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Tamen Dubito

Crude Positioning Pain

The spectacular failure of the Doha freeze negotiations on Sunday, where the 16 member delegation of major OPEC and Non-OPEC producers has led to an end of a 2 month rally in oil. Iran’s ambition to increase their production by 1 million barrels/day has led to a gridlock between Saudi Arabia and other players vying for market share. How is managed money positioned and what happens next?

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OPEC & Oil: Doha Meeting Outlook

Oil has seen a strong recovery since the February lows of $26.05, as the hope of an OPEC/Russia oil freeze lead to aggressive short covering by speculators. The DXY has also weakened signficiantly after comments by Janet Yellen, falling from the 98.5 level at the end of February to a current, dreary level of 94. Subsequently, as the dollar falls against major currency pairs, commodities, like oil denominated in USD rise inversely. Although investors continue to breath new hope into the oil price, like the OPEC deal will likely be an overall disappointment and lead to another leg lower in prices.

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ZPR.TO ETF Update

After recommending the BMO Laddered Preferred Share ETF (ZPR.TO) in January, there has been an unexpectedly aggressively rally which saw the security rise from a low of $8.49 to the current price of $9.91. This post will serve an update on the security and future outlook on the performance of these shares.

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