When credit unions consider engaging in hedging activity, they need to get approval from their board of directors. This may pose a challenge as many board members do not fully unde...

September 16, 2020

In a San Francisco Federal Reserve (“San Francisco Fed”) report, an economist, Òscar Jordà, studied the medium to long-term effects of major pandemics during the past 500 years. Se...

Valuation is a critical and indispensable element of the bankruptcy process. The COVID-19 crisis has added a layer of complexity and uncertainty to bankruptcy issues with respect t...

Late last week the Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) decided to drop its practice of manipulating interest rates to manage its stated goal of 2% inflation. This decision is a major shift...

At the end of last week, I surveyed US economic indicators and trends in equities, commodities, bond yields and currencies.  Two indices stood out in sharp contrast to the others -...

The US – China trade talks remain delayed, but not derailed.  Talks were scheduled to review China’s progress on increasing imports from the US  – commonly known as the “phase-one”...

Gold and interest rates traditionally have had a negative correlation.  Though the relationship is not perfect, gold prices tend to go up as interest rates go down, and down when r...

If you haven’t noticed, I love analogies from the natural world.  The green comments are mine, the sarcasm is also mine. 
 

The Federal Reserve and the Federal Govern...

While the path to economic recovery is far from certain, there have been smatterings of optimism that, barring another Covid-related shutdown, the economy will continue to improve....

With the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) set to extinguish at the end of next year, the heir apparent replacement index is the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”).  S...

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