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Big Tech Fraud Alert (4 min read)

By John Tierney | July 10, 2019

When it comes to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, and Microsoft – or the FAANG+M complex – most of us love (or at least can’t live without) their products. Yet their uncanny ability to track our behaviour online and their

Should Central Bankers Follow the Two-Century Inflation Target? (2 min read)

By Bilal Hafeez | July 10, 2019

This year, headline inflation has averaged 1.7% in the US, 1.4% in the Euro-area, and 0.5% in Japan. Therefore, years after the financial crisis and despite, in many cases, low levels of unemployment, inflation is struggling to move to 2%

The Struggle To Overcome Pension Deficits (3 min read)

By Jason Simpson | July 4, 2019

Pity those poor pension fund trustees. This past week has seen the 10y gilt yield drop to around the 70bp level, its lowest since the end of Q3, 2016. Falling yields, the discount rate for a defined benefit pension fund’s

Deep Dives

The Post-Globalisation Economic Model (4 min read)

September 11, 2019

  Dani Rodrick. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018), 336pp. Reviewed by Bilal Hafeez.   The Post-Globalisation Economic Model Harvard economist

Factor Premia: The Best Long-Term Investment Strategy? (5 min read)

September 11, 2019

The holy grail of financial market investing is to find investment or trading rules that consistently make money over time. And while no one has found a rule that always

Gamma, Gamma, Gamma: A Move after Midnight (6 min read)

September 11, 2019

Thorsten Roland Wegener spent twenty years trading equity derivatives and was a partner at Bear Stearns. Currently, he teaches as well as cooking, driving, and cleaning lots. His biggest professional

Best of the Web

Economists are Bad at Predicting Recessions (FiveThirtyEight, 4 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) Senior writer Amelia Thomson-Deveaux explores evidence from a recent study by Loungani et al. who looked at 153 recessions in 63 countries between 1992 and 2014 and found that the majority were

Dollars and Sense: The Sterling Depreciation and UK Price Competitiveness (Vox EU, 4 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) The large depreciation of the sterling by 12% following the Brexit referendum of 2016 yet to revert. This article discusses research from Giancarlo Corsetti, a Professor of Macroeconomics at Cambridge, which looks

Currency Wars and the Fall of Empires (Coppola Comment, 6 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) This in-depth piece by Frances Coppola, financial writer, explores and criticises James Rickards’ book Currency Wars. The book takes a largely American perspective, reviewing fiat currency over the last century. Coppola believes Rickard

Podcasts

Dr. Anas Alhajji: Oil Market Update (Macro Voices, 27 min listen)

September 17, 2019

(You can listen to the podcast by clicking here) In this episode, energy markets expert Dr. Anas Alhajji interprets recent structural changes in the upper echelon of Saudi Arabia that might impact the global oil market. He stressed that the

Louis-Vincent Gave: Last Week’s Dislocation Between Value and Growth (Macro Voices, 18 min listen)

September 17, 2019

(You can listen to the podcast by clicking here) CEO of Gavekal Research, Louis-Vincent Gave sees a massive outperformance of growth stocks, tech stocks, and US stocks, all of which investors should be sensitive to. His clients are confused –

The “Liquification” of Private Markets is Underway (Bloomberg Markets P&L, 28 min listen)

September 17, 2019

(You can listen to the podcast by clicking here) In this wide-ranging episode, Christopher Wolfe from First Republic Private Wealth Management talks about how equities in the US public market are now yielding lower returns, and how the low cost

China Digest from the Web

How Exposed are U.S. Investors to China? (Seafarer Funds, 5 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) Nicholas Borst, Director of China Research at Seafarer, de-mystifies the actual positions that US investors hold in the Chinese capital markets. ‘Foreign Direct Investments’ (FDIs) into China have nearly doubled since March

China’s Hong Kong Dilemma (The New Yorker, 3 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) The protests and conflicts in Hong Kong have been escalating since they began in June. Being unable to find a mutually satisfying solution could have disastrous consequences for the Beijing government both

Flailing at China (Project Syndicate, 4 min read)

August 29, 2019

(You can read the article by clicking here) Professor Stephen Roach discusses how changes in China’s economic policies shaped his course, ‘The Next China’, at Yale University. To address the ‘Four UNs’ (unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unsustainable) that may undermine

Investor Positioning

August 20, 2019

Forecasts: US 10y Yields

August 20, 2019

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