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Bank of Japan Keeps Monetary Policy on Hold as Economic Outlook Brightens

Posted on July 20th, 2017.

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept interest rates on hold Thursday amid signs that ultra-loose monetary policy was breathing new life into the world’s third-largest economy. The BOJ voted to keep its overnight interest rate at -0.1%, unchanged since early 2016. Officials also pledged to continue purchasing Japanese government bonds so...

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What is the Smarter Market Telling us?

Posted on July 13th, 2017.

The inverted yield curve in the bond market has a 100% record of predicting recessions since the late 1960s. A recession affects all asset classes. Therefore, it is essential for all the investors to be aware of the developments in the bond market. Key observations The bond traders have a very high probability of predicting recessions...

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The $1 Million question: Where is the US Jobs Market Headed?

Posted on July 10th, 2017.

The jobs report is widely followed by the analysts as it affects all the important markets – equity, bond, gold, and forex. But, what is it that makes the jobs report so important and what is the current trend in the jobs report telling us? Key Observations June’s jobs numbers show that the economic recovery is on track Wage growth...

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Breaking News: US Employment Holds Up but Wage Growth Disappoints

Posted on July 7th, 2017.

The US Non-Farm Payrolls number for June came out a few minutes ago, and the headline number was much better than expected, with more than 200K new jobs added during the month. The whole report was a mixed bag, as wage growth was lower than the consensus estimate and the Unemployment rate also unexpectedly ticked higher, albeit from a...

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Copper Trade Recommendation, June 30th

Posted on June 30th, 2017.

Copper: Long-Term Short Copper Futures, Daily Chart Analysis “Dr. Copper” as a lot of investors are calling the commodity because of its close correlation with the global economy, enjoyed a bounce in recent weeks, as the Chinese stock market stabilized, the Dollar took another nosedive, and stock markets remained near their all-time...

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Protect Your Savings: Central Banks, the Inflation Fallacy, and the Mountain of Debt

Posted on June 26th, 2017.

Since the end of the financial crisis, or some would say that since we entered the eye of the storm, central banks all over the world continued to pursue “extreme” measures to prop up the world’s economy and avoid a deflationary spiral. So far, we can say that the experiment worked, although the underlying problem, debt, didn’t go...

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The Fed Rate Decision: What it Means for the Markets and Your Portfolio

Posted on June 15th, 2017.

The Fed increased interest rates by 25 bp, to 1-1.25%, while announcing a gradual decrease of its balance sheet, that equates to a very slow tightening of monetary conditions The Fed announced that it will keep a close eye on inflation, but didn’t mention the slowdown in consumer spending and other risks The markets still pricing in an...

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Breaking News: The FED Raises Rates, Plans to Reduce Balance Sheet “This Year”

Posted on June 14th, 2017.

The key takeaway’s from today’s rate decision and statement: The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates to the target range of 1-1.25% as expected The FOMC plans to shrink its balance sheet later on this year, with no precise date included No significant mention of the recent softness in economic data, although the FED will...

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Fearing Recession, Billionaire Investor Paul Singer Creates $5 Billion Rainy Day Fund

Posted on May 30th, 2017.

Paul Singer, a billionaire investor, has created a $5 billion rainy day fund to protect himself from a disaster awaiting Wall Street, according to Marketwatch. Singer runs Elliot Management, a $33 billion hedge fund. He recently advised investors in a letter that low volatility is ahead for stocks, which will see values move higher for a...

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Dow Could Hit 100,000 By 2030; Adviser Urges Investors To Prepare

Posted on May 13th, 2017.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average could hit 100,000 by 2030, according to financial author and adviser Ric Edelman. Edelman, who believes incredible profits are in the making for those who prepare for new economic realities. If it doesn’t hit 100,00, he said, it will probably hit 150,000. The blue-chip index currently trades at around...

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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean For Investors?

Posted on April 4th, 2017.

With interest rates inching upward in the U.S. and elsewhere following a period of sustained low rates, what should investors do to maximize their earnings? Last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and signaled it will raise interest rates more this year. This followed a raise in December, the first in more than a year....

