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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are Gold and Volatility Moving Together?

    The rise in precious metals over the last few months has been due to insecurity among investors, given the political climate.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Don’t Panic when Financial News Headlines Jump Out at You

    Don’t panic when financial news headlines jump out at you. If you’re ready to remain invested for the long term, you could see better returns in equities compared to other asset classes.

    By Heather Pelant
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why You Should Look Beyond Treasuries for Portfolio Ballast

    Last year, the correlation between stocks and Treasuries increased. Adding Treasuries to an only-equity portfolio became less valuable.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Market Uncertainty, Resurrected

    Risk aversion is on the rise again as investors begin to question President Trump’s trade policies and as we’ve begun to see changes in asset allocations.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    How the Economic Sentiment Is Playing on Gold

    During the past week, average hourly earnings, excluding the farming industry, were below analysts’ expectation of 0.10%.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Current High Volatility Regime Will Likely Persist

    The high volatility regime will likely be the norm in the future. State Street observed that the US market has already clocked 42 highly volatile days in 2015.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Gold ETFs See Robust Net Inflows against Actively Managed Gold Funds

    One of the dominant financial trends of the past decade has been a move by investors out of actively managed funds and into passively managed index funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs).

    By VanEck
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    Will the Presidential Election Shrink Financial Institutions?

    The 2016 US presidential election is scheduled for November 8, 2016. This election will mark the 58th quadrennial US presidential election.

    By Penny Morgan
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    What events can change the FOMC’s policy stance in 2015?

    For now, policymakers are of the opinion that the low crude oil prices will trouble inflation only in 2015 and not beyond that.

    By David Ashworth
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    Which Countries Are Optimistic about Cryptocurrencies?

    The overall volatility of the market determined by the CBOE Volatility Index (or VIX) could have some implications on cryptocurrencies.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How to Trade a Broken (looking) Market (Hint: Carefully)

    It’s easy to be early after a correction I always get pretty excited during a stock market correction, assuming I have positioned correctly with cash on hand.  This market showed so many signs of toppiness, extreme optimism, and high valuations that hopefully many investors at least were selling the highly valued names they owned.  My […]

    By JP Gravitt
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    Can Trade and Tariff Policies Brighten the Outlook for Gold?

    In March this year, President Trump announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum.

    By VanEck
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    Basic Materials

    How Market Volatility Moved Gold on June 25

    Precious metals saw downward price movement on June 25. Gold fell ~0.26% and was trading at $1,266.00 per ounce on the day.

    By Meera Shawn
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    How Market Unrest Is Affecting Gold

    If we look at the historical performance of precious metals compared to markets, we see that gold has been closely tracking market volatility.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    Will Gold Keep Reacting to US-China Trade War Jitters?

    The rise in gold on Wednesday was most likely due to the ongoing unrest in markets due to concerns about the US-China trade war.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What the Rise in the CBOE Volatility Index Has to Do with Gold

    Another crucial element that could have a strong influence on gold and other precious metal prices is the overall volatility of the markets.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What Drove Gold and Silver Upward?

    The two most critical precious metals, gold and silver, rose on March 23, rising 1.4% and 1% in spot markets.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Trade War Fears Could Move Precious Metals

    All four precious metals saw a down day on Monday, March 5. Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium were down 0.23%, 0.33%, 0.31%, and 0.81%, respectively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Is the Volatility Index Impacting Gold?

    Another critical factor that has been affecting the price movement of precious metals is overall market volatility.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Precious Metals Are Moving versus Market Indicators

    Precious metals’ reaction was also due to economic numbers indicating the health of the US economy in general.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Volatility Is Affecting Gold

    Though the returns on gold haven’t been exceptional over the past year, they have been stable.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is There a Specific Reason for the Sudden Market Meltdown?

    According to the closing prices on February 8, 2018, US indexes have gone through a correction. The markets closed at the highest level on January 26.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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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    Will South Korea’s Attitude toward Cryptocurrencies Spread?

