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D&D Note (7-30-2012) ~ All Eyes Await Global Central Bank Policy

D&D Note (7-30-2012) Markets today by and large treaded water awaiting the FED and ECB policy announcements later this week. While we most likely won’t see any stimulus from the FED this week investors will be hanging on every word to seek future guidance on policy. The ECB however could put many traders minds at … Continue reading

D&D Note (6-18-2012) ~ Greece Votes Pro-Bailout, But Spanish Yields Rise Above 7%

D&D Note (6-18-2012) The Greek’s voted for the pro-bailout party eliminating the worse case scenario. However, now the New Democracy party needs to form a coalition, most likely with the Pasok party. If a coalition can’t be formed the country will be forced to have a third election. Not to mention that Greece will run … Continue reading

D&D Note (5-30-2012) ~ Record Low Bond Yields Today On Flight To Safety

D&D Note (5-30-2012) The more bonds people buy the lower the yield goes. (price and yields are inverse). Today we hit record low yields on the 10-Year Note with a yield of 1.62%. So low that you are loosing your investment. All signs point to we are about to see a bond bubble burst. There … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-26-2012) ~ Markets Rally Ahead of US GDP Q1 Estimates Tomorrow

D&D Note (4-26-2012) Sugar fix, the markets are addicted and will rally (like today) on just the thought it could still happen again (i.e. more quantitative easing or commonly called QE). The US GDP Q1 estimate will be released tomorrow and depending on how well or how bad that number comes in will greatly determine … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-25-2012) ~ FED Stays Put

D&D Note (4-25-2012)  FED holds rate the same at .0 -.25%. Comments by Helicopter Ben in his news conference helped boost stocks near the end of the trading session, reiterating that the FED still has tools left to use in supporting the economy. The FED also boosted their economic growth projection between 2.4% and 2.9% … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-23-2012) ~ Politically Driven Dark Clouds

D&D Note (4-23-2012) One of the headwinds D&D has been watching this year are the Euro elections. As expected Sarkozy came in second to Socialist candidate Hollande in the first round of elections. May 6th is the runoff. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, resigned which now puts Hollands AAA credit rating in jeopardy of … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-18-2012) ~ Pain in Spain Rains Again

D&D Note (4-18-2012) Falling bond yields aren’t enough to keep the Spanish worries out of the markets. A report released by Spain showed that the Spanish banks held more problematic loans than what was earlier thought, making the potential downside now deeper and a bailout more likely. While Spain can be covered under the Euro … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-11-2012) ~ Alcoa Gives Markets a Reason to Rally

D&D Note (4-11-2012) Aluminum producer Alcoa (AA) reported better than expected earnings after the bell yesterday (Alcoa is always the first DOW component to report earnings). This was reason enough for European concerns to ease for a day. A slight reprieve in advancing Spanish and Italian debt yields also helped sooth those Pains of Spain … Continue reading

D&D Note (4-10-2012) ~ Spain and Italy Debt Concerns Back In Focus

D&D Note (4-10-2012) Europe leads the markets lower – biggest sell-off so far this year in American Markets. Spain yields are pushing 6% and Italian yields near 5.7%. If the yields remain above 5% it signals that a bailout will be needed. FTSE was down 2.2%, the DAX ended down 2.5%, and the CAC was … Continue reading