Category Archives: Market Overview

Daily Analysis: Dollar Rebounds as Stocks Struggle at Key Levels

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2731 -0.08 % DAX 12,451 0.86% WTI Crude Oil 61.64 0.31% GOLD 1351.00 -0.32% Bitcoin 10030 -0.52% EUR/USD 1.2405 -0.78% The main US stock indices entered a crucial zone during the overnight session that we have been monitoring throughout the last two weeks, as the […]

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Pre-Market: US Stocks at Make-or-Break Levels as Euro Tests 40-Month Highs

Traders might be in for another exciting Friday session in the US, as although the coming Chinese year of the dog means that liquidity might be lower than usual, the aftermath of last week’s crash is in a crucial phase. The surge in cryptocurrencies also halted a bit, and all major asset classes look ripe for […]

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When It Comes to Peak Volatility, the VIX has Bitcoin Beat

When it comes to volatility, bitcoin is no match for the volatility index. The CBOE VIX, Wall Street’s preferred barometer of investor anxiety, just saw its ten-day volatility spike beyond any level bitcoin has seen over the past seven-and-a-half years. Record-Breaking Volatility The month of February has seen dramatic moves for the CBOE VIX. The […]

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Suffers Another Blow as Stock Rebound Continues

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2734 1.38% DAX 12,354 0.14% WTI Crude Oil 61.45 1.40% GOLD 1355.00 -0.17% Bitcoin 10050 8.52% EUR/USD 1.2501 0.41% It’s been a hectic day yet again in traditional financial assets amid the cryptocurrency rally, with yesterday’s trends generally continuing.  The Dollar got weaker against its […]

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Stock Rally Extends to Five Days as Jekyll and Hyde Trade Continues

U.S. stocks on Thursday extended their recovery to five days in a broad advance that touched virtually every major sector. With the gain, stocks have now clawed back more than half of last week’s violent selloff. Broad Gains on Wall Street Thursday saw yet another triple-digit gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The blue-chip […]

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Asian Market Update: Yen Hits Two-Year High as Regional Stocks Follow Wall Street’s Lead

Improved risk sentiment failed to deter the yen on Thursday, as its rally against the dollar deepened in the wake of stronger than expected U.S. inflation data. Yen’s Relentless Surge Continues The Japanese currency climbed to more than two-year highs against the dollar, extending its rally to four straight days. The USD/JPY exchange rate bottomed […]

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Dump & Pump-ed after US Inflation Beat

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2696 1.31% DAX 12,339 1.17% WTI Crude Oil 60.74 2.62% GOLD 1353.00 1.74% Bitcoin 9350 8.32% EUR/USD 1.2356 0.81% Another epic day in equities for day traders, another head-scratcher for the average investor, and another amusing one for the long-term players (are there any left??). […]

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Breaking News: US CPI Surges, The Inflation Monster is Really Here?

Last week’s crash in stocks has been preceded by several interesting events and changes in market behavior, aside from the exponentially rising trend in US equity indices, most notably in US Treasuries. The previously gradually rising bond yields started to climb in an accelerated fashion, with the promise of a new Fed Chair, the signs […]

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To the Moon!!

The Cryptocurrency world is full of clashes and rivalries but none is quite as prominent as the fight between Ripple Labs and Stellar Lumens. Both were founded in the city of San Francisco by the same man who founded the infamous Mt. Gox exchange, Mr. Jed McCaleb. After several ideological disputes with Ripple, Jed left […]

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Daily Analysis: Yen Surges as Stocks Bounce again before Crucial Inflation Report

Tuesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2661 0.24% DAX 12,197 -0.70% WTI Crude Oil 59.17 -0.22% GOLD 1331.00 0.39% Bitcoin 8600 -2.93% EUR/USD 1.2357 -0.53% Today’s session started out on a negative note in global markets, as the jump in the Japanese Yen, the traditional safe-haven currency, spooked equity investors who […]

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Daily Update: Stocks Rally for Third Straight Day as Investors Brace for Inflation Report

U.S. stocks shrugged off a weak open to finish strong on Tuesday, as markets extended their recovery from the worst selloff in years. However, a high-profile inflation report Wednesday morning could spark another mass exodus from the market should consumer prices pick up faster than expected. Stocks Rise with Most Sectors Contributing Wall Street on […]

