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Trading for Gold Stays within a Narrow Range

Published May 12th, 2015 by

As the week begins, Gold is still trading within a narrow range while staying under the $1190 resistance.

Supported from $1180, online forex trading will potentially see similar prices as last week where gold had support at $1180 and rose to a $1200 resistance.

The trend for the previous two months has been an attraction to the $1200 resistance, which is a key level.

Two weeks ago, the price on Gold fell through this level and down to $1170, the lowest in six weeks. Overall, though, Gold has tended to gravitate to $1200.
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HSBC to move out of London?

Published April 25th, 2015 by

The World’s financial markets have been shocked by the news that the world’s second biggest bank HSBC is reviewing its headquarters in London and is considering moving elsewhere, probably to its natural base in Hong Kong.

HSBC have had their headquarters in London since 1992, after they purchased Midland Bank, one of the UK’s ‘big four’ banks.
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Election Fears Impact the British Pound

Published April 13th, 2015 by

Fears over a hung parliament at the upcoming UK General Election, to be held on 7 May 2015, helped to weaken the British Pound at the end of last week and experts are now warning that the currency is unlikely to recover until all uncertainty is removed and a new government has been successfully formed.

Sterling slumped as low as $1.4618 on the morning of 10th April, marking a five-year low against the US Dollar and its lowest level since the uneasy days that followed the 2010 General Election.

Despite a very slight recovery to $1.4637 by the end of the week’s trading, pre-election nerves are expected to continue to affect currency traders.
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Positive News for the British Pound

Published April 8th, 2015 by

Two encouraging pieces of news emerged from the UK economy on Tuesday, both of which are likely to give the British Pound a boost in the currency markets and will be of keen interest to anyone involved in online Forex trading.

Stronger Growth Than Expected

The first of these was the announcement from the CBI that the British economy expanded at a faster rate in the past quarter than it did in the quarter before that.
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European Central Bank is risking the Euro stability

Published March 11th, 2015 by

The additional liquidity offered by the European Central Bank (ECB) might pose some risks to the financial stability of the region, according to the bank’s president, Mario Draghi.

Addressing investors in Frankfurt, the president said the ECB new policy measures may have some risks, and further suppress benchmark sovereign bond in the euro zone.
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Traders Await Fed Testimony At Congress

Published February 24th, 2015 by

Traders are preparing for news from the US Senate Banking Committee as Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is set to give testimony before the committee on rate hikes.

In the meantime, the US dollar has kept up with Monday’s gains and is in the green with an increase of 0.15% for online forex trading.
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The Greek bailout agreement

Published February 11th, 2015 by

Greek bailout by EUIn the latest round of online Forex trading news, it seems that the bears still have a strong hold over the euro.

It should be no surprise that Greece has played a central role in this recent doom and gloom.

As their government is now hinting (not so subtly) that they wish to renegotiate the terms of their previous bailout, rumours are spreading that the stability of the European Union may once again come into question.
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Australian dollar hits all time low since 2009

Published January 30th, 2015 by

AUD falling to lowest since 2009The Australian dollar has been weakening as a result of falling oil prices. “Jawboning” or the false market commentary has also been blamed to be partially responsible for AUD weakening.

The currency is under pressure with predications that the Aussie Reserve Bank will lower interest rates in response to other central bank decreases and lesser inflation expectations.

The cuts are contagious – currencies are weakened. Central banks in Mexico and South Africa are to release policy decisions and Mexico’s central bank is keeping policy rates on hold.
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The €1.1 trillion euro injection

Published January 23rd, 2015 by

European Central Bank in Frankfurt injecting 1.1 trillion eurosIt has recently been announced that the ECB will take an unprecedented step and inject no less than €1.1 trillion euros into the European economy.

This quantitative easing measure intends to purchase €60 billion euros worth of bonds each month until (at least) September 2016.

This action is seen as being no great surprise to many online Forex investors who have stated that a stagnant European economy required an additional economic stimulus.

Obviously, this will have a rather dramatic effect upon the value of the euro in relation to other currencies.
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German export drops and European worries

Published October 11th, 2014 by

Euro currency trendsThere is still much uncertainty in global markets, with jitters in Europe having an effect on the US dollar.

A recent 5.8 per cent drop in German exports coupled with a downward revision of growth forecasts for the country has had a negative knock-on effect on the dollar, owing to the potential for a weak US export market.

Although the dollar has largely retraced earlier losses, investors are still dovish, with the federal reserve bank keeping interest rates low. The recent meeting of the fed also raised concerns about how a strong dollar may further affect US exports.
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The Alibaba IPO

Published September 19th, 2014 by

As you all know by know, we normally cover currency trading and forex news specifically here at However, the IPO by one of the largest Internet companies in the world can not be missed. By the end of the day on Friday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd had completed its first day of trading stock shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company has been in the spotlight over the past week as its executive chairman and founder, Jack Ma, announced his intentions to expand his business beyond the confines of China and bring Alibaba to the attention of a wider audience in Europe and the US.

