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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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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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Daily Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Still in Correction amid Post-Fed Turmoil

Posted on June 15th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2424 -0.44% DAX 12691 -0.89% WTI Crude Oil 44.52 -0.42% GOLD 1257.00 -1.45% Bitcoin 2278 -7.23% EUR/USD 1.1145 -0.67% The Dollar is up and everything is down after the Fed decision, that’s the short summary of the day, so far, although not all markets agree with the...

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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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Daily Analysis: Dollar Falls, Gold Jumps on Dismal Data before the FED

Posted on June 14th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2436 -0.15% DAX 12835 +0.44% WTI Crude Oil 44.76 -3.72% GOLD 1279.00 0.81% Bitcoin 2630 -3.56% EUR/USD 1.1277 0.60% The usual pre-Fed trading fell apart today as the much worse than expected US CPI and Retail Sales reports caused turmoil before tonight’s important...

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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Trump, US Economy, Ethereum, Qatar

Posted on June 11th, 2017.

1.            The Fed Decision on Wednesday The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates once again, despite the slight weakness in recent economic numbers. The rate will likely be raised by one notch to 1.25%, which is still a very low level historically.  The more important question about Wednesday’s meeting is the...

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Daily Analysis: Fed Disappoints Markets as Litecoin Hits 3-year High

Posted on April 6th, 2017.

Thursday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2353 -0.74% DAX 12215 -0.48% WTI Crude Oil 51.61 -0.14% GOLD 1255.55 0.43% Bitcoin 1158 2.77% EUR/USD 1.0657 -0.07%   All eyes were on the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank yesterday evening and so far today, as the minutes of both central banks’ previous...

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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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US Central Bank Records Show 50 Cybersecurity Breaches Since 2011

Posted on June 3rd, 2016.

Over 50 known cybersecurity breaches were detected by the U.S. Federal Reserve between 2011 and 2015, Fed Reserve records have revealed. The United States Federal Reserve, the country’s central bank, has detected over 50 cybersecurity breaches between 2011 and 2015 alone. Several espionage incidents were detected, with staff suspecting...

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Communication

China Forcing Computer and Phone Buyers to Report ID to Police Sounds All Too Familiar

Posted on January 31st, 2015.

Chinese citizens looking to purchase computers or cells phones will now have to register their personal identification with police, according to reports by The Guardian, Shanghai Daily and Tian Shan Net.