Bond spreads have a profound influence in the forex market. This is in tandem with many of the correlations we see between currencies and other markets such as the stock markets and the commodity markets. In this article, we will show the correlation between forex and bond spreads. What are Bond Spreads? What are bond spreads? The bond spread is the difference in the yield of one bond and another bond. Specifically, it is used to describe the yield spread difference of the bond yields of two countries. In the forex market, the difference in the interest rate yields of two countries form the basis of the carry trade in forex. The carry trade is the practice of purchasing (i.e. taking a [...]
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As the month of June begins to wrap up, we have a lot to reflect on and discuss. Gold and silver have made significant losses since the beginning of the month, and investors are currently unsure which direction they should be heading in. One of the most attention-grabbing stories we witnessed this month, as reported by BullionVault.com, dealt with the Japanese stock market and its monumental declines. After hitting record highs barely a month ago, the Japanese Nikkei Index has since lost well over 20% of its value. While this [...]
What is Short Selling? Short selling in the financial markets means borrowing an asset such as a stock from a broker to sell them at a high price, and then buying them back when prices have fallen so as to return the asset to the broker, and benefiting from the price differentials. Short selling is used when there is an expectation that the price of an asset will fall within a space of time. Traders generally carry out short selling to make money from falling prices or they use it as a hedging strategy to protect themselves from [...]