5 Negative Factors For Oil Prices

With the value of crude oil price forecasting firmly established (as practically worthless), we will continue to monitor the global crude oil market to assess how events and trends will be impacting the crude oil price. At present we are bearish for crude oil, as we believe the following factors will be driving the oil prices in the short to medium term.

Key Events In The Coming Week

Looking at the week ahead, the US election enters the home stretch and politics will likely dominate the headlines, especially the closer races in Congress. Despite data being overshadowed by politics, there are some key US releases coming up, with the first estimate of Q3 GDP, the employment cost index and durable goods the main focus.

Global Stocks Jump On Mega Merger Monday, Buoyed By Earnings, PMIs, Politics

Global stocks jumped around the globe, with Europe's Stoxx 600 and US equity futures rising more than 0.5% on a surge in merger announcements over the weekend including the $85 billion mega takeout of AT&T for Time Warner, the $6.4 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins, the $2.7 billion deal targeting Genworth by China Oceanwide and the just announced $4 billion purchase of Scotttrade by Ameritrade.

Cashless Society - Is The War On Cash Set To Benefit Gold?

If governments allow banks to shut down bank accounts of individuals or companies without a fair trial and due legal process, it will create a very dangerous situation indeed. In this environment, buying gold is rational behaviour to even the biggest paper-bugs out there. The current monetary experiment of massive QE is no longer the main concern of prudent investors and institutions, it is now combined with negative interest rates and bail-ins.

"Prepare For More Volatility As Yield 'Hunger Games' Comes To An End"

Many ill-informed pundits have taken the recent absence of volatility to mean that it is gone for good. But many smart investors, like Tepper and Gundlach and Druckenmiller, who are paid to protect their clients’ money against large drawdowns are forgoing returns today in order to protect against an anticipated pickup in extreme events in the future.  

"The Game Is Up" - Why Exporters Are In Double Trouble

Most of the worlds largest exporters are facing declining domestic populations (0-64yr/olds) and demand.  But now these exporters are also facing the prospect of declining global demand as the core population among the world's primary importers is set to peak.

Canada Walks Out Of European Trade Talks, "Deal Impossible"

With 'trade' at the center of any substantive differences between US presidential candidates, 1000s protesting 'trade' deals across Europe, 'trade' collapsing in China, and lame-duck Obama trying to push his 'trade' agenda, it is perhaps shocking that Canada’s trade minister walked out of talks to finalize a trade pact with the European Union, saying it now seems the bloc is incapable of reaching such agreements and that Canadian officials are returning home.

Who Is Buying? Another $5 Billion Pulled From US Equity Funds, Outflows In 6 Of Past 7 Weeks

It may come as a surprise to some that as the S&P500 has remained in a tight trading range over the past month, investors continued to withdraw substantial amounts of cash. According to the latest EPFR weekly data, global equities saw another $3.9bn in outflows, which brings the number of outflows to 5 in the past 6 weeks. Of note here is that while Europe has now suffered a record record 37 straight weeks of outflows, the US has been comparably pressured, with outflows in 6 of the past 7 weeks.

Futures Drop As ECB Confusion Persists, Dollar Rises To Seven Month High; Yuan Plunges

Asian stocks and S&P futures fall modestly and European shares are little changed as traders digested the surprising reticence from yesterday's ECB meeting. The dollar jumped to 7 month highs, pressuring EM currencies and pushing the euro to its weakest level since March and below the Brexit lows, after Mario Draghi shut down talk of tapering, while the Yuan dropped to the lowest since 2010.

The Revolution Devours Its Own: Prosecutor Who Led Charge Against Brazil's Rouseff Was Just Arrested

Every "revolution" has it: the moment when the sequence of events unleashed by the initial decision ultimately boomerangs and takes down the very people who started the revolution. For Eduardo Cunha, who spearheaded the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff, that moment came today when he was arrested early on Wednesday as part of a sprawling graft probe involving state oil giant Petrobras.