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November 28, 2017

Its good of the FT to highlight some of the issues of the day ..... we can check that we're at least vaguely "au fait" with some of the things that matter to markets. Of course definitive answers to their own questions are not on offer but certain possible outcomes are...

November 27, 2017

On the move today so was going to pass on the blog entirely but in the event we felt that we just had to make sure that you'd clocked what's going on with Bitcoin, especially as we had made a rare foray into cryptocurrency territory last week. 

Just briefly, Bitcoin tra...

November 24, 2017

With almost another week to go in November, you might think that it's a bit premature for institutions to start broadcasting their predictions for 2018. Nevertheless, it's starting ..... an obligatory annual ritual and a pretty unwelcome one for many of the experts it...

November 23, 2017

It's probably a generational thing ..... in fact, it's definitely a generational thing. For those still struggling to get their head fully around the principle of cryptocurrencies, investment (if you could call it that) in that area is obviously a no-no. "More fool you...

November 21, 2017

Compared to understanding some areas of financial markets, the principle that interest rate differentials should drive movements in currency valuations is a simple one. The more interest one can earn in a particular currency, the more money is attracted to it.


November 16, 2017

An article from yesterday, but well worth going back to if you missed it ..... 

The reasons behind the spectacular bull run are manifold and occasionally complex ...... unless you're Donald Trump that is, in which case there's a much simpler answer :  HE himself is the...

November 15, 2017

It's not a bad moment to take stock of what's gone and what might be in store, poised as we are between the anniversary of Donald Trump's election victory and that end-of-year period when traders will have to offer their predictions for 2018. As a sweeping generalisati...

November 13, 2017

No apologies for returning to the US yield curve once again  --  well, maybe just a small one  --  but the subject is garnering ever more airtime and column inches in the financial media. A host of experts are keen to remind us that flattening yield curves have a prett...

November 9, 2017

Mr Tabrum's pithy message may be over two years old, but it retains all its self-mocking wisdom and has seldom been more appropriate. If it smacks a little of bitter self-recrimination at missed opportunities, well ..... we can surely forgive him that. Who amongst us h...

November 8, 2017

Of course we knew that US presidential elections take place every four years, but we had to look up how the actual date of the election is chosen  --  it's the first Tuesday after November 1st, apparently. So it was that on Nov 8th last year, Donald John Trump was elec...

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