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    Financials

    The demand for 4-week Treasury bills remained subdued last week

    A considerable amount of $35 billion was offered for the weekly four-week T-bills auctioned on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Financials

    Must-know trends that affect pricing at T-bill auctions

    The U.S. Treasury holds weekly auctions for the four-week, 13-week, and 26-week Treasury bills. But its auctions for 52-week Treasury bills (SHY) take place only once a month.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Kocherlakota wants the Fed to be free in its decision making

    Kocherlakota gave a presentation at the annual American Economic Association conference. He was firmly in favor of letting the Fed be free in its decision making.

    By David Ashworth
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    Financials

    Clearing up a common misconception about bond ETF management

    A bond ETF is managed by a human (sometimes several). A common misconception about bond ETFs is that they simply hold all the securities in the index they track.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Investor expectations and key jobs reports

    On Friday, April 4, the U.S. Labor Department released its Employment Situation Summary report for March. The Consensus forecast for Friday’s jobs number was 206,000.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    Implications of Fed Decisions on Precious Metals and the Dollar

    A rate hike and the dollar are closely tied to each other since a higher interest rate would mean more money flowing into the United States.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Tails Of The Yield Curve May Provide Value

    The tails of the yield curve may provide more value due to low inflation.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Fed Sure What It’s Doing?

    In this series, we’ll analyze Fed members’ comments in June 2017 to better understand their outlooks on the US economy and how they justify their hawkish or dovish stances.

    By Ricky Cove
  • Financials

    Why demand is rising for 3-year Treasury notes

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury holds auctions for three-year Treasury notes (or T-notes) each month. Three-year notes are at the short-end of the yield curve.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    How the Fed funds rates and inflation affect interest rates

    As the economy expands creating inflationary pressures, the Fed raises the Fed funds rate to control inflation.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key for Investors: Understanding Inflation and Its Implications

    Inflation represents a rise in the general price level in a country or region. The higher the inflation, the lower the quantum of a particular good that can be purchased.

    By David Ashworth
  • Financials

    Unique opportunities for investors given new monetary policy outlook

    I’ve discussed on The Blog how an investor can think of the federal funds rate and QE as a gas pedal. Sometimes it’s good to ease off a bit to limit the pace of acceleration.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    T-Notes Auction: Poor Demand amid the FOMC Meeting

    The overall demand fell for the seven-year T-notes auction because the FOMC meeting didn’t give any clarity regarding an interest rate hike in the future.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Saudi Arabia’s Bond Sale Affects US Treasury Bonds

    Saudi Arabia has also been involved in the sale of US Treasuries. The country is the 15th-largest holder of US Treasury bonds in the world.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Real Insights

    How Green Bonds Can Help Diversify Investor Base

    Even if we assume that green bonds don’t offer any significant premium over conventional bonds, there are many who believe in other noteworthy advantages of green investing.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did the German 2s30s Spread Dip on Quantitative Easing?

    The 2s30s spread is the difference between the yield on the 30-year bond (TLT) and the yield on the two-year bond (SHY).

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
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    Financials

    Gundlach: Negative Interest Rates Are the Definition of Deflation

    Gundlach has no interest in sovereign debt at negative interest rates. He said that it’s a “guaranteed loss.” Bill Gross shares this view.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Fund Managers

    Bill Gross Says These Instruments Have Investment Opportunities

    Gross has suggested some short-term duration investment products since he believes economic growth may not reach the level of investor expectation.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    Must know: The trading markets available to the investors

    Retail investors mostly prefer the secondary market for buying Treasuries as it eliminates a lot of paper work and other administrative hassles.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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    Fund Managers

    Why Gundlach Believes the Bond Market Is Set Up for a Rally

    Prominent bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach discussed the bond market’s performance and his expectations for the bond market in a recent interview.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assessing Sovereign Bonds amid Heightened Global Uncertainty

    Global uncertainty, Brexit, and the prospect of further easing from central banks in developed markets have spurred demand for government debt.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    When The Net Asset Value Of A Bond ETF Differs From Market Price

    The Intraday Indicative Value gives us a more real-time value than the bond ETF’s NAV. It’s considered an implied value of an ETF.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    Statement Suggests Gradual Rise in the Federal Funds Rate

    The Fed raised the target range for the federal funds rate from 0%–0.25% by 25 basis points. Now, the key interest rate in the US will be 0.25%–0.50%.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Fund Managers

    Investment Avenues during the Rise of Short-Term Interest Rates

    Bill Gross thinks the central banks should implement their strategies very carefully and cautiously in this scenario.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Global Bond Yield
    Fund Managers

    Why Gross Thinks Global Investors Will Rush toward US Treasuries

    As the Fed moves toward a gradual, continued rate hike process, it’s important for investors to keep an eye on the other central banks.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Happened at the US Treasury Auctions in the Week Ending June 10?

