Global Markets

The economy of a nation is the engine that drives prosperity and creates wealth for that country and its citizens. A nation's utilization of its available resources and manpower has a great influence upon its overall economic prowess. Factors such as governmental structure, access to valuable commodities, size and sophistication of the labor force, and relations with trade partners are all key components of achieving economic stability. Governmental politics play a crucial role in the resolution of many issues facing a nation. The potential impact upon international markets of U.S. President-elect Trump's economic policies, tensions between Russia and NATO, and…

  • How Has The Russia/Ukraine War Impacted The Markets?

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine in late-February 2022 brought historic volatility to the financial markets. Traders and investors alike were forced to address the financial fallout as the markets repriced products such as crude oil, wheat and the Russian ruble (RUB). As the situation developed into an extended armed conflict, asset pricing ebbed and flowed in response to key events. Unprecedented sanctions, logistics challenges and escalatory cycles all prompted periodic…

  • 3 Times To Cash-Out of An Investment

    According to Cornell Law School, an investment is "to put money in a certain manner so that it will generate revenue, such as investing money into a business, property, securities, a house, stocks, etc. with the purpose of generating income and obtaining a profit." Individuals invest for countless reasons, namely capital appreciation and wealth preservation. For investors, one of the most important financial decisions is when to exit an interest…

  • How To Understand The Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

    The U.S. Federal Reserve's balance sheet consists of the Fed's portfolio of U.S. Treasury and government-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Along with controlling short-term interest rates, the balance sheet is one of the Fed's main instruments for conducting monetary policy in order to execute its mandate of maintaining moderate interest rates and full employment. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, and then again during the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic lockdown in…

  • FXCM Market Talk – Your Trading & Finance Podcast (Ep. 50(

    The NFP release was a big upside surprise. Unemployment dropped to 3.5%, and the economy created 528K jobs during July (vs 250K estimate). Expectations are now for another 75bps hike in September, with all eyes on today's CPI release. Last week saw both the RBA and BoE raise rates by 50bps, with the BoE's starling communication of 13% inflation by year-end and the onset of a recession. Friday sees UK…

  • Spot Market | Definition, Examples, Differences From Futures Market

    According to the Oxford dictionary, a market is an area and occasion where people buy and sell goods. Markets come in a vast array of types, specifically financial and physical. In this article, we'll break down what a spot market is, what it does and how it differs from derivatives markets. What Is A Spot Market? A spot market is a space where securities, financial instruments, or commodities are exchanged…

  • Spot Rate | Definition, Role In Financial Markets

    According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a price is the amount of money that a buyer gives to a seller in exchange for a good or service. Prices come in all shapes and sizes, depending largely on the asset class in question. Commodities, shares, crypto and currency are all subject to pricing. For instance, currencies are priced relative to one another in terms of an exchange rate. Assets such…

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