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Weekly Analysis: Stocks at Decision Point, Altcoins Still on Fire

Posted on April 2nd, 2017.

Asset Current Value Weekly Change S&P 500 2363 0.80% DAX 12312 2.06% WTI Crude Oil 50.81 5.92% GOLD 1247.50 -0.24% Bitcoin 1075 1.32% EUR/USD 1.0657 -1.49% 5 Things to Watch Next Week Will Bitcoin target its all-time high? The most important cryptocurrency scared bulls last weekend as it spiked lower to $900 before recovering above...

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The Week in Review: Cryptocurrencies Shine as Global Stocks Rise

Posted on April 1st, 2017.

Weekly Recap Asset Current Value Weekly Change S&P 500 2363 0.80% DAX 12312 2.06% WTI Crude Oil 50.81 5.92% GOLD 1247.50 -0.24% Bitcoin 1072 1.19% EUR/USD 1.0657 -1.49% The correction that took hold of global stock markets last week didn’t last too long and the leaders of the rally, namely the Nasdaq and the DAX, were once again...

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Daily Analysis: Europe Still Bullish as Ripple Rips Higher

Posted on March 31st, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2362 -0.10% DAX 12268 0.10% WTI Crude Oil 50.22 -0.16% GOLD 1246.50 -0.13% Bitcoin 1041 0.80% EUR/USD 1.0685 0.12%   Global stock markets are slightly lower today following yesterday’s strong Wall Street session. The DAX and the EuroStoxx 50 still trades just below their...

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Trade Sideways Again, Litecoin Surges

Posted on March 30th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2353 0.21% DAX 12226 0.16% WTI Crude Oil 49.83 0.63% GOLD 1248.50 -0.43% Bitcoin 1033.30 -1.30% EUR/USD 1.0736 -0.26%   Financial markets had another quiet day before the US GDP print, as the key stock markets consolidated below their weekly highs, and investors remain...

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Google’s AI Became Highly Aggressive, Could Have Major Financial Implications

Posted on March 30th, 2017.

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has warned us that the continued advancement of artificial intelligence might not be as good as we’d like it to. According to him: “[The creation of artificial intelligence] will either be the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”. In its list of ways the world could end, LiveScience adds...

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Daily Analysis: Markets Mixed as Brexit Looms

Posted on March 28th, 2017.

Tuesday Market Recap Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2338 0.08% DAX 12124 0.52% WTI Crude Oil 48.21 1.07% GOLD 1255.50 -0.01% Bitcoin 1061.00 2.90% EUR/USD 1.0868 0.04% European stock markets are relatively strong once again today, with the DAX holding up above the crucial 12,000 level. US Indices are virtually unchanged after...

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Continue Lower as Bitcoin Rebounds

Posted on March 27th, 2017.

Monday Market Recap Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2319 -1.10% DAX 11092 -0.95% WTI Crude Oil 47.19 -1.71% GOLD 1260.50 0.93% Bitcoin 1025.00 7.39% EUR/USD 1.0894 0.91% Negative sentiment ruled the European session on financial markets today, as the global correction remains intact following the weak bounce at the end of the...

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Weekly Analysis: The Trump Saga Continues, so does Ethereum’s Surge

Posted on March 26th, 2017.

Asset Current Value Weekly Change S&P 500 2344 -1.44% DAX 12064 -0.55% WTI Crude Oil 48.10 -1.39% GOLD 1243.50 1.07% Bitcoin 926 -13.57% EUR/USD 1.0798 0.56% 5 Things to Watch Next Week The Dollar: Will the weakness continue? The US Dollar has been in trouble since the recent Federal Reserve meeting, despite the fact that the central...

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The Week in Review: The Start of Something Big or Just a Blip?

Posted on March 25th, 2017.

Market Recap Asset Current Value WeeklyChange S&P 500 2344 -1.44% DAX 12064 -0.55% WTI Crude Oil 48.10 -1.39% GOLD 1243.50 1.07% Bitcoin 926 -13.57% EUR/USD 1.0798 0.56%   The question in the title is probably the most popular one this weekend among traders. Stock markets concluded a strange period, with some of the most important...