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Not sure if you heard yet but apparently the world’s greatest toy store may soon be closed for business.

Toys R Us is a privately held company so they don’t have any stocks. However, they have borrowed money from time to time and now hold about $400 Million worth of outstanding corporate bonds. Those bonds are now crashing as the bid has apparently gone from $97 to $22 in just two and a half weeks.

Looks like Geoffery Girrafe and all of the Toys R Us kids just got Amazoned.

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In the Game

Not only are people finding it easier, cheaper, and quieter (no crying kids) to shop at Amazon these days, it seems that advances in technology may be playing a big role in this game as well.

The Lego company has also been going through a period of reduced sales and has recently been forced to take evasive action by firing about 1,400 employees.

In this world of smartphones and LCD screens, even Barbie is having trouble competing for popularity. This graph from Google Trends shows searches for Mattel’s favorite blond over the past 5 years.

Not that kids are playing less. On the contrary, they’re playing more. They’ve just discovered different types of games. Games that are more interactive and more exciting.

The Video Gaming industry has morphed from $9.5 Billion in 2007 to a monstrous estimated $108 Billion in 2017.

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Market Overview

Another hurricane is currently battering the Caribbean islands. Catagory 5 Hurricane Maria has just ripped through the Island of Dominica. Hurricane Jose on the other hand will most likely remain seabound and aside from a few floods in Long Island will probably do little damage.

Today the markets are focused on a different type of storm, one that is expected at the United Nations as President Donald Trump delivers his first address to the general assembly.

Trump is expected to lobby his international counterparts to create a joint force against North Korea and Iran. After months of being president and an entire election campaign that revolved around these two nations not getting nuclear weapons, Trump is eager to show that he is not playing games.

Also, at the meeting will be both Theresa May and her wayward party member Boris Johnson, who will be meeting today for the first time since their recent spat created national headlines.

May will also be eager to show Great Britain that she is in control.

Just Fun & Games

Of course, the geopolitical games mentioned above are only just a bit of dramatic roleplay for our benefit. While it’s important to keep track of the players, their words are not having much impact on the markets lately.

Through all the fuss between the Prime Minister of England and her Secretary of State, even at this critical late hour of Brexit Negotiations, the British Pound is surging to new highs.

Why?

Those of you who have been paying attention to my daily updates surely know. 🙂

Politicians, investors, and even major financial institutions no longer control the “free market.”

These days, the markets are controlled by the central banks. The Bank of England signaled last Thursday that they are likely to raise their interest rates within the next few months and the Pound Sterling has been flying ever since.

Tomorrow, we’ll hear from the Federal Reserve Bank in the United States, the single biggest player in the financial markets of this decade and possibly the biggest player in any financial market in the history of the world.

The US Dollar has lost more than 10% of its value against other major currencies since the beginning of the year and has lost 400% of its value against Bitcoin in the same timeframe.

On the one hand, the weak US Dollar is part of Donald Trump’s strategy to make America great again. On the other hand, the value has fallen so much lately that it threatens to undermine the stability of the global economy.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is going to need to walk a very fine line tomorrow if she wants to be renominated in February. However, some unique players know when to sacrifice their role for the good of the team. Is Yellen one of them?

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Pre-Market: S&P 500, Dow Hit Record High Amid Global Rally

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The major global indices are marching higher in a concerted fashion today, as the risk-on shift that started after Trump’s trade announcement continues in earnest. Asian stocks were up, but not enthusiastic, while European equities are strong, with the major benchmarks being around 1% higher today. The US market is still the island of bulls, and with the surging past the January highs, all of the major indices left behind the deep correction that started with the VIX-induced crash in February.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The S&P 500 is also trading at its record high after the open, and although the Nasdaq is still shy of its respective all-time high, and small caps haven’t joined the party either, the technical advantage of Wall Street is striking.

The Dollar’s dip is clearly helping risk assets globally, even as emerging markets are not particularly strong, since the rising US Treasury yields are making some investors cautious amid the risk rally.

10-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bond selloff, or yield surge, is arguably the most important trend of the current market, and as the Fed’s meeting will take place next week and there are no crucial events before it, the trend could even accelerate before the likely rate hike.

