MBM Research

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Derek Hanson
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MBM Research provides macroeconomic reports designed to inform investors and to aid them in finding new opportunities in the market. These reports tend to focus on the medium-term, with most of the information considered to be relevant over time frames of 1-3 months. Stock indices, currencies, and commodities are often analyzed in combination in one another as we believe this is important in gaining a proper understanding on the interconnected nature of modern markets. We believe in viewing the market from a conservative standpoint in order to spot emerging trends as they begin to unfold.

Which Factors are Fueling Oil Rallies?

Date: 14 September 2016

In most financial market contexts, crude oil maintains its position as one of the most actively traded commodities in the world.  In futures markets, light sweet crude oil is the most commonly traded futures contract, and price trends in these areas can be a great indicator of how commodities as a whole are likely to trade in the near-term.  Over the last year, we have seen some historic price movements in oil and precious metals.  Here we will look at some of the factors that have contributed to these market occurrences over the last 6-12 months.

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Will India’s Monetary Policy Continue to Weaken Rupee?

Date: 29 August 2016

During the second bi-monthly monetary policy decision in August this year, the Reserve Bank of India maintained the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility as unchanged at 7.25%. As a consequence, the reverse repo rate against the liquidity adjustment facility will remain unchanged at 6.25%.

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Safe Haven Assets in Financial Markets

Date: 7 March 2016

Over the last decade, we have seen several instances where most market investors have been caught off-guard and surprised by new developments.  Most notably, the stock market events of 2008-2009 were some of the most significant in recent memory -- and this has led many investors to feel skittish when looking to establish new investment positions.

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Understanding Currency Correlations

Date: 19 February 2016

Those looking to trade in any of the financial markets will obviously need to have a firm understanding of the basics involved in their chosen asset class.  However, what is likely less obvious is the fact that traders in one asset class should at least spend some time monitoring what is happening to price changes in peripheral markets.

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Euro Gains despite QE Programs

Date: 10 February 2016

When we look at many of the financial media headlines over the last year, we have seen a good deal of attention focusing on the declining valuation in the Euro.  However, when we take a closer at specific valuations in the Euro, we can see that this is not necessarily the case.

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Gold and Oil Reaction to the U.S. Dollar

Date: 9 October 2015

The US Dollar has exhibited one of the most impressive trends that the currency market has seen over the last year, as the greenback has risen close to parity relative to the Euro on several occasions.  Since the Dollar maintains its position as the world’s reserve currency, this creates ripple effects in a number of different markets.  For investors, this is important because it means not all markets are likely to perform at the same rate into the final months of the year.

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Small-cap Stocks Still Outperforming S&P 500

Date: 15 June 2015

Stock markets have shown some interesting trends so far in 2015, and most of those trends have been bullish in nature.  However, some stock sectors have benefited more from this optimism than other sectors, and the overall developments might be surprising those most heavily invested in traditional assets.

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