The Market’s “Fear Indicator” – Introducing the VIX Index

The CBOE Volatility Index, also known as the “VIX”, is often referred to as the market’s “fear indicator”.

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The Interest Rate Conundrum

Alan Greenspan complained in 2005 that even though the Fed has increased the federal funds rate, yields on 10-year treasurys had declined rather than gone up. This decrease was considered unusual since increasing the fed funds rate represented a policy tightening. Continue reading

   E-Sports – It’s in the Game

For non-gamers, news of Amazon’s purchase of the internet streaming website Twitch Interactive comes as a bit of a surprise.

But to those of you who are gamers – you might not be as amazed to learn that Amazon acquired Twitch Interactive for nearly a billion dollars in cash.

And even though Twitch, founded in 2011, may not be a household name – it has quietly become the fourth-largest source of U.S. internet traffic and accounts for more than 40% of all live video streaming in the U.S.

Those are impressive numbers…but what is Twitch exactly?

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