Cast your mind back 12 months, did you think we’d be having the type of year we have in equities? I know I didn’t. There was a lot of doom and gloom out there…but all we have seen is green, green and more green. European worries are all behind us, populism is back in check, […]FMOC Preview, Here’s What Barclays & Goldman Have To Say.
Another year, and another December FOMC meeting where the Fed is set to raise rates. Well, that’s the word on the street, where a 0.25% rate rise is all but priced in for Wednesday. This meeting is important as it sets up 2018, a change in forecast or language could set the USD off into […]Bitcoin Hits $14,000, Is There An End In Sight?
At the time of writing, Bitcoin is just shy of $14,000US (when I started writing this article it was around $13,000). Bitcoin’s market cap is now greater than Citigroup, a company that employs over 200,000 people all around the world. This is probably the most interesting series I’ve seen on Bitcoin so far; on the […]A Quick Look At The Markets Leading Into December: Equities, USD & Oil
It’s December, a new month, and the final of what has been an eventfully uneventful 2017. Let’s take a look at how the markets stand right now, and see if there’s any opportunities in the final trading month of 2017. Why do we look at the US markets? They lead, the rest follow. Broadly speaking, […]Looking To Short? Timing Is Everything
Timing a short is difficult. It could even be the most difficult thing to do in trading. You can do all the research, have your argument, and be proved right, but if you don’t time or structure your trade well you could be walking into a world of pain. The problem with shorting is the […]If Countries Made Rich By Oil Are Abandoning It, Should You Be Holding Oil Stocks?
Norway made headlines this week when they announced that they would divest their holdings in oil stocks from their sovereign wealth fund. This follows the move to divest from coal stocks, in an attempt to protect the fund from climate risks. If the world’s largest fund is no longer investing in oil companies, should individual […]US Dollar Lower As FMOC Delivers No Surprises
The US Dollar traded lower on Wednesday following the FMOC Minutes, which failed to surprise with any new information or developments. With traders on holidays for what is essentially a 4 day weekend for US Thanksgiving, flat and choppy markets are expected. Fed Minutes: One Hike Expected. As suspected, the Fed all but confirmed a […]Volatility Returns! Equities See Some Red On Tax & Saudi Concerns
Volatility is back! It’s probably a little early to make that claim, after all, we’ve only seen one down day. However, today was different. Why? Firstly, the Nikkei dropped…hard. While the index finished -0.28% on the day, it fell sharply from the highs and continued in the futures after hours. The total fall from the […]EURUSD: Textbook Head and Shoulders Pattern Failure Opens Door To Lower Prices
The Euro has been one of the standout performers of 2017. The year opened with calls for parity from major financial institutions, however stronger European data and decreased political instability saw the EURUSD rally all the way to 1.20 or so. It also helped that the USD saw nothing but red for most of the […]Pound Falls As BOE Signals “One & Done” On Rate Hikes.
The Pound fell sharply this week as the Bank of England signaled that further rate rises were unlikely going forward. The GBP has enjoyed a strong last month or two, almost regaining the ground lost of brexit last year. It has been very volatile, however, as Brexit talks and concerns continue to keep traders and […]Older Posts