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Time to Arbitrage Oil?

By Hong Mu | June 14, 2018

Since February of this year, U.S. oil production has topped and has remained over 10 million barrels per day (mmb/d), a level of output we haven’t seen since 1970. This… Read More

Absolute Versus Relative Returns

By Greg Zappin | June 7, 2018

Credit spreads have been resilient for the majority of 2018, outperforming duration-matched Treasuries, as business fundamentals remain sound and new issue supply remains down year-over-year. However, fixed income total returns… Read More

The Changing Derivative Market

By Zhiwei Ren | May 31, 2018

The derivative market is vast, with notional value estimated to be between $500 trillion and $750 trillion. Since the crisis, there have been three major changes in derivative markets: Before… Read More

Not Quite Closing Time

By Jen Ripper | May 24, 2018

There has been no shortage of negative headline news surrounding retail over the past few years. Major retailers have announced thousands of store closures and many have gone out of… Read More

Today’s Long Corporate Credit Curve

By James Faunce | May 17, 2018

Long end corporate credit spread curves have been somewhat range bound in recent weeks off the tights experienced in late January. The January print for the 10-year to 30-year curve… Read More

U.S. High Yield Credit Spreads vs. S&P 500 VIX

By Scott Ellis | May 10, 2018

Market pundits often report on the “VIX” or volatility index, but when markets are weaker, it seems to be discussed even more frequently. However, despite relatively strong markets over the… Read More

What has changed in equity markets?

By John Swarr | May 3, 2018

The U.S. equity market had strong performance and low volatility in 2017, which continued through January this year. This trend ended the first Friday in February when Average Hourly Earnings… Read More

Bond Market Sending Mixed Inflation Signals

By Mark Heppenstall | April 26, 2018

Investors and policy makers alike have been paying close attention to the shrinking Treasury term spread, defined by the difference between long-term and short-term interest rates. Recently published economic research… Read More

The Mind of a CLO Investor

By Jason Merrill | April 19, 2018

This week’s chart demonstrates recent annual issuance for higher-yielding domestic sectors in structured credit.  Many investors took substantial losses in non-agency commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS)… Read More

Is 1Q18 Volatile?

By Hong Mu | April 12, 2018

Is 1Q18 equity market volatile? It surely feels so. According to the chart, there were 23 days during 1Q18 in which the S&P 500 Index (SPX) moved more than 1%… Read More

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