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US Dollar – The Rodney Dangerfield of Currency

After S&P downgraded the debt outlook of the US, the stock market sneezed, drank some high liquidity kool-aid, and then regained a lot of its lost ground. The real interesting phenomenon of course, was in the bond market, where market … Continue reading

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What If QE2 Ends On Schedule?

QE2, the program that the bi-winning Fed started last November to buy $600 billion of US Treasuries, is scheduled to end in late June. While the market is still priced for a continuing QE2 or a QE3 program, some people … Continue reading

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Yen Is Back As The Carry-Trade Currency

After Japan’s tsunami disaster, Yen surged on the assumption that Japanese companies and individuals will repatriate their overseas investments back home, causing high demand of Yen, thus warrant a strengthening in the currency. This happened even in the face of … Continue reading

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The Fed is Bi-Winning!

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke gave a speech on Monday (Apr 4, 2011) at a conference hosted by the Atlantic Fed, of which he said: “I think the increase [on inflation] will be transitory, that it will pass, and we will … Continue reading

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When Inflation Wreck Havoc on Earnings

Earnings season is coming up again, with Alcoa (NYSE: AA) kicking it off on April 11. It will then be followed by J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM) on April 13, with many more to come. While inflation was of no concern … Continue reading

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G7 Can Do More For Yen

One of the casualties of the Japan earthquake and tsunami was Yen, Japan’s currency. Rather than tanking because of the extra liquidity Bank of Japan provided for the market, Yen surged against all other currencies instead. In this case, traders … Continue reading

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