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Currencies

You might think the currency market is an orderly process for exchanging dollars, yen and euros as trade settles around the world. Learn why it’s more accurate to think of the currency market as a freewheeling, unregulated and dynamic zone open to interventions, rigging and fixes. It can lead to all sorts of traps for the unwary investor. Brokers, investment firms, speculators and central banks are all trying to get the market going their way. We try to make sure you’re on the right side of the trade.

Oil Prices Used as a Weapon

Oil Prices Used as a Weapon

Lower oil prices are good news – unless you have energy stocks in your portfolio – as it puts more money back in our pocket at the pump.

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The Link Between Oil and the US Dollar

The Link Between Oil and the US Dollar

Regardless of demand and supply dynamics, when the US dollar strengthens, anything priced in US dollars, like gold or oil or any other commodity, will fall.

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The Most Important Chart in the Investing World

The Most Important Chart in the Investing World

Emerging markets are usually most vulnerable to a strengthening US dollar. But that vulnerability only began to show in the past week or so.

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Controlled Monetary Chaos

Controlled Monetary Chaos

This is ‘controlled monetary chaos’. Central banks are playing a massive confidence game with the markets, and Australia is not immune from the fallout.

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How Real Estate and Bitcoin are Both Being Squeezed

How Real Estate and Bitcoin are Both Being Squeezed

Four hundred years is a long way to go back for a bit of investment wisdom. But there’s a link to today’s real estate market. So off we go.

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How The Future of Warfare is Financial War

How The Future of Warfare is Financial War

The first financial war game… The weapons were nothing that would shoot or explode; you could only use stocks, bonds, currencies, and commodities.

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When the Money Runs Out… So Does the US Empire

When the Money Runs Out… So Does the US Empire

Year after year, the US ran a trade deficit. Year after year, US paper dollars and Treasury debt stacked up in foreign banks.

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The Aussie-euro Carry Trade

The Aussie-euro Carry Trade

Keep an eye on the Aussie/euro exchange rate. In the past, you could make an argument that a weaker euro has led to a carry trade that benefitted Australian asset prices.

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Uh Oh… Look What’s Happening to Japan

Uh Oh… Look What’s Happening to Japan

In 2000 — about 10 years after the Japanese market headed south — the US stock market got whacked. That was the dot-com bubble popping.

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Rising Dollar, Falling Dollar… Don’t Pull Down Your Hedge

Rising Dollar, Falling Dollar… Don’t Pull Down Your Hedge

This morning the Australian dollar is trading for 93.9 US cents. It hasn’t managed to regain parity since dropping below one US dollar in May 2013.

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Invest Well… Rest Well

Invest Well… Rest Well

Well, there is a Golden Rule for investing too. It’s all about having a portfolio that meets your retirement or income goals without taking on too much risk

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How Shale-Oil Is Protecting the US Dollar For Now

How Shale-Oil Is Protecting the US Dollar For Now

Why doesn’t the US care that the anti-dollar alliance is slowly organising itself. Perhaps that’s because of America’s shale-oil and shale-gas boom.

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While the ECB Plays Weak – You Should Play to Win

While the ECB Plays Weak – You Should Play to Win

The decision by the ECB to lower interest rates, and the fact that they’re now considering their own QE programme, is a move in the wrong direction.

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Gold Smells Trouble

Gold Smells Trouble

Having had a day to reflect on US Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen’s comments, traders decided to dump the dollar. Gold surged, breaking through many layers of resistance.

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The Japanese Economy Will Learn to Tango

The Japanese Economy Will Learn to Tango

The Japanese economy has decided to join the fun. It is going to goose up its own share market, just as US authorities have done…by hook or by crook.

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