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March 29, 2018

ref :- "Treasuries Finally Give In to Tech Turmoil"  Bloomberg Markets

Just one of many fine examples that sprang from the lips of that great malapropist and baseball icon Yogi Berra. We couldn't be 100% positive, but on balance we think it unlikely that Mr Berra had...

March 28, 2018

ref :- General

Of all the prognostications for the year ahead made at the start of 2018  the one that inspired most confidence was that if nothing else, this year was going to be a fair bit more volatile than the recent past. Of course, at the most obvious level that...

March 22, 2018

See :- "Powell lifts Fed rates ...." and "The day in the markets" , the Financial Times

A 25 basis point rate hike, an unchanged prediction of two further hikes this year (many were expecting three more), but of another three in 2019 (from two) and a high mid-point in...

March 21, 2018

ref :- "UK Wage Growth Accelerates, Signaling Squeeze Is Ending" , Bloomberg Markets

As we've said (on Monday, was it?), most of the financial world's attention is firmly fixed on how the US Federal Reserve will adjust their forecasts for growth and interest rates in th...

March 19, 2018

Monday 19th March 2018

It's only Monday, but already you'd think the Fed was the only game in town .....

ref :- General

Sterling watchers would probably beg to differ  --  they've got Brexit developments, inflation data and the Bank of England to keep an eye on  --  but i...

March 16, 2018

ref :- "King Dollar Is Really Just a Grand Duke", James Mackintosh, Markets / Streetwise in the Wall Street Journal

Of all the unprecedented features of the current US administration, the fantastically high turnover of personnel in key positions must rank as about the...

March 12, 2018

ref :- "Markets are not braced for the one narrative that counts" , John Authers' "The Long View" in the FT Weekend

A week ago it was easy, had you wanted to, to list some pretty sound reasons why the pull-back in equity markets and the rise in bond yields over the pa...

March 8, 2018

We're going to point you today to a longer-term issue concerning the European Central Bank. Most focus today will be on what ECB President Mario Draghi has to say after the ECB policy meeting, but by time most of you get to see this we'll have the answer to that one. S...

March 7, 2018

You can never be sure with Donald Trump. He certainly changed the nature of campaigning to get into the Oval office (and not necessarily in a good way), and one might have assumed that the nakedly vote-catching promises he made to secure the support of differing intere...

March 5, 2018

There's been an awful lot going on whilst we've been away for so long but have things really changed ? Well, maybe .....  the spike in average hourly earnings last month certainly suggested that meaningful inflation might finally be on the way  and caused a long overdu...

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