Opinions, Page 14

  • A sculpCentral Banks Take Center Stageture showing the Euro currency sign is seen in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt

    China GDP, ECB Decision Could Rock the Markets

    We heard a lot from the Bank of Japan in late September. The Fed was also busy in late September according to the minutes of its meeting released last week. The U.K. has been in the news because of the announced plan to file Article 50 in late March and

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    If You Want to Know if The Fed Will Raise Rates, Just Watch Gold and T-Notes

    We’re in the last quarter of the year, or the homestretch, if you will, in a year in which the financial markets have started to take on the appearance of a “barbell” formation on the charts of the major assets classes. This year saw increased volatility the first six months

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  • Risk taking still valid despite hype

    Risk Taking Still Valid Despite Hype

    Risk taking still valid despite hype. Friday was spent watching DB’s stock slide and entertaining “what-if” scenarios. Yet, we suspect that media continues to overhype the story in order to create a driver in an otherwise calm market. With volatility dropping to lows, we remain confident that investors should continue

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    Questioning the Fed’s Political Independence

    The U.S. Federal Reserve can really be annoying at times. Earlier in the year it expressed caution about raising interest rates because of low inflation. Then it was worried about raising rates because of the labor market. At mid-year, it was worried about raising due to the uncertainty over Brexit.

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  • Commodities Daily Forecast

    Outlook for Commodities As OPEC Prepares to Meet in Algiers this Week

    The U.S. Federal Reserve has made a dovish decision not to raise interest rates in response to increased fears about weak economic trends. The fed had been contemplating a rate hike since the markets opened this year and the clamor for a September rate hike got usually high after the

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  • BoJ and Fed

    Markets calm after BoJ and Fed decision

    Markets calm after BoJ and Fed decision. As widely expected by financial markets, the Fed kept rates on hold at its September meeting. The recent declaration that two hikes were still possible for 2016 turn out to be wrong. All eyes are now on the December meeting. A hike for

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  • Crude Oil

    No Surprise. OPEC Rivals Won’t Agree on Production Freeze

    November Crude Oil futures broke sharply lower on Friday, but still managed to finish higher for the week. The catalyst behind the market’s 3.73% decline was a report that Saudi Arabia did not expect an agreement at talks next week among OPEC and non-OPEC crude exporters aimed at freezing production.Selling

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  • The Plunge And Pullback of The UK Currency Post Brexit

    It all started on June 24 when 52% of U.K.’s 65-million population decided to break nearly four decade old relationship with European Union and voted for a free UK. The move provided biggest attack to the European politics since fall of Berlin Wall and echoed sentiments of 2008-09 crisis. The

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  • Central banks matter

    Central Banks Policies Direct Financial Markets

    Central banks matter. This week, the BoE has also kept rates unchanged at 0.25%. The devalued pound has definitely helped the UK central bank to maintain its patient stance. Next week the Fed will announce also its rate decision and while officials have sent mixed signals due to probably communication

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  • Crude Oil

    Crude Oil Prices Have Only One Way To Go

    “Crude Oil can be seen at the last support area. Are we going to $26-28, and perform a move that will lead to $51-54 area?”http://www.fxempire.com/opinions/guest/will-crude-oil-continue-the-bullish-trend-329294This move was realized one by one, then I repeated several times that oil prices will fail to go above these levels.“Crude Oil can be seen at the last

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  • Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Make Full Disclosures Prior To Running For Office

    As we move closer and closer to the November election date in the US the campaign for president continues to heat up. The polls are bouncing back and forth with Hillary Clinton maintaining a small lead. This week politics and the views of the candidates were sidetracked by medical issue

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  • Fed rate hike drifting away

    Fed rate hike drifting away

    Fed rate hike drifting away. Summer is now coming to a close. Alongside the fading memories of the beach, is expectations for a September Fed the hike. US data continues to disappoint, suggesting that a September rate hike is now off the table. This week the focus will be on

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  • US Dollar Traders Are Obsessed With The Fed

    Day after day, the financial headlines seem to be focused more on what and when, if and why the Feds will raise rates. The US dollar has been on a roller coaster ride on bets whether the Feds will increase rates in September or December or both or not at

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  • Gold and the US Presidential Elections

    Gold and the US Presidential Elections

    Recent history shows us that in the run up to and following the 3 previous US presidential elections the gold price has pulled back slightly, but that may be about to change this year as Donald Trump attempts to enter the white house which just 5 months ago seemed unattainable.The

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Where Will Oil Prices Go from Here?

    Oil prices have been on a volatile rout from the beginning of the year. With the OPEC meeting in late September, Russia & Saudi Arabia production freeze deal, oil oversupply and concerns over global economy, it seems as oil will continue to attract traders attention. Towards the end of 2016, we gathered three analysts to sum up

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  • Draghi is back from vacation

    Draghi is back from Vacation

    Draghi is back from vacation. In Japan, BoJ is running out of room for monetary policy as Governor Kuroda already tried everything to weaken the yen. Similarly, in Switzerland the central bank is having a hard maintaining the Swiss franc at sustainable level for the Swiss economy. Nevertheless, the SNB

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  • The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) projects that overall gas consumption will continue to increase

    Will The Natural Gas Rally Continue?

    Natural gas is a flammable gas that is used as a major source of power generation, cooling and heating, feedstock for chemical industry, Cleaner and cheaper alternative to other transport fuels such as petrol and diesel and Fertilizers – natural gas is a major feedstock for the production of ammonia.As a result,  we

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  • Who Is More Powerful, Janet Yellen or Hillary Clinton

    For near a hundred years’ central bankers remained in the background of their political and economic press and headlines. It was for a central banker to address the public and when they did, they spoke with a jargon known as bankereze which the general public could not understand. Bankers avoid

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  • Dog days of summer

    Dog days of summer

    Dog days of summer. The summer doldrums have finally hit financial markets. The lack of economic data suggests that illiquidity remains the source of exaggerated price action rather than a lasting sentiment shift. Last week Fed members hit the wires sounding marginally hawkish, yet credibility issues muted any significantly adjustment

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  • The Weight Of Helicopter Money Could Crash The Helicopter

    Helicopter Money is a new financial jargon this is making the circuit as of late. Many traders and speculators think the term just simply means easy money pushed into the markets by central banks or is the same as quantitative easing or stimulus, but there are distinct differences between the

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