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Breaking News: Dollar Soars as Fed Reveals Tapering Plan

Posted on September 20th, 2017.

Highlights of the Fed Meeting The Fed will start reducing its balance sheet next month No interest rate change this time around, benchmark rate remains at 1.25% December hike much more likely than previously No change in outlook language Overall our expectations of a slightly hawkish Fed were fulfilled, as the immediate start of the...

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Daily Analysis: What’s the FED Up To?

Posted on September 20th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2505 0.01% DAX 12571 0.08% WTI Crude Oil 50.77 1.72% GOLD 1290.00 0.61% Bitcoin 3992 0.17% EUR/USD 1.1998 0.02% While the Fed-Day, the interest rate decision of the US central bank, is usually an important event, today’s meeting is even more so, with the trends of the...

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Daily Analysis: Markets Paralyzed as Fed-Meeting Looms

Posted on September 19th, 2017.

Tuesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2443 0.11% DAX 12561 0.05% WTI Crude Oil 49.87 -0.93% GOLD 1312.00 0.11% Bitcoin 4015 0.95% EUR/USD 1.1993 0.33% Global stock markets are having a very quiet session before tomorrow’s crucial Federal Reserve meeting that will likely stir up the current trends....

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Dow Jones Shows Remarkable Poise as Record Streak Hits Six Days

Posted on September 19th, 2017.

U.S. stocks advanced Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting a new record high on resurgent materials and energy companies. Dow Jones Extends Record The Dow Has been on a tear over the past two weeks, putting up gains in eight of the past nine sessions. The index rose 63.01 points, or 0.3%, to 22,331.35. That was the sixth...

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Daily Analysis: US Stocks at All-Time Highs as Cryptocurrencies Jump

Posted on September 18th, 2017.

Monday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2502 0.22% DAX 12559 0.32% WTI Crude Oil 49.93 0.12% GOLD 1311.00 -1.06% Bitcoin 4008 10.65% EUR/USD 1.1953 -0.02% Currency markets were once again the most active globally, as the Pound, the Canadian Dollar, and the Japanese Yen all declined significantly for different...

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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Crypto-Chaos, All-Time Highs in Stocks, FX-Volatility, Gold at $1300

Posted on September 17th, 2017.

1.            What’s Next for the Fed? All eyes will be on Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, as the central bank is expected to provide the details of its tapering plans. While the bond market predicts no rate hike from the Fed next week, the future of the bank’s balance sheet is at least that important for risk assets and the Dollar. The Bank...

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Daily Analysis: Payrolls Miss Sets Up Crazy September

Posted on September 1st, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2475 0.23% DAX 12162 0.88% WTI Crude Oil 47.09 -0.30% GOLD 1327.00 0.54% Bitcoin 4829 3.35% EUR/USD 1.1901 -0.08% After a string of relatively good economic numbers from the US, today’s employment report missed across the board, as the headline Non-Farm Payrolls number came...

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Janet Yellen’s Final Jackson Hole Speech as Head of the Fed?

Posted on August 25th, 2017.

This year’s Jackson Hole summit has an ‘end of an era feel’ to it, as Janet Yellen sets to deliver possibly her final speech as central bank chief. Yellen Takes the Stage Janet Yellen is set to speak on financial stability at 10:00 a.m. ET. Although the speech isn’t expected to generate much news, it will spark...

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Daily Analysis: Up, Up and Away?

Posted on July 27th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2479 0.24% DAX 12212 -0.76% WTI Crude Oil 49.14 0.84% GOLD 1256.00 0.57% Bitcoin 2558 3.38% EUR/USD 1.1653 -0.70% The Federal Reserve unleashed another round of buying in US risk assets, pushing stocks up to new all-time highs yet again. European investors are not so...

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Breaking: Rate Unchanged but Fed to Begin Normalization “Relatively” Soon

Posted on July 26th, 2017.

In line with expectations. We can sum up the Fed’s monetary statement and rate decision in four words, although the initial reaction of the markets points to a dovish interpretation by the “algos” and traders alike. The target benchmark interest rate of the Fed remained between 1% and 1.25%, while the Fed didn’t...

