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  • IFX Yvonne
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    Forecast for EUR/USD on November 15, 2019 On Thursday, due to new difficulties in relations between the United States and China (China is resisting the signing of a clearly unprofitable trade agreement for it), investors chose to close their positions due to the uncertain economic data for Europe and the US that are coming out today, right before strong technical support (1.0985). The price exceeded the MACD line, the Marlin oscillator showed a reversal, but these are not yet sufficient conditions for significant growth, the situation is typical for correction. With the return of the price under the MACD line, the next wave of activity in euro sales is likely. We do not expect a correction above the Fibonacci level of 123.6% (1.1073). On the four-hour chart, the Marlin signal line entered the growth zone, while the price remains below the MACD line. The exit of the price above the line (1.1035) will allow the euro to develop a correction. This can be prevented by economic indicators; The eurozone trade balance for September is expected today to fall from 20.3 billion euros to 18.7 billion, US retail sales are projected to grow by 0.1% in October from -0.3% in September. Concern is caused by industrial production in the US for October, the forecast is -0.4%. So, after the correction is over, we are waiting for a new round of euro decline. Overcoming the first support at 1.0985 opens the way to the second goal 1.0925. *The market analysis posted here is meant to increase your awareness, but not to give instructions to make a trade.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    NZD / USD - change of priority

    Good evening, dear traders! A rather rare event has occurred today: the NZD rate has not been lowered, although all the data and forecasts have indicated otherwise. The market expected a rate cut by 0.25 basis points, and as a result, the RBNZ decided to leave it at the same level. Of course, the event was unexpected at the moment, and the market reacted bullish: the NZD/USD currency pair will end the current day with strong growth. Therefore, the recommendation for this instrument is attempts to take a long position (buy), but only from a pullback.

    Thus, I believe that on such a "positive" for the New Zealand currency, growth can be expected to continue from the morning impulse and the level of 0.6442 can be considered a possible target for growth - this is an important level for sellers who believe in this level as a resistance level. Now, after today's news, a very real prospect opens up to see at least a false breakdown of this level.

    The level of 0.6369 is considered to be an intermediate level for the pullback - it would be interesting to see the pullback as such in its area.

    I wish you all success in trading and great profits!

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Oil returned to production

    Euphoria over the proximity of the agreement between China and the United States to end the trade war pulled up quotes of the Brent and WTI. Nevertheless, it was worth of Donald Trump to say that the issue of the rollback of import duties has not yet been resolved, China will notice an 11.5% increase in black gold imports in October, and Oman will declare at the OPEC+ meeting that the agreement on production cut would be extended in the previous volume, as the bulls in both varieties began to get nervous.

    As I noted in several previous materials, the slowdown in shale production in the United States, on the one hand, and the reduction in its volumes by Saudi Arabia, Russia, and other countries, on the other hand, have made the factor in changing global demand as the main driver of pricing. The slowdown in its growth under the influence of trade wars caused oil to fall from April to September, however, as soon as a turning point emerged in relations between Beijing and Washington, the situation changed radically. Speculators began to leave short positions and open long ones, and black gold added about 5% since the beginning of November.

    The dynamics of speculative positions and quotes WTI

    China is the largest oil consumer in the world, therefore, an increase in its imports in January-October by 10.5% YOY made it possible for investors to raise the logical question: if a trade war does not prevent China from increasing purchases of black gold, is it worth expecting that an agreement between Beijing and Washington will sharply raise prices? It is possible that most of the positive has already been incorporated into the Brent and WTI quotes, so the agreement under Phase 1 will go unnoticed by the players.

    Due to the prevailing principle of "buy by rumors, sell by facts" on the market, oil bulls may have problems after the OPEC+ signs an agreement on the extension of the Vienna agreement. It envisaged a decrease in production by 1.2 million bpd to March 2020. According to representatives of Oman, quotas will remain unchanged. Investors have no doubts about extending the terms of the agreement, so black gold can plunge into a wave of sales. Morgan Stanley believes that with such an outcome of the meeting between the cartel and Russia, prices for the North Sea grade will fall by 30% to $45 per barrel. Citigroup and BNP Paribas are afraid of the decline in Brent and WTI down to their lowest levels since the 1950s.

    Only one thing is obvious - the discussions will be hot. Saudi Arabia needs North Sea growth of $84 per barrel and more to finance its wasteful spending, and Iran with its US sanctions - and $195 per barrel altogether. Opponents of further cutting, most likely, will talk about the loss of OPEC+ market share.