    Bitcoin has steadily fallen in price since the holidays began, but it looks stationary from yesterday. Bitcoin prices have been almost flat over the past 24 hours.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Why Volatility Is a Big Worry for Markets

    Since last year’s presidential election, the US stock markets (IVV) (VTI) have seen volatility fall to almost a 50-year low.

    By VanEck
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    Basic Materials

    An Update on the Precious Metals as November Comes to an End

    The US stock markets were closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, for Thanksgiving, and the next day (Black Friday) was quite slow for precious metals. Gold played in a narrow range that day.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    Analyzing Gold’s Market Performance

    Besides the impact of interest rates, there are also other global indicators that could play on precious metals—the most important being the US dollar.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Gauging Global Risk against Gold

    All four precious metals rose on Monday, October 30, as multiple speculations in the market gripped investors’ attention.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Are Global Fears Controlling Precious Metals?

    Ongoing worries in North Korea and political chaos in Washington have been crucial in boosting the prices of precious metals.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Global Indicators Are Affecting Precious Metals

    Gold reached its two-week high price of $1,294.5 an ounce on Tuesday, October 10, and ended the day at $1292.1 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Are North Korea Tensions Continuing to Affect Precious Metals?

    All the four precious metals saw an up day on Monday, October 9, 2017.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Could North Korea Be Affecting Precious Metal Prices?

    North Korean tensions Like the US dollar, global tensions can be responsible for precious metal price fluctuations. North Korea has interpreted US president Donald Trump’s comments as a declaration of war, stating that Pyongyang has the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers outside of its airspace. The ongoing unrest in the Korean peninsula has led to a global […]

    By Meera Shawn
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    How North Korea Has Affected the Precious Metal Market

    Precious metals have been buoyed by tension in North Korea. If North Korea does another missile test, it could prompt investors to move to haven assets such as gold, silver, Treasuries, and major currencies.

    By Meera Shawn
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    More Temporary Relief from North Korea Tensions?

    This week volatility (VXX) has continued to stick to its trend of sudden spikes and then dropping immediately.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the US Debt Ceiling Fight Has Been Postponed

    The key reason for the debt ceiling deal was to approve aid to Hurricane Harvey victims. A US government shutdown could have adversely impacted relief operations.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could the Federal Reserve Surprise the Markets in September?

    The US Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) is scheduled to meet on September 19 and 20 to discuss the current economic climate in the US and to decide whether any monetary policy adjustments are necessary.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    How Gold Is Coping amid Market Turmoil

    Precious metals have maintained upward movement over the past month as geopolitical tensions hover.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the ECB Surprise Markets with a Tapering Announcement?

    The governing council of the European Central Bank (or ECB) is scheduled to meet on September 7 in Frankfurt, Germany. The meeting will be followed by a press conference.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why September Could Be Volatile for Financial Markets

    August was a volatile month, filled with economic, political, and geopolitical uncertainty. September could turn out to be another nail-biter for the financial markets.

    By Ricky Cove
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    How Strongly Can North Korea Move the Precious Metals Market?

    Gold futures for September expiration have risen ~3.9% over the past one-month period. Silver, platinum, and palladium have followed the same track as gold.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What Stocks Should Be on Your Radar amid Geopolitical Tensions

    Renewed tensions arising out of North Korea’s missile launch on Tuesday had a major impact on volatility. Asian markets have declined more than 1% as risk aversion dominated markets.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the Fed Repeat Its Taper Tantrum Mistakes?

    In this cycle of expansion after the great recession, the Fed has started the process of monetary tightening.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Washington or Wyoming: What Will Drive Markets This Week?

    The last two weeks have been eventful for financial markets (SPY).

    By Ricky Cove
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    Do Financial Markets Have Another Tense Week Ahead?

    Equity markets in the US and across the globe reported heavy losses as risk aversion set in.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Which Stocks Will Benefit the Most from US-Korea Tensions?

