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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Market Volatility Could Fall More This Week

    Volatility in the global markets fell considerably in the previous week. The key risks subsided that spiked risk aversion in the last few weeks.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rising Stocks and Bonds Continue to Lower Volatility

    Last week, volatility in global markets continued to trend lower as US markets, barring the Dow 30, closed on a positive note. In this series, we’ll analyze how different asset classes performed last week, and discuss their outlook.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Was VIX Index Down 16% Last Week?

    After a 20% surge in volatility in the week of September 4, volatility in the global markets dropped as markets opened on September 11.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are We Headed for Another Week of Low Volatility?

    The ascent of the global markets continued last week, with indexes continuing to scale new heights.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Volatility Fall this Week?

    Stock market volatility around the globe continued to trend lower as uncertainty about German elections, North Korea, and US tax reforms subsided.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Volatility Could Rise Quickly This Week

    All major US indexes had a negative close in the week that ended on May 18. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) fell 0.23%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    How Political Uncertainty Could Drive Markets This Week

    Global markets mostly fell last week (ended May 25) as political uncertainty kept investors at bay.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Market Volatility Could Fall This Week

    Many risks that pushed stock market volatility higher in the last few weeks have started to retreat.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Market Volatility Rises, Geopolitical Risks Are Back

    We’re headed for a dramatic opening this week. US markets will likely react to the missile attacks on Syria over the weekend.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Xi Jinping’s Business-Friendly Speech Pacified Markets

    The trade war turmoil that rocked markets last week seemed to retreat on Tuesday after Xi Jinping made a market-calming speech.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    White House Drama and FOMC Could Push Volatility Higher This Week

    Last week, US equity markets remained under pressure amid increased political uncertainty and the possibility of another round of tariffs.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Volatility Trended Lower Last Week

    It was supposed to be a week filled with drama: the tariffs were scheduled to be announced, and the February jobs report was on the radar.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Trade War Fears Could Ignite Volatility This Week

    President Trump’s proposed tariffs and his supporting tweets could reignite volatility in the markets.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Could Reignite Volatility This Week?

    Global stock indexes closed on a positive note in the week ending February 23 and were unfazed by the cautiously optimistic US FOMC meeting minutes.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Volatility Set to Drop Further after Stock Market Rebound?

    Stock markets around the world have rebounded from the panic selling that rocked markets between January 26 and February 9.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Volatility Is Likely to Remain High This Week

    Equity markets found no respite as global indexes struggled for a second straight week in the week ended February 9.

    By Ricky Cove
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    What Drove Stock Market Volatility Higher Last Week?

    Equity indexes around the globe sunk last week, halting their multi-week gaining streak. The key reason was the rout in the equity market fueled by concerns about rising interest rates.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Volatility Index Traded Higher despite Stocks Rising

    The global markets trended higher in the week ended January 26, 2018, despite confusing messages from global leaders at Davos and the central banks of Europe and Japan.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Could the US Government Shutdown Impact Market Volatility?

    During the week ended January 19, 2018, global markets trended higher despite the possibility of a US government shutdown. The potential shutdown pushed volatility up.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Could the Threat of a US Government Shutdown Spike Volatility?

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average appreciated ~1.6% for the week ended January 12, 2018, while the S&P 500 (SPY) returned ~1.3%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ (QQQ) posted a weekly gain of ~1.4%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Volatility Fell 16% in Week 1 of 2018

    Every segment of the global financial markets began 2018 on a positive note. The global equity rally extended in the first week of the year.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Can Volatility Fall Further in the Last Week of 2017?

    In the week ended December 22, 2017, volatility in the global markets turned marginally higher but closed the week with a limited change from the previous week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why the US Equity Market Had a Good Run in 2017

    As 2017 draws to a close, investors take stock (get it?) of sector performance during the year. Overall, financial assets, especially equities, have performed quite well.

    By Direxion
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    Why Tax Bill Uncertainty Left Volatility Elevated

    US markets were dragged lower by global slowdown concerns and lower energy prices last week. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) fell 0.13% in the week ending November 17.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    These Factors Drove Volatility Higher Last Week

    Multiple events in different parts of the world led to an increase in volatility in global indexes last week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Are Record Index Highs Leading to Low Volatility?

    Stock market volatility remained low for another week as equity markets around the world soared to new highs in the week ending October 20.

    By Ricky Cove
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    What Could Affect Market Volatility This Week?

    Stock market volatility remains at lower levels despite an uptick in global uncertainty. The war of words with North Korea, political uncertainty in Spain, and elections in Japan are keeping global uncertainty alive.

    By Ricky Cove
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    How Trump’s Tax Reforms Could Impact the US Economy

    The path to President Trump’s tax reform plan could be troubled by the prospect of a ballooning deficit because the plan offers generous tax cuts.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Inside Trump’s Proposed Tax Reforms

    The Trump administration’s central idea is to reduce the taxes paid by corporations and simplify the federal tax code—despite the projected effects on the deficit.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Investor Anxiety Propped Up Volatility Last Week

    Volatility in the global markets continued to stick to its recent trend of rising on bad news and drifting back to normal levels in a few sessions for the week ended September 8, 2017.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Did the VIX Index Spring Back from Its All-Time Low?

    The VIX Index (VXX) fell to the lowest level ever recorded this week. The VIX Index (UVXY) recorded a lifetime low of 8.84 in the first part of the week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Why Equity Markets Celebrated the FOMC’s Statement

    In a week dominated by corporate earnings, which have been driving the US markets higher, the FOMC’s dovish stance in its July statement sweetened the deal for equity investors.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Volatility Dropped 15% Last Week

    The CBOE Volatility Index (VXX), which is a measure of market volatility, remained subdued last week.

    By Ricky Cove
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