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Is the circus in Washington beginning to weigh on the markets? To date Washington has been viewed nothing other than a freak show, a made for reality TV and cable show. Has all crossed over the proverbial lines? Perhaps the only concrete statement to make...

Will political uncertainty begin to weigh upon equity prices? The world is dramatically changing. The EU holds elections in May and right of center parties are expected to capture over a third of the seats. France’s President Macron is desperately appealing to...

Equities have traded to the highest level since November on trade optimism. Equities were also encouraged from Chinese policy that would focus on growth as opposed to leverage. Oil declined after the President tweeted that crude prices were too high. Several third tier statistics are...

In my view there is a distinct relationship between passive investing and politics. It was reported yesterday that BlackRock and Vanguard—the dominant purveyors of passive investing--captured 57% of net global equity inflows in 2018. Inflows however dropped 70% from 2017. Passive investing...

Equities surged on Friday on trade and consumer optimism. The markets ignored the controversies in Washington believing at this juncture DC is nothing but a freak show. Oil continued its advance, rising to three month highs on the belief that ...

Equities fluctuated on volume about 15% lower than average. The S & P 500 broached the 200 day moving average for the first time since early December. Earnings and economic data were mixed. Speaking of earnings, analysts are now ...

As widely noted many hedge funds and quantitative investors are on the sidelines because of market volatility. This pessimism has also spread to ETF investors for they have yanked about $4 billion from funds thus far this year. Bloomberg writes that this is unusual given...