Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bonddad Wednesday Linkfest

1-Year Chart of India ETF

5-Year Chart of Annualized India Growth

Readers of the latest edition of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas's quarterly southwest economy publication might want to keep that quote in mind. News from the oil patch — the 11th Fed district that encompasses the shale heartland — is not encouraging, as it reveals a sharper rise in souring energy-related loans.

"The persistence of relatively low oil prices has begun taking a toll on district bank customers," the Dallas Fed said in its report. "Oil-price hedges become less effective the longer prices stay low, and the cushion built by energy firms during the good times gets thinner. Cash flow becomes stretched and collateral loses its value, further pressuring borrowers." That forces them closer to default unless banks are able to keep their lending spigots open.

Chart of Southwest Regional Banks From

Biotechnology-related exchange traded funds are stuck in a malaise, with the underlying biotech sector declining for the ninth consecutive session, its longest selloff in a twenty years.

Since June 6, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), which tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, declined 10.3%.

The underlying Nasdaq Biotechnology benchmark dropped 10% since June 6 as Biogen (NasdaqGS: BIIB) dragged on the index after plunging 18% in response to a failed mid-stage trial of its experiment drug for multiple sclerosis, Bloomberg reports.