Euro currency market

Although a deal on private sector writedowns of Greek debt has yet to be reached, the risk rally that began in October 2011 remains in place. Measures taken by the European Central Bank, such as cutting interest rates and providing unlimited banking sector liquidity, have certainly helped stabilise financial markets in the eurozone and beyond – with the VIX volatility index on a clear downward path towards multi-year support around 15.0. (See chart below, click to enlarge)

VIX Index

Equities worldwide have made a strong start to the year. One market that could potentially be nearing an inflection point is China’s. As we previously argued on Business Monitor Online, the Shanghai Composite Index stands to benefit, if we are correct in our expectations of further monetary policy easing by the People’s Bank of China through the coming months as growth cools and inflation moderates further. Downtrend resistance comes in at 2, 350.

Shanghai Composite Index

Although the US dollar has strengthened against the euro over the course of the Q4 2011-Q1 2012 rally in global equities, with euro strength still expected to be fleeting in the face of ECB easing, many other currencies appear primed for further upside against the greenback.

Source: Risk Watchdog

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Moody's Downgrades Italian Banks

2012-05-22 08:37:14 by YT01STL-A

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Moody's Investors Service kicked off its long-awaited downgrades of European and global banks by docking the credit ratings of 26 Italian lenders, a move that could ratchet up the continent's banking woes at a critical time for the currency union.
The downgrades, which cite the banks' vulnerability to mounting loan defaults and potential funding problems, were expected, but they nonetheless add to concerns by making it more expensive for the banks to finance themselves via the capital markets.
The ratings for Italian banks are now among the lowest within advanced European countries, reflecting these banks' susceptibility to the adverse operating.

Wake up America!!!

2012-05-01 20:35:59 by DermalDeviant

This is my response to a question I read elsewhere about the possibility of American media being dishonest/misleading or would
they /could they ever feed us propaganda or censor vital news in a modern technological age, where communication over great distances is nearly instant and video cameras are everywhere.. I
Well to answer that question, the fact is that the mainstream media here today is PRIMARILY fed propaganda and distraction. It has been this way for nearly a century.
To understand this thoroughly you must look at this story like most, from the beginning. In 1913 The Federal Reserve Act was passed (google it, the story is insane!). The passing of the (unconstitutional) Federal Reserve Act meant that the US Government will forfeit all rights to coin (or...

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