ETF Securities Research Blog

OPEC-rally likely to be short-lived

OPEC together with its non-OPEC partners today decided to extend their production curbs to the end of 2018. With only luke-warm support from Russia heading into the meeting, doubts had formed earlier in the week as to whether the cartel will be able to pull it off.
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Is Bitcoin a reversion to the gold standard?

“We have gold because we cannot trust governments.” President Herbert Hoover famously commented. Many investors are buying bitcoin for precisely this reason and feel that central bank intervention is devaluing fiat currencies. Others invest because the potential widespread acceptance and usability of Bitcoin will see prices rise over time.

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Is dovishness dead at the Fed?

Economists are notorious for sitting on the fence and Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Yellen is no different: her latest speech spent part of the time focussing on the possibility that the Fed underestimated the weakness of the price and labour market dynamics and the other part highlighting that policy shouldn’t move too slowly to offset potential inflation pressure. However, the more hawkish tone of Chair Yellen’s comments underpinned a rise in bond yields and the US Dollar (USD): two trends which we expect to continue.

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Deflating the ECB’s bond ‘balloon’

European bond yields are hovering near the lowest levels in history, but we believe it is not a bubble in the traditional sense. Yields are artificially low, driven by extraordinary levels of stimulus from the ECB. In this framework, we would characterise the situation as a bond balloon, not a bond bubble. Read more…