Friday, July 31, 2009

British Academy to Queen: 4000 risk managers but no synthesis, didn’t see the big picture

Risk management was

considered an important part of financial markets. One of our major banks, now mainly in

public ownership, reputedly had 4000 risk managers. But the difficulty was seeing the risk to

the system as a whole rather than to any specific financial instrument or loan. Risk calculations

were most often confined to slices of financial activity, using some of the best mathematical

minds in our country and abroad. But they frequently lost sight of the bigger picture.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gordon Brown: Internet & Technology has overrun Elite way of business
Technology means that foreign policy will never be the same again, the prime minister said at a meeting of leading thinkers in Oxford.

The power of technology - such as blogs - meant that the world could no longer be run by "elites", Mr Brown said.

Policies must instead be formed by listening to the opinions of people "who are blogging and communicating with people around the world", he said.

Mr Brown's comments came during a surprise appearance at TED Global.

"That in my view gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world," he told the TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

"Foreign policy can never be the same again."

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EES - The Forex Conundrum

It's difficult to know what one can say publicly about Forex. If performance is mentioned, it should first be approved by the NFA (as should any marketing material). Comments from insiders and partners are told in trust that it will not be repeated. Talking about market direction could be construed as a solicitation to invest or place a trade, opening potential liability issues. It seems there isn't anything one can mention without someone having a problem. Take a position, someone will be on the other side. And then readers complain about trader's making idiotically benign statements such as 'the market goes up and it also goes down.'

Even as this text goes to print, someone somewhere is thinking "what do they mean by this," and "are they talking about me?"

In an industry that revels in anonymity and secrecy, had its credibility ruined by fraud and misrepresentations, that is misunderstood and widely misinterpreted, is it any wonder that 95% (some sources say 99% others say 90%) lose money? As soon as it seems one trend is forming, forces come from out of nowhere and knock the market to another direction. Examples lately have been the SNB revaluing the franc, and announcements by the Fed purchasing US Treasuries.

Speaking of which, that is one investment that can be recommended without having various persons, agencies, and other organizations irritated by comments – TIPS. TIPS are the only haven investors have left to put their savings. Although not tax free, TIPS provide an excellent hedge against inflation and ultra high credit ratings. In fact, based on the perceptions about Managed Futures, Forex, and day trading, it may be simpler for CTAs to simply stop managing accounts and just invest their client funds in TIPS.

Advice for traders

With all the complexities in Forex, it should be an easy case to make that any trader should only use quantitative automated strategies to trade Forex. In order not to upset your counterparties, any strategy should be market-neutral and not take any 'position' in the market. This is easily done with options and much less easily done in spot Forex. However, with the use of automated trading tools, it is very possible. A trader must extract alpha from spot Forex at the same time, no one should know about it, or else those who are peddling other strategies may become jealous and feel threatened. One should use a broker that charges high commissions, so the broker doesn't see the strategy as some sort of intellectual competition to the broker. A tough market to trade, just ask McDonalds.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Asian Market Update: Nikkei breaks out to October highs despite poor Q1 results from shippers; Bernanke talks down inflation worries, concerned about labor market

Asian Market Update: Nikkei breaks out to October highs despite poor Q1 results from shippers; Bernanke talks down inflation worries, concerned about labor market

- Asian equity markets remained on the bullish track fuelled by continued outperformance of the tech sector across the regional bourses even as the Nikkei shipping names plunged after posting poor Q1 earnings and US Fed chairman cautioned about the ongoing weakness for US labor. Nikkei225 briefly rose to its best level since October above 10,170, gaining nearly 2.5% before retreating back to 10,100. Hang Seng and Kospi were also up over 1.5%, while S&P/ASX and the Taiex were both higher by 1% with about 2 hours to go in Tokyo trading. Ahead of the US Monday open, front-month S&Ps reversed early weakness to rally 0.2% to $980 and benchmark yields advanced by a tick to 3.67%.

