Research: The Evolving Economics of Bitcoin, Gold and Fiat Currencies

The Evolving Economics of Bitcoin, Gold and Fiat Currencies By Erik Norland, Senior Economist & Blu Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group Highlights Value of a bitcoin has soared more than 6 million percent in seven years Bitcoin is considered a good store of value as supply is limited Regulators are working to bring cryptocurrencies into the … Read More

Research: Oil Markets in Supply-Demand Tug of War

Oil Markets in Supply-Demand Tug of War By Blu Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group Highlights Oil has been trading in a wide $42-$55 range for more than a year Despite the low volatility, WTI open interest has been hitting record highs Supply disruptions, global growth could nudge prices toward $60 a barrel The advent of … Read More

Abenomics: A Work in Progress After Five Years

Abenomics: A Work in Progress After Five Years By Erik Norland, Senior Economist, CME Group Highlights Negative rates strengthened the yen, slowing economic growth Japan’s debt-to-GDP ratio remains high but has begun to stabilize in 2017 High debt level likely to keep Japan’s short-term rates low for years Japan’s partial return to nuclear power could dent … Read More

Watch Video: Long- and Short-Term Challenges to Oil

Oil: Short-Term Versus Long-Term Price Scenarios By Blu Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group Highlights U.S. oil output could hit 10 million barrels per day in 2018 Shale technology widening output gap between U.S., North Sea Brent’s role, even as a regional benchmark, set to diminish in 2020s Long-term outlook for oil prices tempered by electric … Read More

Research: Russell 2000 Performs Versus S&P 500

Equities: Comparing Russell 2000 Versus S&P 500 By Erik Norland, Senior Economist, CME Group Highlights: The Russell 2000® and S&P 500® have a high correlation Russell 2000 outperforms S&P 500 during economic turbulence S&P 500 has topped Russell 2000 since 2014 as economy grows Will S&P 500 gains continue or have large-cap stocks peaked? Read Full Article Spread U.S. Small-Cap … Read More