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News Recap: Energy prices are surging, with Brent crude hitting a 10-month high after a 2% rise

Energy prices are surging, with Brent crude hitting a 10-month high after a 2% rise Australia and China have led the New Year push higher, with 2021 starting in style across the commodity and non-fiat sphere. Losses in Japanese markets ensured a less-than-perfect start, despite a better-than-expected final manufacturing PMI reading of 50. Meanwhile, Chinese stocks gained ground despite the disappointing Caixin manufacturing PMI reading of 53.0 (down from 54.9).

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News Recap: Dollar strength has returned amidst fears of a new Covid-19 strain

Last week saw the USD continue to slide lower after market participants were reminded of the FED’s dovish stance at their most recent FOMC Conference. The DXY broke 90.00 as the greenback weakened across all major assets and EUR/USD broke above 1.2250.


Cryptoassets took centre stage as BTC/USD broke to new all-time highs and finished the week up over 22%. The surge was also seen across the altcoins as ETHUSD broke above the $650 mark. Going into the week ahead; dollar strength has returned amidst fears of a new Covid-19 strain that has been sighted across the UK and as a result led to tighter restrictions on movement and travel.

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News Recap: Use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine lifted markets

Going into final full week of trading, markets are somewhat positive after Asian bourses began the day upbeat. Both the ASX 200 and Nikkei 225 finished the session with gains albeit less than 1%. The DXY remains subdued beneath the 91.00 handle after gains within other G10 currencies weighed on the greenback. The EUA by the FDA for the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine also lifted markets as US equity futures digested the news. Despite this, Covid-19 readings in the nation continue to rise with cases topping 15.9mln and total deaths closing in on 300,000. Across the pond Germany is planning to shut most shops from this Wednesday until the 10th of January in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. This comes after German Chancellor Merkel outlined that the current lockdown restrictions have failed to reduce infections rates by a reasonable amount.

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What’s the Best Way to Learn to Trade Forex?

In 2019 more than $6.6 trillion was traded on the Foreign Exchange, or Forex, market. This was the highest recorded level yet, and is in part due to the rise in popularity of Forex trading.

Forex trading has reached new heights of popularity due to factors such as social media promotion, and rising unemployment levels as a consequence of the economic downturn exacerbated by the global pandemic.

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News Recap: Vaccine optimism has helped push major benchmarks to record highs

The US top three stock exchanges all reached all-time highs last week, despite Friday’s dismal jobs report. In November, the US economy added only 245,000 positions, well below consensus projections of 440,000. The unemployment rate did fall to 6.7%, down from 6.9% the month prior. Wall Street chose to see the silver lining in the weaker-than-expected number. Traders believe the lacklustre report could spur lawmakers to move faster on an additional coronavirus relief package.

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News recap: WTI crude and Brent are forecasted to potentially print their largest monthly gains

Last week the greenback continued to experience broad weakness within markets despite statements from Trump outlining that Covid-19 vaccine delivery will start this week as well as soothing comments suggesting that he will leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Biden. The DXY remained subdued beneath the 92.00 handle as EUR/USD closed above 1.1950. Gold selling continued as investors decided to seek riskier plays leading to a slump of over 4.5% for the inflation hedged asset. Looking to the week ahead, attention in the US will turn to the quantitative data set for release as market participants aim to gauge how the labour market has fared in the past month. NFP’s be released on Friday and is set to see another 500K jobs added to the market whilst the unemployment rate is expected to tick lower by 0.1% to 6.8%

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News recap: The pound looks set to continue its week of gains against most currencies

Asian equity markets began the week positive despite the bank holiday in Japan as the region gained on positive vaccine developments and the recent news that some nations will be transitioning to distribution in the next coming weeks. Reports that the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for Regeneron’s REGN-COV2 antibody cocktail also spurred markets despite the rising infections in the US as cases mounted to 12mln. US President-elect Biden is also set to announce his Cabinet on Tuesday amidst the constant rhetoric from Trump suggesting that the election voting was compromised in some key states.

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News Recap: US equity futures continued to extend gains

Asian bourses started off the week positive as US equity futures continued to extend gains from last Friday. All major US bourses trended higher as the S&P 500 posted a fresh record close to end the week. Despite Trump’s recent comments and tweets regarding the legality of the US election, President-elect Biden and VP – elect Harris are set to speak today on their plans for a post-Covid economic recovery. This comes as a number of top infectious diseases experts within the nation refute against the need for a national lockdown. At the time of writing, cases in the US have risen by over 155,000 as New York Governor Cuomo announced an emergency summit meeting between the governors of six north-eastern states to discuss potential measures to mitigate the spread. Within Europe, Austria has imposed a national lockdown through to December 5th and PM Johnson has been alerted to self-isolate after coming into contact with an individual who tested positive for the virus. Going into the week ahead EUR/USD trades above 1.1800 as German Chancellor Merkel is scheduled to discuss stricter measures to tackle Covid-19 with a number of EU officials.

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What is Proprietary Trading?

Proprietary trading is one of the most merit based trading careers. Its objective is simple: Make as much money as possible on behalf of your firm, and you’ll earn a percentage of it.

The opportunity to generate higher earnings much earlier in your career than when compared to other trading careers or investment banking jobs makes it an attractive proposition for hundreds of wannabe traders.

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