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Well, so much for the Big Bazooka.  Through last week, European banks had only borrowed €82.6 billion of the €400 billion that ECB President Mario Draghi had pledged to make available via his Targeted Longer-Term Refinancing Operations (“TLTRO”). If you need a refresher, you...
Here we go again.  Hand-wringing over the Fed’s tightening schedule has caused a sell-off in bonds and all things income related.  After falling for most of July and August, the 10-year Treasury yield has jumped to over 2.6% on speculation that the Fed may start tightening...
We are officially in uncharted waters.  The biggest macro risk right now for the markets is not the Fed or European Central Bank…or ISIS or even Vladimir Putin.  No, the biggest macro risk is the mood of Scottish voters. Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK will...
Russia has been stealing most of the emerging market headlines over the past six months and particularly this week, as Russia and Ukraine appear to have reached a ceasefire deal.   I recommended the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) in July following the post-MH17 selloff, and...
If you’ve been investing very long, you no doubt understand the importance of having a solid system in place. By “system” I’m not referring to a secret black box or to technical rules, though both can be valid approaches in the right hands.  I am speaking far more broadly. ...
The crisis in Ukraine lingers on—yet Russian stocks have quietly rallied to new multi-week highs. After falling to as low as $23.00 in early August, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) closed Thursday at $24.61—a rally of 7%. The reversal is driven by mounting evidence that...
It was a game of chicken, and neither side blinked.  Argentina and its holdout creditors failed to reach an agreement, and as a result Argentina defaulted Wednesday night, the second time it has done so in 13 years. On Thursday, the Global X FTSE Argentina ETF (ARGT) was...
Here we go again.  First, the U.S. puts new sanctions on Russia, limiting the ability of Russian companies to raise capital in the United States.  Then—and much more disturbingly—a commercial airliner crashed in Eastern Ukraine.  News is still dribbling in at time of writing,...
With the 10-year Treasury yield back to just 2.5% at time of writing, it’s time to do a little digging for income investments.  An ideal income investment is one whose cash payout is regular and dependable.   Of course, it helps when the stock’s payout schedule also happens...
I’ve grown to like World Cup soccer or, at least, tolerate it.  Though to be honest, I didn’t have much of a choice.  Being married to a South American woman, I had two options: Either embrace the impassioned screaming at my living room TV in Spanish or resign myself to a...
You could write a morality play about Argentina’s debt woes.  A vengeful market has never forgiven the country’s original sin of debt default in 2002.  Argentina spent years running away from its debts, even running to the likes of the late Hugo Chavez for funding.   The...
For the first time in years, Iraq news is moving the markets again.  Turkish stocks took a beating on Wednesday, with the iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (TUR) shedding 5.2%.  The apparent reason?  Armed militants from the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”)...
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