    Technically, a breakthrough of resistance at $62.6 and $63.6 (Pivot levels) will make it possible for the Brent bulls to continue the rally in the direction of the targets for the Wolfe Wave and Shark patterns. They are located near the marks of $72.1 and $73.8 per barrel. On the contrary, the inability of buyers to storm important levels will increase the risks of declining quotes to $59.3 and $56.3.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Do not trade USD until Wednesday/Thursday

    I present to you the evening market analysis.

    So today, Monday is one of the worst days to trade in a week, according to many experienced traders. However, if we filter out prejudice and look at the economic calendar, then the next news we will see is only on Wednesday and Thursday. Below, I noted all the important news on USD by the end of the week:

    As you can see, this week, we have inflation on Wednesday, and on Thursday, PPI and Powell will be powerful volatile days. Think about it yourself, if you are a bank trader and know that on Wednesday - USD inflation - will you be gaining a position on rumors about its increase or decrease? Of course not! Do you know why? Because all profitable participants are "accountable" people, i.e. they report on their actions to management, investors, etc. Because it is a business. That is why market volatility is falling ahead of the good news. And now is just such a moment. Therefore, I recommend to wait until Wednesday and Thursday.

    Most private traders trade a pair of EUR / USD, and I think that it's better to forget about "dollar" instruments by Wednesday. For saving money in flat is a great art. I'm perhaps the only analyst who will periodically recommend you not to trade . "Stay in the cache" - believe me - far from the worst option in trading. After all, the main task in trade is to save a deposit.

    Good luck in trading and see you at the morning review!

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Control zones NZDUSD 11/11/19

    The downward movement of the pair is impulsive, as the pair has gone beyond the average weekly movement. This indicates a high likelihood of continued fall and an update of the monthly low. Sales will be profitable after the pair returns to the broken middle course zone. The lower boundary of this zone is at the level of 0.6354.

    Work in the downward direction will be a priority at the beginning of the new week. The first goal of the fall will be WCZ 1/2 0.6271-0.6265.

    A strong increase in demand is required to break the downward momentum, which will lead to the closure of trading on Monday to be above Friday's Asian session. This will indicate the emergence of a major player interested in the appreciation of the New Zealand dollar.

    Daily CZ - daily control zone. The area formed by important data from the futures market, which change several times a year.

    Weekly CZ - weekly control zone. The zone formed by important marks of the futures market, which change several times a year.

    Monthly CZ - monthly control zone. The zone, which is a reflection of the average volatility over the past year.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    GBPUSD. Bank of England dissidents, predictions and phlegmatic pound

    The results of "Super Thursday" were expectedly not in favor of the British currency, although the first violin in the downward pressure on the pound was played not by the head of the Bank of England Mark Carney, but by two members of the English regulator who unexpectedly called for easing monetary policy. Traders were clearly discouraged by this fact, since the prospects of monetary policy have recently been discussed in a slightly different aspect. Experts discussed - will the BoE raise the rate in the first half of next year or will it still take a wait-and-see attitude? Now this discussion has been supplemented with one more question - will the English regulator resort to a preventive reduction in the rate?

    The culprits of the bearish triumph were two members of the Committee - Michael Saunders and Jonathan Haskel. It is worth noting that Saunders is not the first to vote "against the grain", that is, contrary to the general opinion of most colleagues. A little over a year ago, he, along with Ian McCafferty, voted to raise the rate, while the remaining seven members of the Committee voted to maintain the status quo. This went on for three meetings, but then Saunders again joined the majority, voting in a general rhythm.

    Now there is a mirror situation. Saunders and Haskel voted to reduce interest rates, violating the expected balance of power (0-2-7 instead of the predicted 0-0-9). For the first time in three years (that is, since August 2016), members of the Committee, albeit not in the majority, voted in favor of easing monetary policy. Moreover, Saunders and Haskell said that the regulator needs to introduce additional incentives as soon as possible, since recent releases indicate a weakening of the British labor market amid increasing risks from the global trade conflict.

    The BoE did not support the peculiar "dissidents" in its conclusions, but also did not exclude the realization of such a scenario in the future. The rhetoric of the accompanying statement left a double impression. On the one hand, the English regulator made it clear that if global economic growth does not stabilize, Brexit uncertainty will continue, and key economic indicators will continue downward trend, then the central bank may have to intervene. But then the regulator hastened to declare the likelihood of an alternative scenario. If these risks do not materialize, then the issue of a gradual increase in the rate will again be on the agenda.

