The CBOE Volatility Index, also known as the “VIX”, is often referred to as the market’s “fear indicator”.
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
A lot of the products we use – from the clothes on your back, the food you eat, and the car you drive – is made using the world’s natural resources. We depend on these commodities and as the world’s population increases, we require increasing amounts of industrial and agricultural raw materials. Continue reading
With the New Year looming many investors are reviewing their stock portfolios. This is because of the so-called “January Effect”, the idea that January, on average, sees a general increase in stock prices. This is supposed to follow the “December Selloff” where there is a general decrease in stock prices.
Economic performance tends to fluctuate over time. When an economy is growing, we say it is expanding. When it is declining, we say that an economy is contracting. An extended period of economic decline is called a recession. Continue reading
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?
Markets are a little shell-shocked as oil prices continue to drop due to a combination of oversupply and sluggish demand. Continue reading