    It’s expected that the Fed may increase the interest rate soon, and 30-year Treasury bonds auction are closely watched by stock and bond investors.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will US Inflation Stay under 2%?

    The Federal Reserve’s ideal inflation rate is 2% in order to ensure stability and employment—in short, a healthy economy.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The US economy is the ‘last man standing’ among advanced nations

    The large drop in crude oil prices gave consumers more money to spend. Demand should be higher due to robust consumer sentiment data.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    2-Year T-Notes Attract Higher Market Demand in March 2015

    Primary dealer takedown was lower due to higher market demand. It was 36% of competitive accepted bids—down from 38.5% in February’s auction.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How an Operational Switch Could Benefit the US Economy

    An operational switch could help, given zero-bound short-term yields, and long-term yields dampened by low growth and inflation expectations.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Real Insights

    Where Green Bonds Could Fit into Your Portfolio

    As we’ve seen, green bonds add value to the environment. But they can also provide you with diversification benefits.

    By VanEck
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    Fund Managers

    What Dalio Thinks about Equity Market Rally and Bond Market Sell-Off

    Expectations for a stronger economic environment, business-friendly policies, less regulation for businesses, and policy reformation are driving the equity market (SPY) (QQQ).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    The Difference between Corporate Bonds and Treasuries

    Bond investors should understand the difference between Corporate Bonds and Treasuries. Below is a list of the key differences between the two.

    By Dale A. Norton
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Gold versus 10-Year Treasury Bonds

    The negative interest policy of the central banks is casting government bonds as a futile choice for investors compared to stocks and gold. As a result, bond prices dipped and yields started rising.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Financials

    Why the bid/cover ratio for the 6-month Treasury bills declined

    Despite an increase in the six-month Treasury interest rates, last week’s coverage at 4.46x was lower than the previous week’s 4.76x bid/cover ratio.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Financials

    Why did the T-Notes auction see a sudden rush for 10-year notes?

    We can attribute the lower yield recorded in February compared to January to higher demand for safe-haven assets like U.S. Treasuries, which have increased in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Why was the short-term T-Bills auction strong last week?

    The short-term securities that have already been auctioned last week include four-week, 13-week, and 26-week T-Bills.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Financials

    Key drivers for Treasury yields after the June FOMC release

    The Fed’s third Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) meeting of the year took place June 17–18. Always a market-moving event.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    So what’s an investor to do in a rising rate environment?

    If you have a bond portfolio that’s heavy with long-term bonds, you can potentially reduce your interest rate risk by rebalancing your portfolio to increase exposure to short-term bond ETFs.

    By Jessie Szymanski
  • Financials

    A key guide to positioning your portfolio for rising rates

    While longer-term interest rates have remained stable, the prospect for an early Fed tightening is exerting downward pressure on the prices of shorter-maturity Treasury bonds.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Recommendation: Consider hedging against rising interest rates

    As the Fed continues to reduce its Quantitative Easing program, Matt Tucker explores ways to attempt to hedge against rising interest rates in your bond portfolio.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • Financials

    Why international dividend stocks are worth pursuing

    While Russ would be wary of seeking income at all costs and ignoring valuations, there’s one “bond-like” equity market segment that he believes is worth pursuing: International and global dividend stocks.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Financials

    What If Low Interest Rates Don’t Result in Increased Lending?

    With most of the developed world at near zero or negative yields, the contribution of lowering interest rates to the velocity of money is diminishing.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Must-know: Why demand for 6-month T-bills continues to grow

    Demand for six-month Treasury bills has seen a continuous uptrend over the past four weeks, as we’ve seen in the rising bid-to-cover ratio.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Why has productivity growth in the US economy slowed?

    Tarullo argued that the productivity growth in recent years has been disappointing. He supported his argument with statistics.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Why are investors less and less attracted to bonds?

    As improved economic conditions result in increased interest rates, bonds as an asset class lose their attraction. (Improved economic conditions simply mean the country as a whole is better off.)

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Why did the 4-week rally in 6-month T-bill demand end last week?

    This week saw the end of a four-week rally for six-month T-bills, as seen the in bid-to-cover ratio falling for the first time since March 17.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Financials

    Must-know drivers that impact Treasury yields and ETFs like TLT

    For Treasury securities, yield is determined by economic conditions and the Fed’s monetary policy. When the economy is on a downturn, investors prefer to park their funds in safer avenues, such as Treasuries.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Financials

    Knowing the Treasury discount rate and yields before investing

    Investors can take an informed decision by knowing the rate of return on their investment.

