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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, 14 March 2018

Bitcoin Signalling Major Risk Off Trade?

A look at the relationship between bitcoin returns and other asset class returns over the last year throws up some interesting details. There is a weak inverse relationship between bitcoin returns and the 10 year bond yield changes but the relationship between other asset class returns and bitcoin returns is not statistically significant. This suggests a continued melt down in bitcoin is a precursor to higher bond yields which could trigger a move out of risky assets:

Bitcoin Returns Vs Other Asset Class Returns
Correlation
Significance
S & P 500
0.156
0.273
Ten Year Bond Yield
-0.340
0.015
Euro
0.034
0.813
Gold
0.047
0.743
Copper
-0.160
0.261
Crude
-0.180
0.207

A look at the relationship of bitcoin itself with other asset classes over the last year reveals some additional info. We can see that bitcoin shows a strong positive relationships with most asset classes and the ten year bond yield and a strong negative relationship with copper. This suggests that the recent sell off in bitcoin could be a precursor to a major risk off trade:

Bitcoin Vs Other Asset Classes
Correlation
Significance
S & P 500
0.860
0.000
Ten Year Bond Yield
0.530
0.000
Euro
0.673
0.000
Gold
0.476
0.000
Copper
-0.879
0.000
Crude Oil
0.800
0.000


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Most Important Crowded Trade of All?

We have recently witnessed or are about to witness the implosion of a series of crowded trades namely long bitcoin, long Index ETF's and short volatility. The most important crowded trade of all is the dollar carry trade and this has been in vogue since the early 1980's. However the dollar appears to have broken out of its long term down trend line in the last 8 years post the great recession of 2008 though reluctantly so. When the real up move in the dollar occurs which is imminent look for massive carry trade liquidation and a rout in risky assets such as stocks, commodities and emerging market currencies:

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Bitcoin 2017 Vs Home Builders 2008 Vs Nasdaq 2000

Most periods of excessive booms end with speculative busts. The dotcom bust of 2000 produced a recession so did the housing bust of 2008. Today's poster child seems to be bitcoin. Just as the internet was here to stay back in 2000 so is block chain technology today. However crypto currencies are trading at levels suggesting they could become reserve currencies of the world replacing the dollar and that implies a reset on short order. It's never different and always the same:
speculative bubbles

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Daily Forex Insight

Here are some insights from the currency strategists at dailyfx. They cover the fundamentals and technicals of key Forex pairs and other key markets along with some of the key economic news of the day. Today's commentary looks at the S & P 500 in relation to the Dax and gold in relation to bitcoin:

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