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Short and Sharp: The U.S. dollar can’t catch a break (sad face)



Last year, the U.S. Dollar Index, a measure of the U.S. currency’s strength against a basket of foreign currencies, weakened almost 10%. This was the index’s worst performance in more than a decade. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar depreciated against 85% of all major currencies. After such a dismal…

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Short and Sharp – 2017, the year that dismissed investor concerns



2017 has been a fantastic year for risk assets, despite all the concerns identified at the start of the year. Investor worries about politics, geopolitics, trade, and central bank policy were summarily dismissed as markets focused on the strength of the economy, disentangling fears from…

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