Hedge Fund Managers Look To Europe For Outsized Gains

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Europe is back on the map. That was one of the main takeaways last week from the SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, where $3 trillion in assets was represented.
NYSE:VGK May 22, 2017 4:13pm

The 5 Costliest Financial Regulations of the Past 20 Years: A Timeline

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Last year, the Federal Register—the U.S. government’s depository of rules and regulations—hit an all-time high of 81,640 pages. Among the industries that bear the greatest regulatory oversight is financials, which has seen a disproportionate amount of scrutiny in recent years, especially following the 9/11 attacks and subprime mortgage crisis.
NYSE:XLF May 19, 2017 6:48am

An Unexpected Change in Gold’s Seasonal Trading Pattern

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Here at the outset, I want to share with you an interesting observation we made last week of gold’s seasonal trading pattern. As you can see in the chart below, based on data provided by Moore Research Center, the five-year pattern, represented by the orange line, is diverging from the longer-term trends.
NYSE:GLD May 15, 2017 1:16pm

Should Investors Be Worried About Disappearing U.S. Stocks?

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In the last 20 years, the U.S. stock market has undergone an alarming change that too few people are aware of or talking about. Between 1996 and 2016, the number of listed companies fell by half, from 7,300 to 3,600, according to a recent report by Credit Suisse. This occurred despite the U.S. economy growing nearly 60 percent over the same period.
NYSE:IVV May 9, 2017 11:14am

European Manufacturers On A Tear On Weaker Euro

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At the start of the second quarter, the eurozone’s manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace in six years, climbing from 56.2 in March to 56.7 in April and marking the eighth straight month of expansion. Of the eight eurozone countries that IHS Markit surveys, only Greece failed to show any improvement during the month.
NYSE:VGK May 8, 2017 3:14pm

Can Too Much Money Go Into One ETF?

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When billions of dollars flow into an ETF, it’s safe to assume this is because of its popularity among investors. The VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), which invests heavily in junior gold miners around the world, can attest to this kind of popularity, with some $1.5 billion flowing into it this year alone. Total assets jumped 60 percent in 2017 to over $5 billion.
NYSE:GDXJ May 5, 2017 12:06pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Would Benefit Greatly From Trump’s Tax Overhaul

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending Evercore ISI’s Energy Policy & Geopolitics Conference in Washington, D.C., where I visited with senior staff responsible for infrastructure and energy decision-making. The meetings were encouraging and highly instructive, and they opened my eyes up to some of the lesser-known inner workings of the government.
INDEXDJX:.DJI May 1, 2017 3:06pm

Can Trump Deliver On His Fiscal Reform Promises?

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This week I will be in Washington, D.C., attending Evercore ISI’s Energy Policy & Geopolitics Conference, where I will be visiting senior staff from the White House infrastructure team and House Energy and Commerce Committee.
NYSE:XLF April 24, 2017 4:05pm

China’s New Special Economic Zone Evokes Memories of Shenzhen

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Forty years ago, Shenzhen, China, was a sleepy fishing village of 30,000. But in 1980, then-Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping designated the southern town as one of four special economic zones (SEZs), thereby giving it special tax benefits and preferential treatment to foreign investment.
NYSE:FXI April 20, 2017 6:30am

Millennial Homebuyers Finally Entering the Housing Market

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April is New Homes Month, and to celebrate, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shared some of the significant contributions housing provides to the U.S. economy.
NYSE:XHB April 17, 2017 5:11pm

Rising Inflation Is Nothing But Bullish For Gold

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As I told Daniela Cambone during last week’s edition of Gold Game Film, lumber's big upswing is all very constructive for the price of gold, which has historically been used as a hedge during periods of rising inflation.
NYSE:GLD

Lumber Futures Surge In Latest Inflationary Signal

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As if you need more proof that inflation is finally starting to pick up, lumber prices rose to a 12-year high last week, supported mainly by expectations that steep duties will soon be levied on cheap softwood imports from Canada.
NASDAQ:WOOD

Trump Now Seems More Bullish For China Than Anyone Had Imagined

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Crisis averted—for now. Last week President Donald Trump met for the first time with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his luxury Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago, where the two leaders discussed North Korea and trade, among other topics.
NASDAQ:MCHI April 12, 2017 10:35am

South Africa Remains A Long-Term Overhang For Gold Miners

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Last week I returned from Zurich, where I spoke at the European Gold Forum. Investor sentiment for the yellow metal was particularly strong on negative real interest rates and heightened geopolitical uncertainty in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and South Africa. A poll taken during the conference showed that 85 percent of attendees were bullish on gold, with a forecast of $1,495 an ounce by the end of the year.
NYSE:GDX April 10, 2017 3:24pm

Can Trump Dig Coal Out Of Its Decades-Long Slump?

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Flanked by coal workers, President Donald Trump signed the American Energy Independence Executive Order last week, directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s signature environmental policy.
NYSE:KOL April 3, 2017 3:06pm

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