Global Economy

COVID-19 Recovery May Be Driving New Commodity Supercycle March 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

A commodity “supercycle” can last for years and lift commodity prices across industries. Is one brewing as we emerge from COVID-19, and what does it mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Who Snagged the (Micro) Chip Bowl: Is It Time to Worry About a Semiconductor Shortage? March 1, 2021 11:07 AM   |  

Semiconductors are often called ‘the new oil.’ And just like oil, chips can be subject to supply-chain disruptions. Here’s an industry snapshot for 2021.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Looking to Protect Your Portfolio from Dollar Fluctuations? 4 Things to Consider February 3, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

The value of an investment is impacted not just by returns in its local market, but also by the value of the currency in which it's denominated. How might dollar fluctuation impact your portfolio and what can you do about it?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Is a Weaker Dollar Good or Bad? Like Many Things Economic, It Depends November 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The value of a dollar is in constant motion. Sometimes, it strengthens against other currencies (or commodities), and sometimes, it weakens. But, is a weaker dollar good or bad?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Swapping the Goods: How International Trade Affects the U.S. Economy and Markets May 22, 2020 10:55 AM   |  

The import and export of goods and services across national borders helps drive economic and stock market growth. But international trade has its critics, and sometimes politics—and supply chain hiccups such as those related to the coronavirus pandemic—get in the way.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
What Goes Around, Comes Around: Basics of Market Cycles and Recoveries May 19, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Markets, as well as economies, run in cycles—sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes sideways—each for an uncertain amount of time. Cycles present risks and opportunities for investors. Here are a few things investors should know about cycles, recessions, and recoveries.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Priming the Pump: Fiscal Stimulus vs. Monetary Stimulus and Why We Need Both April 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the COVID-19 pandemic ground commercial activity to a halt in early 2020, the United States turned to fiscal and monetary authorities for help in getting the flagging economy up and running. Here’s a primer on these two types of stimulus.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
2020 Quantitative Easing: The Fed’s Fast and Furious Action to Fight the Virus-Led Downturn April 17, 2020 11:11 AM   |  

As the U.S. economy pulled back in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve turned to a tool it used in the 2008–09 financial crisis: quantitative easing (QE). Here’s a crash course for investors.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
What Are Tariffs and Who Really Pays For Them? November 19, 2019 2:48 PM   |  

Tariffs have been part of American economic history from the country’s origins. Are tariffs good or bad for investors?

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
Rare Earth Metals & Trade Disputes: A Primer for Investors June 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Rare earth metals, used in everyday products such as electronics, automobiles and medical devices, have emerged as a potential weapon in the ongoing trade dispute. Here’s a primer on rare earths, and the stocks and sectors that may be affected.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Ripples Across the Pond: Potential Brexit Impact on the U.S. Economy June 3, 2019 11:22 AM   |  

If a no-deal Brexit should come to pass, there would likely be further market volatility. But an “oasis” factor could help fortify the U.S. economy.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Geopolitical Risks and Your Portfolio: Navigating an Unpredictable World August 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Geopolitical risks come in many forms, and can impact an investment portfolio in a number of ways. Here are a few basic points to consider.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
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