Understanding How and Why OTC Forex Markets Work

Trading the OTC (over the counter) currency markets offers an opportunity to hedge stock and bond investing, but really is more of a traded market following the ebbs and flows of global commerce than it is an investment arena to plan retirement from. Getting to know six major currency pairs…

What’s Wrong with the Dollar?

The dollar has followed a downward trend over the past six months, weakening against the currencies of other major economies and developing countries alike. Some observers claim that the dollar’s depreciation reflects unease among foreigners about the U.S. fiscal outlook. However, there is very little evidence to support this hypothesis….

Greenback Gains as Equities Consolidate

The dollar ended the week higher against most major currencies as risk aversion pressured risky assets. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet stated that the ECB will withdraw emergency cash gradually and tighten the standards under which it accepts newly issued asset-backed securities as collateral from banks for its refinancing…

Dovish MPC Minutes Adds to the Pressure on UK Yields

The pound has recorded a split performance this week. It fell against the low yielding currencies (Japanese yen, US dollar, euro and Swiss franc) and rose against the commodity currencies (Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars) and the Swedish krona. GBP/USD closed the week at $1.6519, pulling back from the…