    In other words, the prospects for monetary policy in the UK again depend on external factors. The Bank of England made it clear that it is ready to tighten monetary policy, but in the conditions of a "soft" Brexit and at least a conditional trade truce between the US and China. And of course, given the growth of key macroeconomic indicators in Britain, especially in the labor market and inflation.

    Unfortunately for the GBP/USD bulls, the English regulator lowered its forecasts for the main economic indicators. So, GDP growth for the next year was reduced from 1.3% to the lowest level over the past ten years, 1.2%, and in 2021 - from 2.3% immediately to 1.8%. The BoE also lowered its inflation forecast - according to regulator members, its growth will slow by 1.2% by mid-2020, due to lower prices for black gold and regulatory restrictions on electricity and water tariffs.

    Summing up the November meeting, Mark Carney confirmed that the central bank's next likely move would be a reduction in interest rates, as the Bank of England's updated economic forecasts were revised negatively. He also expressed concern that weak investment is detrimental to industrial production, thereby limiting the growth of the British economy and slowing inflation.

    Nevertheless, it cannot be said that Carney announced a rate cut in the near future. He just did not rule out a similar scenario, linking it primarily with a possible "hard" Brexit and a general slowdown in the global economy. He voiced such rhetoric more than once, just in this case, Carney's position was reinforced by updated forecasts of the central bank of a negative nature. The two members of the Committee who voted in favor of lowering the rate only added fuel to the fire, putting additional pressure on the pound.

    Thus, the November meeting of the Bank of England was by no means "passing". But despite the dovish tone of the regulator, the downward impulse of the GBP/USD pair was limited. Bears could not even gain a foothold in the 27th figure, and the price actually returned to its previous positions during the US session on Thursday. Apparently, traders are still tuned for a Conservative victory in December, and, accordingly, for the soft Brexit, with all the ensuing consequences.

    Given this market reaction, it can be assumed that the GBP/USD pair will continue to trade flat, reacting violently only to political news. The pound turned out to be stress-resistant to dovish threats from the Bank of England, so the further dynamics of the pair will be determined only by the political prospects of the "divorce proceedings" between London and Brussels.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Trading idea for the AUD/CAD

    Good evening, dear traders. I present to you the trading idea for the AUD/CAD pair. The decision on the Bank of Australia interest rate - to leave it unchanged until 11/05/2019 - was positively received by the market. And almost all instruments with the Australian dollar worked on a major note. Our recommendations on holding longs on the AUD/USD pair also worked perfectly for this news, and those who followed this trading recommendation closed their positions in positive territory.

    However, there was only one instrument with AUD, and the potential of longs on which has not yet been fully exhausted. This is AUD/CAD. We have already given recommendations on this instrument and they all closed in positive territory:

    Despite that, the instrument has not yet fulfilled all the goals to the end. I mean the level of 0.91500. And if you want to gain a long position on it, profit can be fixed there. From current prices, the potential will be about 850p for 5zn. But if the instrument rolls back - the potential will be higher. It can be noted that the asset is quite "noisy" and gaining a position, as a rule, is not a problem. The nearest news on it (CAD)- change in employment will be released on Friday at 13:30 UTC+00. It is most likely that the breakdown will take place at this time.

    Good luck in trading and see you tomorrow!

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Forecast for EUR/USD on November 6, 2019

    EUR/USD
    The euro closed the day down by 51 points yesterday. Business media point out the reason for the optimistic sentiment among investors regarding the upcoming US and China trade deal and good October ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI, which rose from 52.6 to 54.7. But with a broad view of the market, it is clear that investors are far from experiencing the interest in risk that was on Friday after the release of US employment data. The Dow Jones stock index grew just 0.11%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.12%. The general mood for dollar purchases remains, and it is characteristic that the price has not reached the levels at which the massive closing of euro purchases began on October 22 and 24, which we spoke about at the time.

    The decline in the euro stopped at the Fibonacci level of 123.6% at the lows of October 25-29. There may be a respite before the subsequent downward movement. The signal line of the Marlin oscillator penetrates into the negative trend zone. After a respite, we are waiting for prices to fall to the MACD line at around 1.1027. We admit corrective growth to the price channel line near 1.1104.

