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The Unemployment Rate and the Labor Force Participation Rate Compared in One Minute

The labor force participation rate tells us which percentage of the entire working age population is economically active. In other words, it tells us which percentage of the people capable of working are actually working or at least looking for a job. Let us assume that you live in a country with 10 million working age people. We will also assume 5 million are currently working and 500,000 are […]

Daily Forex News and Analysis — June 26th 2017

Wall Street finished mixed on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Technology, and Industrial sectors led shares higher, only to be offset by losses in the Utilities, Telecoms, and Financial sectors. The Dow Jones lost 0.01%, the S&P 500 gained 0.16%, and the NASDAQ added 0.46% to its value. The US dollar traded lower against the other major currencies on Friday over persistent doubts as to whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates […]

What Are Safe Haven Investments?

Safe haven investments are investments that provide a low level of risk during periods of extreme economic uncertainty. The problem is that a safe haven investment is a safe haven investment until it is no longer a safe haven investment. There are a number of assets that are often said to fall within this class and these include US government bonds, gold, and silver, and land and property. Safe […]

Daily Forex News and Analysis — June 25th 2017

The EUR/USD increased by 0.38%, closing the week at 1.1194. The GBP/USD pair went up by 0.28%, closing the week at 1.2718 exchange rate. On Friday evening, a new cyber attack hit communications networks within the UK parliament. Lawmakers were unable to access their email, causing the government to block network access. Computer experts stated that this new attack was not related to last month's Wannacry ransomware attack. As of Saturday night, […]

Traders Shift Attention to Oil and Ruble

Oil prices are retreating from recent lows, trying to offset losses. The Brent Crude Benchmark has added about 1% and is trading at $45.35 per barrel. The investor sentiment was improved by the comments about the OPEC agreement on output curbs. The Iranian oil minister, said that the cartel will consider a possibility of increasing the production cuts. However, a rise in crude oil inventories in the United States puts oil prices under […]

Bank Runs Explained in One Minute: How Banks Become Insolvent and Fail

As mentioned in the fractional reserve banking video, only a fraction of the currency in existence is actually tangible, so paper money and coins. Let us assume that Bank A like any other banks has customers who trust it with their money for various reasons. Some create bank deposits, some simply keep spending money in their bank accounts and so on. These people are legally allowed to go […]

How to Choose a Market to Trade

The financial markets are a world of opportunity. Tens of thousands of assets to choose from, so, how do you narrow it down? First, pick an asset class. There are four main types. Shares in individual companies listed on stock exchanges around the world. Stock indices, figures representing the top shares from a particular area, exchange, or sector. Forex, the value of one currency compared to another, like the pound versus the dollar […]

Positive Sentiment in European Trade

The EUR/USD pair showed a sharp rise ahead of the release of important economic data. First of all, we should focus on the statistics from Germany. According to the flash estimates, the German Manufacturing PMI declined slightly to 59.3 in June 2017 from 59.5 in the previous month. The latest reading was below the estimates of the economists of 59. Moreover, the German services PMI decreased to 53.7, which was below market expectations of 55. The composite output index […]

What Is Risk and Return?

When it comes to financial matters, we all know what risk is, the possibility of losing your hard earned cash. And most of us understand that a return is what you make on an investment. What many people don't understand though, is the relationship between the two. The relationship between risk and return is often represented by a trade-off. In general, the more risk you take on, the greater your possible return. […]

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