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7 Myths Of Investing

"There are no sidelines. Those saying this seem to envision a seller of stocks moving her money to cash and awaiting a chance to return. But they always ignore that this seller sold to somebody, who presumably moved a precisely equal amount of cash off the sidelines."

U.S. Trade Balance Improves In May As Deficit With China, Europe Shrinks

Coming in largely as expected, the U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in May 2017 from an unrevised $47.6 billion in April (revised) to $46.5 billion in May, fractionaly worse than consensus expectations of $46.3 billion, as exports increased and imports decreased.

Frontrunning: July 6

  • EU, Japan Strike New Trade Deal (WSJ)
  • EU-Japan deal sends anti-protectionist signal before G20: German minister (Reuters)
  • Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise's condition worsens after June shooting (Reuters)
  • The Flashpoints for World Leaders at G-20 Summit (BBG)
  • Leftist protesters vow to disrupt G20 summit in Hamburg (Reuters)

The Twilight Of Unipolar American Power

"... the days of the United States dominating the world in an arrogant, absolutist, heavy-handed fashion and dictating to other nations what they can and cannot do are over and the United States must come to realise this and make the required if painful adjustment."

The Global Oil Demand Driver That Is Being Ignored

One of the hottest debates today is over the prospect of peak oil demand: whether or not electric vehicles along with general trends towards more fuel efficiency will ultimately lead to a peak and decline of total oil demand worldwide. But the conversation often overlooks the role that heavy trucks and freight play in driving demand.

As The S&P 500 Becomes One Giant ETF, BofA Has Four Major Warnings

As ETFs control increasingly more of the S&P 500, and now account for more than a third of overall stock ownership, Bank of America warns to expect higher single-stock volatility, valuation distortions and liquidity concerns in the coming years, and issues the following four warnings to traders and investors...

"Outraged" Trader Asks: "The World's Coming To An End, When Should We Buy The Dip?"

"I can no longer stand the word 'outraged'... Everyone is absolutely outraged at so many things that they’ve taken an evocative expression and rendered it trite. And it’s a worry because there are a lot of things we should be shouting about... The same goes for 'existential'... Not every issue is life or death."

Frontrunning: July 5

  • U.S. Warns North Korea It’s Ready for War Over Missiles (WSJ)
  • U.S., South Korea stage show of force against North Korea (Reuters)
  • UN to Meet on North Korea as U.S. Confirms Rocket Was ICBM (BBG)
  • Trump talks tough, options limited (Reuters)
  • North Korea, Putin Meeting Top Agenda For Trump’s Tripa (WSJ)

Global Stocks Rebound From Korea Jitters; S&P Flat As Fed Minutes Await; Oil Slides

S&P futures were little changed at 2,425, ignoring the N.Korea tensions of the past two days which will likely be a major topic in the upcoming G-20 summit, as European stocks fluctuate and Asian markets advance. Crude oil fell, snapping the longest winning streak this year, as Russia said it opposed any proposal to deepen OPEC-led production cuts.