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Volatility and Interest Rates
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By Tom McClellan – Why is the VIX spiking now? Because now is when it is supposed to do that. Volatility and interest rates have an interesting relationship, going back many years. Higher interest rates pull money away...


How Global Growth and Infrastructure Are Driving Commodities
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By Richard Mills – The global economy is booming again after years in the doldrums, commodities are back in a big way, and metals prices are for the most part, way up. In our last article showing how commodities are the place...


Seasonal Pattern in Treasuries?
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By Matthew Kerkhoff – Most investors are familiar with the seasonal pattern in stocks, encapsulated by the old adage, “sell in May and go away.” But is there a similar pattern on the fixed income side of the equation? That’s what...


Blockchain Goes East: Opportunities in China
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By Global Risk Insights – As cryptocurrencies dominate global headlines, China is consistently quashing the hype within its borders. But as Beijing ratchets up its pressure on bitcoin, this time targeting mining...


The US Oil Industry Sets Its Sights on Asia
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By Oil Price – Just a decade ago, few could have imagined that the US would be producing more than 10 million bpd of crude, but with the explosion of shale production, that is exactly where we are. In what can only be seen as...


Gig Economy Is Up
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By Kurt Kallaus – Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are spurring an economic and cultural shift toward customizable multi-stream contract work as demand for traditional jobs are eliminated. Independent contractors and...


How the Fed's Inflation Policies Crucify Workers in Pictures
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Every month, pundits comment on average wages. But median wages best explain how the Fed's policies crucify workers. The meme of the day is wage growth is accelerating. I disputed that notion on February 7 in...


An Inflation Indicator to Watch, Part 1
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By FF Wiley – Have you ever questioned Milton Friedman’s famous claim about inflation? Ever heard anyone else question it? Unless you read obscure stuff written for the academic community you’re probably not used to Friedman’s...


America Is Facing a Retirement Crisis, Expert Warns
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By FS Staff – The United States is facing a retirement crisis, as many of today’s workers will lack the resources necessary to retire at a traditional age and maintain their standard of living. We’ve also seen risk shift from government...


5 Reasons Why Commodities Are the Place to Be in 2018
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By Richard Mills – The stock market pullback of the last couple of weeks has shown that markets are jittery, and will likely be volatile for a while as investors keep a vigil on rising bond yields (inflation) and potential interest...


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