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        Euro Jumps on Surprise EU Inflation Figures

        European stock markets are mixed, with the FTSE 100 underperforming following weaker than expected Q1 GDP numbers which will give the BoE some room before having to tighten rates. Eurozone markets managed to stabilized and are posting modest gains. It is the DAX that is underperforming flat on the day, while MIB and IBEX are … Continue reading Euro Jumps on Surprise EU Inflation Figures

        Morning Market Update – Worry for the Pound

        Mid Day Market Update – Worry for the Pound

        Asian Markets New Zealand’s Trade Balance (YoY) rose from a previous $-3.79B to $-3.67B in March, with Exports: $4.65B (March) versus $4.01B and Trade Balance (MoM): $332M (March) versus $-18M. New Zealand’s Imports climbed up from a previous $4.02B to $4.31B in March. New Zealand’s Building Permits s.a. (MoM) dropped down to -1.8% in March … Continue reading Mid Day Market Update – Worry for the Pound

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        NASDAQ Rises to Record High after Strong After-hours Earnings Reports

        U.S. equity markets closed higher on Thursday as investors awaited earnings reports from several major tech companies. The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average and the benchmark S&P 500 Index straddled their opening price most of the session, while the tech-laden NASDAQ Composite finishes decisively higher at a record high. Before the opening, the major … Continue reading NASDAQ Rises to Record High after Strong After-hours Earnings Reports

        Market Snapshot – ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged, Stocks Retreat on Trump Tax Plan

        European Central Bank Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged, Stands Pat on Policy The European Central Bank announced on Thursday to leave interest rates unchanged at its record lows. Moreover, the central bank did not indicate any dramatic changes in its policy. ECB President, Mario Draghi delivered a cautious press conference but signaled that high inflation will require a respond … Continue reading Market Snapshot – ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged, Stocks Retreat on Trump Tax Plan

        Stocks Consolidate as Anxiety Builds Ahead of Second Round of French Elections

        European stock markets are heading broadly south, halting six days of gains as investors await the ECB meeting, amid strong inflation and growth data. The Macron rally saw the DAX surging to new all-time highs and helped the CAC 40 to break its long term downtrend, but investors need new impetus to push gains out … Continue reading Stocks Consolidate as Anxiety Builds Ahead of Second Round of French Elections

        Morning Market Update – Dollar Gives Mixed Responses

        Morning Market Update – Dollar Gives Mixed Responses

        Asian Markets Japan’s foreign bond investment dropped down to ¥-1283.8B last week from a previous ¥-796.2B. Japan’s foreign investment in Japan stocks: ¥258.4B (April 21) versus the previous rate of ¥315.2B. Japan’s life insurance companies have decided to purchase foreign bonds at a slower rate. The reason behind the slow purchases is that the Federal … Continue reading Morning Market Update – Dollar Gives Mixed Responses

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        Commodities Consolidate as Month End Approaches

        Gold prices continue to consolidate for the second day yesterday and this consolidation has been happening at the lows of the range near a support region. We had mentioned in our forecast yesterday that we are likely to see the gold prices consolidate in this support region as the instrument prepares itself for the next … Continue reading Commodities Consolidate as Month End Approaches

        Commodities Consolidate in Choppy Trading

        Gold prices continued to consolidate and range during some choppy trading over the past 24 hours as the traders wait for some fundamental push in a specific direction to move the prices. We had mentioned in our forecasts last week that with the gold prices unable to surmount 1300. We are likely to see the … Continue reading Commodities Consolidate in Choppy Trading

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        Crude Oil Up after EIA Reports Larger-than-Expected Draw

        Oil prices rebounded from earlier weakness after government data reported a larger-than-expected draw in U.S. crude oil inventories. The news helped trigger a strong short-covering rally since it caught most traders by surprise. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. commercial crude inventories fell by 3.6 million barrels to a total of 528.7 million … Continue reading Crude Oil Up after EIA Reports Larger-than-Expected Draw

        Gold Continues Lower But Is This the End?

        We had mentioned last week in our forecasts that the gold exposes itself to the risk of correcting towards the broken resistance in the 1265 region and yesterday, we saw the completion of this move as the gold prices continued to drop since the beginning of the week and the pair now trades just above … Continue reading Gold Continues Lower But Is This the End?

        Commodities Gap Down as Risks Subside

        As we have been mentioning over the last few days, gold prices dipped towards the 1266 level as the market gapped down to open the week. Over the last week, we had seen the gold prices holding strong as the fears over the French elections continued to dominate the markets as the traders felt that … Continue reading Commodities Gap Down as Risks Subside

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        Crude Oil Posts Biggest Weekly Loss in a Month on Supply Concerns

        Crude oil futures plunged more than 2 percent on Friday, helping it to post the biggest weekly loss in a month. The catalyst behind the selling pressure were concerns over increasing U.S. production and high inventories and their negative influence on OPEC’s attempt to reduce the global supply glut. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures … Continue reading Crude Oil Posts Biggest Weekly Loss in a Month on Supply Concerns

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        Bob Mason

        French Elections – First Round

        The much anticipated French elections are finally around the corner and with all of the noise from earlier in the year, looking at the EUR, one would have thought that it was a 2 horse race between the more seasoned, but tainted Fillon and ex-banker Macron. As things stand, it’s a 4-horse race and there … Continue reading French Elections – First Round

        Tom Chen

        North Korea – How Much of a Threat?

        By the end of World War II, United States and Soviet Union took over the Korean country, ending a long Japanese rule of 35 years. During the cold war, both countries remained in a perpetual state of war, faced equal economic, political and social status. However, the fall of the Soviet Union has changed the … Continue reading North Korea – How Much of a Threat?