- Fed Chairman Bernanke offered a town-hall interview with PBS, defending the Federal Reserve independence against the rising scrutiny of Congressional lawmakers and further justifying bailout of large financial institutions to the angered "main street" audience. Most significantly, Bernanke retained the dovish outlook displayed in his Congressional testimony last week, suggesting that emergency credit programs will be unwound only when there is certainty of economic recovery while offering expectation of low inflationary pressure over the next couple of years despite the massive fiscal and monetary stimulus. Fed chairman also tempered optimism over economic rebound translating into job creation, forecasting unemployment above 10% and also suggesting that 1H of 2010 may not mark the peak of jobless rate as widely believed. With regards to congressional movement to audit the Fed, Bernanke was steadfast in the institution maintaining its independence, noting that politicians should not make monetary policy decisions, with the most likely result to interference being higher inflation.

- Asian trading economic calendar was light but is expected to pick up in days to come, with housing data from Australia and RBNZ decision marking the key events of the week. Japan June Corporate Service Price index registered its biggest decline on record at -3.2% y/y, slightly better than the -3.3% expected. South Korea's Consumer Confidence came in at 7-year high of 109.0, while UK's July Hometrack housing survey saw its best y/y level in 9 months at -7.7%. Over in China, Xinhua press quoted Stats Bureau economist Yao urging policymakers to maintain accommodative stance on monetary and fiscal front - comments in line with recent sentiment suggesting the momentum of economic recovery may not be sufficiently stable.

- In equities, Japan's financials closely tracked the market-leading tech sector after Nikkei press said Nomura, Nikko Cordial, and Daiwa Securities will post a profit in the first quarter because of rising revenues from banks' underwriting business. In other gainers, Fuji Heavy was lifted by over 5% after a JP Morgan upgrade, and Hitachi gained over 5.5% after announcing it would make its separately listed group firms publicly listed. Among notable decliners, Nikkei's shipping names Mitsui OSK, Nippon Yusen, and Kawasaki Kisen reported poor results across the board, dropping sharply after mid-day recess to overall session declines of 3-5%. Elsewhere, Sumitomo Chemical fell 5% even though the company said it was not the source of press speculation on Friday that operating profit may fall 90% y/y to ¥1B. Mitsubishi Motors also refuted press rumor it would post a ¥20B operating loss on 50% drop in sales to ¥300B. Outside the Nikkei, shares of Virgin Blue were halted on announcement it would raise A$231M in new equity. The airline also forecast poor outlook for the current and next year, with FY09 Net loss seen at A$160-A$165M v loss A$19.2M expected and 2010 net at breakeven v a profit of A$28.2M expected. In Korea, tech giants Samsung and Hynix were sharply higher after strong earnings posted late last week, and local press reported that Doosan Heavy's Babcock unit has developed technology allowing coal power plants to generate electricity without CO2 emissions.

- In currencies, European and commodity started off weaker against the greenback but reversed higher as Asian equity markets opened to the upside. EUR/USD traded as high as 1.4240, GBP/USD reached 1.6460 after dip below 1.64, and USD/CHF traded below 1.07. In commodity FX, USD/CAD ranged between 1.0830-80, AUD/USD rose above 0.82, while NZD approached multi-month highs just above 0.66. Japanese Yen was relatively unchanged, trading in a thin 97.70-90 band vs USD but selling off against the other majors.

- Crude oil prices opened the session lower, but have since moved into positive territory and above $68.50. Crude oil is tracking the gains in Asian equities and the commodity currencies against the US dollar. In terms of oil demand related news, the US Lundberg survey showed that the average price of regular gasoline declined by 2.7% to $2.49/gallon in the two weeks ended July 24, after the prior survey showed that prices declined by 3.9%. Despite, the most recent decline in gasoline prices, Lundberg believes that gasoline prices may rise at least 10 cents even if crude oil prices do not rise as retailers and refiners seek to improve their margins. Spot gold is higher by more than 0.10% and is tracking the gains in oil prices. In other metals trading, Shanghai copper and aluminum have moved to multi-month highs, tracking the gains in Chinese equities.

Friday, July 24, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

McDonalds loses 7% on US Dollar move
July 23 (Bloomberg) -- McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant company, dropped the most in nine months in New York trading after second-quarter revenue declined more than analysts projected.

McDonald's fell $3.12, or 5.3 percent, to $55.70 at 2:41 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares had the biggest intraday decline since Oct. 24 after losing 5.4 percent this year before today.

