Inflows Into Nearly Every Asset Class In 2017 – 2018 Warm Up Act?

Although the overarching story of global markets in 2017 was subdued volatility, overall there were net inflows almost entirely across the board – with global equity mutual funds/ETFs (US$281bn), bond funds (US$346bn), global money markets (US$145bn) and commodities (US$8.6bn) recording increases. Investors poured record net inflows of over $620bn into global equity mutual funds/ETFs and bond… Please follow and like us:

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The Bulls Return: Brent Crude Could Hit $70, Says Morgan Stanley

With Brent Crude oil driving higher on Wednesday — up nearly $1 and trading at $67.59 in early afternoon New York trading – Morgan Stanley analysts Martijn Rats and Amy Sergeant point out that European refining margins have weakened recently. This is creating a negative correlation, where refining stocks head lower as the underlying product, Brent… Please follow and like us:

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How Bitcoin Futures Trading Could Burst The Cryptocurrency’s Bubble

A new wave was added to the never-ending Bitcoin mania when the Chicago Board of Exchange (CBOE) became the first major derivative exchange to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10. Such was the euphoria among early investors that trading was halted twice due to CBOE speed breakers, which slow or pause trading when price movements are… Please follow and like us:

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VantagePoint Software Now Forecasting Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Utilizing Patented A.I. Technology

VantagePoint Software Now Forecasting Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Utilizing Patented A.I. Technology WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla., Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – VantagePoint Software, using patented Artificial Intelligence technology to predict stock market trends and trend changes made the official announcement today that traders can now use the software to forecast Cryptocurrencies. Actual chart from VantagePoint software showing… Please follow and like us:

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The Fed Boiling Frog Strategy

With the US Federal Reserve set to meet Tuesday and Wednesday, and interest rates expected to rise as a result, what will the rate hike path look like in 2018? To Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Economist Ethan Harris, understanding the Fed and their future actions requires taking a long view that goes beyond one… Please follow and like us:

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S&P 500 Projected Return: 5% P.A. Or -4% – Robecco

2018 will be a “coming of age” for financial markets around the world as central banks wind down QE and economic growth gains traction, that’s the main takeaway from Robeco’s latest Expected Returns 2018-2022 report. Robecco’s report, which is published every year and gives a five-year expected returns forecast for the period ahead, has been named… Please follow and like us:

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Bitcoin Futures, Elon Musk And Michael Novogratz

If there’s one thing you count on with Bitcoin, it’s that the cryptocurrency is never dull. The week, the value of Bitcoin has exploded to a record high. At the time of writing, the price as shown by Coindesk is just under $9,900, near the psychologically important $10,000 level for the first time. In overnight trading,… Please follow and like us:

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Global GDP growth forecast at 3% in 2018: Conference Board

NEW YORK – After exceeding expectations in 2017, the global economy is projected to carry forward its current momentum to generate a 3 percent growth rate through 2018, the Conference Board said in its latest Global Economic Outlook 2018 on Monday. “Global growth has finally left the starting gate since the global economic and financial crisis,”… Please follow and like us:

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Capital Economics Says Gold Is Going To Fall

As the US Federal Reserve prepares for a transition on multiple levels – withdrawing addictive quantitative stimulus while engaging in wide-ranging personal shifts at the top – trends are starting to break out. While industrial metals were higher in October, precious metals were lower — and they may have further to go, particularly with regard to… Please follow and like us:

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After Bitcoin Futures Launched, Goldman Says Price Headed Higher, New Hedge Fund Launches

It wasn’t that long ago that Goldman Sachs was watching the $4,827 level on Bitcoin USD, predicting a bull market. This was before exchange heavyweight CMEGroup and Terry Duffy piled into what was declared an asset that could be “tamed.” In announcing the launch of Bitcoin futures, a move juxtaposed to that of JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon,… Please follow and like us:

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Deutsche Bank Enters The Economic Fringe, Considers “End Of Fiat Money”

Fiat currencies have had nearly a 46 year run of success. But with cryptocurrencies “ all the rage,” what Deutsche Bank Strategists Jim Reid and Craig Nicol call “inherently unstable” fiat currency system without any commodity backing might be coming to an end, they assert. Get The Timeless Reading eBook in PDF Get the entire 10-part… Please follow and like us:

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Sharpe ratios near 80yr extremes

A central theme of Bank of America’s equity analysis this year has been the ‘melt-up’ trade. At the beginning of the year, Michael Hartnett, BAML’s chief investment strategist, wrote in a note to clients that “Our tactical view: after a January/February wobble, we believe stocks & commodities will have one last 10% melt-up in [the first… Please follow and like us:

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Loonie falls sharply on GDP miss; pound boosted on Barnier; Eurozone readings mixed

Loonie falls sharply The Canadian dollar lost ground versus its US counterpart as GDP figures unexpectedly reflected a contraction in the Canadian economy. Eurozone data on inflation, economic growth and unemployment out during today’s session gave a mixed picture. The pound moved higher after some comments by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, which suggested… Please follow and like us:

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World Bank Predicts Further Rise in Commodity Prices in 2018

The World Bank has predicted that oil prices would rise to $56 a barrel in 2018 from $53 this year, as a result of steadily growing demand, agreed production cuts among oil exporters and stabilising United States shale oil production. In addition, the Bank predicted that the surge in metals prices was expected to level off… Please follow and like us:

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Hedge Fund Assets Set Fifth Quarterly Inflow Record

Total hedge fund capital through the third quarter increased to a $3.15 trillion, up $50 billion over the April-to-June period and the fifth straight record quarterly level, Hedge Fund Research reported last week. Steady performance and investor inflows drove the increase, HFR said, as global economic growth prospects improved despite continued elevated geopolitical risks. Global fund… Please follow and like us:

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