    The situation is completely declining on the four-hour chart: the price is under the lines of balance and MACD, the Marlin oscillator is developing in the territory of the declining trend.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Pound moved to a tactical retreat

    If someone thought that the British pound would return to normal after reducing the chances of a disorderly Brexit to a low, then the beginning of November showed that they are wrong. The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Faraj, fundamentally disagreeing with the main provisions of the project of Boris Johnson, said he would fight for every seat in the renewed Parliament. This can seriously complicate the position of the Conservatives and increase the risks of the victory of the party of Jeremy Corbyn. Labour promises to nationalize enterprises, raise taxes and hold a second referendum on divorce from the EU. The political landscape in Great Britain remains shaky, which allows Goldman Sachs to recommend that its client close long sterling positions as part of a "tactical retreat".

    The dynamics of popularity of the main parties in Britain

    Thanks to the almost zero chance of a disorderly Brexit, the pound climbed to second in the list of the best performers of G10 since the beginning of the year. Sterling's two-month volatility has fallen to September lows, however, the intensification of political struggle can lead to an increase in the indicator, which will adversely affect capital flows and the short-term prospects of the British currency.

    Pound Volatility Dynamics

    The pound practically did not pay attention to the rapid growth of business activity in the manufacturing sector from 48.3 to 49.6 in October. Surveys of purchasing managers were conducted during a period of general euphoria about the fact that a disorderly Brexit was avoided. In addition, the PMI continues to be below the critical mark of 50, indicating a decline in the sector. I do not think that sterling will be very sensitive to the release of data on business activity in the construction and services sectors, but a meeting of the Bank of England can make it worry.

    Only one out of the 19 Bloomberg experts predicts that the BoE will lower the repo rate, the rest are confident that it will remain at the same level of 0.75%. At the same time, most experts believe that the central bank will lower forecasts for inflation and GDP and increase estimates of unemployment. This is a hint of monetary expansion, which will increase the risks of a GBP/USD correction. On the whole, it's a rather unexpected turn, given the fact that BoE's previous forecasts were based on the assumption that a disorderly Brexit could be avoided.

    Assessment of changes in Bank of England forecasts

    If you add seasonal weakness to the growing political risks and potential dovish rhetoric of Mark Carney, then the immediate prospects for sterling can begin to be drawn in gray tones. According to the results of November in 1975-2018, it closed in the red zone in 28 out of 44 cases. Nevertheless, the bullish trend looks stable, so the correction at the end of autumn made it possible to buy a cheaper pound.

    Technically, if the bulls on GBP/USD manage to keep the pair quotes above 1.29 and update the October high, then the chances of continuing the rally in the direction of the target by 88.6% according to the Bat pattern will increase. In the opposite case, we are waiting for a correction to 1.276 and 1.272.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Control zones EURUSD 11/04/19

    At the end of last week, the defining resistance was the Weekly Control Zone 1/2 1.1161-1.1153. At the same time, the closing of trading on Friday occurred above this zone. This opens up opportunities for further growth of the pair to weekly control zone 1.1249-1.1233. The euro purchases come to the fore, however, favorable prices are located just below the level of 1.1134.

    At the moment, the pair is trading near the maximum of the last month, which increases the possibility of the proposal and the continuation of the formation of the accumulation zone. Work within the accumulation zone will be relevant until the closure of one of the active sessions occurs above the weekly maximum. If this happens, then the growth rate will increase and a weekly test will take one to two days. In the event of a major offer after updating the monthly maximum, the target will be the level of 1.1134, where a new priority will be determined.


    Daily CZ - daily control zone. The zone formed by important data from the futures market that changes several times a year.
    Weekly CZ - weekly control zone. The zone formed by the important marks of the futures market, which change several times a year.
    Monthly CZ - monthly control zone. The zone that reflects the average volatility over the past year.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Is the Canadian dollar a child of fortune? The loonie has a second wind

    The Canadian dollar has been on the rise since the beginning of the week. However, experts suggest that the flight of the loonie can be interrupted by changes in the monetary policy of the Bank of Canada, as well as a deterioration in economic data. In this situation, the market favors the loonie, analysts emphasize.

    The loonie was in the spotlight on Wednesday, October 30. The market is monitoring the further actions of the Bank of Canada, which is ready to hold a meeting on monetary policy. If the regulator keeps the rate at 1.75%, while the Fed reduces it to 1.50% –1.75%, then the Canadian dollar will push its American counterpart. The loonie claims to be the leader, striving to become the most profitable currency in the "Big Ten."

