10 Data Points Investors Should Be Watching Now: JPMorgan’s Kelly

There are multiple economic and financial numbers investors can monitor in 2018 to get a sense of the market environment. David Kelly, chief global strategist for JPMorgan Funds, offers his own list of the top 10 data points he recommends investors watch this year. In his inaugural weekly note for 2018, Kelly says the list is… Please follow and like us:

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DB – Here Is What Will Cause Volatility To Explode

Is this the calm before the storm? Alan Ruskin, foreign exchange analyst at Deutsche Bank, believes it is. In a note penned by Ruskin and published today, the analyst opines that markets are currently in “freeze mode” in the midst of global uncertainties. However, as the central bank balance sheet picture changes and central banks begin… Please follow and like us:

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Family-Owned Firms: Trading At A Discount

The idea that investors can profit from family-owned firms seems to be a contradiction at first, but it’s not. Publically traded companies with a substantial insider ownership outperform their non-family owned peers on many different metrics according to research from analysts at Credit Suisse. Trying To Beat The Market? Look To Family-Owned Companies Family Business Model Works… Please follow and like us:

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The Fed Has Initiated ‘Operation SNAIL’

The “big news” from Janet Yellen’s recent press conference, which was hardly news at all to those who have followed the Fed’s past announcements, was that Fed officials, having long promised to eventually undo much if not all of the vast balance sheet growth brought about by the Fed’s various QE operations, and having delayed paying… Please follow and like us:

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What the Fed’s moves mean to the economy | Biz Brain

Q. In October, the Federal Reserve plans on reducing its assets of $4.5 trillion dollars. How did the Fed get the so called trillions in assets? Will they sell their bonds on open market? Then, where does the income from bonds go? Is there a simple explanation of how this works? — Trying to get it… Please follow and like us:

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Trump’s Picks for Fed Chief, Governors Seen As Opportunity to ‘Drain Swamp’

When President Donald Trump took office, there were three vacancies on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Then, unexpectedly, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer resigned, effective “on or around October 13, 2017.” Throw in the fact that Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s term as chairman expires Feb. 3, 2018, and it’s very easy to see why so… Please follow and like us:

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Federal Reserve will start reducing stockpile of bonds it bought to stimulate the economy

WASHINGTON — it bought to try to stimulate the economy, another milestone in the central bank’s efforts to return to a normal monetary policy after the Great Recession. The long-awaited reduction in the Fed’s $4.5 trillion balance sheet comes… Please follow and like us:

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Global markets jittery as Trump fears persist

Global stock markets failed to recoup pre-weekend losses Monday as traders eyed geopolitical uncertainty and hoped for hints from central bank chiefs later this week. Wall Street equities trod water while markets in Europe and Japan slid, suffering from lingering concern over President Donald Trump’s volatile administration and unclear prospects for achieving economic reform. Worries over… Please follow and like us:

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Fed minutes show split on timing of asset reduction

WASHINGTON — Several Federal Reserve monetary policymakers wanted to announce last month exactly when they would start reducing the central bank’s trillions of dollars in assets, but most preferred to wait to see how the economy and financial markets were doing over the summer, according to an account of the meeting released Wednesday. In the formal… Please follow and like us:

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The Long, Unwinding Road Of Quantitative Easing

Quantitative easing has served as a life raft for many of the world’s economies. Now central banks face the prospect of moving on, but the question is: how? For investors, the implementation of quantitative easing (QE) has had many benefits, but the withdrawal of this extraordinary monetary support is likely to result in some negative effects… Please follow and like us:

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Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid concerns about low inflation

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and conveyed a tad more concern about recent inflation trends, clouding the prospects for when the next rate hike might come. At the same time, the central bank said after its two-day meeting that U.S. economic conditions looked good, with job growth solid and consumer and… Please follow and like us:

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Fear Keeping Investors’ Cash Levels High: Merrill Survey

Despite investors’ cash levels in July inching down to 4.9% from 5% the previous month, the level was still above the 10-year average of 4.5%, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s July fund manager survey. Twenty-five percent of survey respondents said they were overweight cash owing to their bearish view on the markets, and 20%… Please follow and like us:

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Jefferies: September Rate Hike Off The Table, December Question Mark

If US Fed Chair Janet Yellen were to be judged based on modern trend following analysis, her reign might best be judged by the range expansion in terms of the documented number of opinion changes. Not only did more Fed governors independently opine policy thoughts that sometimes contradicted the Fed chair, but this freedom of expression… Please follow and like us:

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Merk: What Does Fed’s Shrinking Balance Sheet Mean for Stocks, Bonds & Gold?

The Federal Reserve’s “balance sheet reduction” may have profound implications for gold, stocks and bonds, according to Axel Merk’s latest insights. The Fed wants to start winding down its $4.5 trillion bond portfolio. According to the minutes from its June meeting, the Federal Reserve policy committee couldn’t reach agreement on the timing of when to begin… Please follow and like us:

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Technology Stocks As A Proxy For Market Risk

Question = Can you explain the rationale behind many technology company valuations and recently sharp price moves upward notwithstanding the recent sell-off? Especially interested in FAAANG-CMT? Get The Full Macro Investing Series in PDF Get the entire 10-part series on Macro Investing in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email… Please follow and like us:

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