    Some companies benefit in times of uncertainty, and some sectors provide cover for investors.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Basic Materials

    How Unrest in Korea Affected Gold

    Gold prices were around their highest level in nearly seven weeks on Monday, July 31.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Gold Is Reacting to Market Unrest

    Gold saw its second straight day of increases on Thursday, July 27, as it hit its six-week high level of $1,266.2 an ounce to close at $1,261.5 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Basic Materials

    How Market Volatility Could Steer Gold

    Gold is a famous hedge against inflation. A reduction in volatility could mean a downward swing for gold.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the VIX Index Surged 50% in a Single Day

    In this series, we’ll analyze how different asset classes in the financial markets have reacted to the sector rotation in the equity markets and the hawkish tone of central bankers.

    By Ricky Cove
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    How the UK Elections Played on Precious Metals

    Gold fell again on Friday, June 9, 2017, for the third consecutive day. It touched a low of $1,264.80 per ounce and then settled at $1,269.50.

    By Meera Shawn
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    What Global Factors Drive Precious Metals

    UK election Last week, safe-haven bids were spurred and precious metal prices surged. The attack in London the weekend prior and the UK elections affected precious metals. Hedge funds and money managers had poured money into gold for two straight weeks, boosting it to its highest level in nearly a month. As of June 8, gold and […]

    By Meera Shawn
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    What Effect Has Trump Had on Gold?

    The market has been gripped by fears surrounding the implementation of promises that President Donald Trump made during his election campaign.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Political Uncertainties Dominated Markets Last Week

    US markets had the worst trading session so far this year on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

    By Ricky Cove
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    How Silver Has Reacted to Market Volatility

    Market volatility World market volatility is one of the most significant contributors to the variations seen in precious metals, including silver. Silver is also sometimes closely associated with equity markets, as it used as an industrial metal. Although the volatility index was stagnant early this year, it moved upward after the failure of President Trump’s healthcare […]

    By Meera Shawn
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    How VIX and Gold Could Walk Hand-in-Hand

    On a 30-day trailing basis, gold, silver, platinum, and palladium have risen 6.8%, 1.7%, 3.3%, and 5.5%, respectively.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Is Surging Volatility Giving Gold a Backbone?

    As the markets experienced unrest on Tuesday, April 11, gold touched its five-month high of $1,275.10 per ounce.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Volatility Affects Silver

    Precious metals are known to perform better in a volatile atmosphere.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Direction Could Gold Take with Duality in the Markets?

    A reduction in volatility could mean a downward swing for gold, and an increase in inflation could mean more demand for gold.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Could Trump’s Plans Boost Inflation, Hurt Precious Metals?

    Market uncertainty is the primary reason for optimism in gold. However, Trump’s plans to increase expenditures could provide a boost to inflation.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Big Investors also Fear a Gold Slump

    During December’s end 2016 and January 2017, Stanley Druckenmiller once again became keen on gold, maybe due to the rising unrest following the election of President Donald Trump.

    By Meera Shawn
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rate Hike and Appreciated Dollar May not help Gold

    Higher Rates Not Always Negative for Gold A Fed rate hike in December appears almost fully priced in already. The common argument is that higher rates are negative for gold given that it is a non-yielding asset. Yet, following the first rate hike of the current tightening cycle in December 2015, gold has advanced more […]

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India and Asia’s Festive Season Could Help Gold Prices in October

    Gold has fallen below $1,300 per ounce and broken below the longer-term trend line that had been established this year.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Federal Spending and Interest Rates: Analyzing the Connection

    What about the impact on interest rates? Here again, there is no consistent relationship between spending and interest rates.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Rate Hikes Don’t Imply the End of Long-Term Performance

    Rate hike has historically been a temporary headwind for stocks; it has rarely been a harbinger of a bear market.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Minimum Volatility Funds Have Outperformed

    Minimum volatility funds have outperformed broader markets in the long term. By limiting the downside during the troughs of a volatile market, the minimum volatility index is better able to capitalize on rebounds.

    By Heather Pelant
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What a Dovish Fed Means for Stocks

    In its recent meeting, a dovish Fed pointed out that the “uncertainties abroad” made it risky to raise the policy rate and announced its decision to leave the federal funds rate unchanged at 0%–0.25%.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    From Calm to Panic: Fears of a Recession Loom

    Russ Koesterich explains why fears of an imminent US recession may be overblown.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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