Aug 9, 2017

08/09/2017: Stop worrying and love the bond market

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The headlines about fire and fury and escalation and threats and all that has happened the past 24 hours are alarming. No doubt about it. Without discounting the reality of what's going on, allow us to cut through the fear a little bit. Nothing in this economy reacts as viscerally to the news as the markets to. The bond market, in particular, is a refuge in times of uncertainty. And it's telling us to take a deep breath. We'll explain. Then: For the first time in 60 years, the U.S. is set to become a net exporter of natural gas. Now we need to get the infrastructure up to speed. Plus: Go ahead, cut the cord, see if cable companies care. 

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What the bond markets are saying about North Korea

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Aug 9, 2017
The headlines today have been a lot about fire and fury and escalation and threats from North Korea. One way to cut through the fear is to look at what financial markets are thinking — bond markets, in particular. They act as sort of a fact check on the news and the economy. And bond […]

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The change in the market has been driven by the community, writer Ashley C. Ford says.
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"South Africa's economy is in dire straits" with no short-term fix

Aug 9, 2017
In South Africa, there’s political disquiet this week along with economic discontent. The South African parliament tried and failed to oust President Jacob Zuma in a secret-ballot vote of no confidence. While the failure wasn’t a shock, the final vote was closer than it’s ever been, which has made Zuma’s critics more confident. Zuma is […]

What a West Coast gas terminal could mean for the Rockies

Aug 9, 2017
It would provide direct access to overseas markets. With a new administration in place, the project could be revived.
A liquefied natural gas importation terminal on the Isle of Grain, England.
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The headlines about fire and fury and escalation and threats and all that has happened the past 24 hours are alarming. No doubt about it. Without discounting the reality of what’s going on, allow us to cut through the fear a little bit. Nothing in this economy reacts as viscerally to the news as the markets to. The bond market, in particular, is a refuge in times of uncertainty. And it’s telling us to take a deep breath. We’ll explain. Then: For the first time in 60 years, the U.S. is set to become a net exporter of natural gas. Now we need to get the infrastructure up to speed. Plus: Go ahead, cut the cord, see if cable companies care. 

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