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XIV Is Dead: Credit Suisse Pulling the Plug on Inverse Volatility Product

Selling volatility has been a sure money maker since Donald Trump was elected president some 14 months ago. But that all came undone last week when a jaw-dropping rise in the CBOE VIX obliterated one inverse volatility product. End of the Road for XIV Trading of the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-term exchange-traded note (XIV) […]

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Build Rally but Divergences Persist

Monday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2652 1.29% DAX 12,282 1.45% WTI Crude Oil 59.37 0.29% GOLD 1325.00 0.71% Bitcoin 8580 3.48% EUR/USD 1.2290 0.31% US stocks extended the gains of the late-Friday buying frenzy today, but a closer look reveals that most of the advance came from the overnight session, […]

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Market Recap: Dow Jumps 400 Points as Stocks Extend Recovery

U.S. stocks advanced Monday, with the major indexes bouncing back from one of their worst weekly performances since the financial crisis. Markets Show Signs of Stability The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 410.37 points, or 1.7%, to close at 24,601.27. All but two of its 30 index members finished higher, with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and […]

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Borrowing More to Pay Less

Yesterday the Dow Jones fell another 1000 points and this is turning out to be the worst stock “correction” in years. Zero interest rate policies in place by the United States and other countries have effectively made money very cheap to borrow, especially for large corporations. So, investors in Wall Street have been operating under […]

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Daily Analysis: An Epic Finish for an Epic Week

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2621 1.09% DAX 12,107 -1.25% WTI Crude Oil 59.06 -3.42% GOLD 1318.00 -0.61% Bitcoin 8580 3.48% EUR/USD 1.2250 -0.04% A heaven for traders, but a headache for the average investor. That is probably true for the this week’s market that had everything that “action-junkies” could […]

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Wall Street’s Selloff Quickly Spreads East as Nikkei, Shanghai Composite Fall Hard

Asian stocks posted huge losses at the start of Friday trading as a third round of Wall Street selloffs triggered fresh tumult in global markets. Asian Markets Follow U.S. Stocks to the Basement Equity markets were down at least 3% across Asia, with mainland China leading the decline. The Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index was […]

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Re-Crash as Dollar Rally Halts

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2600 -2.43% DAX 12,132 -3.58% WTI Crude Oil 60.54 -1.85% GOLD 1326.00 0.53% Bitcoin 8150 2.31% EUR/USD 1.2256 -0.01% Volatility is still the name of the game in global stock markets with equities being in the center of attention since the Monday crash. The major […]

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Daily Recap: Stock Market Collapse Highlights Perils of Shorting Volatility

Anxious traders dumped U.S. stocks on Thursday, as Wall Street’s perilous drop suddenly resumed following two days of calm. The outlook on equities has soured once again, leading many to question whether the so-called Trump reflation trade was fading after more than a year of record-breaking gains. Stocks Plunge The dreaded slide that gripped stock […]

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Let’s Trade this Vol

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang haven’t even started yet and already we’re seeing signs of mischief. It seems the Norwegian Olympic team’s 109 competitors were extremely hungry for success when they accidentally put in an order for 15,000 eggs. Apparently, something got lost in translation and instead of getting 1,500 eggs they ended up with […]

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Surges, Stocks Fail at Resistance, as Uncertainty Remains High

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2653 -1.76% DAX 12,590 1.62% WTI Crude Oil 61.74 -2.60% GOLD 1320.00 -0.67% Bitcoin 7700 1.37% EUR/USD 1.2265 -1.01% The aftershocks of the “Black Monday of 2018” are still clearly affecting the stock market, as volatility remained much higher than in the recent months, and […]

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Tesla in Space, The Global Market Bounce in Stocks and Cryptos

Looks like we’re one step closer to life on Mars. For those who haven’t seen, Elon Musk’s Space exploration company has just successfully completed the monumental task of launching the most powerful rocket of our generation, the Falcon Heavy. The first payload of the groundbreaking rocket was one of Musk’s own Tesla Roadsters. Here we […]

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Cryptocurrencies Bounce from Two-Month Bottom Following Senate Hearings

Cryptocurrencies bounced back on Tuesday in a session marked by extreme price fluctuations, as the U.S. Senate rekindled a long-standing debate about the market’s regulatory future. Altcoins Lead Broad Recovery The cryptocurrency market whipsawed before turning higher in afternoon trade, with bitcoin and all major altcoins recovering. Bitcoin briefly fell below $6,000, reaching levels not […]

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Where’s the Money Gone?

