Expect China’s Huge Commodity Demand To Continue In 2017

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China saw its producer price index (PPI) in December rise 5.5 percent, its fastest pace in more than five years and fourth consecutive positive reading after 54 straight negative ones.
NYSE:DBC January 18, 2017 7:40am

Small Business Optimism Soars Under Trump: Good For Small Caps?

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President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to lower taxes and slash regulations is working wonders for business optimism here in the U.S. Last month, the Index of Small Business Optimism soared a phenomenal 7.4 points to 105.8, its highest reading since 2004.
NYSE:IWM

France’s Economic Recovery Hampered By Onerous Regulation

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France reported last week that its summer hosting of Euro 2016, Europe’s soccer championships, added $1.26 billion to its economy. This is good news, for sure, and worth celebrating.
NYSE:EWQ

California Municipal Bond Demand Is Surging

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California's economy just surpassed France’s in size. Say what you will about the state and some of its colorful residents, it’s successful because it recognizes talent and fosters an environment in which innovation and entrepreneurism can thrive.
NYSE:MUB

Commodities Were Extremely Strong Last Year, And 2017 Should Be Bullish Too

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Commodities were the second-best asset class last year because manufacturers and trade are showing improvement.
NYSE:DBC January 9, 2017 3:42pm

Gold Is Undervalued, And That’s Great News For Precious Metals Funds

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You could say gold miners struck gold in 2016. The group, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, finished the year up an amazing 55 percent, handily beating all other asset classes shown below.
NYSE:GLD

Gold Technically Oversold, Ready for a Price Reversal

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In more ways than one, 2016 was a roller coaster year. One need only look at gold’s performance to confirm this. After rallying more than 30 percent in the first half, the precious metal stalled in the days before the U.S. election, then retreated on a weekly basis, under pressure from a strengthening dollar and tightening monetary policy.
NYSE:GLD December 28, 2016 1:37pm

With Gold Down 12% Since Election Day, It’s Time To Rebalance

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For only the second time since 2008, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates last week, surprising no one. Although the 25 basis point lift was in line with expectations, markets took some time to digest the news that three rate hikes—not two, as was earlier expected—were likely to happen in 2017.
NYSE:GLD December 20, 2016 6:35am

What Are the Risks of a U.S.-China Trade War?

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Risk is one of my all-time favorite board games. It’s among the very few that’s equal parts strategy and luck, and the stakes can’t get much higher than total world domination.
NYSE:FXI

Here’s Why Warren Buffett Likes Airlines So Much Right Now

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Last month we learned that Warren Buffett bought shares of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, according to Berkshire Hathaway’s third-quarter regulatory filings. He also confirmed that he purchased Southwest Airlines stock as well. If we look at the Dow Jones U.S. Airlines Index year-to-date, these allocations appear to have been well-timed.
NYSE:JETS December 14, 2016 11:28am

Trumpflation Should Be Good For Gold

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Inflation can be understood as the destruction of a currency’s purchasing power. To combat this, investors, central banks and families have historically stored a portion of their wealth in gold. I call this the Fear Trade.
NYSE:GLD December 12, 2016 4:34pm

As Cuba Languished Under Castro, Singapore Flourished

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On Friday, November 25, Fidel Castro died at age 90. The former revolutionary and hardline dictator of Cuba was among the 20th century’s longest-serving leaders, third only to Elizabeth II and Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who passed away in October.
NYSE:EWS November 29, 2016 4:15pm

China’s Improving Economic Data Signals Big Growth Ahead

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A wave of positive economic data suggests the Chinese economy is stabilizing and that business confidence is improving. The country’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which measures the health of its manufacturing industry, rose to 51.2 in October, handily beating economists’ estimates of 50.3.
NYSE:FXI November 7, 2016 5:43pm

Forget Everything You Know About Presidential Elections

hillary-clintonSo here we are, eight days before America picks its poison, with most national polls showing a win for Hillary Clinton. If she pulls it off, she’ll become not only the first woman and first first lady to rise to the country’s highest office but also the first Democrat to succeed another two-term Democrat since Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in 1837.
NYSE:VOO October 31, 2016 12:50pm

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