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US Stocks
Don’t buy Your Dow 23,000 Souvenir Hats Yet The Dow Jones briefly tipped over the 23,000 mark, the first time this has every happened since the founding of the index. Although the Dow closed slightly below the historic high, it did continue its sequence of 50 record closing. Even though...
UK
With European Union (EU) ministers struggling to make headway over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to put negotiations back on track Monday as talks resume in Brussels. The British leader is expected to tell other EU countries that the “ball is in their court” in the ongoing...
Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency is one of the hottest thing in finance right now, and for good reason. The world’s top cryptocurrencies have absolutely skyrocketed this year, with the global market peaking at $179 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That being said, the market for cryptocurrency remains highly volatile. For example, the market shed...
UK
In a highly anticipated speech, Theresa May told a gathering in Florence, Italy on Friday that the United Kingdom needs a two-year transition period before finalising Brexit. Under the new timetable, Brexit would not come into fruition until 2021. The comments contrasted sharply with May’s previous pledge to wrap...
NYSE Stock Echange
Wall Street continued its record-setting run on Wednesday, although gains slowed compared with previous sessions, as investors dissected the Federal Reserve’s latest policy announcement. After an uneventful day, the benchmark S&P 500 Index eked out minor gains in the final hour of trading, closing up 0.1% at 2,508.25. That was...
London Stock Exchange FTSE
The process of evaluating investment decisions has long divided traders. Some market participants swear by technical analysis, whereas others believe fundamental analysis is the best approach for long-term investment decisions. While it’s perfectly acceptable to have a preference, most traders may benefit from integrating both approaches. Fundamental Analysis Fundamental analysis involves...
Great British Pound Currency
The British pound soared to a new 2017 trading high, after the Bank of England (BOE) minutes commented that higher inflation and a pick-up in UK growth could lead to a rate hike in “the coming months”. The Bank of England also said “some withdrawal of monetary stimulus is...
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Tensions on the Korean peninsula have triggered a gold-buying frenzy in recent weeks, as investors latched on to the yellow metal’s safe-haven status. A renewed slump in the U.S. dollar is also shoring up precious metals by making them more affordable for users of foreign currency. Gold for December settlement eclipsed...
US Employment
The U.S. economy is adding jobs at a solid pace, with the labour market continuing to meet the Federal Reserve’s definition of full employment. That picture is unlikely to change on Friday when the Department of Labor releases its highly-anticipated nonfarm payrolls report. If the recent ADP numbers are any...
Stocks In Red
Volatility made a roaring comeback in August, as political risks emanating from North Korea and the Trump White House weighed on the bull market. CBOE Volatility Index Spikes The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index spiked to nine-month highs on 10 August, as stocks sold off following President Trump’s confrontation...
US Dollar Currency
Over the centuries, the United States dollar better known to traders as the USD, has emerged as the world’s most actively traded currency and the core of the global financial system. The evolution of the currency is long and storied. The USD has a history of over 240 years! 1775 Although the...
US Dollar Currency
Upbeat NFP Growth Expected It won’t be long before the U.S. Labor Department publishes its July NFP (nonfarm payrolls) report – arguably the most talked about data release of the month. There’s plenty of reason to believe that the world’s largest economy maintained its robust hiring pace last month, as...
Australian Dollar Currency
It has been a productive month for the AUD (Australian dollar). The currency has gained 5% in July and is looking to flex its muscles even further as broad market forces continue to undermine the USD (U.S. dollar). AUD Has Performed Well for 2017 The AUD/USD exchange rate peaked at 0.8057 on 27...
Euro Currency
You probably know the euro as one of the biggest currencies in the world, so it’s easy to forget, but the euro is one of the world’s youngest currencies. Less than 20 years ago the euro did not exist! It was established in 1999 in 11 of 15 European Union (EU)...
Stocks Up
Price Action is one of the forex basics you can use in trading and as s a new trader, you’re strongly encouraged to develop a basic understanding of the technical charting patterns before you progress to more complex techniques. In other words, charts with fewer squiggly lines are probably the...
