The United States: Is the FOMC’s projection for the Fed Funds rate at the end of 2020 way too optimistic? Many economists and the market do not expect rate hikes during that year because growth is likely to slow by then. Some economists even expect the Fed to cut rates in 2020.
Equity Markets: Valuations of US energy companies are approaching those of the broader market.
Rates: Treasury implied volatility (MOVE) has been low relative to the US stock market volatility (VIX).
Energy Markets: The crude oil volatility skew is now ‘skewed’ in the other direction amid demand for call options.
The Eurozone: Is the Eurozone at risk of deflation as a result of a strong euro? Here is a comparison to Japan in the 1990s.
Global Developments: This chart shows average investor portfolio allocations by country. US investors seem to be the most aggressive.
Food for Thought: The US has a new product to export: human semen.
Edited by Joseph N Cohen
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