For more than two decades, technology has been a key player in the world of finance. From the dot-com crash of the early 2000s to the meteoric rise of FAANG stocks, big tech is never far from Wall Street’s collective psyche. This year has reminded us of the sector’s importance: As COVID-19 decimates markets in… Read more.
The 2020 outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has driven unprecedented participation in the global financial markets. Heavy daily traded volumes and extreme pricing volatility have become new norms. Although the risk profile is greatly enhanced, active traders are privy to rare opportunities.
Granularity is defined as “the state or quality of being composed of many individual pieces or elements.” In the world of fund managers, the term is used in reference to diversification. For active futures traders, granularity is all about managing exposure.
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Traders and investors from every corner of the globe consider the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) as an ideal way of engaging the broader U.S. equities market. In response to the public interest, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) offers S&P Emini futures to individuals wanting to take their shot at one of the premier… Read more.
The markets have reacted strangely to a number of events over the past two weeks.
It figures that just when it appeared as if positive equity market action and significant weakness in US Treasuries were about to confirm growth in the US economy, the US economic numbers turned sour.
Recent US economic data has shown some signs of improvement, with industrial production, housing starts and jobless claims all indicating positive progression.
While the markets might not believe that the oil producers’ deal to reduce output will be fulfilled, it does appear that US crude oil inventories are tightening and global demand is creeping higher.
The answer to the US hike/no hike question was not only “no-hike,” it was also combined with a much less hawkish forward view and suggestions that the US economy had more room to run.