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  1. Forex in 4! 12/02/10- ECB Is Not Easy!

    by , 12-02-2010 at 10:54 AM
    ECB Is Not Easy!

    By Mike Conlon | December 2, 2010

    All eyes and ears were on the European Central Bank (ECB) this morning as the interest rate decision and subsequent policy announcement were expected to show an “easy money” view in light of the recent debt problems with the PIIGS countries. No such luck.

    Speculation in the market was that the ECB would attempt some form of quantitative easing to try to provide additional liquidity to help combat the debt crisis. Not only did the ECB leave rates unchanged at 1%, but made no such change in policy, disappointing the market which flipped from mild risk-taking to risk-aversion.

    Additionally, Euro zone GDP figures ...
  2. Forex in 4! 12/01/10- Markets Rebound, For Now!

    by , 12-01-2010 at 11:15 AM
    Markets Rebound- For Now!

    By Mike Conlon | December 1, 2010

    The markets are taking a much-needed break from selling on the strength of manufacturing figures from around the globe. Led by Chinese growth in PMI figures which came in at a 7-month high, the market has shrugged off recent Euro debt crisis concerns.

    There were also good numbers from the UK and various regions in the Euro zone, showing signs of economic life. US ISM Manufacturing figures are due out later this morning. However, one day of decent data does not a trend make. The looming debt crisis in the euro zone is still the major detriment to global economic health.

    Overnight in Australia, ...
  3. Forex in 4! 11/30/10- Scared Money!

    by , 11-30-2010 at 11:21 AM
    Scared Money!

    By Mike Conlon | November 30, 2010

    Another day, another worry. At least that’s what is on the mind of investors as market risk has further induced the flight to safety trade. In addition to Euro zone debt default contagion and the Korean conflict, today we get added fears of a Chinese economic slowdown as well.

    The worry from China is that inflation has increased so much that China will have to raise interest rates and tighten credit conditions. Should money flows slow significantly than economic grow could stagnate which would further pressure the global economy.

    Bond vigilantes have now turned their attention to the debt of the remaining ...
  4. Forex in 4! 11/23/10- Risky Business!

    by , 11-23-2010 at 11:04 AM
    Risky Business!

    By Mike Conlon | November 23, 2010

    It’s never a dull day in the marketplace when one considers the impact of the global macro environment and how different factors contribute to the overall economic landscape. As risk appetite has increased due to concern over the European debt crisis, it is very easy to see how any other negative event can cause a piling on effect. Case in point:

    North Korea seems to be up to its old tricks, initiating conflict by launching a missile strike at S. Korea. This has been an on-going game of chicken as this is how N. Korea bargains its way to economic accommodation because no one wants an all-out war to erupt. Call it high ...
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