The charts that matter: bond yields slip while bitcoin tops $60,000

Cryptocurrency bitcoin soared to over $60,000 this week, while government bond yields fell back. Here’s how that has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Welcome back. 

This week, we’ve opened ourselves up to the risk of an environmental backlash with our two main investment features. Our cover story delves into the reasons why, as we strive to create a world free of carbon emissions but keep all the 21st century comforts that the developed world enjoys and the developing world aspires to, we still need fossil fuels. And there’s no getting away from the fact that we’re going to need them for quite a while to come. Andrew Hunt explains why, and picks some of the best ways for you to invest.

Elsewhere, Dominic Frisby looks at another power source that many environmental campaigners hate but which has few, if any, carbon emissions: nuclear power. For the last 70 years, nuclear power stations have “provided huge amounts of reliable, affordable, “clean” and almost infinitely renewable electricity”, says Dominic. The focus in the industry now is switching to small modular reactors, says Dominic. Find out all about them, and how to profit from them, in this week’s issue of MoneyWeek magazine. 

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Merryn is joined by our own John Stepek in this week’s edition of the MoneyWeek Podcast. They talk about the current state of the world, with its rising inflation, energy crisis and threats of strikes and ask – are we going back to the 1970s? They also talk in depth about the post-Covid labour market, productivity and much more. Listen to the whole episode here.

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Now for the charts of the week. 

The charts that matter 

Gold spiked up as investors started to worry more about inflation, though it remains below $1,800 an ounce. 

Gold price chart

(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) softened a little after a month of gains.

US dollar index chart

US dollar index chart

(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) strengthened a little against the dollar (when the red line is rising, the dollar is strengthening while the yuan is weakening). 

USD/CNY currency chart

(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)

The yield on the ten-year US government bond slipped.

US Treasury bond yield chart

US Treasury bond yield chart

(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond mirrored the moves in US Treasury bond yields.

Japanese government bond yield chart

Japanese government bond yield chart

(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

And the yield on the ten-year German Bund fell off, too.

German bond yield chart

German bond yield chart

(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper rose sharply as rising energy prices hampered supply.

Copper price chart

(Copper: nine months)

The closely-related Aussie dollar climbed against the US dollar.

AUD/USD currency chart

(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Bitcoin bulls cheered as the price topped $60,000 – not far off its record high.

Bitcoin price chart

(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly initial jobless claims fell by 36,000 to 293,000. The four-week moving average fell by 10,500 to 334,250. 

US weekly jobless claims

(US initial jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)

The oil price headed even higher.

Brent crude oil price chart

(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon recovered some ground after earlier falls.

Amazon share price chart

Amazon share price chart

(Amazon: three months)

Tesla continued to climb on news of record sales in China and the company’s Model 3 saloon becoming the UK’s best-selling car in September.

Tesla share price chart

Tesla share price chart

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend. 

Ben

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