    By Sandra Nathanson
  • Financials

    Dove or hawk? Why monetary policy stance matters to investors

    This series gives you insights into the monetary policy stance of each of the dovish FOMC members. Let’s start by understanding the structure of the FOMC and what it is that differentiates doves and hawks.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Must-know: The financial situation under review—June FOMC

    Broad stock market indices were boosted by a more optimistic assessment of near-term economic prospects, and supported by continued low interest rates.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why the Fed funds rate influences investment decisions

    When deciding about investing in short-duration versus long-duration investments, investors often look at current and future expectations for the Fed funds rate.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Energy & Utilities

    The Fed taper: How quantitative easing affects the yield curve

    QE is an unconventional form of monetary easing—the Fed’s way of putting in more money into circulation in the economy.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Fund Managers

    What Does Gundlach Have to Say about the Fed’s Next Moves?

    As far as the Fed’s next moves are concerned, Gundlach said that if the market forces are allowed to prevail, interest rates should go up even in the next downturn.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Markets Spooked as Yield Curve Inverts for First Time since 2007

    The Treasury yield curve turned negative on March 22. The ten-year yield fell below the three-month yield for the first time since 2007.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Consumer

    Bank of America Expects the Markets to Fall in 2019

    Bank of America’s equity and quantitative strategist, Savita Subramanian, expects a decline in the S&P 500 (SPY) in 2019—compared to 2018.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Yield Curve Inverts for the First Time since 2007

    A yield curve tracks the yields of Treasury securities maturing at different times.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of America’s Suggestions for Investors in a Market Decline

    In a note published last week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch equity and quantitative strategist Savita Subramanian said, “We believe the peak in equities is likely before the end of 2019.”

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Fund Managers

    Howard Marks: This Is the Single Biggest Equity Market Risk

    Howard Marks said at the 2018 Delivering Alpha Conference on July 23 that the Fed’s hawkish stance is the single biggest risk for the equity market (SPY).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    What Does the Flattening of the Yield Curve Mean for Gold?

    It doesn’t come as a surprise that Wall Street is concerned about a potential slowdown, as the spreads have significantly narrowed between the two-year and ten-year Treasury yields.

    By Anuradha Garg
  • uploads///Gold Price Versus US Two and Ten year rate of Interest
    Basic Materials

    How Is the Fed Influencing Precious Metal Demand?

    The Fed has hinted that there could be two more interest rate hikes this year, for a total of four hikes in 2018.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    What’s the Impact of Interest Rates on Precious Metals?

    Monetary policies have been crucial in determining the movement in precious metals.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Miscellaneous

    What’s Supporting Gold Prices and What’s Not

    On Thursday, silver was up 0.8% to $16.6 an ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    US Yields Peak and Gold Slumps. Are the Dots Connecting?

    US ten-year Treasury note yields (IEF) hit a high mark of approximately 3.1% today—a record since July 2011.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Disappointing April Jobs Report: Lower June Rate Hike Odds?

    For the week ending May 4, the ten-year (IEF) yield closed at 3% and depreciated by 0.8 basis points. The two-year yield (SHY) closed at 2.50%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Miscellaneous

    Treasury Yields Hit 3% and Gold Fell: Coincidence?

    In addition to the US dollar playing on precious metals, US interest rates and the decisions by the Federal Reserve have also historically had a substantial impact on these safe havens.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Interest Rate Spreads Are Decreasing Again

    In April, the yield spread has declined to the lowest level since the Great Recession and could decline further if inflation doesn’t accelerate.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bond Markets Returned to Worrying about Flattening Yield Curve

    The US bond markets moved marginally higher in the previous week as investors’ worry about rising bond yields fell after the February inflation print showed stable growth.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Double Whammy: Rate Hikes and Balance Sheet Trimming

    The US Federal Reserve has accumulated huge quantities of fixed-income (BND) securities as part of its three quantitative easing programs, QEs 1, 2, and 3.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Economy Could See a Higher Deficit

    A government budget deficit occurs when an economy’s annual revenue is less than its total expenditure.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the Bond Market Rebound along with Equity Markets?

    US bond markets found some relief in the week ending February 16, as bond yields retreated from their multiyear high at the end of the week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Miscellaneous

    How the Interest Rate Hike Is Playing on Precious Metals

    Another element besides the fluctuations of the US dollar that could have led to the fall in precious metals is the US interest rate.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the Leading Credit Index Signaling Any Business Cycle Changes?

    This constituent of the LEI is an economic model, constructed by modeling changes in six financial market instruments.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Fund Managers

    Why Bill Miller Thinks Bond Bull Market May Be Coming to an End

    Bill Miller said, “Bonds, in my opinion, have entered a bear market, but one that is likely to be benign for the next year or so.”

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Bond Yields Set to Move Higher this Week?

