Wednesday, 18 April 2018

ActivTrades Education: Webinars Archive

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

W. Dudley: Gradual rising interest rates by the Fed

Fed chief William Dudley said the federal reserve will likely continue to stick to its plan for a gradual rise in interest rates unless inflation rises to an unexpected margin.
The official does not think we know how much interest increases we will see this year, Dudley said on Monday in an interview with CNBC. While inflation is relatively low, the Fed will raise interest rates smoothly. If the inflation rate rises above 2%, then the smooth rise in interest rates can be changed, according to Dudley.
During the Fed meeting in March, the Fed officials voted for three or four interest rises this year, including the meeting of the reserve that went on and the interest rate was raised.
According to Dudley, three or four interest rises seem like a reasonable decision for this year.
Dudley is expected to retire as head of the Fed in New York after more than nine years on that post. He will be succeeded by John Williams, currently head of the Fed San Francisco.

Despite the higher oil prices, raw materials are not expensive

Oil prices reached a three-year high. However, despite the upward appreciation of "black gold", investors should keep in mind that raw materials are still relatively cheap.
Looking at the better diversified index The Bloomberg DJ-UBS index, which tracks raw materials, which shows that raw materials such as agricultural, industrial metals, meat and possibly even natural gas, may still have good prospects.
The index reached its peak at 140 levels in 2014 and bottom in 2016 at a level of nearly 72. It is currently traded at levels of around 87.
And although it is unlikely to be expected to return to its highest levels historically, it would be reasonable to expect further increases in the levels of this index.

Monday, 16 April 2018

How did the attacks in Syria influenced stock markets?

Futures of the US indices are traded slightly on positive territory.
Traditionally, US indices dropped in the weeks before the start of military action, due to increased uncertainty. However, since the beginning of the conflict, which usually ends relatively quickly, this uncertainty is diminishing and the stock indices increase.
Based on statistics from seven US military invasions since 1983, it is clear that the Dow Jones blue chip index declined by an average of 0.6% in the month before the start of the conflict. By comparison, in the month after the start of the military conflict, the Dow index rose by 4%.
In addition, the strong performance of the index continued for several months. The average performance of the benchmark, three months after the start of the conflict, was an increase of 6.7%, and six months later, it was trading 7.2% higher, with an average performance of 4.8% for similar periods.

How did the attacks in Syria influenced markets?

The markets opened after a weekend marked by military strikes in Syria. How did the markets react? Almost nohow...
Oil lost about 1% of its value, and gold and silver almost did not react, contrary to the expectations of many investors, that they would appreciate.
The yen, traditionally considered as a rescue island, in moments of crisis or geopolitical tension, is not traded in any significant change in its levels.
If we had to be objective, the biggest increase over the weekend were crypto-currencies. And this is increasingly asking the question - will the crypto-currencies turn into the "new gold"?
Otherwise, gold is traded at levels of $1 346 per ounce, and its rise continues to decline from a level of $1,360. The silver is at 16.65 dollars per ounce, and the brent is exchanged at 72.25 dollars. Early in the morning, the valuable raw material had fallen below the psychological limit of $72 a barrel.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Positive data - bullish factor for AUD/USD

February retail sales and trade balance surpassed expectations. Will the growth of AUD/USD continue?
The Reserve Bank of Australia left an interest rate of 1.5% at the April 3 meeting. Australia's recent economic data was higher than expected: retail sales growth accelerated in February to 0.6% after rising 0.5% in January. The trade balance fell in February, but it was less than expected. The activity index in the construction sector (AIG) was 57.2 points in March, compared to 56.0 in February. Positive data is a bullish factor for AUD/USD. At the same time, consumer confidence in Australia declined to 102, 4, from 103.0 a month earlier. It is also expected that in the report, which will be published on April 19, the unemployment rate in March will rise to 5.6% from 5.5% in the previous month. The above factors could lead to a depreciation of the Australian dollar.

Crypto-markets has risen sharply

Crypto-market actively grows on the good news about the possible creation of a European partnership in the field of blockchain. Bitcoin rose above $8,000.
The bitcoin price increased by 11.29% - to 8122 dollars with a capitalization of 116.2 billion dollars. The rate of Litecoin strengthened by 5.68%, to 130.3 dollars with a capitalization of 7.3 billion dollars. Ethereum at the same time increased in price by 12.00 to 10.88% - to 519.3 dollars, its capitalization was 51.1 billion dollars. The ripple rate climbed 13.85% to $0.65 with a capitalization of $24.8 billion. At the same time, the total capitalization of the market is 323.6 billion dollars.
Last week the crypto-currencies sharply increased in connection with the decision of some countries of the European Union to sign a declaration on the creation of a European partnership in the field of blockchain. They are ready to cooperate and exchange experience in the technical and regulatory sphere, as well as to prepare the launch of common applications using blockchain technology for the public and private sectors.
It is likely that the market has completed the period of corrective decline and has entered an upward trend.