    According to analysts, the rise of the Canadian dollar is possible not only in case of maintaining the same rates, but also amid optimistic comments of the regulator regarding the growth of the national economy. At the last meeting, the Bank of Canada left the interest rate unchanged. The regulator focused on strengthening the labor market, increasing wages and the positive state of the economy.

    Analysts believe that current data on the Canadian economy will not be so rosy. The regulator should take into account a number of negative factors, such as a slowdown in retail sales, a drop in the consumer price index, a decrease in GDP growth and inflation risks. At the moment, the labor market in Canada remains strong, wage growth is quite stable, however, the weakness of the national economy along with the worsening situation in the United States may lead to a change in Bank of Canada's strategy. In such a situation, the regulator will review the current decision on rates. If this happens, a stable short-term low will form in the USD/CAD pair, analysts said.

    The positive against the Canadian dollar is radiating from the options market. According to experts, the three-month risk reversal with a delta of 25% demonstrates the most favorable period for the growth of the loonie to the US dollar. This has not happened since 2009, experts emphasize. Reducing the risk-reversal in the USD/CAD pair for three-month option contracts is a barometer of long-term investor sentiment. Analysts record a bullish trend for the Canadian dollar, noting that over the past 10 years, investors have never been so optimistic about the loonie.

    A similar change of mood occurred shortly before the decisions of the Bank of Canada on monetary policy and the Federal Reserve at the key rate. Currently, the loonie has been supported by both a profitable interest rate differential and increased expectations for a trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada in November.

    On Tuesday, October 29, the USD/CAD pair peaked in the past four weeks. On Wednesday morning, the pair fell by 0.08% to 1.3078-1.3880.


    Yesterday, the USD/CAD pair showed an increase of 0.3% to a high since the beginning of October. The pair hit the 1.3098 bar, but is now pulling back to its lows. Yesterday's growth of the pair from an intraday low was caused by an increase in sales, Scotiabank analysts believe. Experts are certain that the pair is normal. At the moment, the USD/CAD pair is trading in the range of 1.3077–1.3078, showing an upward trend.

    Analysts agree that the current situation is quite favorable for the loonie. Most of them note excellent prospects for it. The Canadian dollar, which seemed to have opened its second wind, is capable of another leap forward, experts said. They expect a moderate, long rise of the loonie in the short and medium term.

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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    GBP/USD. Early elections in Britain: intrigue persists - Liberal Democrats put forward a counter demand

    The European Union granted Great Britain an extension of Brexit. Despite the "traditional" resistance of the French, Brussels agreed to prolong the negotiation process until January 31, 2020. However, the British do not have to wait for the final date: the postponement is flexible, so London can prematurely initiate the completion of the Brexit procedure. But for this, the deputies of the House of Commons need to support the proposed draft deal with the EU. Fulfillment of this condition is the most difficult stage of the negotiation process. That is why the pound almost ignored today's decision of the Europeans. If Paris continued to block the deferral agreement, the GBP/USD pair would accordingly continue the downward movement. But by and large, traders were sure that in the end Brussels would agree on this step, therefore, a positive verdict on this issue provided little support to the pair.

    But the issue of holding early elections to the House of Commons excites the minds of traders. After all, the fate of the orderly Brexit is now completely in the hands of the British Parliament, the current composition of which, to put it mildly, is very unfavorable to the current prime minister. So, in the House of Commons there are 650 deputies, 294 of which are Conservatives. A few months ago, there were 315 Tory representatives, but Johnson expelled 21 deputies from the party for "political indiscipline" - they supported the law obliging him to ask Brussels for deferment of Brexit.

    In order to overcome the threshold of a simple majority, the prime minister needs another 31 votes (provided that the Conservatives vote "yes"). The Tory's temporary ally is the Democratic Union Party — at the expense of their representatives, the Conservatives had a majority in Parliament. But this is in a "peaceful" time, while now the Unionists are also categorically against the approval of the deal. Other parties represented in the British Parliament - the Scottish National Party, the Greens and the Party of Wales - are long-standing opponents of the Conservatives in general and Boris Johnson in particular, so it will be extremely difficult for the prime minister to entice them to his side.

