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Volatile markets, Fed uncertainty add to U.S. dip buyers’ risks

Wild swings in stocks are testing the resolve of investors employing one of Wall Street’s most popular strategies: buying the dip. The S&P 500 reversed a deep selloff on Monday to finish up 0.3%, after the benchmark index crossed into correction territory, while the Nasdaq flirted with a bear market before also finishing higher, suggesting that dip buyers have not gone extinct despite big declines in stocks in the first weeks of 2022. But while dip buying has rewarded investors in the last two years as stocks doubled from their ...

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World stocks gain ahead of Fed, oil watches Russia-Ukraine

World stocks edged up and the dollar was flat ahead of the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on Wednesday, while oil rose towards recent seven-year highs on tension between Russia and Ukraine. The Fed is due to update its policy plan at 1900 GMT after a two-day meeting. A first rate increase is seen in March and markets are already pricing in three more quarter-point increases by year-end. The MSCI world index rose 0.32%. U.S. equities were more upbeat, however, with U.S. S&P futures up 1.01% after the ...

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Few market bunkers if Russia invades Ukraine: Mike Dolan

Out of the frying pan and into the fire? It’s hard to imagine a Russian military invasion of Ukraine being seen as anything other than a major geopolitical shock. And yet global investors have so far shown little inclination to park funds in traditional safe havens despite weeks of menacing troop buildups, reprisal threats and shuttle diplomacy. Stocks have had a ropey opening to 2022 for sure and frontline investments in Ukrainian or Russian debt have suffered. But there’s been no dash to liquid government bonds – quite the opposite ...

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Hawkish Fed bets, Russia-Ukraine tensions weigh heavily

Emerging market shares fell sharply on Monday in anticipation of a hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve this week, while Russia’s volatile rouble steadied at nine-month lows with the West growing increasingly anxious of a possible Ukraine invasion. After ending last week down 1%, MSCI’s index of emerging market shares .MSCIEF slid another 1.2% on Monday, on course for its steepest one-day drop in a month. Some analysts are starting to speculate that, though unlikely, the Fed may hike rates this week as inflation surges. Most investors have priced in a 0.25% ...

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Shares shudder at potential Ukraine conflict

Shares across the world fell on Monday as the prospect of a Russian attack on Ukraine quashed demand for riskier assets, bolstering the dollar, buoying oil and bruising bitcoin. The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it was ordering diplomats’ family members to leave Ukraine in one of the clearest signs yet that American officials are bracing for an aggressive Russian move in the region. U.S. President Joe Biden weighed options for boosting United States’ military assets in the region to counter a buildup of Russian troops, with the New ...

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Investors shelter in U.S. regional banks as Fed hikes loom

Expectations of rising interest rates are bolstering the shares of regional banks, as a tumble in technology stocks pushes investors to search for assets that could thrive amid higher yields and tighter Federal Reserve policy. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF was up 2% year-to-date on Friday afternoon, compared to a 6.6% decline for the S&P 500. Gains in some individual bank stocks have been even more eye-catching: Shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc are up 8.4% for the year to date, while shares of KeyCorp are up nearly 9%. ...

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Global ETFs saw record inflows in 2021

Global exchange-traded funds (ETFs) drew record inflows last year as investors plowed their growing cash balances into the low-cost, transparent investment products. According to Refinitiv Lipper data, global exchange-traded funds received a record $1.22 trillion in inflows last year, which was about 71% higher than the previous year. Their net assets swelled to a record $9.94 trillion. That still pales in comparison to the assets under management of mutual funds at about $43.8 trillion. U.S. ETFs were the biggest recipients, receiving $901 billion, while European and Asian ETFs drew about ...

