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2018, Issue 3

February 21, 2018

  • Despite America’s comparatively high interest rates, the US dollar has remained persistently weak since the start of the year – with the US dollar index hovering near its three-year low of 88.44. Whilst dollar weakness potentially reflects concern over the US’s fiscal sustainability, it is likely to add further stimulus to an already robust economy.

  • 10-year Treasuries touched 2.944 last Thursday – reaching a new four-...

February 21, 2018

After years of low volatility, the market is being dragged kicking and screaming back to reality.

The return of volatility in equity markets was a sharp and necessary reminder that markets have been induced into a comatose state since the loosening of monetary policy in response to the financial crash. The availability of cheap credit allowed equity markets to swell enormously, and it appears that investors had become complacen...

February 18, 2018

The recent proliferation of trading algorithms has elevated the potential efficiency of financial markets. Much to the dismay of market participants, it has elevated potential volatility even more.

On Monday, the 5th February 2018, the US stock market saw its first sharp correction in years, with share prices falling more than 10 per cent. The days of low volatility in markets are over and a far less predictable environment is...

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