Bluford (Blu) Putnam has served as managing director and chief economist of CME Group since 2011. He is responsible for leading CME’s economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact. Prior to joining CME, Putnam gained more than 35 years of experience in the financial-services industry, with concentrations in central banking, investment research and portfolio management. He has authored five books on international finance.
China and Germany are facing more serious growth concerns than the United States.
Global tensions still affect gold prices, but with the trade war in play, those tensions are now correlated with interest rates.
The Chinese yuan had traded in a narrow range for several months in hopes a U.S.-China trade pact would be reached.
If the Fed is not going to be the culprit this time, these threats could be the trigger.
Any surprises in key data could seal the deal for a rate cut at the Federal Reserve July 30-31 meeting.
The unusual shape of the yield curve is sending mixed signals.
With the U.S. economy decelerating and central banks halting asset purchases, there's something for buyers and sellers of U.S. bonds.
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