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Asia Week Ahead: GDP reports could show impact of latest Covid wave

Inflation reports Inflation in Australia in 3Q21 dropped to 3.0%Year-on-Year from 3.8% the previous quarter, and will likely stay close to 3.0%YoY in 4Q21. Although still higher than the Reserve Bank’s (RBA) inflation target, the important fact is that this is a fraction of the inflation rates seen in the US and Europe and is not moving higher but stabilising. Markets are pricing in a similarly aggressive tightening cycle from the RBA as for the Federal Reserve, but these inflation numbers will support the more dovish message being given by ...

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Global bond funds see higher outflows on rates outlook

Investors stepped up selling in global bond funds in the seven days to Jan. 19 as hawkish remarks from U.S. Fed officials amid rising inflationary pressure solidified expectations that the central bank will tighten monetary policy as early as March. Investors offloaded global bond funds of $4.12 billion, that topped previous weeks outflows by about 69%, Refinitiv Lipper data showed. Two-year U.S. Treasury yields US2YT=RR, which track short-term interest rate expectations, rallied to a 23-month high this week after Federal Reserve officials last week signalled a policy rate hike in ...

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Global hedge fund industry assets top $4 trillion for the first time

Assets under management at global hedge funds topped $4 trillion for the first time ever at the end of 2021, as the prospect of rising interest rates combined with the pandemic made for a volatile end of the year, industry tracker HFR said. The jump represents a turnaround from the first quarter of 2021, when total assets slipped below the $3 trillion mark. Despite the surge in popularity of relatively low-cost indexed funds, total assets have doubled over the past decade. Hedge funds posted double-digit returns annually in 2021 for ...

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Stocks tumble as disappointing earnings fan investor fears

European shares dropped on Friday, following on from losses in Asia and a late slump in the U.S. as fears about the pace of monetary policy tightening and a batch of weaker-than-expected earnings knocked investor confidence again. Oil prices pulled back too as another bout of risk aversion spread across markets and sent traders looking for safety in government bonds. Disappointing subscriber growth at streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), which sent its share price tumbling nearly 20% late on Thursday, added to nerves. The Nasdaq, the standout performer of the stock ...

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Stocks slip in Europe as investors refine Fed hike bets

European stocks fell on Thursday as cautious investors continued to assess how far and fast the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates this year. Also keeping a lid on risk taking were the tech-laden U.S. Nasdaq entering correction territory on Wednesday, a sell-off in bonds, still elevated crude oil prices and increased political tensions over Ukraine. But Chinese stocks were a bright spot after the country cut benchmark mortgage reference rates to ease pressure on its property sector. The STOXX index of 600 European companies was down 0.17% ...

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Asia shares fall as Treasury yields hit fresh highs

Asia’s share markets fell on Wednesday as U.S. Treasury yields hit fresh two-year highs and a global technology stock sell-off unsettled investors worrying about inflation and bracing for tighter U.S. monetary policy. Oil prices hit their highest since 2014 amid an outage on a pipeline from Iraq to Turkey and global political tensions, stoking fears of inflation becoming more persistent and propping up the dollar, which hovered near one-week highs. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan reflected the sombre tone, losing 0.7% in mid-afternoon trade after closing lower ...

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Asian shares drop as bond yields rise ahead of Fed

Asia’s share markets turned negative on Tuesday as two-year U.S. Treasury yields topped 1% for the first time in almost two years with investors weighing the risks of a Fed policy rate rise as soon as March. Early European markets on Tuesday were also slightly weaker. However, oil prices rose to their highest level in more than seven years over concerns about supply shocks after Yemen’s Houthi group attacked the United Arab Emirates. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged higher earlier in the session as much as ...

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European stocks gain ahead of earnings; China adds stimulus

European shares were slightly higher in early trading on Monday as investors focused on company earnings and U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers entered a quiet period ahead of their meeting next week. Stock market moves in Asian trading were small and economic data from China was mixed: industrial output picking up but retail sales missed expectations. China’s central bank unexpectedly eased policy by cutting rates on medium-term loans. Analysts expect more policy easing as growth in the world’s second-largest economy has shown signs of slowing from its rapid rebound after the ...

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