    Meanwhile, a snap election in Britain could be called with the support of two-thirds of Parliament (434 MPs). Labour has twice blocked the government's initiative to hold elections, and this time also promised to vote in a similar way. According to the British press, Downing street is also discussing a "plan B": Johnson's supporters initiate a vote of no confidence in the government – after the completion of the two-week period, which is allotted for the formation of a new Cabinet, the Parliament "automatically" dissolves. In this case, Johnson will need a simple majority, but there are risks: for example, during the allotted 14 days, opposition parties can hypothetically unite around another leader, depriving the Conservatives of power.

    Another way to early elections is to change the electoral law itself. However, any such bill can get bogged down in parliamentary discussions for a long time. Labour could amend the proposal to Johnson's disadvantage by adjusting the timing or procedure of the election. In addition, the opposition may delay consideration of the bill for a long time by introducing various amendments, for example, on the right to vote for 16-year-olds.

    The first battles in the British Parliament on the issue of early elections ended in nothing today. On Monday, Labour again reaffirmed their position - they will not support Johnson's initiative. When the speaker put this issue to a vote, 299 deputies spoke in favor, which is 135 less than the required number.

    But the Liberal Democrats announced that they would support early elections, but they did not propose holding them on December 12, but on December 9. At first glance, the difference of three days is not significant, but not in this case. The fact is that on December 9, students of most universities will still be in their educational institutions (and are more likely to take part in the elections). But on December 10-11, the Christmas holidays begin: many students may not wait for the end of the week and will leave for a vacation. Libdems are popular among young people, so this nuance has strategic importance for them. Boris Johnson announced that he would discuss the proposal of Liberal Democrats, after which the parliament would return to this issue again - most likely, on Tuesday.

    It is worth noting that a survey conducted from Wednesday to Friday last week showed that Conservative support reached 40%, while Labour remained at the same level - 24%. Compared with the survey the week before last, Tory support grew by 3%, but the result of the Labour Party did not change. Liberal Democrats, in turn, received 15% support in the latest poll, and Nigel Farage's Brexit party received 10%. All this suggests that following the results of early elections, Johnson will be able to form a majority in the House of Commons and, accordingly, agree on a deal with Brussels.

    Thus, the first round of the struggle for elections ended to no avail. At the same time, the intrigue in this matter still persists, especially amid the prolongation of the negotiation process until January 31 and the position of Liberal Democrats.


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  • InstaForex Gertrude
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    Forecast of EURUSD ahead of ECB and Fed meetings

    Key central banks will hold their meetings on Thursday, October 24, and Wednesday, 29 and 30, which will determine the dynamics of financial markets for at least the next one and a half to two months, and maybe in the longer term. Given these important events, from the point of view of trading in the foreign exchange market, we need to make assumptions cleared of information noise, and then look at how our assumptions worked out in reality. In other words, we need to create an algorithm of actions and make changes to it in accordance with newly emerging circumstances.

    However, why did I need to mark up a roadmap before and not after the event has already happened? There are a number of reasons for this, and first of all, my deep conviction that in the current situation, meetings of central banks will only confirm decisions already made earlier. Surprises are possible only from the Fed, but this seems unlikely. Therefore, while there are still some doubts regarding the actions of the Open Market Committee, I personally have no doubts about the actions of the European Central Bank.

    First of all, traders should know that, according to the regulations, the ECB never comments on or regulates the euro or, at least, declares it in words. However, one must be very naive to assume the detachment of the regulator in the fate of the exchange rate of the currency accountable to him. In words, the Fed and the ECB pursue an independent monetary policy, but the ability to create surplus value from the issue of money helps maintain the high standards of life for the "golden billion".

    Therefore, it's impossible for me to imagine that the change in exchange rates has been let off by gravity of key central banks. Well, if Russia holds consultations with OPEC countries to limit oil production and thus regulates the price, then the countries that are members of the North Atlantic alliance have been doing this for a long time and quite successfully, but with regard to money. Having in its hands a tool that controls 90 percent of the world's money circulation, it is a sin not to use this tool.

    So, what do we currently know about the policy of central banks? The European Central Bank maintains a refinancing rate of 0% and re-launched a large-scale asset purchase program worth €20 billion per month, and did so simultaneously with new long-term refinancing programs, which should not only increase the availability of liquidity in the European market, but also stimulate the development of the European economics. According to many experts, this should serve to weaken the euro, but did it?

