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    Bitcoin mania: Join the rush or beware the bubble?

    When the Wall Street Journal runs a headline that reads Bitcoin: Even Grandma Wants In On The Action, you’re simply compelled to find out more about the stand-out cryptocurrency that is grabbing all the attention.

    For months now, Bitcoin’s rapid price swings have been prompting volatility-starved investors to join the biggest speculative boom since the dotcom fever in the 1990s.

    In the space of 24 hours this week, Bitcoin rallied to an all-time high of $11,434 before sinking as much as 21% to $9,009, having started 2017 at $968.23, according research site CoinDesk.

    The temptation to join the rush is tempered by the fear that its value is being driven purely on speculation and that the bubble is about to burst. Then John McAfee – founder of the eponymously named software – doubled down on his previous prediction and claimed this week: “I’ll eat my own d**k on national TV if Bitcoin doesn’t surpass $1 million by 2020.”

    More and more investors have chosen to set aside Bitcoin’s questionable past, for instance its use by criminal elements, and focused on the potential that it could replace gold as an investment to hold when faith ebbs in fiat currencies.

    “We now have millions of active users,” said Peter Smith, chief executive of Bitcoin services firm Blockchain.info. “We didn’t have a million last year.”

    CME Group Inc., the world’s biggest exchange group, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are helping to pull Bitcoin from the financial periphery by exploring products based on the virtual currency. Next month CME is expected to launch a futures contract based on Bitcoin.

    They’ve witnessed the increasing number of investors and traders being drawn by Bitcoin’s volatility in a market where stocks and bonds have produced modest gains. Even technology stocks, which have rallied sharply this year, can’t compete with Bitcoin which has jumped 10-fold.

    However, Bitcoin’s growth has also attracted critics like J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CEO James Dimon and Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett, who have argued that governments likely will ultimately crack down, crushing Bitcoin’s price.

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    Catalunya independence bid plunges Spain into crisis

    The Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence from Spain is set to wreak political turmoil in the country and is sure to have far-reaching repercussions for Europe.

    In response, Madrid passed measures to take direct control over the region and called for regional elections for December 21, but these measures will be tested as it’s unclear whether politicians and civil servants of the region will accept direct rule being imposed on them.

    On Sunday Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, sacked Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, who now faces up to 30 years in jail for his role in the regional parliament’s declaration of independence.

    The result was greeted with joy by pro-independence supporters gathered outside the parliament in Barcelona under the slogan “Let’s make the Republic”, hoping to put pressure on the parliament to act.

    The Catalan parliament vote came after Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, asked the senate to approve the government’s request for measures to impose direct rule on Catalunya.

    Over the weekend hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona to call for unity.

    Almost as soon as news of the declaration broke on Friday the markets reacted to send the Euro plunging. According to Reuters, the Euro held near three-month lows versus the dollar. The single currency was down 0.5 percent at $1.1590, putting it on track for its steepest weekly decline against the greenback in 11 months.

    Madrid’s blue-chip index the Ibex 35 was down 1.9 per cent in afternoon trading, with all but two of its constituents falling.

    Banks based in Catalunya were among the biggest losers, with Banco de Sabadell down 6% and CaixaBank down 4.6%. IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, the UK and Spanish flag carriers, was the biggest single faller in Madrid, down by over 6%.

    Investors also sold Spain’s government bonds, sending the yields on benchmark 10-year debt up by 5 basis points to 1.603%.

    The European Commission has been under pressure to mediate in the row given its destabilising effect on EU unity. But, so far, have only offered support for the Spanish government and ruling out the possibility that an independent Catalunya could become part of the EU.

    The EU is in a phase where unity and economic viability is a priority, but this is under threat given the crisis over Catalunya and the possibility of a domino effect rippling throughout Europe.


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    German Elections: Will Merkel hold on to power?

    Elections in economically powerful countries like Germany have always provided an opportunity traders can take advantage of, because of the market volatility that preceded them.

