The Xchange Blog

  • When Volatility Reigns, Bold Trades Abound

    Over the last two months, the market has been tailor-made for trading. 2018 has seen volatility in the market come back with a vengeance. The entire range of the VIX (Chicago Board Options Exchange SPX Volatility Index) for 2017 was 8.84–17.28, an incredibly low year for that measure. However, so…

  • Trading Inflation

    Well, the market is finally awake. After two full years of a sub-30 VIX, we finally have some volatility. For traders, this is a sight for sore eyes. The brief sell-off we experienced in early February was attributed to normal market correction behavior. But it seems like for the first time in a…

  • The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly.

    MSCI will include China A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI ACWI Index. As a result, $1.6 trillion from investment funds will be under heavy but informal pressure to start buying Chinese domestic stocks next year, leading to $17 billion in fresh money being pumped into the…

  • Gold Miners Oversold or Turning to DUST?

    On the last trading day of June, the price of gold fell to $1,180.50/oz. − a 34-month low. The ripple effect continues from the June 19th statement by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that the Federal Reserve may soon ratchet down debt buying, as large speculators now hold a near-record number of short…

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