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Stock Markets in Hibernation Before the FED

Posted on July 26th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2476 0.07% DAX 12303 0.32% WTI Crude Oil 48.66 1.61% GOLD 1248.00 -0.32% Bitcoin 2475 -4.13% EUR/USD 1.1627 -0.17% The Fed-day is here once again, and markets are behaving in the usual way, with stock markets being stuck in a low-volume swamp, and volatility being back...

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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Bitcoin, the Euro, Key Earnings, and Gold

Posted on July 23rd, 2017.

1.            A Fed Meeting Without Expectations After last month’s rate hike by the Federal Reserve, the markets widely expect the FOMC to leave the benchmark rate unchanged, while signaling caution regarding the economic situation. Janet Yellen already voiced her concerns regarding inflation and growth last week, and that caused a...

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Pressure Mounts on the FED as Retail Sales Disappoint Again

Posted on July 14th, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2449 0.14% DAX 12618 -0.18% WTI Crude Oil 46.49 0.95% GOLD 1227.00 0.86% Bitcoin 2275 -4.23% EUR/USD 1.1441 0.37% Another month, another huge miss in US Retail Sales; that pattern didn’t break this month, as sales actually declined in June. Bastille Day is still mostly...

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Stocks Retreat from New Highs as Mrs. Yellen and the Fed remain in Focus

Posted on July 13th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2443 0.13% DAX 12633 0.05% WTI Crude Oil 45.87 0.81% GOLD 1217.00 -0.13% Bitcoin 2372 -0.73% EUR/USD 1.1404 -0.07% Janet Yellen and the Fed are still all over the news today, as the central banker continues her testimony on monetary policy. After yesterday’s surprisingly...

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Yellen Speech Sparks Rally in “Everything” as Fed Sees Risk Again

Posted on July 12th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2439 0.59% DAX 12641 -1.64% WTI Crude Oil 45.30 0.52% GOLD 1221.00 0.53% Bitcoin 2370 0.20% EUR/USD 1.1425 -0.37% Investors might have felt quite a bit of nostalgia today, as Fed Chair Janet Yellen followed the tradition Alan Greenspan and Ben “Helicopter” Bernanke when...

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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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Stocks Hit Hard Again as DAX and NASDAQ Still Wounded

Posted on July 6th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2415 -0.51% DAX 12371 -0.64 WTI Crude Oil 45.84 1.62% GOLD 1223.00 0.15% Bitcoin 2587 0.43% EUR/USD 1.1395 0.39% Global markets are in risk-off mode so far today, with Europe and the US tech sector leading the way lower once again. The worse than expected US ADP...

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Markets Prepare for Next Move as Fed Minutes Loom

Posted on July 5th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2425 -0.03% DAX 12430 -0.04 WTI Crude Oil 46.20 -1.81% GOLD 1220.00 0.09% Bitcoin 2575 -1.58% EUR/USD 1.1324 -0.22% Markets still seem to be stuck in the “long-weekend” mood after the quiet period around the US Independence Day. Volumes and Volatility are low around the...

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Five Things to Watch Next Week: Bitcoin, Central Banks, Qatar, Gold, and the Market Top

Posted on June 25th, 2017.

1.            Cryptocurrencies Still in Correction Mode Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Ripple are both still well below their all-time highs following a choppy sideways week for the crypto market. Litecoin’s break-out was the biggest move of the week and we expect more to come from LTC before BTC’s “Judgement Day” in August. The weekend brought...

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Weekly Analysis: Deep Crypto-Correction amid the Central Bank Show

Posted on June 17th, 2017.

Weekly Recap Asset Current Value Weekly Change S&P 500 2434 0.23% DAX 12750 0.31% WTI Crude Oil 44.68 -2.24% GOLD 1256.00 -1.02% Bitcoin 2565 -10.11% EUR/USD 1.1195 -0.10% Central banks and cryptocurrencies stole the show this week, as the Bank of England, The Bank of Japan, the SNB, and most importantly, the Federal Reserve all held...

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