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Equity Markets: Anecdotal evidence suggests that short volatility trades have made their way into the retail world. It seems that mom & pop investors are loading up on XIV – an ETN that shorts near-term VIX futures (just as bigger investors have apparently pulled out). The short vol bets have done well. The fact that it’s a derivative contract that lost over half of its value in 2015 over a couple of days doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
Shorting volatility through ETFs/ETNs has resulted in downward pressure on near-term VIX futures.

The United States:New trade agreements take 45 months on average.
Source: Deutsche Bank, @ReutersJamie, @DeanDijour

China: China’s inflation continues to strengthen, with both the CPI and the PPI beating consensus. Note that China’s PPI tends to lead (and is correlated to) the US import price index.

Eurozone: Forecasters expect inflation to moderate.
Source: @acemaxx, @EU_Commission, @josephncohen; Read Article
Food for Thought: How much is the “great wall” going to cost?

Source: @business, @johngramlich, @Tmp_Research; Read Article

Edited by Thomas Perrone
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