Last week saw market participants digest a wave of central bank commentary as several FED members delivered speeches providing their own views on monetary policy, inflation, and tapering. The US Dollar was lifted higher by the rally in treasury yields which saw USD/JPY briefly test the 112.00 level. EUR/USD slumped below 1.1600 before paring the losses towards the end of the week as financiers and investors looked towards a new month and quarter. Equities ended the month of September in the red with the SPX and Dow Jones snapping a 7-month win streak.Read more
Last week saw market participants digest the outcomes of the wave of Central Bank meetings which included the FOMC. The Central Bank gave notice that if progress on its economic goals continued as expected then a reduction in the pace of asset purchases may be warranted. The news sent the greenback higher as it surged to its best levels since the 20th of August. In addition to this, the FED now sees a total of seven rate hikes over its current forecast horizon whilst the views on the labour market were broadly maintained. Market participants were surprised by Fed Chair Powells’ comments as he noted that the tapering of asset purchases could be concluded by the middle of next year if the economy remains on track. Moving forward, financiers and investors will now await the next meeting in November for a possible taper announcement.
Markets in Asia began the week mixed as the region rallied somewhat on reopening headlines but struggled to climb further with market participants weary of month and quarter end. The ASX 200 closed higher by 0.7% with outperformance seen within mining related sectors. The Nikkei 225 was unchanged with investors treading cautiously ahead of the upcoming LDP leadership race.Read more
Last week saw market participants digest a wave of US data which included a strong retail sales print. The greenback surged above the 93.00 as market participants look towards this week’s FOMC Meeting for further guidance and direction regarding the impending taper announcement. Commodity currencies were on the pressured as the week progressed with Australia reporting a loss of over 140,000 jobs in the past month. The week ahead will see several major Central Bank meetings as financiers and investors remain cautious over the path of the economic recovery.
Markets in Asia began the week negatively amid the Evergrande concerns and a continued slump in commodities. Risk appetite was on the backfoot with a few holiday closures in the region and a busy Central Bank focused week ahead. The Hang Seng dropped nearly 5% whilst Evergrande plunged by another 17% on growing default fears. It has been reported that the company who currently owe over $120mln in bond coupon payments have been repaying investors with discounted real estate. The ASX 200 was lower by around 2% as underperformance in mining names and ongoing woes in commodities spooked market participants.Read more
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Last week saw market participants digest a wave of central bank meetings which included the ECB lowering the pace of purchases into Q4 with ECB President Lagarde noting that it was a time for recalibration rather than tapering. The Euro traded lower following the announcement and currently sits below 1.1800 against the greenback. The RBA maintained their current monetary policy stance whilst increasing the duration for their new bond-buying programme citing effects of the delta variant outbreak.
Markets in Asia started the week off cautiously following last week’s five-day losing streak on Wall Street. The ASX 200 was up marginally amid gains within commodity related sectors following the recent press higher in Oil. The asset has climbed above the $70 level in an extension of Friday’s gains despite the renewed strength for the dollar. Recent comments from Goldman Sachs also provided a lift for the asset as the company believes that a significant rally is on the horizon due to increasing levels of scarcity. Back to Asia, the Nikkei 225 was lower and lacked direction whilst the Hang Seng dipped by over 2% amid losses in real estate and tech.Read more
Last week saw market participants digest a poor NFP print as only 235,000 jobs were reported to have been added in the past month suggesting that the FED could delay the timing of tapering until later in the year. The report sent the weakened with the greenback as it moved to its lowest level in a month.
Commodity currencies were amongst the top performers during the week as AUD/USD climbed to its best levels since July. The asset benefited from the broad risk on rally despite a worsening Covid-19 situation in the nation. Heading into the week ahead, the RBA will hold their final policy meeting for Q3 where all eyes will be on QE. At the prior meeting, the board stood by its taper decision which would see the weekly purchases drop down to 4bln AUD from early this month.Read more
When you’re a new trader one of the best things you can do is to enhance your experience and education by learning as much as you can about trading.
Whilst a great place to start is with demo accounts and simulated trading platforms, another great resource that is often overlooked is books.
Below we’ve compiled our list of the 6 best forex trading books for beginners for exactly that reason.
Over time a number of different books about forex trading have been published and some of the very best contain invaluable information, advice and the beginnings of strategies that beginners can take with them as they develop their trading skills to become successful.Read more
Risk management is a key component to successful trading. Without it, traders are dangerously vulnerable and could make just one or two bad trades before losing all their hard-earned money.
Remarkably trading risk management is an essential but often overlooked prerequisite to successful trading.
That’s because risk management helps negate losses by protecting traders from losing their money. If a trader can successfully manage risk however, they open themselves up to the potential of making significant money in the market.
Below we’ve listed seven easy risk management strategies that traders new and old can use to keep themselves trading as securely and safely as possible.Read more
A commonly asked question by both new traders and those inexperienced with trading leverage is: What does leverage mean in trading?
At its heart, leverage means a powerful investment opportunity. Hailed as one of the most indispensable tools for traders, leverage can be used to take advantage of the smallest price movements, make your portfolio geared toward greater exposure, or even stretch out your capital.
However, just like any trading strategy, trading leverage also comes with precautions. Because trading leverage involves the use of borrowed capital, traders must ensure that they’re not borrowing – or risking – too much.
In this trader’s guide to leverage we’ll tell you all you need to know about what leverage is, how it works, and when (and where) it should be used.Read more
Last week saw financiers and investors flee to safety on rising delta variant concerns and mounting pessimism about the rate of economic growth. The Dollar, Yen and Swiss Franc were the weeks top performers in FX on the haven bid whilst commodity currencies slumped lower across the board. AUD/USD closed at its worst levels since November of last year whilst NZD/USD broke down following the imposition of a nation-wide lockdown following the discovery of its first confirmed Covid case since February. The action taken by PM Ardern resulted in the RBNZ pulling back from the expectation of a 25bps hike and instead maintained the OCR at 0.25%.
The week ahead will see PMIs released across Europe and the States whilst participants will now turn their attention to Core PCE data and the Jackson Hole Symposium.Read more