Month: February 2020

The Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) creates and tracks an index know as the Volatility Index (VIX), which is based on the implied volatility of S&P 500 Index options. This article will explore how the VIX is used as a contrary market indicator, how institutional sentiment can be measured by the VIX and why
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Three public health experts, including a former member of the National Security Council treating 15 coronavirus patients in Nebraska, have called the outbreak a “pandemic” — suggesting hospitals across the US must prepare for a surge of patients.  A pandemic is defined as the worldwide spread of a disease. The warning came as the US
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Decentralized derivatives exchange Digitex has fallen victim to a significant data breach believed to have exposed the email addresses and possibly other information of more than 8,000 users. A former employee stole private information for more than 8,000 users, Christina Comben, who heads Digitex’s communications, said Friday. Comben told CoinDesk the exchange was “aware of
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With each passing day, fears surrounding COVID-19 elevate as the equity sell-off pressed on for the seventh day on Friday. The biggest winners have and will continue to be muni issuers, as they can sell debt at historic lows and participants don’t see the movement slowing. COVID-19 has pushed benchmark muni yields down to record
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Investment Thesis Last July, I wrote two articles for Seeking Alpha in which I examined six of the most popular preferred stock ETFs. In the first of those articles, I considered the Invesco Preferred Portfolio ETF (PGX) alongside two of its competitors. In response to a lively discussion in the comments of that article, I
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When you purchase a stock, do you use data to drive your decision? Have you ever looked at the fundamental analysis section of a stock’s information and found yourself lost? In this article, we will put together some of the most important metrics and explain how to use them to make more informed decisions. Return
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When David Tepper bought a Major League Soccer franchise for $325m in December, the hedge fund billionaire agreed a price similar to one needed to acquire football clubs in the sport’s financial stronghold of Europe.  Yet, frothy valuations for sides in the US and Canada’s top tier for football — or soccer, as it is
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FT subscribers can click here to receive Market Forces every day by email. A watershed week for financial markets is ending as it began: with the tide still heading out. A 10-year Treasury yield plumbing the depths of 1.12 per cent along with further selling in equities and credit illustrates how “fear” has shunted “greed”; aside.
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The spreading coronavirus sowed a new bout of fear among investors, triggering a stock market sell-off and flight to safe-haven assets like gold and U.S. Treasury bonds, with 47 countries now reporting infections amid widespread reports of travel cancellations, shipment delays and business interruptions. U.S. stocks fell for the sixth straight day, Treasury yields slid
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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is set to discuss the benefits blockchain technology can bring to entrepreneurs. Slated for March 4 at 16:30 UTC, the “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses” hearing will explore the ways in which some startups are utilizing blockchain technology to
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Thesis Welcome to Orchid’s Platinum Weekly report, in which we discuss platinum prices through the lens of the GraniteShares Platinum Trust (PLTM). PLTM reached a high of $10.00 per share on February 19, missing our Feb-20 target of $10.30 per share. Platinum has performed the worst among the precious metals space so far in February,
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The rigid and time-consuming procedures of traditional banks have unknowingly paved the way for an industry that has grown tremendously in less than a decade. The peer-to-peer lending industry has become a viable alternative to standard bank loans, emerging as a competitor to the traditional banking system. Growth of Peer-to-Peer Lending The peer-to-peer lending (P2P)
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The classic board game Othello carries the tagline “A minute to learn… a lifetime to master.” That single sentence could apply to the task of choosing your investments. Understanding the basics doesn’t take long, but mastering the nuances can take a lifetime. That said, here are the basics. Once you’re familiar with these concepts, you’ll be
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In financial markets — as in the cut throat world of food delivery — timing is everything. Unfortunately for DoorDash, America’s leading online food ordering and delivery app, the moment has passed. The lossmaking SoftBank-backed start-up has filed confidential paperwork for an initial public offering. It is a gutsy move. Wall Street is gripped by fears
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