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If in doubt, look to the Fed for direction

Tuesday September 25: Five things the markets are talking about It’s a return to the drawing board for many investors who are now back online beginning their holiday shortened Asian trading week. Euro equities are trading mixed following a “get back to basics” Asian session as investors ponder the outlook for global trade and U.S…

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Fed and trade threats to drive markets

Monday September 24: Five things the markets are talking about Global equities are under pressure as China called off planned trade talks with U.S, potentially triggering an escalation in the tariff war between the world’s largest economies. Note: U.S’ tariffs on +$200B in China goods took effect at midnight, while China’s counter tariffs on +$60B…

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OANDA Trading Asia markets update

Asia markets update The weekend headlines have not been a blessing for ‘risk sentiment” and while the optimist in me is siding on this too shall pass. But with markets closed in Japan, China and South Korea as a large part of Asia celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival, it impossible to gauge sentiment in these drastically…

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Bring on the FOMC !

FOMC  The FOMC meeting next week has a hike fully priced in so the focus will be on the dot plots and the follow-up presser which has dollar bulls questioning their near-term positions. The meeting will be overly scrutinised to see if there are any changes in the projections, with new Vice-chair Clarida voting for…

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Central Banks up the ante to normalize interest rates

Friday September 21: Five things the markets are talking about Aside from trade, tariff and retaliation, central banks are upping the ante to “normalize” interest rates. This week, Norway’s Norges Bank has joined the BoE, and the central banks of the Czech Republic and Romania in withdrawing some of its stimulus, while Sweden’s Riksbank has…

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US-China trade war, yesterday’s news.?

US-China trade war, yesterday’s news.? The US stock markets catapulted to a new record high on Thursday as investors continued to sidestep fears over the escalating global trade war and instead focused on a boomy American economy. And at least for today anyway, US-China trade war was yesterday’s news. Make no mistake the US economy…

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U.S safe-haven appeal diminishes

Thursday September 20: Five things the markets are talking about It’s not been easy, two and two do not add up when trading these Twitter directional asset classes. Fundamentals have been temporary ignored as the ‘lemming’ trades takes a grip. Fading market fears over a Sino-U.S trade row has the U.S dollar trading within striking…

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Tap the brakes or foot on the gas ?

Tap the brakes or foot on the gas? U.S. stocks closed mostly higher Wednesday as investors continue looking past the US-China trade dispute while focusing on solid US economic fundamentals. Indeed, US investor and equity markets, in general, are showing little sensitivity to US tariff implementations, at least at current levels anyway. So, with investors…

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US yields on a runner

US yields on a runner One could expect a bit of apprehension to enter the fray, and not just from a relief rally hangover, but local bond and currency traders could start looking over their shoulders at US 10y bond yields that have raced higher to 3.05 %. While everyone thought US bond yields could…

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