Slowing consumer spending and a stronger U.S. dollar contributed to a 7 percent drop in revenue, to $5.65 billion, the company said today in a statement. Global sales at established stores rose 4.8 percent, less than analysts' projected, as visits declined in countries including China.

Foreign Exchange

Currency translation trimmed profit 9 cents a share in the quarter, the company said. McDonald's now expects foreign exchange to cut full-year earnings by 21 cents a share, and forecast it will reduce third-quarter profit by 6 cents, Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said.

The Dollar Index, which the ICE futures exchanges uses to track the dollar against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners, including the euro, British pound and yen, rose more than 10 percent in the 12 months through June.

Foreign Embassies told to Stockpile local currencies for a year A top investment advisor, Harry Schultz - who was MarketWatch's Peter Brimelow pick for financial newsletter of the Year in 2008 - is now claiming:

Some U.S. embassies worldwide are being advised to purchase massive amounts of local currencies; enough to last them a year. Some embassies are being sent enormous amounts of U.S. cash to purchase currencies from those governments, quietly. But not pound sterling. Inside the State Dept., there is a sense of sadness and foreboding that 'something' is about to happen ... within 180 days, but could be 120-150 days.

Investment advisor and former Army Counterintelligence officer Bob Chapman is saying the same thing, reporting on the possibility of a so-called "bank holiday" planned for late August or early September. According to Chapman's sources, U.S. embassies around the world are selling dollars and stockpiling money from respective countries where they operate.

Leading trend forecaster Gerald Calente has also repeatedly predicted a "bank holiday".

But the rumors of embassies being advised to stockpile local currency is stunning and - if true - point to a possible huge devaluation in the dollar.

Modern Cave man lives without money
DANIEL SUELO LIVES IN A CAVE. UNLIKE THE average American—wallowing in credit-card debt, clinging to a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office—he isn't worried about the economic crisis. That's because he figured out that the best way to stay solvent is to never be solvent in the first place. Nine years ago, in the autumn of 2000, Suelo decided to stop using money. He just quit it, like a bad drug habit.

His dwelling, hidden high in a canyon lined with waterfalls, is an hour by foot from the desert town of Moab, Utah, where people who know him are of two minds: He's either a latter-day prophet or an irredeemable hobo. Suelo's blog, which he maintains free at the Moab Public Library, suggests that he's both. "When I lived with money, I was always lacking," he writes. "Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present."

On a warm day in early spring, I clamber along a set of red-rock cliffs to the mouth of his cave, where I find a note signed with a smiley face: CHRIS, FEEL FREE TO USE ANYTHING, EAT ANYTHING (NOTHING HERE IS MINE). From the outside, the place looks like a hollowed teardrop, about the size of an Amtrak bathroom, with enough space for a few pots that hang from the ceiling, a stove under a stone eave, big buckets full of beans and rice, a bed of blankets in the dirt, and not much else. Suelo's been here for three years, and it smells like it.

Harvard going broke: No more free coffee or warm classrooms Outside, along the Charles River, the cherry trees were in bloom. In Harvard Yard, the wide grassy lawn was soft and green. To my left was a bronze statue of John Harvard, the university's first major benefactor, his shoe polished to a high gloss by passersby. Then something else caught my eye: discarded paper cups, torn and crumpled candy wrappers, an empty Evian bottle. The trash can in front of the stately, granite University Hall was overflowing. It was a bad sign.

Smith's audience listened intensely. Already, they had seen evidence of the cutbacks Smith was alluding to. All across campus, as a preliminary measure, thermostats had been lowered during the winter months, from 72 degrees to 68 degrees. Students and faculty were no longer entitled to free coffee at the university's Barker Center. The Quad Express, which shuttles students between the Radcliffe Quadrangle and Memorial Hall, would soon be running every 20 minutes, not every 10 minutes. More recently, despite loud protests from Harvard's athletes, among others, it was announced that hot breakfasts would no longer be served on weekdays at undergraduate residential houses. Instead of bacon, poached eggs, and waffles, students would have to get by on cold ham, cottage cheese, cereal, and fruit.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Increase in malware infections predicted as more workers stay at home to avoid swine flu

Increase in malware infections predicted as more workers stay at home to avoid swine flu

SC Staff

July 20 2009

A 200 per cent increase in the number of roaming and home workers is a result of the growing threat of swine flu.

