The United States has been exploring new options for sourcing imported crude oil, and one potential option is Venezuela, a South American country that controls the largest reserves of crude oil.
Trading the Pursuit of Venezuelan Oil
Over one million people have already succumbed to COVID-19 in the United States, and current projections suggest that the fifth major wave of the coronavirus could strike at some point in 2022.
Active investors can use beta and implied volatility together to cover systematic and unsystematic risks in the market.
Gasoline prices in the U.S. have reached record highs during H1 2022, and several market factors suggest they could climb even higher this summer, before potentially moderating in Q3 or Q4.
The S&P 500 is down roughly 16% so far this year, but the individual performance of the eleven primary sectors within the S&P 500 provides investors and traders with a lot more insight into 2022 trading activity.
In early May 2022, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced it would be conducting a review focused on the effectiveness of tariffs levied on imported goods from China—a process that could ultimately end in the removal (or reduction) of existing import taxes.
When trading options and/or volatility, it’s prudent to leverage a systematic approach to trade entry and trade exit because a so-called “mechanical approach” can help maximize potential gains and minimize potential losses.
The VIX has surged into the 30s on six different occasions during the last 12 months, but the infamous “fear gauge” has met strong resistance on each occasion—last closing above 40 in the year 2020.
Dollar strength from 2021 has carried over into the new trading year, with the greenback recently marking multiyear highs against other major currencies, such as the Euro and the Japanese Yen.
New building permits remain strong, but a recent slowdown in the Housing Market Index (HMI) may indicate that rising mortgage rates could be contributing to a softening in the U.S. housing market