Date: August 2014

5 posts in August 2014

21Aug

World PMI update for August – Weakness in Europe

With the flash update for selected Markit PMIs for August, here is our monthly heatmap of worldwide manufacturing PMIs. A few observations: The Markit PMI for the US jumped to its highest level since 2011. While this is an encouraging sign, the link between the Markit measure and the more familiar ISM measure is not…

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21Aug

Astor on picking a fixed income ETF today

We have a note on ETF.com discussing the fixed income ETF world as we see it today. Check it out!

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20Aug

Fed Watch – Jackson Hole

The Kansas City Fed is hosting its annual Jackson Hole conference this weekend (motto: “interrupting Wall Street vacations since 1978”) . Several times in the last few years we have gotten a good preview of the Fed’s concerns for the year ahead by listening to the Chair’s speech. The last two rounds of Quantitative Easing,…

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5Aug
5Aug

Money Flowing Amid Selloff – Bloomberg ft. Rob Stein

The money added to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF this week may reflect more complex strategies than simply bullish investors buying stocks, according to Robert Stein, who helps oversee $900 million as president of Chicago-based Astor Investment Management LLC. “People could be selling options against it,” Stein said in an interview. “They could be selling…

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