The dollar exchange rate as a global risk factor: evidence from investment

Exchange rate fluctuations influence economic activity not only via the standard trade channel, but also through a financial channel, which operates through the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on borrowers’ balance sheets and lenders’ risk-taking capacity. The paper explores the “triangular” relationship between (i) the strength of the US dollar, (ii) cross-border bank flows and (iii) real investment.

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Pangaea Logistics presents an exciting risk/reward opportunity for Cable Car

In their view, the intervening two years have thoroughly validated that thesis and proven the company’s business model differentiation. Pangaea Logistics was the only US-listed drybulk operator to remain profitable in both 2015 and 2016. The company generated more than $40 million in operating cashflow during the period, which was primarily reinvested in completing a planned acquisition program, adding three additional vessels to the owned fleet to support new contracts. PANL even withstood the 2016 bankruptcy restructuring of its largest customer, Noranda Aluminum. The Noranda contract is a 10-year contract for the transport of bauxite from Jamaica to the US and a key reason for Pangaea’s differentiation.

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