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McConnell urges White House not to strike a coronavirus stimulus deal with Peolosi

Even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reach a deal on a new coronavirus rescue and stimulus package sometime in the next week or two, it will die in the Senate if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has anything to say about it. Today at a private meeting with other Republican Senators, […]

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Downward momentum in stocks looks stalled–trend depends on news flow and the dollar

Today, Monday, September 28, as of 1:15 p.m. New York time the Standard & Poor's 500 was up 1.60% to trade at 3352.78. Along with Friday's 1.60% gain in the index, I think that shows the market's downward momentum stalled for the moment. Only for the moment, though, since there's just so much pending news […]

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If the dollar gets stronger, it won’t be good news for emerging market assets

The weak dollar of the past few months has been a boon to emerging market assets. It has made the dollar-denominated interest payments that many companies in these economies need to make cheaper in local currency terms. It has helped support financial assets in emerging markets  as U.S. dollar investors see prices rising in dollar […]

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Gold hits a record: Now what?

Spot gold hit an all-time high today to close at $1991.40 an ounce. In July gold rose 11%, the most since 2012. And now even investors and traders who never own gold are looking at the metal and say, "Should I buy? Will it rally some more?" In my opinion it's late to jump on […]

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Selling Japanese yen ETF out of Jubak Picks Portfolio

A while back I sold the Invesco Currency Shares Japanese Yen ETF (FXY) out of my Perfect Five ETF Portfolio because I was looking for more diversification in that limited five ETF portfolio. (I replaced it with the iShares Large Cap China ETF (FXI) on April 20, 2020. That ETF is up 6.51% as of […]

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Fed move leaves yen as last safe haven standing

The Japanese yen soared 2% Monday after the Federal Reserve announced that it would cut interest rates and add $700 billion to its balance sheet by buying Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. The dollar is down 0.66% today against the DXY Spot Index, a basket of major trade currencies. (0.66% is a huge move in the […]

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Stocks fall, Treasuries climb on signs that respiratory virus in China is now spreading person to person

News that a mysterious respiratory virus in China has infected medical workers, a sign that the virus has entered a new phase wherein it spreads from person to person, rocked Asian financial markets today. The death toll has climbed to six and China today raised the number of confirmed cases to 291. The outbreak is reminiscent […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

...a short week of trading (duh!) without much going on (not even on the impeachment news front). But going into the new year, I'd advise watching the U.S. dollar. With optimism rising that the U.S. and China will at least reach a trade truce and that global trade will pick up in 2020, the dollar […]

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The markets say “Happy Holidays!”

This morning it doesn't matter that the Part 1 U.S.-China trade agreement isn't signed and that we don't have more than the bare, vague outlines of the deal. This morning it doesn't matter that the smashing Conservative Party victory in the United Kingdom elections left all the tough negotiations on the trading, regulatory, and financial […]

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Powell refuses chance to say the Fed is on interest rate hold through 2020

Given a chance to say that the Federal Reserve will keep its interest rate policy on hold through 2020, Fed chair Jerome Powell refused to take the bait at this morning's testimony in front of the congressional Joint Economic Committee.  “We see the current stance of monetary policy as likely to remain appropriate as long […]

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