Whatever happens, yields are already at multi-year highs across the curve, and the tighter credit conditions will likely further squeeze the most vulnerable countries in the next risk-off period.

Euro Hits 2-Month High as Dollar Still Under Pressure

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Economic releases were clearly on the bullish side today, with British Retail Sales and the Philly Fed index both beating the consensus estimate. The British measure was a huge positive surprise and that helped the Pound and the Euro in hitting two-month highs against the USD, which has been drifting lower against most of its major peers during the current risk-on shift. The EUR/USD pair topped the 1.1750 level before pulling back slightly, while the GBP/USD pair is trading above 1.32 currently.

Copper, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities haven’t followed stocks higher today, with copper and the WTI Crude contract both losing some ground. Copper still failed to show meaningful strength, and it was hurt today by the relative weakness of the Chinese stock market as well.

On the other hand, precious metals ticked higher, with gold edging closer to its one-month high near $1220, thanks to the weakness in the Dollar. Gold might be ready for a stronger rally, as its stability amid the rising Treasury yields is impressive following months of weakness.

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Is Cannabis the New Crypto?

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Hi Everyone,

Cannabis stocks have been getting incredibly high lately and through the haze, it’s not difficult to see why. With the recent push towards legalization of cannabis in the United States and breakthroughs in medicinal marijuana,  many are seeing huge potential in this emerging industry.

Now some on Wall Street are asking the question….

For crypto enthusiasts, the answer seems to be no. A poll that I put out on Twitter a few hours ago is showing that many of my followers have a clear opinion on this one.

The great thing is, we don’t really have to make a decision on this one. Luckily, the rules of portfolio management are in favour of diversification. So we can take advantage of many different trends at the same time. In fact, the more we diversify the better.

Of course, similar to crypto-assets, when we see this type of volatility and short-term gains, it’s probably best to treat these stocks as a high-risk investment and therefore they should probably only be a small part of a well-diversified portfolio.

That said if you are interested to diversify into companies that deal in medicinal marijuana, the eToro @CannabisCare CopyPortfolio is still open for new investors today. The full details on that can be seen here.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Fighting Fire with Ice
  • New Crypto Hack
  • Ripple in the Market

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Traditional Markets

The Chinese government has seemingly chosen to fight fire with ice.

Yeah, the above headline made me do a double take too.

Yes, China has responded to Trump’s latest round of tariffs with some tariffs of their own, but in conjunction, they are reducing tariffs across the board on some products for all of their trading partners including America.

Stocks in Asia and Europe are enjoying the new sentiment as it indicates a greater level of globalization than we’ve been seeing lately.

Zaif Crypto Hack

Zaif is not safe. The Japanese crypto exchange was just hacked for approximately $60 million worth of BTC, BCH, and something called MonaCoin.

In comparison, the attackers of CoinCheck got away with about $500 million in crypto, and the Mt. Gox hack ended up with losses of around $450 million.

I’m tempted to say that these two price fluctuations were caused by the hack but it does seem that the timing is a bit off.

News of the hack began circulating about 12 hours ago (as of the time of this writing) and the volatility of this chart was over about 6 or 7 hours before that.

Even still, we can see that the end result of the above was higher prices. So the conclusion is that the hack hasn’t affected the market but what is clear is that Japanese companies should probably be investing more in cybersecurity.

Ripple in the Market

Crypto markets have been remarkably stable over the last few months. Sure, there is some FUD in the market surrounding Ethereum prices and their testing of the $200 mark, but even ETH is up 19% over the last 7 days.

The real winner in the graph below is XRP though. Check the blue line with a sudden breakaway from the rest of the crypto market on Tuesday afternoon.

The reason for the spike isn’t entirely apparent but the staff at Ripple Labs seem rather excited about it. As with the above story about Zaif, the market seems to be reacting prior to the news.

The specific story that Garlinghouse was retweeting was published on Ripple.com on Wednesday.

Either way, it is a positive update for the integration of XRP into the US financial system, so the 20% spike actually seems a bit light.

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

2-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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