        James Hyerczyk

        Disappointing U.S. Inflation, Retail Sales Data Means Mr. Trump May Get His Wish

        On April 3, the newly released minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on March 15 indicated that the central bank struggled with two major concerns:  whether it should let inflation run hot beyond its 2.0% mandate and how to prepare for President Trump’s economic stimulus plans. The minutes showed near-unanimous support from a … Continue reading Disappointing U.S. Inflation, Retail Sales Data Means Mr. Trump May Get His Wish

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        Vive la France! The Election and the Euro

        Unless one candidate can garner more than 50% of the vote in the first round of elections, French voters will go to the polls twice to elect their new leader.  The two candidates that score the most votes will go head to head for the top spot on the leadership podium on May 7.  France … Continue reading Vive la France! The Election and the Euro

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        A Busy Calendar with the EUR, the Pound and the Dollar in Focus

        Despite the hopes of the more bullish on the EUR, Draghi managed to drag the EUR once more on Thursday afternoon, not only noting that risks to the Eurozone economy remain, despite downside risk abating, with inflation still the laggard as far as the ECB is concerned. The weight on the EUR was evident by … Continue reading A Busy Calendar with the EUR, the Pound and the Dollar in Focus

        Draghi and the EUR in Focus, with Half an Eye on the Dollar

        Market focus will shift temporarily to Europe this afternoon, with the ECB interest rate decision and, more importantly, Draghi press conference scheduled. The relief rally stemming from Macron’s first round victory has come and gone, with European equities kicking off the day under pressure with the CAC down 0.34% at the time of the report, … Continue reading Draghi and the EUR in Focus, with Half an Eye on the Dollar

        Tax Reforms and Approval on Spending to Trump the Dollar

        We may have considered the Healthcare Bill to be the first test for the Trump administration, but in reality the markets have been far more interested in the promise of tax reforms and a fiscal stimulus package to give the U.S economy a boost that is also expected to shift the FED’s relatively conservative projections … Continue reading Tax Reforms and Approval on Spending to Trump the Dollar

        Markets Pause for Breath Ahead of Tax Reforms and a Dollar Bounce

        While the markets basked in the glory of the Establishment on Monday, with global equity markets making a solid recovery, filling the Trump rally void that had seen the Dow pull back to 21,000 highs seen at the start of March, geo-political risks have yet to be completely priced out, with continued noise from North … Continue reading Markets Pause for Breath Ahead of Tax Reforms and a Dollar Bounce

        Macron Flicks on the Risk Switch with the EUR on the Bounce

        The French Elections failed to follow in the footsteps of Britain’s EU Referendum and U.S Presidential Election last year, with centralist and market favourite Macron taking the first round with 23.9% of the vote after 97.3% of votes counted, Le Pen coming in second with 21.4% of the vote. There will be plenty of relief … Continue reading Macron Flicks on the Risk Switch with the EUR on the Bounce

        Make or Break for the Euro

        The Euro closed higher last week against the major currencies ahead of one of the biggest political events of the year and the question is what now for the European currency? Never has there been such controversy surrounding a French presidential election and with an array of candidates with such different policies, there may be some … Continue reading Make or Break for the Euro

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        Interview with Awarded Broker – HBC

        Below is an interview with the ‘Most Promising Broker 2016‘ awarded broker – HBC Broker. HBC Broker Review: “HBC Broker is forex broker that is the brainchild of a financial consultant Julian Schmid, established in 2010. The broker actually has its roots dating as far back as 1997 when it was still a small financial consulting … Continue reading Interview with Awarded Broker – HBC

        Plus500 Has Reached a Settlement Agreement with Belgium’s Regulator

        Plus500 has reached a settlement agreement with the Belgium regulator FSMA, Financial Services and Markets Authority, for the amount of €550.000. The settlement came after months of discussions between Plus500 and FSMA. According to the FSMA, Plus500 offered CFDs on Belgian territory without a regulatory approval. Moreover, Plus500 did not submit to the FSMA for … Continue reading Plus500 Has Reached a Settlement Agreement with Belgium’s Regulator

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        HotForex: Trading Tips by Football Legend Michael Ballack

        Michael Ballack has agreed on an official collaboration with HotForex, through which the German footballer offers valuable tips to traders. PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, April 2017 – Award-winning forex and commodities broker, HotForex has celebrated the collaboration with the world-famous German football legend Michael Ballack with a special event at the forex company’s offices. The company … Continue reading HotForex: Trading Tips by Football Legend Michael Ballack

        French election: Swissquote and EPFL Help Investors Understand the Likely Impact on Financial Markets

        Goal: Measure impact of French election on equity and currency markets. Swissquote and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) create Social Media Opinion Index to scan voter sentiment on social media. Index is complemented comments and trading tools, creating a financial dashboard that enables investors to optimize investment decisions. Gland, Switzerland, April 19, 2017 – … Continue reading French election: Swissquote and EPFL Help Investors Understand the Likely Impact on Financial Markets

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        Interview with Awarded Broker – InterTrader

        Below is an interview with the ‘Best CFD Provider 2016‘ awarded broker  – InterTrader. InterTrader Review: “InterTrader is an online Forex trading company that provide users a reliable service. So often in the over-the-counter Forex brokers industry do we come across brokers that are in a real conflict of interest with their traders. This is … Continue reading Interview with Awarded Broker – InterTrader

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        Interview with Awarded Broker – IQ Option

        Below is an interview with the ‘Most Innovative Broker 2016‘ awarded broker – IQ option. IQ Option Review: “IQ Option is currently one of the most popular binary trading platforms for beginner traders. Their minimum deposit requirement of $10 and minimum investment amount of $1 are one of the lowest requirements among all the binary options … Continue reading Interview with Awarded Broker – IQ Option

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