By now it is clear that we are in the throes of a historic market sell off. Money is flying off the table at a record-breaking pace and it’s affecting everything from stocks to bonds to commodities to cryptos. One of my colleagues asked a really smart question yesterday if everything is selling off where […]

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Futures Market Points to Another Massive Down Session on Tuesday

More than $1 trillion was wiped from U.S. stocks on ‘Black Monday’, triggering a massive global slide that has extended to Europe and Asia. If the futures market is any indication, Wall Street is in for another day of reckoning on Tuesday.. Futures Down Sharply Overnight U.S. stock futures were poised for another brutal drop […]

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Daily Analysis: Volatility Disaster Drives Stock-Crash

Monday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2611 -4.10% DAX 12,687 -3.75% WTI Crude Oil 63.61 -2.61% GOLD 1344.00 0.47% Bitcoin 7080 -15.12% EUR/USD 1.2382 -0.51% What we have been speculating on Friday, namely the possible implosion of the short-volatility strategies, played out today, as Friday’s decline turned into an outright crash […]

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Market Update: Black Monday 2018

Monday witnessed a selloff rarely seen in modern times, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 1,100 points and volatility surged by the most on record. The marked drop followed a Friday meltdown that quickly spread to Asia and Europe. Stocks Record Biggest Drop in 6 1/2 Years U.S. stocks are capping off […]

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Bears & Bubbles

The global multi-asset sell-off continues. Stocks, commodities, bonds, and even crypto continue to fall as investors are quite suddenly shying away from everything risky. The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil indeed predicted six more weeks of winter last Friday, but market participants seem a bit more concerned about a different animal that may now be emerging […]

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Daily Analysis: Continued Bond Rout Weighs on Stocks amid Crypto Bloodbath

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2762 -2.12% DAX 12,785 -1.65% WTI Crude Oil 65.14 -1.14% GOLD 1333.00 -0.98% Bitcoin 8505 -4.12% EUR/USD 1.2461 -0.32% A very busy day indeed… Traditional financial markets had one their busiest days in recent memory, as stock markets spiraled lower throughout the session, with the […]

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Check Your Shadow

Happy Groundhog Jobs Day!! February 2nd is marked on many calendars as a uniquely superstitious holiday in which a rodent named Phil who lives in Pennsylvania will decide if we’re ready for Spring or if we get six more weeks of winter. This tradition comes at an auspicious time for the financial markets. The irregularities […]

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What’s the Big Deal?

So everybody seems to be worried about this issue with Tether. If you’re not familiar with the situation, here’s an excellent article that explains the whole story. Several clients have already approached me asking what the ramifications could be, but honestly, I really don’t see the big deal. Firstly, the US Government has been creating […]

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Daily Analysis: Markets Calm Down after Slightly Hawkish Fed Statement

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2832 0.39% DAX 13,189 -0.08% WTI Crude Oil 65.02 1.83% GOLD 1348.00 0.44% Bitcoin 10,049 -0.82% EUR/USD 1.2417 0.12% Financial markets were choppy throughout the day, as it is usual on Fed days, as the correction of the last couple of days dominated sentiment among […]

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Daily Analysis: Volatility Spikes to 5-Month High as Stocks Fall by 2%

Tuesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2822 -1.09% DAX 13,197 -0.95% WTI Crude Oil 63.92 -2.43% GOLD 1342.00 -0.24% Bitcoin 10,190 -9.71% EUR/USD 1.2402 0.16% It’s hard to overstate the extreme nature of the price action in stocks in recent months, as the low level of volatility, the lofty valuations, the […]

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South Korea’s New Trading Rules Trigger Renewed Volatility for Bitcoin

Bitcoin declined sharply on Tuesday, leading a broad downtrend in the crypto market as South Korea moved to implement new regulations governing domestic exchanges. Bitcoin’s Descent The world’s most actively traded cryptocurrency became much cheaper on Tuesday as prices briefly fell below $10,000 on the major exchanges. At its lowest, bitcoin reached $9,839 for a […]

