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.

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Bitcoin: Just a Game
This territory might be uncharted, but it feels familiar: boom…bubble…bust. The pattern applies to many things, empires as well as markets.
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Could Bitcoin Futures Crash the Price?
Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday morning on an exchange run by Cboe Global Markets Inc. The larger CME Group will launch its own bitcoin futures trading next week. How will this impact the market?
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The Quest for Trading Truth
Trading sounds hard to a lot of people. Professionals devise complicated algorithms, computerised models with thousands of inputs, or they work on charts with different indicators feeding into a complex buying or selling processes. Here’s the truth: Markets are actually not hard to understand.
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How Skyscrapers Predict Market Crashes
What we are starting to see is a mid-cycle peak. Phil explains that this has happened all throughout history. But most people are likely to mistake it for a market top. When, in reality, it may only be a half-way point.
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Why Blockchain Is the Future of Humanitarian Aid
Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Azraq refugee camp, a blockchain revolution is brewing. For months, aid payments had been delivered to refugees via banking middlemen. Due to the remoteness of the camp, the transaction fees were high, the transfers slow, and the delivery unreliable. But no longer.
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Place Your Bets on the Future of Money
The future of money is here. And global markets are getting ready to place their bets. This Sunday, bitcoin’s legitimacy will soar to a new level. The CBOE Group Inc. launches the first cryptocurrency futures contract on Sunday night. The bitcoin market is about to get a whole more interesting.
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Are You Ready for the $5 Trillion Bitcoin Boom?
Sunday, 10 December. Make a note of that day in your diary now. Why? Something big is happening on that day. CBOE Global Markets Inc. will become the first exchange in the world to offer futures on cryptocurrencies. The largest futures exchange in the world, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, will make its debut a week later on 18 December. You know what this tells you? The big money has found its way into cryptos.
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Bitcoin — Even Grandma Is In
Tellingly, nothing is going up like nothing itself… Bitcoin, that is. It’s up tenfold this year. ‘Even Grandma Is In,’ revealed another WSJ headline last week. Gee, who’s left to get in? We wonder. Crazy is what it is. But these are wild and crazy times. And of course, this is just the beginning of the craziness.
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Is Gold Losing Its Shine to Bitcoin?
Gold has barely reacted to any of the global tensions of late. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has stolen the spotlight. Perhaps it’s become the ‘new’ gold? I doubt it. I’m not concerned about gold’s future. I still believe it will go higher when the time is right. That could happen sooner rather than later.
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An Upside to Cryptos You Haven’t Considered
There is something strange afoot in the markets. I couldn’t tell you what it is. But markets are screaming ahead with no real reason as to why they should be. On the flip side, the crypto market is still only worth US$200 billion. It turns out the ‘big boys in the bubble’ can’t touch it yet. But you can.
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Slapstick Comedy for the Bubble Epoch
We regard bitcoin not as an asset class…but as an entertainment class. Slapstick comedy for the Bubble Epoch. It’s fun to watch. But don’t forget to duck when they start throwing pies.
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Why You Should Like What Bankers Don’t…
The modern system relies on trusting a third-party. That third-party is a central bank or government. Central bankers believe they can engineer asset-price inflation. That is, how much the value of assets goes up. If they control money, they can decide what it’s worth. Cryptocurrencies flip that idea around.
The Bitcoin Graph Paints a Thousand Words
I’m just waiting for the crypto launch that — in addition to its run-of-the-mill magical powers — also promises a cure for cancer or can endow the Donald with humility. Why not? Cryptos can do just about everything else!? Seriously, what a con. There are no earnings. There are no assets. There’s nothing…other than blind belief.
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Bitcoin Disrupts More Than Your Daily News
With only a month left in the year, it seems bitcoin and other cryptos don’t have any intention of putting on the brakes. And after all the insane gains and volatile movements of 2017, we are left with two extremely polarised streams of thought.