Global Economic Review: February 2022

COVID-19   Omicron Followed the Script as the seven-day average cases peaked in the US on January 11th per Reuters at 704k, and quickly fell off to 63k by February 28th. US average deaths per day peaked at 2.7k in mid-February and fell to 1.5k.  We are still awaiting the…

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February 2022 Sector and Index Performance

During the month of February, the top 3 performing sectors were: grains (+9.54%), metals (+5.25%), and livestock (+4.80%). The bottom 3 sectors were: indices (-3.62%), interest rates (-0.47%) and currencies (+0.79%). February saw spillover volatility from the previous month with all eyes on eastern Europe. As Russia made its aggressive…

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Hard Power vs Soft Power: Russia, China and the West

Taiwan’s Next:  Hard Power versus Soft Power  In February the world saw a naked demonstration of what is called “hard power” or the willingness of a country to coerce another to get what it wants.  By comparison, “soft power” persuades others to achieve its goals.  The power approach generally reflects…

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January 2022 Global Commodity Snapshot

Commodities: Global   OPEC+ Voted to Increase Production by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) for March, though the pact again missed their total quota due to underproduction in many countries. OPEC pumped 28 million bpd (mbpd) in January, a Reuters survey found, up 0.020 mbpd from the previous month but…

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