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(+) It’s a Shake Up

For the first time in a long while, things are getting interesting across all the financial markets. From stocks to bonds, to currencies and commodities and even crypto. Even though the volatility levels are far from historic, this type of increased movement across assets can easily lead to something greater. So it pays to keep […]

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Retreat from Record Highs as Dollar Rebounds

Monday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2852 -0.67% DAX 13324 -0.12% WTI Crude Oil 65.35 -0.42% GOLD 1345.00 -0.21% Bitcoin 11,124 -5.59% EUR/USD 1.2376 -0.30% US stocks had a surprisingly bearish day, without no real negative catalysts, as bonds had a volatile session that weighed on equity prices as well. As […]

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Top Cryptos See Red at the Start of Tuesday Session

Global cryptocurrencies shed market cap on Tuesday, reversing a modest rally at the start of the week and signaling continued downside risk following multiple corrections. Sea of Red Nine of the ten largest cryptocurrencies by market cap traded lower on Tuesday, with losses generally ranging between 4% and 8%. Bitcoin, whose share of the total […]

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Simple on the Surface

Over the weekend we bid farewell to a rather interesting character. Though his past is hardly clean there’s a lot we can learn from Ikea’s founder Ingvar Kamprad. His personal affiliation with the Nazi party and use of political prison laborers between 1960 and 1990 will discount him from going down in history as a […]

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Surge to New All-Time Highs Despite GDP Miss

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2874 1.19% DAX 13340 0.35% WTI Crude Oil 66.12 1.08% GOLD 1348.00 -1.06% Bitcoin 10,870 -4.29% EUR/USD 1.2427 0.24% Markets ended a busy week in a very volatile fashion, although focus shifted somewhat from currencies to stocks following the forex-rollercoaster of Thursday. US stocks recovered […]

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Daily Analysis: Trump Unleashes Dollar Short Squeeze

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2843 0.11% DAX 13298 -0.85% WTI Crude Oil 65.12 -0.42% GOLD 1348.00 -0.61% Bitcoin 11,200 -2.05% EUR/USD 1.2390 -0.20% Forex markets remained in focus today throughout the session, as the Davos meeting continued to provide bombshells, igniting spectacular moves in the major fiat currencies. The […]

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Many Great Things to Come

Many thanks for all the comments and feedback from yesterday’s blog about my trip. Many of you were asking to be more specific about the information that I received there. So I did want to let you know that most of what I did was more networking and meeting people than anything else. In line […]

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Suffers Another Major Blow as Precious Metals and Oil Surge

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2835 -0.99% DAX 13,414 -1.05% WTI Crude Oil 65.78 1.32% GOLD 1357.00 0.71% Bitcoin 11,310 3.71% EUR/USD 1.1395 0.60% The early year trends that have been dominating financial markets continued in earnest today, although the US stock market’s march to new all-time highs ran into […]

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Bitcoin is Back

There is a world of difference between speculation and implementation but they are connected. Even though price movements can be incredibly distracting they do serve to drive excitement in the market and attract new people to this exciting field, which does lead directly to more implementation. For example, according to a recent report, there are […]

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Better Early Than Never: OPEC, Cryptos, & BoJ

The US Government failed to reach any sort of deal to approve a budget last Friday. If there’s no budget there’s no money to pay government employees or to keep things open. Welcome to Day 1 of the US Government Shutdown. (Technically, the shutdown started on Friday night but short of a last minute arrangement, […]

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Living in a Fractured World

We can see it manifest in several European countries at the moment. In the United States, it’s playing out on the grand stage at this very moment with the entire world watching. Governments are simply not functioning as they should. People to the left and to the right are increasingly supporting radical parties and candidates. […]

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What We Know So Far About Vitalik Buterin’s New DAICO Fundraising Model

The founder of Ethereum recently proposed a new crowdfunding model designed to minimize the risks associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs). Introducing DAICO In a post on the Ethereum Research Forum earlier this month, Vitalik Buterin outlined a method for merging ICOs with some of the benefits of the DAO. The end result is a […]

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