Trade Troubles

The trade deal: the gift that keeps on giving.

The August trade deficit came in at $67.1 billion, the largest since 2006 – partly a reflection of the pandemic but exacerbated by a 9.3% collapse in the value of the DXY since its March highs.

At the same time, oil and gas prices have spiked sharply higher since reaching our downside targets on Oct 2. So, bond traders can be forgiven for bidding up the 10Y to nearly 0.80%.If the past is any indication, DXY has much further to go and trade deficits will continue to rise – hardly the outcome the White House promised amid the destructive trade talks in 2018. Remember when the market rallied on every rumored breakthrough?

No worries, though, as VIX “coincidentally” collapsed by 10% in a matter of seconds, thus preserving a positive open.continued for members


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