Since making a low in July last year, West Texas Intermediate Crude (WTI) has risen by 38.5% and is now approaching the $75 highs achieved at the end of June this year. In the same period, the US Dollar Index has fallen just 2%, suggesting that oil prices, long negatively correlated with the US currency have “de-coupled”, with a new pricing dynamic coming to the fore. Last week … [Read more...] about The Oil market is Heating up
2018 has been an eventful year so far for global markets. When considering the key events of the year, you would be forgiven for focusing on the return of volatility, the impact of a possible trade war or even the repercussions of 10-year US yields topping the 3% mark. A less discussed story has been the resurgence of commodities prices. So, has this strong start to the year … [Read more...] about Is now a good time to consider commodities?
Crude Oil is an essential component of economic life- nearly everything that gets moved, does so using either oil directly or a derivative thereof; (until such time that Drones become more widespread). It is therefore a good indicator of economic growth, which investors will do well to watch. It has been quite a wild ride over the last 5 years. After a big fall from over $111 … [Read more...] about Oiling the Wheels
As the title suggests, readers may not be overly familiar with the term Inverse Volatility ETF. However, in early February this year the term entered the mainstream with a bang! The market correction in the first few days of February led to the demise of one of the largest of such products the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note (VIX) with losses … [Read more...] about VIX?, XIV? …. and the wipe out of investors capital
Enthusiasm for crypto currencies and bitcoin in particular has gone truly global. Mainstream media has been buzzing with reports on rapid price appreciation and commentary from both evangelists and sceptics. This article seeks to outline some of the key things you need to know about bitcoin and crypto currencies. One thing I have established, is that most people don’t … [Read more...] about Bitcoin and Crypto currency – An Advisers Take