The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever, and its effect will continue to send shockwaves through many parts of society, notably among the world’s financial markets. These include the eight commodity futures and options products tracked by the CME Market Sentiment Meter (MSM): S&P index futures, US Treasury note futures, crude oil, natural gas, corn, soybeans, the Euro/USD exchange rate, and gold. The MSM is a computational tool that calculates market sentiment with respect to the above futures and options products based on the assumption that their prices and volumes reflect the aggregate sentiments of traders. Asset managers need information that helps them to avoid risks and earn higher returns, even though day-to-day fluctuations are usually small relative to the total value of the instruments being traded.
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