    The US Treasury is not able to issue any more debt until the debt ceiling is raised, which could increase the volatility in the bond markets.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Your Guide to the US Debt Ceiling

    The current debt ceiling is likely to be breached on January 19, and once that happens, the US Treasury must stop issuing any new debt (SHY).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Bond Market Moved Lower Last Week

    The core CPI of 0.3% pushed the annual number up by 0.1% to 1.8%.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    Interest Rate versus Gold: Interest Rate Wins Again

    Gold is a non-yield bearing asset that reacts negatively to rises in the interest rate.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Bond Yield Spreads Continue to Get Narrower?

    The US bond (BND) markets returned to weakness last week after a minor bout of enthusiasm following the tax cut announcement.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    Will Gold Move with US Interest Rates?

    Though the precious metal prices have been on an upswing over the past few weeks, the streak could end due to the increased probability of Fed rate hikes in 2018.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Leading Credit Index Tracks US Credit Conditions

    Understanding the Leading Credit Index The Conference Board LCI (Leading Credit Index), a constituent in the LEI (Leading Economic Index), is published every month and tracks credit conditions in the US economy by following changes in six financial market instruments: the two-year swap (SHY) spread (real time) the three-month LIBOR[1.Intercontinental Exchange London Interbank Offered Rate] (SCHO) […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What to Make of the Pullback in Bond Yields Last Week

    The US FOMC December meeting minutes and the December employment data are key economic data releases that could impact markets this week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Miscellaneous

    How Gold Reacted to Interest Rate Hike in December

    Besides the slump of the US dollar during 2017, the other most important and most talked-about indicator is the US interest rate.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    All 4 Precious Metals Rose on December 20, 2017

    All four precious metals had an up day on December 20, 2017. Gold increased 0.43% on the day and closed at $1,267.80 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bond Market Yields Rose Last Week

    The US bond (BND) markets witnessed surprising selling last week despite the passage of the tax reform bill.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bond Market Speculators Increased Bullish Positions Last Week

    The Federal Reserve lowered its unemployment rate projection to 3.9% for 2018 and raised its GDP forecast.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    How the Federal Reserve’s Rate Hike Affected Precious Metals

    Precious metals and miners saw some relief on December 13 after the Fed raised rates as expected. Sibanye Gold (SBGL), Aurico Gold (AUQ), and Goldcorp (GG) rose 3.5%, 3.6%, and 5.8%, respectively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Miscellaneous

    How Eager Are Precious Metals to Hear the Fed’s Decision?

    Gold, silver, and platinum all had a down day on Tuesday, December 13, mainly due to speculations over the Federal Reserve’s pending interest rate decision.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Fund Managers

    Bill Gross: How Cost of Carry Could Change Investor Preference

    Gross believes that in return for cost of carry, if investors get risk-adjusted returns that will be unfruitful compared to the benchmark, they could shift their holdings to other asset classes.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Basic Materials

    Waiting for the Fed’s Decision: The Reaction of Precious Metals

    Although the US dollar has been the most important element contributing to changes in precious metals, the upcoming December meeting of the Federal Reserve has taken all of investors’ attention.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bond Market Speculators Cut Bullish Positions Last Week

    The US bond (BND) markets responded to the series of positive economic data releases from the US last week.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Leads to Yield Curves Flattening

    Factors leading to yield curves flattening There are multiple factors that can affect the shape of yield curves. Bonds (BND) with different maturities react differently to changes in economic conditions and expectations. For example, when the US Fed announces an interest rate hike, short-term bonds (SHY), which are to the left side of a yield curve, react […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing the Risk of a Flattening Yield Curve

    St. Louis Fed president and CEO James Bullard gave a presentation at a regional economic briefing on December 1. Throughout this series, we’ll analyze Bullard’s take on the risks of an inverted yield curve.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bond Market Speculators Are Betting on Further Fall in Yields

    The US bond (BND) market performance was mixed for the week ending December 1 as volatility increased.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Leading Credit Index: October Update

    The Leading Credit Index for October was reported to be -0.70, improving from the revised September reading of -0.64.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Miscellaneous

    Could the Federal Reserve Decision Move Precious Metals?

    Precious metal market participants will be closely watching the economic numbers that come out of the US, especially those that give an indication of the country’s inflation level.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    Interest Rate Rise or No Rise: Where Precious Metals Could Move

    Market participants were eyeing the Fed’s meeting minutes that came out on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Precious metals have a negative relationship to interest rates.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Sharp Rise in Consumer Expectations in October

    The November Conference Board LEI reported the average consumer expectations for business conditions for October at 0.96, a sharp increase from the September reading of 0.43.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Decreasing Weekly Unemployment Claims Say about the US Economy

    In the Conference Board Leading Economic Index, the average weekly unemployment claims have 3.0% weight.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do Speculator Positions Tell Us about the Bond Markets?

    The flattening of the US yield curve continued to keep bond market (BND) investors anxious last week.

    By Ricky Cove
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