Chairman’s Letter – Jan 2019

Month-Long Celebrations: National Soup and National Prune Month For some, January is the opening to new beginnings. For the NIBA, it means the continuation of our commitment to our members to provide education for your business growth and a forum in which to exchange ideas. Mark your calendar now to attend the three in-person programs scheduled for 2019: April 10: NIBA Spring Meeting, New York Athletic Club, NYC July 11: 6th Annual DePaul University/NIBA Joint Symposium, DePaul University, Chicago Sept. 12: NIBA Annual Members Meeting, Illinois Tech, Chicago On January 17, the FIA will present a webinar on spoofing, surveillance....

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Why Key Gold and Silver ETFs Are Focusing on Futures

In January, ProShares changed its silver and gold ETFs to track futures-based indexes. This marks the first time leveraged and inverse ETFs will benchmark to gold and silver futures prices. Our silver and gold ETFs (AGQ, ZSL, UGL and GLL) are changing their benchmarks from the LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) silver and gold auction prices to Bloomberg Commodity Subindexes. So how did we get here? A number of factors drove us to change the way we obtain exposure for our silver and gold ETFs, but understanding the gold and silver exchange-traded product (ETP) landscape is an important starting point..

How Rate Changes Could Affect Consumers

The strong job market, low unemployment rate and rising wages are all good signs for the economy, but have posed a rising risk of inflation.  To offset this inflation risk, the Federal Reserve has gradually raised interest rates, which has the eventual effect of slowing the economy. This continued rise in interest rates over the last two years has been both good and bad news for consumers.  If you are a saver it has been positive; if you’re a borrower it has been painful.  The increase in rates affects mortgages, credit cards, home equity loans and car payments to mention.

Market Update: Looking Ahead to CPI

Jack Bouroudjian discusses why today was a breather, and what we should look out for next week, notably the consumer price index. The post Market Update: Looking Ahead to CPI appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: Looking Ahead to CPI

Will Gold Rebound in 2019?

Frankincense and myrrh may no longer be traditional Christmas gifts, but the appeal of gold endures. For investors, however, the yellow metal lost a little of its luster in 2018. In late December, the gold price was down 4.5 percent ($1,255 per ounce). It had also suffered the indignity of being surpassed by palladium as the most valuable precious metal, something that last happened in 2002 when gold languished at levels around $450/oz. Gold and Real Yields Gold faced three main headwinds in 2018: rising (real) interest rates; a strong U.S. dollar; and, until recently, relatively low levels of equity.

Market Update: A V-Shaped Recovery

Jack Bouroudjian discusses what is driving the V-shaped recovery in equity markets, and what it could mean for the weeks ahead. The post Market Update: A V-Shaped Recovery appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: A V-Shaped Recovery

Three Currencies to Watch in 2019

2018 was a phenomenal year for the U.S. dollar as the trade weighted Dollar Index rose more than 9 percent from its low in February.  This strength drove all of the major currencies lower from the euro to the Japanese yen and Australian dollar. Nothing mattered more than the market’s appetite for U.S. dollars in 2018. It determined where all of the major currencies were headed and had a significant impact on commodities.  That influence on the market won’t change in the year ahead which is why the outlook for the dollar trumps all else. As we begin 2019, here.

Market Update: Perfect Storm for Bulls

A positive U.S. jobs report, dovish comments from the Fed and news on the trade front helped spark a rally in equities. Jack Bouroudjian discusses what it all could mean for equity indexes in 2019. The post Market Update: Perfect Storm for Bulls appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: Perfect Storm for Bulls

Market Update: New Year, More Volatility

The year started right where 2018 left off, with more volatility. Jack Bouroudjian explains why this week’s volatility might be different, and why market participants should watch fund flows and the Fed over the next few trading days. The post Market Update: New Year, More Volatility appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: New Year, More Volatility

Market Update: The Factors That Influenced 2018 Markets

The flattening of the yield curve, the rising dollar and hedge fund redemptions are among the factors that will eventually influence market structure. In looking back at this year’s trends, Jack Bouroudjian gives some guidance for what we should watch heading into 2019. The post Market Update: The Factors That Influenced 2018 Markets appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: The Factors That Influenced 2018 Markets