Category Archives: Geopolitics

Why Investors Should Care About The Democratic Leadership Race

Super Tuesday March 3 is the big primary kick-off for candidates in the democratic leadership race where about one-third of delegates are decided. With Buttigieg dropping out Sunday night (and Steyer on Saturday), it appears that the motivation was to help Biden on Super Tuesday. DJT

COVID-19 The Black Swan

I’ve read several research reports in the past weeks about the COVID-19 impact on supply chains and the human toll. We are all guessing—educated guesses, but guesses nonetheless. We learn a valuable lesson from Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise about prediction of

Is it Time to Buy Canadian Energy? There are Options

It’s not a surprise that I have been in the camp where traditional energy demand would be replaced by low carbon alternatives over time. The vast majority of people believe that we should do something about climate change (me too!!!). So longer-term, the energy sector

The 2020 US Election Risk is BIG!

We are about 1 year from the 2020 US election. From our view, the market is so focused on US-China trade, it cannot see the forest through the trees. A regime change in the US could have massive market implications that are nowhere near priced

What’s Up with the Repo Market?

The repurchase “repo” market is the function that deals with cash management in the bank-to-bank funding markets. You may have heard there have been some issues in recent weeks. It’s nothing investors need to worry about today, but it will be when the economy gets

How Do You Build in Geopolitical Risks to Your Portfolio?

The Iranian backed attack by the Houthi Rebels against critical Saudi crude infrastructure is clearly an escalation of negotiating tactics. The US led sanctions since breaking the Iran nuclear deal is economically painful for Iran. We also saw Iran flex their muscle in the Strait

When Are Interest Rates Too Low?

The ECB is expected to cut overnight rates 10 bps to -0.5% and extend their QE bond buying program at this week’s meeting. Outgoing leader Mario “Whatever it Takes Bazooka” Draghi is being replaced by Christine “Whatever it Takes TBD” Lagarde next month. The debate