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Looking at Currency Chains

The U.S. dollar/Canadian dollar cross pair does not receive a ton of attention thanks to the fact that the CAD is not one of the big four currencies. However, thanks to the fact that the U.S. and Canada are neighbors and the currencies are exchanged extremely frequently, watching this pair can give you a very strong idea of what the USD is doing. When you have this data, many other trades, including the EUR/USD, become easier to predict. For example, if you look at the trading day on Wednesday, August 3rd, you can see that the USD gained slightly against the euro. The price dropped to 1.1149, marking a decline of 0.62 percent. In the Forex world, that is a big move over the course of the day. Because this market is so highly trafficked, it is deemed to be highly efficient, and a move of this magnitude is considered pretty strong. […]

August 4th, 2016|Currency|

Markets Drop Off Highs

As the world waited for the bulk of Q3 earning reports to come in, it was only natural that U.S. markets would drop in late July, especially considering the fact that the major indices have been flirting with new record highs on a pretty consistent basis for the couple weeks before this. On Monday, July 25th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 0.42 percent, while the S&P 500 fell by 0.30 percent. Those are not unusually large numbers, but the drop shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that’s been observing the markets. It’s only natural that investors be cautious after these indices have been in the new territory that they’ve been seeing. […]

July 26th, 2016|Markets|

Consumer Prices Rise

With all the talk about economic uncertainty in the United States, and the Federal Reserve’s hesitation to hike up interest rates again, there is an undercurrent that many consumers are not missing, although a lot of short term traders are. This is the fact that consumer prices are rising modestly. Over the month of June, this trend continued. The price of gasoline at the pump rose slightly all across the nation, as did many other aspects of the economy. It stands to reason that sales in the United States are on the rise as a result of this, helping to bolster up the numbers of many major retail companies in the U.S. […]

July 20th, 2016|Markets|

Jobs Report Relieves Fear

The June employment report was recently released, and the information has helped to relieve the fears that many investors have been experiencing. 287,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy last month, which shows remarkable signs of improvement over what was experienced in May. Many investors also showed signs of caution after England voted to leave the European Union. These things coupled together provided for several days of price drops across the world and across different asset markets. It was a good time to be able to sell stocks short or to trade binary options of the put variety, but long term investors were uncertain of how to proceed forward. […]

July 11th, 2016|Currency|

Trend Following EMA

Exponential moving averages are often used as the starting point for trend following systems, and when it comes to trading binary options, following the trend will be your best course of action more often than not. Using a broad reaching EMA isn’t enough, though. Here, we will show you how to look at EMA, and [...]

June 27th, 2016|Strategies|

Yen Finds Fresh Momentum

It looks like the Japanese yen is ready to find fresh upward momentum. This comes after the Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stated that the central bank would need to act decisively in order to keep to its goal of a 2 percent rate of inflation. The usage of many different policy options was also alluded to, indicating that the yen would be buoyed upward at the sake of the stock market. This has driven many Japanese stocks down in price as the Bank of Japan is seeing more favor than the stock market is. This is a common occurrence, and it sets the stage for a strong day of binary options trading if you can detect these things early. One of the great strengths that U.S. traders have is the fact that trading has already occurred for the day in Asia and it’s already well underway in Europe. […]

June 16th, 2016|Currency|

Consumer Spending Rises

A lot of the news reports out there are indicating that consumer spending is going down. Typically, this is a warning sign of an impending bear market, and it’s something that the U.S. economy has been hyperaware of for over a year now. However, the news probably isn’t as bad as it seems, and the fundamental data that is being used to arrive at the previously stated conclusion isn’t the only side of the story. A lot of the speculation about declining consumer spending is because many of the major retailers, including Macy’s and Nordstrom, are showing weaker figures. However, according to the most recent government report on the subject, consumer spending has taken the largest leap upward that it has seen in a year. […]

June 10th, 2016|Markets|

Oil up Over $50

For the first time in many months, Thursday, May 26th’s trading highlights included Brent oil seeing action up over $50, with crude oil just a shade below Brent. For those that have been bearish on oil for the past several years, this is a warning that maybe the oil recovery is already well underway. Both Brent and crude finished the regular trading day just under $50 per barrel, but with Brent breaching that important point earlier, a lot of momentum is on its side right now, and there’s a very good chance that this breach will happen again in the near future, and perhaps even end a trading day above $50. There have been plenty of hints and signs that a recovery was beginning, and this is by far the clearest signal that trader confidence has returned. It’s a momentous moment, albeit a lackluster one thanks to the fact that oil is still down more than 50 percent off of its highpoints. […]

June 1st, 2016|Markets|

Short Term Trading for a Long Term Goal

General investing wisdom states that short term events and fluctuations in the market do not impact your long term goals. This is commonsense, but it shouldn’t be a deterrent from your short term trading. We all have long term goals, whether they are to save enough for retirement, or to put a kid through college, or even to save up to buy a luxury property. These are big goals, and those that focus just on long term investing will tell you that the best way to achieve them is to set aside money every week or every month and use compound interest to your advantage. Through dollar cost averaging, the ups and downs in the market will be evened out and the power of inflation will go to work for you, growing your money slowly so that your long term goals will eventually become a reality. […]

May 24th, 2016|Strategies|

New Volatility in U.S. Market

This week is shaping up to be an interesting one for the U.S. stock market. With many factors at play against one another, including a poor jobs report last week, the market has seemingly returned to the state of volatility it was in at the beginning of the year. Tuesday, May 10th, saw huge gains across the board, but without any substance behind them, they were erased on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday should have more conservative movement as a result, but with the large drops that the market experienced Wednesday, the ground is also fertile for value investors to swoop in and push prices upward. […]

May 14th, 2016|Markets|