A report in the Financial Times recently claimed that almost one in eight workers are likely to be forced to stay at home with swine flu. Nine per cent of the workforce is expected to be sick by the end of August when the peak of the first wave of the swine flu pandemic in the UK is expected.

According to Spencer Parker, director of product management at ScanSafe, there has been a significant global upturn in the number of roaming and home workers over the last eight weeks, especially in the UK and US.

Parker said: "Many companies are beginning to implement a disaster recovery plan as swine flu continues its march across the globe. Part of this plan is preparing for the obvious increase in the number of employees that will be working from home. In normal times around five per cent of the internet traffic that we secure comes from mobile or home workers, this is now up to 15 per cent."

Parker also predicted that it will not be long before sophisticated cybercriminals turn their attention to infecting websites designed to inform and advise the public on swine flu, due the huge increase in traffic they are receiving.

According to previous ScanSafe research, roaming workers are 8.5 times more likely to visit illegal file sharing sites than their colleagues in the office and 2.5 times mores likely to visit pornography sites, putting employers at risk of legal liability and exposure to malware.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Swine Flu spreads in New Zealand, Swiss train explodes in Lausanne with swine flu agent
Swine flu: prepping for tough times
The English teacher, who has a two-year-old, Beatrice, and is expecting a second child in the new year, said the NHS advice was impossible for pregnant women to follow if they lived in cities.

"I can't not go out. I can't not take Beatrice out, and I can't not be pregnant." One Invercargill medical centre reported up to a tenfold increase in inquiries about flu, while Queenstown and Cromwell centres said there had been a big leap in inquiries and patients with flu symptoms during the past week,145798,145798 The German news site MM News today reported on charges I filed concerning a bioterrorism incident in Switzerland in April when a "faultily" packed container with vials of "swine flu", allegedly direct from Mexico City, and a WHO-affiliated laboratory, exploded on a packed Inter City train close to Lausanne, spraying the passengers with the biological agent as the container was transported right across Switzerland to Geneva's national influenza lab,25197,25796517-23289,00.html The H1N1 virus (swine flu) is likely return in the fall but this time with more strength. Federal health officials predicted Friday that they expect the H1N1 virus to take off as soon as schools open, rather than in October or November.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Swine Flu spreads through Britain, Australia, South America;jsessionid=E0E5701739994CCF63BA034E9DE5AC8C# vaccine fears
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian army will start patrolling the country's border with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in a bid to contain the spread of the A/H1N1 flu, the government said Friday.
Three pregnant women struck down with swine flu are in Canberra Hospital as the outbreak causes a record spike in demand for services and could lead to longer waits in casualty and for elective surgery.

EES FX Forum Swine Flu Thread

Friday, July 17, 2009

SINGAPORE, April 27 (Reuters) - As the world grapples with the worst economic downturn in decades and the possibility of a flu pandemic, a growing body of research suggests the complexity of the modern global economy may make us more vulnerable than ever to catastrophe. BUTTERFLIES, BLACK SWANS AND SWINE FLU

One key issue is the so-called "butterfly effect" -- in highly complex systems, even a small event can be magnified and transmitted with highly unpredictable results. Edward Lorenz, a pioneer of chaos theory, noted that a butterfly flapping its wings in one corner of the world could cause a tornado far away.

Benoit Mandelbrot, a French mathematician and the father of fractal geometry, applied the theory to markets to show how "wild variability" is intrinsic to the system.

In network theory, one key finding is that complex interconnected systems organise themselves around key nodes. If one of these is hit, the whole house of cards can collapse.

This is one reason the damage done by the subprime crisis to major global investment banks had such a devastating impact.

And while specialisation in global supply chains has brought significant efficiency gains, it has also brought vulnerability. Disruption to a key node in the supply chain can cause dramatic and unpredictable turbulence in the whole system.

This was why global semiconductor prices nearly doubled following an earthquake that hit Taiwan in 1999, and why Hurricane Katrina spread turbulence throughout world markets.

