Investment Markets Overview — W/E 30th December 2016

“Surprise”…. Is defined as an unexpected or astonishing event or fact and they have been in abundance for the year 2016. “Brexit” and “the Donald’s win” are the two major surprises that come to mind and which fooled not only the pollsters’ but also the majority of experts, but others included improved international relations for Cuba whilst those between America and Russia had a distinct cooler climate change. For the markets, surprise was also evident, such as commodities and the companies that mine them being among the best performers of the year, despite muted global CPI inflation; Global debt continued to soar, mainly due to feckless Government and their so called “independent” Central Banks, with the herd still believing that the latter control interest rates despite “market” rates soaring during the second half of the year. A student of socionomics, the study of social mood, would not have been surprised by most of the aforementioned, in fact this student of 14-years maturity, has provided ample hints via this weekly column and blogs in respect of brexit, Trump and perhaps the more important event, rising interest rates.

As a year-end “surprise, present,” this week, our charts’ will “tell” the main stories of the year for the main geographical regions and asset markets covered. May we take this opportunity of wishing all of our readers a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017.

First up is a chart of the 2016 performance of the main stock-indices.

30-dec-2016

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•Out East . . .
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•Within the commodities complex . . .
•Economic data due next week includes . . .

This week’s overview started with “surprises,” and will end with one, in respect of India’s ill-fated “tax-grab” of the 8th November 2016 ……

Charts:
1.  Indices Weekly
2. US S&P 500 V Oil Price V $/Yen Inverted
3. UK  Unemployment V Self-Employed V GDP
4. Largest Exporters to China &  US,UK, E-Z 10-Yr Ylds
5. Commodities Weekly

Table:

13 Indices, 11 columns of detailed information, for accurate analysis

                                                          “No Surprises Here Then”

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