Market Trek

with Brian Whitmer

  • Why We’re Watching ‘Junk’

    High-yield bonds, a.k.a. junk bonds, have a history of making important correlations with the S&P 500. In his new video, our Market Trek host Brian Whitmer walks you through 2 charts of the Bloomberg U.S. Corporate High Yield bonds to show why we’re watching junk very closely right now. (Brian’s destination today is Phuket, Thailand.)

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  • Silicon Valley Bank and ‘The Great Purge’

    The “binge and purge” credit cycle dates back decades. It goes like this: When interest rates are low, people binge on credit. When the rates rise… yep, you got it. Watch Market Trek host Brian Whitmer show you an eye-opener of a chart going back to the 1960s — and explain how the Silicon Valley Bank collapse fits in the cycle.

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  • Hedge Fund Masquerading as a Central Bank

    Something weird has been happening at the Swiss Central Bank. It has just reported its biggest loss in history — and missed its annual dividend payment (for the 2nd time!). What’s going on with the “world’s most conservative central bank”? Watch Market Trek host Brian Whitmer show you a couple of charts and dig into the concept of perceived risk vs. actual risk.

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Brian Whitmer

Global Markets Strategist
Editor, European Financial Forecast

Brian Whitmer was a civil engineer in another life, so he’s got a good sense of how things are constructed. Applying that skill set, he deconstructs today’s sundry financial vehicles, like CDOs, meme stocks, subprime mortgages, SPACs, et al, and contextualizes them for his subscribers. He edits the monthly European Financial Forecast and contributes the European stock section of our monthly Global Market Perspective.

Brian’s also got a bit of wanderlust, so he gets a first-hand, boots-on-the-ground feel for what’s really going on around the world.

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