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Trump’s third way

A couple of months ago we stressed that Trump’s Presidency implied fatter tails, which meant that extreme scenarios were more likely than usual, at the expense of the status quo. The two extremes were clearly a negative scenario and a very positive scenario, reducing the probability of the center of the distribution. What has happened read more

Martin Anidjar | April 26, 2017

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Fat tails

This year could continue to show an acceleration of global growth, or it could be the apex of protectionist policies leading into a trade war. True that at any point in time extreme scenarios are possible, but we believe that now the probabilities have shifted from the middle to the sides. That is what probability read more

Martin Anidjar | January 24, 2017

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Risks, trends and movements

Since the Brexit vote surprise, and now the clear over-reaction to it, markets seem to have gained some calm, and the S&P500 recovered more than 8% from that ugly Friday close. The risk factors that kept markets volatile during the first half of the year seem to have faded. Brexit is most likely a very read more

Martin Anidjar | July 29, 2016

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What kind of crisis?

Market volatility since last August has pushed people to wonder whether this is like 2008, or 1998, or what kind of crisis is this? The last 2 weeks have been brutal. Is this the beginning of something big or similar to August of last year that led to the October recovery? Who ever can claim read more

Martin Anidjar | January 20, 2016

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China joins a new game

When an important variable is un-hinged, uncertainty goes up, at least for a while. This is the first reaction to the change in FX policy just announced by China, regardless of the more fundamental implications once the change is understood and days of market reaction show the new dynamics. Key here is whether this is read more

Martin Anidjar | August 11, 2015

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Brazil: not only fiscal

Brazil’s economy, and its asset prices, suffers from two fundamental problems that generate the symptoms we observe: political crisis, fiscal imbalance, lack of growth and high inflation. These 4 macroeconomic ailments are the manifestation of two underlying fundamental problems, and until the authorities and economic establishment debate and act on those two fundamental problems in read more

Martin Anidjar | July 31, 2015

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Greek distraction

It is important to review what Greece was and what it was not. The Greek saga (which is far from over, though momentarily off the picture) is a clear symptom of un-finished business in the Eurozone, a picture of what is unsustainable about the ‘European project’. The Greek saga has also been a distraction from read more

Martin Anidjar | July 23, 2015

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Fear of the new

Markets seem to have overcome the volatility experienced earlier in the year, as some key risk factors appear to have been “resolved”. There are the always-present concerns about the global business cycle and its components, and these days the US and Chinese cycles are as important as ever. But the more recent volatility seems to read more

Martin Anidjar | March 17, 2015

Market Views

She will be gentle, but…

One of the key events of last week (and there were plenty) was the Fed’s decision and what Janet Yellen said in her press conference. Yellen shed some light (significant, I would say) about the Fed’s thought process towards the ‘normalization’ of monetary policy. Markets expected this information during the Jackson Hole meeting at the read more

Martin Anidjar | September 23, 2014

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The Fed dance

There continues to be two fundamental risks or debates in financial markets: China’s convergence to pseudo-normal growth; and monetary policy normalization. Additionally, there is geopolitical noise, which has re-emerged in the last few weeks, and it matters at high frequency, but it is unlikely to have an effect on the global business cycle. Monetary policy read more

Martin Anidjar | July 25, 2014

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