Market Monitor

Corn Futures Overview and recent developments

Corn futures are exchange-traded contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and are amongst the top 5 most-commonly traded commodity futures. Corn is the most widely grown crop across the United States, and corn futures contracts are the most active commodity in grains and oilseeds. Corn’s major use is to serve as livestock and […]

The recent Ruble paradox

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there was a steady decline of the Russian Ruble against all major currencies. On March 7th, the Ruble hit a new low of about 137 against the US Dollar. Lately it seems oddly enough that the Ruble is back despite the flurry of sanctions imposed by the West against […]

Weaker Yen and the Japanese economy

The Japanese yen (JPY) has been experiencing a freefall for the last few weeks amid the country’s dovish monetary policy and central banker’s Kuroda insistence that a weak yen is not harming the economy. Japan’s top currency diplomat Masato Kanda said a weak yen has both merits and demerits for the economy due to the […]

Long – Short Strategy Analysis

The times we are going through are very challenging for all investors. Everyone is seeking to build solid investment portfolios by employing risk mitigation strategies to navigate through the tough, volatile and turbulent economic environment. One such risk-mitigating method that investors may choose to employ, is the long-short strategy. Many funds today employ this strategy […]

Is the recent inversion of US yield curve a reason for concern?

Since World War II every yield curve inversion was followed by a recession in the following 6-18 months, and recessions are naturally correlated with decreased stock market returns. When the return of the 10-Year note is lower than the 2-Year note, that points to a negative outlook in investor confidence and a reluctance from them […]

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