Currency

Economics

Argentina: in economic quicksand?

Last year's market darling, Argentina, now finds itself in a vicious cycle of a weakening currency, rate hikes, lower growth and higher debt. So how can the country avoid a liquidity crisis turning into a full-blown crisis?

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Portfolio Thinking

Adios Mexico – for now

Now that the investment case has played out, I've caught up with an economist, a strategist and a fund manager as they say adiós to Mexican assets.

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Portfolio Thinking

Risky or not? The currency hedging debate for equities

Some investors propose hedging all currency exposure while others see no benefit to hedging at all, so is currency exposure a risk?

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Strategy

The euro rides the wave

Many 2017 outlooks included the sentence "in a strong US dollar environment..." Expectations for the US dollar immediately after the election of President Donald Trump were elevated, while the euro continued to face headwinds. As often happens with forecasts, it couldn't have been more wrong. So what's next?

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Macrobites

Bitcoin: The rise of a new currency?

Bitcoin was the talk of the town in the last few months of 2017, rising from relative obscurity to headline news as it rocketed in value. But can it overcome hurdles to cross over from a speculative asset to a mainstream currency?

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Strategy

Up the stairs, down the elevator

During times of uncertainty investors tend to gravitate toward the Japanese yen. This makes the yen a good tail hedge within a portfolio context, as the yen will appreciate when you need it the most.

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Strategy

Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush

Quantitative easing is a bit of a puzzle. It doesn't work in theory, but appears to have worked well in practice. Should we be worried as that process now edges into reverse with the advent of 'quantitative tightening'?

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