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Global Equities Markets Have It All Figured Out – The Reason Nothing Seems to Matter

A major Bloomberg article gaining traction essentially lays out the case for why nothing matters anymore in risk asset markets. Just keep calm and buy the dip–and by dip, that means any dip you can find. No dip? No problem. Just buy anyways. Anything is better than getting left behind sitting in the dugout on a pile of rotting cash while passive index investors trot around the bases effortlessly.

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ECB’s Inflation Target Hit Early: Time to Move the Goal Posts

The Eurozone Consumer Price Index registered an increase of 1.8% year-over-year in January versus December’s reading of 1.1%. This means the ECB’s inflation target mandate of “close but below 2%” has effectively been satisfied at least a year earlier than intended. Next comes a series of goal post moving exercises. Policy makers and central bankers in Europe desire continued stimulus pumping to help limp past the banking crisis in Italy, the ongoing debt crisis in Greece, and significant political risk posed by elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Expect central planners in Europe to disregard the steepening inflation trend for as long as possible. Public discourse will gravitate toward new arguments downplaying headline CPI. These will include shifting focus to core CPI, blaming […]