117.80 +0.71 (0.61%)
Pre-Market: 7:04AM EDT
|Bid||117.70 x 3200|
|Ask||117.64 x 900|
|Day's Range||116.86 - 117.35|
|52 Week Range||116.09 - 129.57|
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A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a state tax fraud case that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigation, according to a person briefed on the deal. Yellow cab magnate Evgeny "Gene" Freidman, the so-called Taxi King of New York, pleaded guilty to a single count of tax fraud in an Albany courthouse, almost a year after state prosecutors and tax authorities charged him with pocketing $5 million in mandatory, per-ride transportation fees. For years, Freidman has managed hundreds of taxi medallions, the physical plates affixed to cabs that owners are required to display, including more than two dozen owned by Cohen, Trump's longtime fixer.
Following a strong performance last week, the US Dollar Index started this week on a mixed note by trading with increased volatility on Monday. On May 22, the US Dollar Index started on a mixed note and traded with weakness in the early hours.
The US bond markets remained under selling pressure as bond yields, especially at the short end of the curve, continued to shoot up, while the long-term yields remained subdued. The US Fed through its May post-meeting statement said that inflation would reach the 2% target soon, which was interpreted as a signal for a faster pace of rate hikes. An inverted yield curve, where short-term (SHY) yields are higher than long-term yields (TLT) is considered a warning sign for future recessions, and thus the yield spread has a place in the leading economic index.
The US Dollar Index regained strength and gained in all of the trading days last week. Carrying forward the strength, the US Dollar Index opened higher on Monday. In the early hours, the US Dollar Index was trading at the highest levels traded since December 2017.
US ten-year bond market yields have scaled a new seven-year peak at 3.07, their highest level since July 2011. This 100-basis-point move, which happened over the span of a little over eight months, has taken its toll on bond prices. Thanks to rising crude prices, increased chances of higher inflation have been fueling the recent rally in rates.
After closing last week almost flat, the US Dollar Index started this week on a stronger note and gained in the first four trading days of the week. On Friday, the US Dollar Index opened the day on a stable note and consolidated at five-month high price levels in the early hours.
The US Dollar Index started this week on a stable note and gained in the first two trading days of the week. Following a brief pullback on Wednesday, the US Dollar Index opened stronger on May 17 and traded with strength at the highest levels traded since December 2017.
As I wrote this past weekend: "Predicting the Future is an Overrated Trading Strategy". Ironically negative news like trade wars often ends up being a positive catalyst. President Trump has a pattern of making very aggressive decisions and then backing off which causes a positive market reaction.
US bond market yields continue to trend higher, but their overall movement last week was limited. Despite this limited movement, a few takeaways from the week hint at how interesting the bond markets could get in the future. The market’s reaction can be interpreted as investors seeing that the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening stance in the future and that a change in inflation expectations will drive bond yields.
In this time of uncertainty surrounding the path of interest rates, floating rate bonds can be a good way to reduce benefit from interest rate hikes, without giving up much income today. Three-month LIBOR, the benchmark rate for most FRNs, is at 2.34%, which is high, by historical standards, versus other short-term rates like three-month T-Bills. You could buy bonds of individual companies, though you then need to do the credit work.
The initial reaction of the bond (BND) market to President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was a decline in bond yields across the board. The yields, however, failed to stay at these lower levels and quickly bounced back after President Trump’s speech.
Following a strong performance for three consecutive trading weeks, the US Dollar Index started this week on a stronger note. The US Dollar Index gained in the first three trading days this week. The US Dollar Index started Thursday on a mixed note and traded with weakness in the early hours.
US bond market yields cooled off after hitting a four-year high at the end of April. Bond yields fell after the April employment report was lower than expected. The unemployment rate dropped below 4% for the first time in 20 years, which was the highlight of the report.
Warren Buffett’s disdain for gold is well known. Warren Buffett used an initial investment of $10,000 as an example to demonstrate how buying gold with this amount versus buying a stock or index fund would have generated more returns.
Investors poured into fixed income ETFs in April as equity market volatility jumped with several month’s leading asset-gathering ETFs being bond funds. For example, the iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF ...
After gaining for two consecutive trading weeks, the US Dollar Index started this week on a stronger note and moved to the highest levels traded in 2018 on Wednesday. However, the US Dollar Index started Thursday on a mixed note and traded with weakness in the early hours.
US bond markets were the main focus in a week dominated by earnings. In the previous week, the US ten-year bond yield broke above 3% for the first time in four years. Last week’s reports on the first-quarter GDP and the Employee Cost Index signaled that the Fed could increase rates three times this year, which pushed bond yields higher. By the end of the week, the yield retreated from the higher levels. The euphoria around the 3% mark seems to be declining. Whether the yield is at 3%, 2.96%, 3.1%, the overall trend is important. The trend seems to be tilted towards higher yields. ...
The US Dollar Index surged to 3.5-month high price levels last week and recorded the second consecutive weekly gain. Carrying forward the strength, the US Dollar Index started Monday on a stronger note and traded at elevated levels in the early hours.