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Iron Ore

Is This The New Normal for Iron Ore?

Commodities are adjusting to the reality that the peak years of the China-driven commodity super-cycle are over.  With China producing…

US Growth 2015

The Arguments for Abandoning a Zero Rate Policy

  There is a very good probability, perhaps 60 percent, that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will move at its April…

Federal Reserve

Monday Outlook: Fed Meeting and GDP

  The expectation remains that the Fed will raise its benchmark interest rate this year. The question is when. The…

European Central Bank

Monday Outlook: What Will the ECB Do?

  It’s a holiday-shortened week for U.S. markets as we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Policy will be closely…


Infographic: The Remarkable Growth of Options on Futures

  On October 15, 2014, CME Group’s overall volume set a new daily record of more than 39 million contracts….

Today's Number 2014 Volume

Today’s Number: More Than $1 Quadrillion Traded in 2014

  At the start of 2014, any discussion about trade volumes usually referenced a “return to volatility.” Futures volumes were…


Monday Outlook: Oil’s Economic Impact

  It’s a week heavy on Fed speeches and purchasing data. As the market continues to absorb a solid U.S….

RMB World

Can The Renminbi Become a Global Currency?

Over the past four years, China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB), has increasingly made its presence felt in global foreign exchange…


Monday Outlook: Hello 2015

  It’s a new week, month, quarter and year. Appropriately, the first full week of 2015 begins with some heavily…

Financial top posts

Our Top 5 Financial Posts of 2014

  The S&P 500 reached 53 new record highs in 2014. The continued patience from the Fed on raising rates…

Commodity Posts 2015

Our Top 5 Commodity Posts of 2014

  Whether it was the glut of supply in oil and grain markets, or shrinking herds in some livestock markets,…


Monday Outlook: Looking at Case-Shiller Index

  It’s the end of the year, and with that comes some of the year’s final major economic reports and…