Dollar strengthening

Reassessing Risks with the U.S. Dollar Strengthening

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the USA holding 290 votes of the Electoral College against 228 earned by former Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. In the popular vote the democratic candidate won by 668,273 votes, but Trump’s success to gain in key swing states took the majority of the […]

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Tracking for commodity traders

Tracking for Commodity Traders

Whether you go to Wall St, the Chicago Merc, or any online commodities forum, all commodity traders will tell you the same thing: the apps designed to track them are poorly designed, difficult to use, and don’t offer nearly enough features. Now available for iOS, Materials is a new commodities app set out to re-imagine […]

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Federal Reserve rate hike

To hike or not to hike, that is the Question

The day after tomorrow, Wednesday September 21st, the FOMC finishes its meeting and market participants see only a 20% chance of a hike to happen, according to Bloomberg. Several analysts share the opinion that a move before the US-presidential elections will not happen and the bets for a December increase of interest rates are fairly […]

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currencies

Origins Benefiting as their Currencies Slide

Risk assets had a steep decline last Friday after a voting member of the FOMC commented that the economy could overheat if rates remain low. The fall came a day after ECB’s president disappointed the expectations for an extension of the bond buying program of the monetary authority, saying that the committee will study how […]

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Doha Qatar

OPEC’s Output Freeze: What Has Changed Since Doha?

It’s possible that OPEC is crying wolf with hints of an output freeze next month in Algiers; but it’s also possible that they are ramping up production to take the sting out of a freeze. This is a delicate balancing act that the Saudis need to play very carefully. The official chatter is that the […]

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Surprise Natural Gas Drawdown Signals Higher Prices Ahead

The U.S. electric power sector burned through a record amount of natural gas in recent weeks, a sign of the shifting power generation mix and also a signal that natural gas supplies could get tighter than many analysts had previously expected. The EIA reported a surprise drawdown in natural gas inventories for the week ending […]

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