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        Market Snapshot – World Stocks Near Record Highs, Trump’s Tax Reform in Focus

        Global Stocks Near Record Highs Ahead of Trump Tax Reform Announcement A lack of material macroeconomic data through the day will certainly leave the markets with very little to consider, by which time the markets will have Trump’s tax reforms on the table and there will also be a more educated guess on whether Congress … Continue reading Market Snapshot – World Stocks Near Record Highs, Trump’s Tax Reform in Focus

        Morning Market Update – Swiss Doing Better

        Asian Market The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday that the consumer prices were up by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s trimmed mean was up by 0.5% on quarter and came in line with expectations after adding 0.4% on quarter and 1.6% in Q4. The trimmed … Continue reading Morning Market Update – Swiss Doing Better

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        Asian Stocks Rise as Investors Chase U.S. Markets

        Asian stocks are moving higher early Wednesday with investors chasing the rise in U.S. indexes. U.S. markets rose in reaction to stellar corporate earnings and on expectations for U.S. President Donald Trump’s impending tax reforms. Stocks in Asia rose across the board with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index up about 0.73 percent. The benchmark Korean index … Continue reading Asian Stocks Rise as Investors Chase U.S. Markets

        Stocks Consolidate Gains as Euro Continues to Climb

        The global stock market rally, sparked by Macron’s advance towards becoming the next French President, started to run out of steam during the European session. The DAX surged to new record highs Monday and remains above 12,400, as the focus turns to the ECB meeting on Thursday. The FTSE 100, which underperformed Monday, is outperforming … Continue reading Stocks Consolidate Gains as Euro Continues to Climb

        Morning Market Update – Worry for Greenback

        Morning Market Update – Worry for Greenback

        The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the Yuan reference rate at 6.8833 versus yesterday’s fix of 6.8673. The PBOC Deputy Governor Yi Gang said that “We have to work on removing existing barriers for the internationalization of the renminbi so that we can make the renminbi a freely useable currency.” The PBOC is expected … Continue reading Morning Market Update – Worry for Greenback

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        Favorable French Election Results Send Blue Chip Dow Up about 200 Points

        U.S. stocks closed sharply higher on Monday as investors reacted to the results of the first round in the French presidential election. The price action strongly indicates that investors like the election outcome and the strong odds that centrist Emmanuel Macron will win in the second round. Currently, the polls show that Macron is an … Continue reading Favorable French Election Results Send Blue Chip Dow Up about 200 Points

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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

        Gold Consolidates Its Losses

        Gold prices continue to consolidate in the 1280 region as the traders struggled to make much sense of what was happening in the gold market. In the overall market, we saw some dollar weakness during the early part of the day which was well utilised by the traders in the other dollar related pairs to … Continue reading Gold Consolidates Its Losses

        Oil Prices Crash on Production Fears

        It was generally a slow day in the markets yesterday after a lot of activity and volatility surrounding the UK polls on the previous day and we know that it is a slow day when the star of the day turns out to be the oil prices. The oil prices have a tendency to trade … Continue reading Oil Prices Crash on Production Fears

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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

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        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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        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

        Dollar Finishes Week Lower, But Firms on Tax Reform Talk

        The U.S. Dollar finished lower against a basket of currencies last week as investors reacted to a number of external factors that overrode fresh domestic news. The dollar index, which fell to its lowest level since late March, was primarily influenced by a rise in the Sterling, which hit a 6-month high and worries about … Continue reading Dollar Finishes Week Lower, But Firms on Tax Reform Talk

        An End to a Week. The EUR in Focus with an Eye on the Pound

        It’s likely to be a relatively quiet day in Europe in the day ahead, with the French elections on Sunday now centre stage for the markets, before shifting focus to noise from the Oval Office and the prospects of a 2nd attempt at repealing Obamacare, tax reforms and a lifting in the U.S debt ceiling, … Continue reading An End to a Week. The EUR in Focus with an Eye on the Pound

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        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

        Orbex Announces Major Changes in Its Trading Conditions and Account Types

        Orbex, an international leader in online forex trading, today announced the elimination of commissions from all their account types. These updates will officially launch on March 28th, 2017 to forex traders worldwide. Devoted to providing the most comprehensive trading experience, Orbex still offers their traders ultra-competitive fixed and variable spreads but now without the cost … Continue reading Orbex Announces Major Changes in Its Trading Conditions and Account Types

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