Security analysts also worry that even a single terrorist attack could have a magnified impact if it targets a key point in global supply chains -- for example, a major port.

In his book "The Black Swan", which examines the impact of major unexpected events, Nassim Nicholas Taleb noted that the appearance of stability in complex systems can be illusory:

"Random insults to most parts of the network will not be consequential since they are likely to hit a poorly connected spot. But it also makes networks more vulnerable... Just consider what would happen if there is a problem with a major node.

"True, we have fewer failures," he wrote. "But when they occur... I shiver at the thought..."


The complexity that makes financial shocks more potentially dangerous also means that pandemics can wreak greater havoc.

Analysts point out that when the Black Death plague hit Europe in the 14th century, killing around a third of the population, society did not collapse, because economic and social systems were relatively simple and so insulated from shocks.

By contrast, a plague that hit the Roman empire in the 2nd century, with a similar death rate, caused chaos -- Roman society was much more complex and economically advanced.

In modern society, if key nodes are taken out by disease, the impact could be magnified exponentially. The "nodes" could be people essential to the functioning of society and the economy -- doctors, truck drivers, engineers, port workers.

And just as with financial crisis, herd behaviour, panic and the spread of inaccurate or incomplete information could provide negative feedback loops, making the catastrophe even worse.

"Economic disruptions on the supply side would come directly from high absenteeism... There may also be disruptions to transportation, trade, payment systems and major utilities," the IMF said in a 2006 report on the impact of a global flu pandemic.

And beyond the immediate catastrophe, an overriding risk from both the financial crisis and any pandemic is that it causes a worldwide retreat from globalisation, with profound long-term consequences for the world economy.

In its 2007 report on global risks, the World Economic Forum imagined the consequences of a simultaneous pandemic and global liquidity crisis -- a scenario that was purely speculative then but which now seems eerily prescient.

The result, it said, would be "a backlash against globalisation, which in turn compounds the hit on global demand". Across the world, it said, increased militarism and authoritarian tendencies would reshape global geopolitics.

The events of the next few months may show just how accurate such a scenario could be.

(Editing by Bill Tarrant)
A new paper suggests doctors and paramedics are not the only people who need immediate treatment in the case of pandemic flu; and acting as such may put society in grave danger
Flu Deaths Rise As Britain Moves To Self-Diagnosis
July 17 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu has taken root across the globe faster than any previous influenza pandemic, and its full force may strike the U.S. earlier than the typical flu season, health officials said.

International pressure may break British vaccine deals Novel H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu)


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Goldman posts record profits July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. posted record earnings as revenue from trading and stock underwriting reached all-time highs less than a year after the firm took $10 billion in U.S. rescue funds.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chevron looses $400 Million on Foreign Exchange losses due to weakness of US Dollar
For those same two months, the company said results from its overseas exploration and production operations included unfavourable foreign currency effects of more than $400 million. The reason, Chevron said, was the weakening U.S. dollar against most other major currencies, and it said the trend continued in June.

Media and Traders coming down hard on Goldman Themis Trading Blog
The video linked below is a must-see piece of journalistic skepticism. The duo at Bloomberg News are discussing the recent alleged theft of trading code by a former Goldman employee Sergey Aleynikov who moved to a hedge fund called Citadel.  Their commentary is incredulous.  Their tone seems to ask: "Is the Government working for Goldman now?"

Here are a few gems:

  • "What is Goldman Sachs doing with this trading code that could manipulate the markets?"
  • "And Goldman got on the phone to the Justice Department and got them so fast to nail this guy, it's almost - you wonder if they have a red line to the government."
  • "It is amazing within one day of Goldman calling they had FBI agents at his driveway doing surveillance.  The next day they arrested him…"
  • "It's interesting that the prosecutor from the testimony that I've read, it almost sounds as if he's working at Goldman Sachs."
Taibbi: New Secrecy Rule Lets Goldman Sachs Control Stock Prices Unmolested by Public Scrutiny

Executive Order 12631 was signed on March 18, 1988 by then-President Ronald Reagan, after the biggest one-day market loss in history -- also known as 'Black Monday' -- when the Dow Jones Industrial average dropped 508 points on October 19, 1987. Executive Order 12631 created the "Plunge Protection Team," a working group that was designed to keep the markets operating in the event of a sudden plunge in stock prices.,8599,1908562,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Goldman Sachs vs. Rolling Stone: A Wall Street Smackdown

Goldman Sachs is a giant pig. A giant pig that blows bubbles through a wand shaped like a dollar sign. A giant pig that laughs at us when we invest in worthless dotcom stocks. A giant pig that happily watches us get carried away and burned by rising home prices. A giant pig that smiles widely when we have to fill our tanks with $4-a-gallon gas. Quite simply, the investment bank that is revered on Wall Street could just be a bunch of crooks, and greedy ones at that.




