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Look to Fed’s Powell for help

Wednesday September 26: Five things the markets are talking about Global stocks are trading mixed ahead of today’s FOMC rate decision, with Asian shares closing out higher, while Euro bourses are a tad down as Italy’s budget talks continue to be a source of concern. The Italian government has until tomorrow to outline its fiscal…

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OANDA Trading Asia market wrap

Activity picked up considerably mid-morning after a sluggish start. Currencies Despite the FED rate hike fully baked in,  currency traders have gone through their there ceremonial jockeying for position ahead of this critical announcement given the markets outsized focus on tonight’s FOMCs. While volumes have been higher than average, most G-10 currencies have been confined to…

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Decision Day : The FOMC looms

US markets Major U.S. indexes closed mostly lower Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve Board rate decision, as airlines, transportation and shipping companies are feeling the squeeze from higher oil prices. But higher energy prices are stoking the inflationary fires, and that pass-through effect is pushing  US bond yields higher, which tends to lessen investors…

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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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A Cautious FOMC?? : dovish tail risks abound

US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell is expected to reaffirm his cautious approach to monetary policy this week, potentially paving the way for an extended rally in the Australian dollar. The Aussie has battled back from below US71¢ less than two weeks ago and is now within reach of US73¢, helped by a muted market…

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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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ASEAN currencies edge higher

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Asian currencies strengthened for the third consecutive day on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar and shifting views over how much damage the Sino-U.S. trade war will inflict on global demand and export-reliant regional economies. The dollar index has fallen more than 1 per cent this week. Analysts said investment flows…

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