higher Rates?

    The U.S. dollar has not appreciated against the euro and yen despite the Fed raising rates, due to increased risk from trade disputes with China and others. -->

    Will a Sino-U.S. Trade War Impact Grain, Meat Markets?

    With China threatening to retaliate against U.S. agricultural producers after the White House announced $50 billion in tariffs, it’s a good time to evaluate how China influences agricultural prices –...

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