UK
New Tory Minister Affirms ‘Hard Brexit’ Amid Waning Support Talks of avoiding a hard Brexit are a fatal show of weakness for the United Kingdom, according to new Conservative minister Steve Baker, who insists there will be no compromise on Prime Minister Theresa May’s exit plan. Capitulating on Mrs. May’s hard...
US Employment
With NFP (nonfarm payrolls) to be released tomorrow, traders are beginning to wonder whether job creation will bounce back in June or continue down the path of slower growth. Although the U.S. economy meets the Federal Reserve’s definition of full employment, significant imbalances remain. The NFP in May  Employers added 138,000...
London Brexit
Brexit Negotiations: Day 1 Recap It was said that Brexit negotiations were not about “punishment” or “revenge”, but the talks between Chief European Union (EU) negotiator Michael Barnier and the UK’s Brexit Negotiator David Davis did look a lot like kicking a man while he is down. After an initial exchange...
UK
Welcome to day one of 730 Brexit negotiations begin after nearly a whole year of speculation and build up. Yesterday at 11 a.m. BST in Brussels the door to the negotiation table opened. Theresa May’s government already appears to be on the ropes with a failed attempt to strengthen her...
UK
May Day, May Day, Theresa May’s gamble backfires as hung parliament is confirmed. Theresa May’s gamble of calling a snap general election to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations has backfired, with results confirming a hung parliament for the UK. After 6 weeks of campaigns and continuously changing opinion polls,...
Federal Reserve FOMC Stocks
The U.S. Labor Department is set to release its latest batch of nonfarm payrolls (NFP) data on 2 June, giving traders the latest glimpse of the world’s largest economy. A repeat performance of the April NFP report will boost confidence in the domestic economy at a time when other...
Donald Trump
US dollar index and global stocks fell on reports that US President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russia. The U.S. dollar and global stock markets sold off this week as investors fled risky assets amid reports that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials. Confidence in the Trump...
Stocks In Red
A volatile market, due to its unsteady nature is automatically viewed as a fearful enemy by many new traders but it implies many connotations which do not carry any truth. Before you love it or hate it, you must understand it. Volatility is the extent to which a market can be...
Europe
With the United Kingdom gunning for Brexit and France being pulled in the direction of Euroscepticism, we take a hypothetical look at how the European Union (EU) would deal with two exits simultaneously. For many, the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU was a death knell for the pan-European project....
Theresa May
Last month, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May shocked the world by announcing a snap parliamentary election for June 8. The unnecessary appointment with voters was an attempt by the ruling Conservative majority to earn a stronger mandate to negotiate their exit from the European Union (EU). Although opinion polls...
Emmanuel Macron
The first round of France’s presidential election was seen as a major achievement for the Europhiles, who are hanging their hat on a victory for Emmanuel Macron. The pro-European Union (EU) centrist secured 24% of the popular vote during the first round of voting, pitting him against far-right Marine...
France
The hotly contested French elections have become a four-way race, latest polls show, after Communist-backed presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon surged to catch up with Republican, Francois Fillon. Melenchon’s popularity surged after strong performances in two televised debates. Public opinion polls showed that roughly one-in-five French voters said they would vote...
Federal Reserve FOMC Stocks
The Trump reflation trade was on full display in the first quarter, as investors rallied behind expectations of faster economic growth under the new GOP administration. However, gains slowed significantly in March after failed healthcare legislation in Washington undermined confidence in the Trump presidency. The large-cap S&P 500 Index returned...
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The Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates on December 14 should have been the death bell for gold, a commodity that is highly sensitive to monetary policy. But something very strange is happening to bullion: not only has it strengthened in the wake of the Fed’s decision, it...
Oil Commodity
Crude oil has declined sharply this month, as the prospect of a renewed supply glut from U.S. shale threatens the market’s quest for balance. Since reaching 19-month highs on February 23, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures have plunged more than 11%, marking their worst retreat in a year. Brent crude,...

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