Friday, December 9th, 2016 MST

Driving the markets

Central bank actions and expectations of central bank actions are driving investment markets: the bond markets, the equity markets and the metals markets.  Economic news does not move the markets, except that markets move on how investors think that central banks will react to economic news.

Silver takes first prize . . .

as precious metals surge, says the Financial Times, July 7, 2016. In a glowing report, the Times noted that while “Gold has done predictably well in the wake of Brexit. . . The real star of the show has been silver.”  In dollars, silver is up 16% since the Brexit vote but is up 45%

IMF urges Japan to double down on Abenomics

Japan’s economy has been stagnant for two decades.  In 2012, Shinzo Abe was elected Prime Minister on his promise of stimulating the economy via a scheme that economists labeled “Abenomics.”  Basically, he promised fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms. He implemented all three, but Japan’s economy remains in the doldrums.  Now the IMF is

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