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Great Graphic: Is Something Important Happening to Oil Prices?

August 02, 2018
Oil prices are weaker for the third straight day and are off in four of the past five sessions, the poorest run in two months.  Supply considerations may threaten a year-old trend line.
OPEC and non-OPEC, essentially Saudi Arabia and Russia are making good on their commitment to boost output, and US oil inventories unexpectedly rose.  Saudi output …
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BOJ Surprises, BOE on Tap, Trade Worries Weigh on Stocks

August 02, 2018
The Bank of England meeting concludes a run of major central bank meetings over the past fortnight.  The BOE is widely expected to join the Bank of Canada in raising rates.  The Federal Reserve and the ECB were content to do and say nothing new. 
The Bank of Japan signaled its willingness to accept greater volatility in its 10-year yield, which als…
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Fed Looks to September

August 01, 2018
There was little doubt in the market's collective mind that the Federal Reserve, which hiked rates in July, would stand pat today. It did not disappoint. 
The statement itself was almost identical.  Growth was said to be "strong" instead of "solid," for example, a nuance to be lost on most observers.  It recognized that the …
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US to Squeeze China Through Pakistan

August 01, 2018
The US often struggles to convert its economic power into political outcomes, though President Trump has ramped up efforts to do precisely that. In the fight against terrorism, the US Treasury has greatly expanded its efforts to cut off financing and through the experience and the Great Financial Crisis, access to the US dollar market, including f…
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Trade and Japan Drive Markets Ahead of Stand Pat Fed

August 01, 2018
Investors recognize the risks to growth posed by the tariffs and counter-tariffs being imposed, but the way the US is going about it is also disconcerting.  Within a few hours of signals that the US and China were looking to re-engage in high-level talks, which have not taken place for two months according to reports, the US signaled that the 10% …
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