    Having been hit by a liquidity crisis in the repurchase market that erupted in September, the Fed, under the formal pretext of increasing reserves of commercial banks, was forced to adopt an urgent program for the purchase of short-term bills of the US government totaling $65 billion per month. This at least equalizes the chances of the dollar in the competition of printing presses, if it does not increase its advantage. However, the truth is that the quantitative easing policy does not affect the exchange rate, at least to the extent that we would like to. You can see the evidence on the chart (Fig. 1), which shows the dynamics of the trade-weighted US dollar index calculated by the Fed based on the results of trade with leading world currencies.

    Figure 1: Relationship between US Fed assets and the trade-weighted dollar index. Source - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    Indeed, there are periods on the chart when the dollar depreciated with an increase in the Fed balance, but there are periods when everything happened exactly the opposite. A similar picture can be obtained by comparing the euro and the change in the balance sheet of the European Central Bank. The connection between the exchange rate and the balance sheet of the central bank may exist, but it is certainly not so primitive that we could calculate it using simple methods.

    When assessing the prospects for exchange rates, one should rather be guided by dynamic changes in the interest rate differential in the EURUSD rate, an assessment of the yield of treasury instruments with the same maturity, inflation potential, growth prospects for prices of major commodity assets, positioning of leading traders in the futures market, and seasonal factors. You and I can try to evaluate something, but most of the factors will remain unknown to us. At the same time, trading in exchange rates is doing so in probability, and the more facts we can evaluate, the higher the probability of success for the transactions we make. The main thing in these factors then is not to get confused.

    If we talk about the dynamic prospects of rates, then the advantage here is on the side of the euro. The ECB is in no hurry to make a refinancing rate below zero, and Mario Draghi, as a downed pilot, is rather concerned about how he can eject a golden parachute. He did everything he could, which at least presupposes a period of some stability in the policy of the regulator.

    In turn, since July of this year, the US Federal Reserve lowered the federal funds rate by half a percent, from 2.25 to 1.75, meaning the lower limit of the range established by the Open Markets Committee. Today, 94% of traders believe that the Fed will go for another rate cut in 6 days, dropping it to the level of 1.50-1.75 percent. A decrease in differential by 0.75% over three months is a serious decrease in the possibility of earning by arbitrage operations. Therefore, it is not surprising that from the beginning of August, that is, from the moment the Fed rate was lowered, institutional investors gradually refused to place investments in US dollars.

    During this time, the long positions of institutional management funds (Asset Manager) lost about a tenth, while euro sales by this category of traders in the futures market, on the contrary, increased. At the same time, asset managers have been the main buyers of the euro in the futures market since 2016, which was due to their hedging a short position in the cash market that accompanies transactions in investments in higher-yield dollar instruments.

    Actually, the question now is not whether there will be a reversal of the downward trend in euros, but when it will happen. Last week ended with serious technical signs of breaking the fundamental trend on the EURUSD course. However, the reversal is not yet over, and its formation may last another one or two months, which is fraught for us with problems associated with the formation of a new direction, and the meetings of central banks that we will see in the near future may accelerate or may slow down the formation of the reversal. However, the probability of a EURUSD rate reversal is becoming more and more every day, take this into account when opening your positions.

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    USD / CAD: Sellers in business

    Good evening, dear traders. Today, there is a small recommendation on USD / CAD, and the decline of which is now very likely.

    The thing is that yesterday's news from Canada caused a great reaction from the market, and in the end, we see that all the news impulses from the buyer were completely absorbed, and this is a harbinger of even a local, but decline.

    Therefore, today, I recommend trying to work on the decline of USD / CAD currency pair with a take profit at around 1.3070. Moreover, the maximum point of yesterday's loss will be considered to be the maximum of yesterday's news - the level of 1.3121. If the price updates the maximum, the scenario can be considered completely canceled.

    I wish you success in trading and huge profits!

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    Japan Leading, Coincident Index Data Due On Thursday

    Japan will on Thursday see final August numbers for its leading and coincident indexes, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The previous reading suggested a score of 91.7 for the leading index and 99.3 for the coincident.

    Japan also will see preliminary October figures for the manufacturing PMI from Nikkei and the services and composite indexes from Jibun.

    In September, the manufacturing PMI had a score of 48.9, while the services index was at 51.5 and the composite came in at 52.8.

    Hong Kong will release September data for imports, exports and trade balance. In August, imports were worth HKD380.78 billion and exports were at HKD352.73 billion for a trade deficit of HKD28.05 billion.

    The central bank in Indonesia will wrap up its monetary policy meeting and then announce its decision on interest rates. The bank is widely expected to keep its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 5.25 percent.


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