Jack Ma founded the company in the late 1990’s and it is believed that after a hectic day of trading on Friday, it now has a market value of $231 billion.
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Ukraine crisis – How it’s impacting the currency market

Published September 9th, 2014 by

The brokering of a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine has finally brought stability to Forex trading markets in the last week, particularly in the Eurozone.

The conflict has significantly slowed the recovery in central Europe, with Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently announcing that the growth forecast for the country may not attain its predicted target of 1.8 per cent.

This is to be expected in a country only 400 miles from the conflict; fighting has affected business confidence in the powerhouse economy of Europe, and this has had a negative knock-on effect on the price of the Euro.

However, the tenuous peace deal between Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government has helped the Euro advance against the Dollar faster than all other currencies; from previous lows to a price of $1.311565.
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Yen continue to decline, you should understand why

Published August 31st, 2014 by

Japan, Europe and USA currency symbols
A good portion of the latest forex trading news has focused on the continued decline of the yen in comparison to its other major counterparts.

This benchmark currency took a battering when it emerged that investment policies in relation to the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) will focus on more risky assets.

In turn, this has led some online Forex trading analysts to conclude that China feels as if the yen will continue its descent. Of course, a risk-averse strategy that reflected a bullish yen market would hardly employ such modifications.
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Ebola outbreak hits currency exchange rates?

Published August 21st, 2014 by

Ebola virus impact on currency trading
In the recent commodity trading news, is seems as if those allured by the profit of gold may be in for a disappointing return; at least for the short term.

As this benchmark indicator hints at other financial trends, recent developments in regards to housing sector data in the United States alongside a bullish dollar have caused the yellow metal to take a slightly bearish outlook.

Figures have shown that investor appetite is on the upswing; thus fueling their ability to enter into open trading positions.

As always, the inverse relationship to the dollar is another reason for slight concern. However, the potential damage in international trade due to increasing concerns over the Ebola outbreak may serve to mute the overall negative outlook for gold in the coming weeks.
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UK Mortgage approval rates halt Pound’s advance

Published June 2nd, 2014 by

British poundThe two days gains shown by the Pound have been halted, as figures show that mortgage approval rates dipped to their lowest rate in nine months during April.

The approval rate dropped as a result of the tightening of lending rules used by the banks.

Banks have been tightening the rules that they apply to mortgage lenders for several months.

In April, new rules demand that borrowers show they will be able to afford repayments even if the interest rate rises.

While the decline in mortgages has hit the Pound’s ascent, it may have helped to quell fears surrounding the property market.

Officials were set to meet to discuss what actions, if any, needed to be taken to prevent the property growth from becoming more of a problem.
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The costliest cities in the world

Published April 14th, 2014 by

Luanda, AngolaThe world’s top most expensive cities to live in, calculated by the respected company Mercur continues to bring some unexpected and expected results.

Whilst those cities you would expect to rank in the top five, or maybe top ten positions are actually quite far down the list.

The world’s most expensive city to live continues to be Luanda, in Angola, Africa. It is the capital city of Angola, an important administrative region of South Africa, as well as being an important sea port.
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Learn more about Plus500 and how they got to be publicly listed

Published April 10th, 2014 by

One of the most wonderful things about the inexorable rise of the internet is the way it has given almost anybody with some money to invest and a willing mind the opportunity the experiment with, and hopefully profit from, many financial instruments which only a few years ago were the sole domain of elite City traders.

Over that same time period, many online trading companies have come into existence to fulfill demand from the general public for the opportunity to trade with these instruments.

Plus500 is one of these companies, so let’s take a look at it in closer detail.
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US jobs boost cannot stop FOREX-Dollar Slip

Published April 4th, 2014 by

Office cubicles in USAThe US Labor Department today announced that nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 192.000 last month. However, in spite of this seemingly positive news, the dollar index slipped back 0.07%.

The index is made up of the six major currencies against which the dollar is traded.

The fall can perhaps be partially attributed to the fact that although the numbers were positive, investors were hoping for even stronger job figures; the buzz in advance of the announcement was that 200,000 jobs would have been added in the last month.

Notwithstanding today’s fall, the index has still shown an overall rise over the course of this past week, in keeping with the upward trend for the dollar since the middle of March.
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Positive Signs for Europe, less so for China

Published April 1st, 2014 by

China challenging times - Europe positive signsTwo of the biggest pieces of online forex trading news that emerged this week and caught the attention of traders from all around the world had their origins in Europe and China.

As all good forex traders know, the key to making profits in the currencies markets is accurately predicting movements in price in advance.

These two pieces of important news strongly suggest that there will be movements in price within some of the major global currencies (such as the Euro and Renminbi).
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How does the Crimea situation impact on currencies?

Published March 18th, 2014 by

Russiand and Ukrainian flag from CrimeaAll eyes are on the continuing developments in the Balkan region of the world.

As was expected, the so-called referendum in Crimea is said to have reported that ninety-seven per cent of ethnic Russians wish to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

This has caused a massive ripple effect in the currency markets as of late. With both the European Union and the United States threatening very real sanctions, currency traders are already closely watching the value of the ruble in relation to its other major currency counterparts.
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