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$1b Fine for JP Morgan Manipulation of Precious Metals

Posted | 24-Sep-2020 / Views | 897
Nearly 2 years after we first reported it here, JP Morgan finally look set to pay for the manipulation of precious metals markets for their benefit.  From Bloomberg: “JPMorgan Chase & Co. is poised to pay close to $1 billion to resolve market manipulation investigations by U.S. authorities into its trading of metals future... Read More...

The Truth Behind “Highest Household Wealth”

Posted | 23-Sep-2020 / Views | 881
In a world where news often comes in small byte headlines one could be deceived into thinking things are better than they are without a little critical thought or at least a deeper dive in to the story.  Case in point “US Household Wealth Hits Record High” that we saw yesterday.  Talk about a V shaped recovery! ... Read More...

COVID – Killing Banks, Boosting Bitcoin

Posted | 22-Sep-2020 / Views | 890
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the established norm on its head with many businesses and industries still bleeding.   As banks struggle in the post-COVID world, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have seen a pandemic-led acceleration of adoption, which experts expect to snowball in size as we continue through the current state... Read More...

Global Debt – Biggest Jump Ever

Posted | 21-Sep-2020 / Views | 1457
BIS (Bank for International Settlements) has released its global debt report and Bank of America has summarised it.  Whilst regular readers shouldn’t be surprised by the results, there are some remarkable movements and results, and Australia holds its unenviable “2nd Worst in the World” crown.  Trading Economics ... Read More...

Jobs Reality and the V Shaped Recovery

Posted | 18-Sep-2020 / Views | 954
Another sea of red on Wall St last night with everything sold off.  The reasons are not completely clear but it would appear to be a mixture of the Fed not being dovish enough yesterday (we want MOAR!) and worse than expected US initial jobless claim numbers. In a world where everything is relative, the market had been high fiving over... Read More...

Jobs Reality and the V Shaped Recovery

Posted | 18-Sep-2020 / Views | 199
Another sea of red on Wall St last night with everything sold off.  The reasons are not completely clear but it would appear to be a mixture of the Fed not being dovish enough yesterday (we want MOAR!) and worse than expected US initial jobless claim numbers. In a world where everything is relative, the market had been high fiving over weekly ... Read More...

No Recovery until 2023

Posted | 17-Sep-2020 / Views | 1245
Last night the US Fed confirmed it was keeping near zero interest rates until 2023 and would continue with at least the current indefinite $120b per month QE program ($80b US Treasuries and $40b Mortgage Backed Securities).  So to be clear, things are SO bad they need to stimulate for 3 more years and yet shares in companies gener... Read More...

Math, Risk and Return of Capital

Posted | 16-Sep-2020 / Views | 1091
After this recent Wall St correction the futures markets are telling us the herd are now bullish again with short interest on the NYSE falling sharply.  As Real Investment Advice’s Lance Roberts tweeted below, that leaves little room for tolerance of any unexpected further falls: Such a setup implies the market sees that c... Read More...

DeFi – Undoubtedly the Future

Posted | 15-Sep-2020 / Views | 1234
Decentralised finance, or DeFi, aims to give users an alternative by removing the need to trust centralised parties and traditional financial institutions by opening its doors to the world. This is achieved by building digital services in an open, permissionless, and decentralised manner.    By removing the intermediary an... Read More...

“All Time High Fragility” – Handle with Care

Posted | 14-Sep-2020 / Views | 1210
There is a tonne of investor cash looking for a home in markets at a time where there are no clear safe bets.  The central banks’ low interest rate policy and increasing fear of holding cash in a bank has formed a predicament for those in this ‘situation’.   Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimate that money ma... Read More...