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It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

Plenty of excitement about all the European and UK positives in the world, with EUR and GBP up at their highs of recent years against the USD. Growth is certainly gangbusters in the Eurozone,

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Central Bank Beatlemania

Excitement over the recent moves in USD/JPY are reminiscent of a kind of central banking Beatlemania, a sort of mop-top monetary BOJ and PBOC playing the roles of Paul and John.

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Well hasn’t this new year just started with an overflow of euphoria? The best start to the year for Global Stock Markets since 2006!

As this chart shows,

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There was only really one big surprise last year: volatility. Or rather, the entire lack of it. The VIX index printed its lowest level ever. And the low volatility was persistent.

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