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Emerging Markets: No Chile For Me!

As a follow up to yesterday’s article on the IMF report on South America , I was asked today why I didn’t include Chile as one of the bright spots. I was reminded that the Chilean focused ETF the iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF ( ECH ) is doing well, and is in fact up around 8.5%...
Posted On 09 May 2015

Snap Poll Results: What NFP Would Send the US Dollar Higher?

We conducted an informal snap poll on Thursday, May 7, 2015 asking the question: What NFP result would spark an upward reaction in the dollar and ease worries over a slowing economy? The objective of the poll was to gauge trader sentiment for what would be considered a positive...
Posted On 09 May 2015

Emerging Markets: South America Disappoints Yet Again

What a mess Brazil is now. The latest economic forecast for the world  has been released by the IMF. While the rest of the developing world is either doing well or holding on, South America, with the exception of a couple of nations, is not. A combination of rampant corruption,...
Posted On 08 May 2015

Consensus Forex and Bond Trades Continue to Unravel

By Jay Meisler There have been two major consensus trades this year, EURUSD heading for parity and the buying of European bonds based on quantitative easing by the ECB that is scheduled to run to September 2016. Well, markets have experienced a major squeeze on the long bond...
Posted On 08 May 2015

Lessons Learned from Investing in the MENA Regions Online Businesses

By Khaldoon Tabaza Online startups and entrepreneurs often find themselves up against challenges they feel incapable of facing on their own. Yet many online ventures have found success in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, partly because of their own ingenuity but...
Posted On 07 May 2015

Emerging Markets: India Needs Narendra Modis Help

Both Indian exchange benchmark indexes collapsed today . I read the reason; Brent crude was up thus creating the specter of possible inflation. But we know the real reason. It’s the Taxation Department and the Minimum Alternate Tax that India insists levying on foreign...
Posted On 07 May 2015

What Rising Bond Yields Are Saying to the Forex Market

The forex market is highly sensitive to changes in interest rates, including expectations of future monetary policy, and this is why attention is being paid to the recent sharp rise in bond yields. It is not only the U.S. bond yields that are rising but others as well, most...
Posted On 07 May 2015

Greece And Its Economy: How Long Before It Snaps?

When elephants fight, it is the frogs that suffer. So goes an ancient Greek proverb, and so goes the present state of affairs in Greece. While the EU, IMF and the ultra-left wing government fight it out in the halls of power, it’s the little guy living in Greece that’s suffering....
Posted On 07 May 2015

This Deal Could Completely Change North American Energy Dynamics

By Alexis Arthur for The United States is edging towards an historic agreement to swap crude oil with Mexico. The deal is important as it brings some relief to US producers struggling with a light oil glut at home and for Mexican national oil company, Pemex, which is...
Posted On 07 May 2015

Frontier Markets: Nigeria At A Crossroads

In his weekly roundup of news  from Frontier Markets last week, Dan Keeler of the Wall Street Journal wrote about an oil audit that was recently completed by Nigeria’s outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan. As Keeler wrote, “The audit raised more questions than it answered.” But...
Posted On 05 May 2015