INVESTORS FOREX One of the great advantages of trading currencies is that the forex market is open 24 hours a day (from 5pm EST on Sunday until 4pm EST Friday). Economic data tends to be one of the most important catalysts for short-term movements in any market, but this is particularly true in the currency market, which responds not only to U.S. economic news, but also to news from around the world. With at least eight major currencies available for trading at most currency brokers and more than 17 derivatives of them, there is always some piece of economic data slated for release that traders can use to inform the positions they take. Generally, no less than seven pieces of data are released daily from the eight major currencies or countries that are most closely followed. So for those who choose to trade news, there are plenty of opportunities. Here we look at which economic news releases are released when, which are most relevant to forex (FX) traders, and how traders can act on this market-moving data.
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Which Currencies Should Be Your Focus?
The following are the eight major currencies:
1. U.S. dollar (USD)
2. Euro (EUR)
3. British pound (GBP)
4. Japanese yen (JPY)
5. Swiss franc (CHF)
6. Canadian dollar (CAD)
7. Australian dollar (AUD)
8. New Zealand dollar (NZD)
This is just a sample of some of the more liquid derivatives based on the currencies above:
As you can see from these lists, the currencies that we can easily trade span the entire globe. This means that you can handpick the currencies and economic releases to which you pay particular attention. But, as a general rule, since the U.S. dollar is on the “other side” of 90% of all currency trades, U.S. economic releases tend to have the most pronounced impact on the market.
Trading news is harder than it may sound. Not only is the reported consensus figure important, but so are the whisper number and the revisions. Also, some releases are more important than others; this can be measured in terms of both the significance of the country releasing the data and the importance of the release in relation to the other pieces of data being released at the same time.
Stock index Euro Stoxx 50 increased 13 points or 0.37% to 3538 on Thursday September 21 from 3526 in the previous trading session. Historically, the EURO STOXX 50 Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 4557.57 in July of 2007 and a record low of 1809.98 in March of 2009. Stock index Euro
Stock index FTSE 100 forecast decreased 6 points or 0.08% to 7265 on Thursday September 21 from 7272 in the previous trading session. Historically, the UK FTSE 100 Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 7547.63 in May of 2017 and a record low of 427.50 in February of 1978. Stock index FTSE
Stock index Swiss SMI increased 2 points or 0.03% to 9096 on Wednesday September 20 from 9093 in the previous trading session. Historically, the Switzerland Stock Market (SMI) reached an all time high of 9531.50 in June of 2007 and a record low of 1287.60 in January of 1991 Stock index Swiss SMI forecast September
Stock index Toronto TSX increased 97 points or 0.63% to 15390 on Wednesday September 20 from 15293 in the previous trading session. Historically, the Canada S&P/TSX Toronto Stock Market Index reached an all time high of 15922.37 in February of 2017 and a record low of 217.50 in February of 1950. Stock index Toronto TSX
EURUSD forecast Euro The currency pair EUR/USD continues to move within the framework of growth. At the moment, we should expect an attempt to test the level of 1.2050 and start falling below the level of 1.1650 as part of the development of the «Head and Shoulders» reversal model. In favor of falling quotations EUR/USD is a