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Goldman’s Doomsday Black Box exposed
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In the world of automated trading, fortunes are made in less than the blink of an eye.

That wealth is generated on computer systems that can handle greater trading volumes at ever increasing speeds. These platforms often rely on algorithms -- a sequence of instructions used for calculation and data processing -- that can spot unseen opportunities in the market and give their users a huge advantage measured in milliseconds.

For banks such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), the codes are worth a fortune and this value also make them a tempting target for thieves -- as appears to have happened with Sergey Aleynikov, a former computer programer at Goldman arrested by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last Friday.

"The risks of trying to steal a trading model are very high," said David Easthope, a senior analyst at Celent, which is part of the Oliver Wyman Group. "But the potential reward is very, very high because when you look at investment banks, they've made higher and higher profits" from automated trading.

Goldman in particular has had a "great last few months" thanks to a trading model that has enabled it to "take the right risk at the right time," Easthope added.
A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. computer programmer who quit last month was arrested and charged with stealing codes related to a high-speed trading program that he helped develop.

The programmer, Sergey Aleynikov, 39 years old, was arrested Friday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents as he got off a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport. According to a complaint filed Saturday, Mr. Aleynikov downloaded 32 megabytes of data from Goldman's computer system with "the intent to convert that trade secret to the economic benefit of someone other than the owner." If it sounds odd, well, it is. At one point, Aleynikov is set up on a date with a man in drag, and appears to pay a matchmaker to find him a woman who, he says, "must be over 21."

Entitled "Love Story," the video's sound has been stripped out, though there are a few title cards describing the action. Dealbreaker suggests that some higher-up intentionally removed the sound on the clip.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FXDD responds to FOREX Witch Hunt

By now you are probably well aware that NFA has made a new rule that prohibits US Forex Dealer Members from carrying customer accounts with opposing positions in the same account past the end of the trading day ("no -hedging"). The rule also requires all positions to be closed in historical order, otherwise known as 'first in first out' (FIFO). There has been wide speculation among user groups what these changes may bring, how they are going to affect the Metatrader platform, how automated trading scripts are going to be affected (Expert Advisors) and what retail trading is going to look like in the future.
The 'No-Hedging' rule has been in effect for over a month now and as many of you can attest most of the statements of "doom and gloom" have been highly exaggerated. The FIFO rule implementation has been extended once already and there is continuous talks amongst all companies, platform vendors (software companies), and NFA as to what will be permitted and how things should be working out. In the midst of these changes some dealers have decided to use the rule changes as a selling point for their offshore service centers. They try to amplify the uncertainty and to play on the customers' fears. It is unclear if they are well equipped to maintain a properly operating MT4 platform in these jurisdictions. Most of them have very little history of operating one. It is certain though that it would be costly and inconvenient to close everything and move an account to an untested firm.
In the wake of all this speculation we at FXDD would like to assure you once again that we will do our best to make sure you can continue trading without having to worry about how things may change for you. We are working with the platform vendors, carefully examining all possible options, and working diligently with NFA on the progress of our membership. Our advice is not to make hasty assumptions based on the loose talk from people who spread rumors. If we are to make any further changes to our platforms we will make sure you are informed well in advance and you are given all possible options to consider. We will also try and keep you updated on a regular basis to let you know what our plans are.

