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A volatile calm - the paradox of 2016 financial markets

The proliferation of automated trading and passive investing, extreme levels of speculative positioning in an increasingly regulated broking world suggest investors should brace for periodic turbulence even if markets are mostly calm.

Asian shares struggled on Thursday, taking their cues from a lackluster day on Wall Street as investors locked in gains in thin trade ahead of the upcoming holidays.
U.S. crude oil soared more than 9 percent overnight to a one-month high just shy of $50.00 a barrel.
Oil prices tumbled on Monday on worries that producer countries may not be agree on a deal to cut output, pressuring U.S. stock futures and Asian shares.
Japanese stocks rose to their highest level in a year on Friday morning, supported by Wall Street gains and solid buying of exporters on the back of a weaker yen.
Treasury yields surged to near 18-month highs and crude futures soared to 16-month highs.
India must focus on improving connectivity along the Silk Route in order to establish itself as a hub for Asia-Europe trade
Asian stocks bounced to one-week highs on Wednesday as investors tried to share in the exuberance of Wall Street's record run.