Ahead of the Curve provides you with analysis and insight into today's global financial markets. The latest news and views from global stock, bond, commodity and FOREX markets are discussed. Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Warning Signs for Global Financial Markets in 2015-16

There are two major warning signs that are developing for risk assets in 2015:

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First we have significant #dollar strength despite a recent bounce in the euro, with the dollar index hitting multi-year highs. This is on the back of the potential end to the quantitative easing by the fed but also due to weakening fundamentals in the# Euro Zone which is mired in a deep recession and is unlikely to come out of it any time soon despite huge dosages of QE from the ECB.
PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF (UUP)

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Even after another bailout for Greece, which is tantamount to throwing good money after bad dollar strength is all set to continue and would result in a serious bout of carry trade liquidation that could take down commodities, emerging market currencies and eventually global stock markets:
Global Commodity Equity ETF (CRBQ)
Market Vectors EM Local Currency Bd ETF (EMLC)
S&P 500 (^GSPC)

The second major development is the potential upsurge in volatility. The #Vix index has not made new lows on each of the recent new highs for the S and P 500 in well over a year and is holding support in a multi year rounding bottom formation. This has resolved into higher prices for the Vix over the 50 level in August and lower prices for risk assets across the board. The Vix is incidentally well above it's 52 week low of 10.28.
Both these trends are set to continue into 2016 which could result in significant under performance of financial markets across the globe.

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