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JPY rises with little media coverage, G8 meeting, China Reserve Currency, Cyberattack hits NYSE The 95 price level for USD/JPY has served as very strong support over the past few months and now that the currency pair is trading well below that price level, it appears that the floor is caving in. JPY Advances on Safe Haven Gains

4cast - FX NOW! USD/JPY, EUR/JPY Flows - JPY surges across the board through stops

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 11:35:00 AM

* 08 Jul 09: 15:35 GMT (NYC) - FX NOW! USD/JPY, EUR/JPY Flows - JPY surges across the board through stops

After the London fixing JPY has surged across the board with what started as a decline in the S&P futures the sent the rate through stops at 93.90 and through even more on the way down to 92.76. The move looks rather painful for the TFX investors who are short JPY. SI

* 08 Jul 09: 15:10 GMT (LDN) - FX NOW! EUR/USD, USD/JPY Flows - EUR sold off at fixing, JPY rallies as equities slide

EUR suffered more than most at the regular 16:00 bst fixing today. Activity has been at a very low level during the entire session and the downtick on EUR/USD and USD/JPY at the fixing is likely to reflect minimal order imbalances. While the EUR was for sale at the fixing, the decline in equities that came at about the same time helped JPY climb, sending USD/JPY down through the 94.00 level, setting off stops at 93.90 and touching lows of 93.75. M.B.

* 08 Jul 09: 14:44 GMT (LDN) - COMMODITIES NOW! OIL Flows - EIA data was mixed, but crude price were already under pressure

Crude inventories dipped and gasoline stocks climbed. The news did little to interrupt the price action in crude oil futures that have been on the way down. Pressure has been exerted by the USD's advance, the weaker prospects for growth implied by the equity market decline and the ongoing G8 and CFTC rhetoric regarding speculative crude oil trading and position limits.

* 08 Jul 09: 14:42 GMT (NYC) - FX NOW! USD/CAD, EUR/CAD Flows - Modest bounce after EIA inventory data

USD/CAD has seen good two-way interest so far in the session, but offers took over in the N.Am morning to push USD/CAD below 1.1600 to lows of 1.1589. However, buyers have found a decent opportunity to retrace losses after the release of EIA inventory data showing a slightly higher than expected draw in crude stocks of 2.9mn barrels (2.4 mn expected) being offset by a larger than expected rise in gasoline inventories (+1.9mn vs 0.6mn expected) and distillates during the key driving season. USD/CAD has bounced through 1.1620 in reaction to a drop in crude futures and equities, but the high of 1.1682 is still a stretch. SI

* 08 Jul 09: 14:24 GMT (LDN) - FX NOW! GBP/USD, EUR/GBP Flows - GBP trading is tentative in advance of Thurs BoE release

GBP trading has lacked its usual price swings that tend to keep speculators busy and dealers attentive. In advance of the close of the BoE meeting on Thursday, with the bank expected to leave official rates unchanged at 0.50%, the only excitement that may be generated in the wake of the meeting is the potential announcement that the BoE's QE program would be expanded from the current total of GBP125 bln up to GBP150 bln. A more aggressive QE program is likely to soften GBP and it seems obvious now that the market is not interested in doing anything until the bank announces its intentions. M.B.


  1. G8 Meeting
    China requests reserve currency debate at G8 -sources
  2. USD collapses against JPY
    1. NYSE hit
Yuan Deposes Dollar on China Border in Sign of Future (Update1)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

US Regulators clamp down on commodities markets July 7 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators say they may clamp down on oil and gas price speculators by limiting the holdings of energy futures traders, including index and exchange-traded funds.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold hearings this month and next to explore the need for government-imposed restrictions on speculative trading in oil, gas and other energy markets, Chairman Gary Gensler said today in a statement.
Chairman Gary Gensler announced today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold hearings this summer to consider imposing position limits for energy commodities, including oil and natural gas. In addition, it will begin publishing how much hedge funds and other financial firms are trading in oil and other commodities, with an eye toward curbing what critics say is speculation that pushes up prices. Wall Street Journal, The (07/07) Bloomberg (07/07) MarketWatch (07/07) Reuters (07/07) Washington Post, The (07/07)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. commodities regulators, in an effort to crack down on excessive speculation, plan to propose sweeping trading limits on oil, natural gas and possibly other commodities.

Friday, July 3, 2009

VPS for FOREX Traders and Online Professionals

VPS for FOREX Traders and Online Professionals

VPS – Virtual Private Server

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