Quant Coalescence

January, 2016: “But……Isn’t cheaper oil good for the economy?”

As of this writing on the evening of January 20th, the equity markets are experiencing their worst monthly loss since February, 2009. Many worldwide equity and commodity markets are already in what is defined as a bear market; being down more than 20% from their highs. In U.S. equity markets, the average stock in the S&P 500 is down 22% from its high, although the index itself is not yet in bear market territory. Oil is down 25% since the start of the year and down 60% since June of 2014...

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Market Pulse

What in the world is going on?

A brief review of 2014 financial markets and what it may mean for 2015: With the exception of the US, India and China, the world's equity markets were down in 2014. Japan was down 7.4% and officially entered into a recession. The three largest European markets; the U.K., Germany, and France were down 13 plus percent and their economies are very close to following Japan into a recession.

The Goldman Sachs Commodity Index, led by Oil and Precious Metals fell 33%. This in turn led to significant losses in commodity export economies/stock markets such as Russia, down 49%, Brazil, down 18.2% and Australia, down ....

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