    The uncertainty that surrounds an election result creates turbulence in the markets, which are exactly the conditions traders need to make bigger profits on their trades.

    If recent history has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected when the German Election takes place on Sunday 24th September – regardless of what exit polls and the media are reporting will happen.

    EXIT POLLS ARE LESS RELIABLE THAN BEFORE

    Opinion polls have consistently predicted that Angela Merkel will secure a fourth consecutive election victory for her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and their sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU).

    However, exit polls are not as reliable as they once were. Britons were expected to vote against Brexit and Hilary Clinton was considered a more likely US President than Donald Trump.

    The pulse of the voter is far more difficult to anticipate, and more susceptible to change.

    The impact of social media and other, less predictable influencers, can have a significant effect on the opinions and perceptions of voters, especially in those critical last few days before the election itself takes place.

    No outcome is certain until the last votes have been cast.

    MARKETS BECOME MORE VOLATILE AROUND ELECTIONS

    This uncertainty creates volatility in the markets, which tends to become more pronounced as the polling date approaches and even more so if the outcome is in the balance.

    That volatility is magnified when an unexpected outcome is declared, as when Britons voted in favour of Brexit.

    This is why the German election offers the potential to make some money.


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    Why Choose the MetaTrader 5 Trading Platform

    Successful traders from around the world have chosen the MetaTrader 5 (MT5) platform for trading Forex, exchange instruments, futures, and CFDs. MetaTrader 5 is an effective, multi-functional platform that provides everything you need to trade the financial markets. MT5 platform can be used by advanced traders as well as beginners since it can be expanded to incorporate additional programs and instruments.

    The platform offers advanced financial trading functions as well as superior tools for technical and fundamental analysis. MetaTrader 5 can also trade automatically by using trading robots and trading signals. It is a trading platform that is capable of processing different financial instruments with a wide range of trading activity. Traders may use a wide selection of pre-installed technical indicators and graphical objects to analyse the markets.

    The MetaTrader 5 trading system offers an advanced Market Depth feature (with a tick chart and Time & Sales information), a separate accounting of orders and trades, the support of all types of trading orders and execution modes. It also allows you to chart assets at 21 different time frames and gives you the ability to have up to 100 charts open at any given time. With the One Click Trading function and the Market Depth option, users can buy and sell currency pairs, equities, futures and CFDs with just one click. More advantages of MT5 include a user-friendly interface, larger icons, and a wider range of timeframes.


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    Best forex risk management strategies

    How to Get Best Forex Risk Management Strategies in Forex Trade?

    The Forex market has a daily trading volume of about three trillion dollars. In order to earn money successfully, you have to develop a very clever Forex risk management strategy. Of course, you cannot earn profits all the time with every single move. You have to deal with risk in order to earn profits as it is all about winning or losing in this trade. Portfolios that provide the best risk strategy are based on the experience of investors and traders.

    Role of Brokers in Forex Risk Management

    An investor should look for the most reliable and trustworthy financial partner with the best reputation in the Forex trade market. Trading in the Forex market becomes easier when you have professional and expert advice.


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    Bitcoin mania: Is it too late to join the rush?

    When the Wall Street Journal runs a headline that reads Bitcoin: Even Grandma Wants In On The Action, you’re simply compelled to find out more about the stand-out cryptocurrency that is grabbing all the attention.

    For months now, Bitcoin’s rapid price swings have been prompting volatility-starved investors to join the biggest speculative boom since the dotcom fever in the 1990s.

    In the six minutes following the start of Bitcoin futures trading, the contract expiring in January which opened at $15,000 rose to $16,600. Trading on Monday morning (December 11th) in London the contract was changing hands at $17,500. Bitcoin itself was at $16,635.05 according to CoinDesk. Right now there is no hotter ticket having started 2017 at $968.23.

    The temptation to join the rush is tempered by the fear that its value is being driven purely on speculation and that the bubble is about to burst.

