Ankit Agrawal

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Behind The Scenes In FX Trading: What Is Really Going On

Earlier this month we got confirmation of something we postulated back in April: that the primary source of revenue for Virtu (which, as a reminder, …

Euro Drop a Turning Point for Central Bank Reserves

Central banks and reserve managers are breaking from past practice by showing little appetite to add euros as the currency tumbles.<p>The total amount …

Gold vs. Central Banks

By Dan Popscu, GoldBroker.com<p>If gold is a relic of the past then why are central banks holding so much gold? Central banks hold, if we believe …

Why the World Needs the US Economy to Struggle

<i>Below is the January 4th Thoughts from the Frontline, republished in full.</i><p>The headlines this morning talk about the US dollar hitting an 11-year high. I have been saying for years that the dollar is going to go higher than anyone can imagine. This trade is just in the early innings. And the …

The Stimulus Monkeys Are Screeching And The Central Banks Are Pushing On A String

<i>Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog</i>,<b>Have you been at the zoo when the monkeys start rattling their cages and screeching in unison?</b> …

Bank of England survey shows most Britons believe rates will stay on hold for another year

The Bank of England’s message on interest rates is resonating with the public with nearly two thirds believing borrowing costs will remain at record …

What to expect from financial markets in 2015

LONDON – A look at financial markets and companies in the coming year from our editors and chief correspondents. The opinions are their own.<br>Financial …

The Bank Of England Tried To Ruin The Economy Today

Ever wondered what would happen to banks if the economy went pear-shaped? The Bank of England (BoE) has, and has put eight banks through their paces …

3 Things Worth Thinking About

<b>The Fed's "You Say Potato; I Say Potatoe" Statement</b><p>Yesterday, the Federal Reserve released their financial FOMC meeting statement for 2014. The …

We Just Witnessed The Worst Week For Global Financial Markets In 3 Years

Is this the start of the next major financial crisis? The nightmarish collapse of the price of oil is creating panic in financial markets all over …

Stock Markets

5 big risks financial markets will face in 2015

After an unprecedented correction, financial markets are back in the green, thanks to the continued dovish stance of the US Federal Reserve. However, …

Greece set for early election in move likely to rattle global financial markets

ATHENS (AFP) - Greek lawmakers failed for a third time Monday to elect a new president, triggering a snap election that could bring to power a …

Diversity Rules in Nature and Maybe in Markets, Too

Diversity safeguards populations from defective genes, stabilizes nature’s ecosystems and fosters innovation in business.<p>Now, research suggests that …

Greece Fears New Financial Crisis as Election is Called

Greek lawmakers rejected a new president for a third time on Monday, which constitutionally triggers a snap general election, Reuters reports.<p>The …

Europe

October Effect in January

There’s no “January effect” in sight, as financial markets have begun 2015 as if it were mid-October last year. “Risk-off” gripped markets as oil …

2014's Biggest Financial Market Stories In 5 Charts

With 2014 about to end, Societe Generale's cross-asset team has pulled together a pile of charts that explain the biggest trends in financial markets this year.<p>Here are the best five, showing the big trends that have been at play in advanced economies over the past 12 months:<p><b>1. …

Oil Falls Below 50 As Global Financial Markets Begin To Unravel

On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009, and the Dow dropped 331 points. Meanwhile, the stock market declines …

3 Things - Volatility, The Fed And Yield Spreads

<b>Volatility Warning Signs</b><p>Since the end of the Federal Reserve's latest QE program, market volatility has picked up markedly. Since October, as QE came …

Behold! The first economics cliché of 2015!

Lowflation.<p>All of a sudden this not-so-clever portmanteau is everywhere.<p>But what it lacks in wit, it makes up for in usefulness.<p>Large chunks of the emerging global economy—including Brazil, Russia and China—are slowing. Established economies such as Germany and Japan aren’t growing like …

Economy

Central banks watch: US Federal Reserve's minutes and BoE rate decision in focus

Indonesia and Romania to set rates next week<p>The central banks in focus in the early days of 2015 will be the Bank of England and US Federal Reserve, …