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August 30, 2017

Actually, if anything things are a bit calmer this morning ..... the market has taken Mr Trump's "All options open" comment as a restrained response to N. Korea's highly provocative missile launch early yesterday. By the President's own standards, they're probably righ...

August 24, 2017

As we are all aware by now, the Jackson Hole "symposium" for central bankers and associated acolytes begins today. Just time then for Donald Trump to grab the headlines once more in his inimitable fashion.

One might have assumed that some of Mr Trump's more controversia...

August 22, 2017

The US couldn't really default, surely ? Well, actually ......

ref :- "McConnell says there is "zero chance" Congress will fail to raise debt ceiling" , The Washington Post , Workblog

The great temptation is to believe that for all the brinkmanship that habitually accomp...

August 21, 2017

Monday 21st August 2017

Bannon's gone and Jackson Hole looms ..... the market's not sure what to make of either one

ref :- "Yellen, Draghi Head to Jackson Hole Amid Inflation Unease " , Bloomberg Markets

As Svengalis go, Steve Bannon has been less of the "Spider in his We...

August 17, 2017

The Fed minutes confirm a healthy debate ..... but don't tell us anything we didn't already know.

ref : "Fed Sees Balance-Sheet Move Soon as Inflation Debate Heats Up" , Bloomberg Markets

There's a problem with the modern-day practice, necessity even, of examining every...

August 16, 2017

"Still crazy after falling yields" , The Economist , Finance and Economics

Some people were of the opinion that we would have turned the corner by now. Even if returns on high-grade investments are still minimal, at least the path towards an investor paradise (comparati...

August 11, 2017

You'll remember that we've visited the subject of the CBOE's Volatility Index ..... a.k.a. the VIX ..... a.k.a. the Fear Index ..... a number of times in recent weeks and months. In particular, our attention was drawn to the startlingly low levels of volatility, the lo...

August 8, 2017

The Euro bandwagon makes perfect sense of course , but be careful ..... there's no such thing in markets as a foregone conclusion.

ref :- "Investors Jump Back Into the Euro as Going Short Proves "Lethal" " , Bloomberg Markets

Everything's easier with the benefit of hinds...

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