Key Geopolitical Risks To Oil In 2020


The recent killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by the U.S. and the subsequent Iranian attack on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. soldiers have once again brought geopolitical risks to the forefront of oil markets. Given the global oil market has been in a deficit and nearly all spare capacityRead More →

Why geopolitical events are not a good reason to buy gold


Gold’s haven appeal amid mounting U.S.-Iran tensions and uncertainty in the Middle East could turn sour following the precious metal’s recent price rally to near seven year highs. “The geopolitical instability is adding fuel to the fire,” said Maria Smirnova, senior portfolio manager at Sprott Asset Management, following a sharpRead More →

Weekly Economic Vital Signs – Geopolitical Risks Abound


NFIB Small Business Optimism Small business optimism remains relatively strong, but it has been losing strength over the past year, falling 1.3 points to 101.8 in September. The primary cause is uncertainty over trade policy and tariffs, which should come as no surprise. This is negatively impacting capital spending plans.Read More →

Asian markets quiet, shrugging off geopolitical news


Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, tracking Wall Street’s lackluster trading day. Markets largely shrugged off a report that the U.S. and China may sign a long-negotiated trade deal in late May or early June, as well of claims that North Korea test-fired a new tactical guided weapon,Read More →

Asian markets mixed amid global geopolitical uncertainty


Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Thursday as investors remained cautious amid a spate of worldwide geopolitical concerns, including President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S.-China trade talks, testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Brexit and conflict between India and Pakistan. Japan’s NikkeiRead More →