    Some are convinced it’s the real thing. John McAfee – founder of the eponymously named software – doubled down on his previous prediction and claimed: “I’ll eat my own d**k on national TV if Bitcoin doesn’t surpass $1 million by 2020.”

    More and more investors have chosen to set aside Bitcoin’s questionable past, for instance its use by criminal elements, and focused on the potential that it could replace gold as an investment to hold when faith ebbs in fiat currencies.

    “We now have millions of active users,” said Peter Smith, chief executive of Bitcoin services firm Blockchain.info. “We didn’t have a million last year.”

    Bitcoin’s meteoric rise has seen interest increase in other cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash and Ripple. The latter’s Interledger protocol is being explored by Microsoft as part of their own blockchain toolkit offering.

    CME Group Inc., the world’s biggest exchange group, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Have fuelled interest further by announcing intent to introduce products based on the virtual currency. CME’s Bitcoin futures contract is expected next week. Who knows what the price will be when that happens.

    They’ve witnessed the increasing number of investors and traders being drawn by Bitcoin’s volatility in a market where stocks and bonds have produced modest gains. Even technology stocks, which have rallied sharply this year, can’t compete with Bitcoin which has jumped 17-fold.


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    Why most traders do not succeed in forex Trading?

    Making profits through stocks and shares is not an easy job. Inadequate trading methods, lack of confidence, patience and discipline can lead to a lack of success in the stock market. A trader should really know the tricks of trading. Inexperienced traders, who lack insight, risk all their money in one stock without planning before investing. Planning is a necessary standard in the stock market as complex trading techniques and lack of planning will contribute to the failure of the trader; therefore, successful traders always develop a plan.

    Lazy Traders will definitely fail

    Without significant planning a trader will fail. Many traders are too lazy to develop a successful trading plan as it requires a lot of effort. Effort is necessary for success in the stock market, not just luck. Traders who are too confident and lazy are always in a hurry to chance their luck, which results in failure.

    Too much Trading

    Most of the traders have an addiction to the stock market and invest too much money. In the process of trying to win more and more money, greedy traders can lose a significant amount of money. Good traders should not act like gamblers as trading in Forex is more skilful than gambling at the casino.

    Avoiding Demo trading

    Demo trading is compulsory before actually trading. Traders who are too confident and greedy do not understand the significance of demo trading. Demo trading should be done over an adequate period of time so that a good knowledge of market trends and trading techniques can be obtained. You can get a good idea about how you will perform in real trading through demo trading. In most cases, it is found that traders who cannot earn profits in demo trading cannot earn profits in real trading either.


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    Traders cashing in on PayPal success

    In his note to clients Faucette noted that the market may have been overly concerned about a potentially negative impact of renegotiation of its contract with eBay, and that PayPal is maintaining its massive acceptance as an e-commerce website over other digital wallets and that it is expected to benefit significantly from e-commerce tailwinds.

    It looks like a great time for traders to start getting friendly with PayPal (PYPL) shares after Morgan Stanley’s James Faucette upped his price target to 76 from 62 along with a number of other analysts who are equally enthusiastic about the online payment service provider.

    The above chart plots the increase in share value which has grown steadily from the beginning the year, and which is expected to continue after the third quarter earnings report is released.

    In his note to clients Faucette noted that the market may have been overly concerned about a potentially negative impact of renegotiation of its contract with eBay, and that PayPal is maintaining its massive acceptance as an e-commerce website over other digital wallets and that it is expected to benefit significantly from e-commerce tailwinds.

    What PayPal has over its competitors is consumer trust. It feels like it has been around for a long time, and that’s a priceless commodity in the e-commerce age.

    Since its spin-off from former parent company eBay in 2015 PayPal has expanded into a payments service provider, incorporating mobile payments into its operations. It has also reaped the benefits of giving consumers more options at checkout by using credit cards following its online checkout deals with Visa and Mastercard in 2016.


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