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PBoC reduces capital reserves- EMEA Brief 08 Oct
Chinese stocks decline and the renminbi devalued overnight, despite the PBoC reducing requirements for capital reserves. China's central bank to cut down Reserve Requirement Ratio, releasing 1.2tn Yuan in liquidity, and putting 750bn Yuan ($109bn or £83bn) in cash into the financial system. CSI300 down 3.7%.
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Dividend Adjustment 08 Oct - 12 Oct
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 8 Oct 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below.
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The new week - APAC brief 08 Oct
It’s likely global markets will sway to begin the week, in a bid to find some semblance of equanimity following a raucous week.
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NFP day as US Treasuries reach 7 year high - EMEA brief 05 Oct
US non-farm payroll release at 13:00 BST. US Labour department forecasts an increase of 185,000 in non-farm payrolls last month and the unemployment rate is expected to fall by 0.1% to 3.8% - an 18 year low.
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Smooth Sailing for Brexit? - EMEA Brief 04 Oct
Theresa May declares to end austerity in the much anticipated Conservative party conference yesterday. Bloomberg has also reported this morning that the prime minister plans to rush her Brexit deal through parliament in a bid to stop the opposition voting down the treaty.
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Treasury sell-off - APAC brief 04 Oct
Economic data flow has been relatively light overnight, but activity on financial markets is especially rife.
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Stop entry order
Community is not only about trade ideas and discussion, but also questions and answers. No matter what your trade level or experience, the Community will probably be able to help. We are also hosting an IG webinar at 6 pm this evening walking new clients through the use of the platform.
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Aston Martin IPO at £19 - EMEA Brief 03 Oct
Aston Martin looks set to miss out on a spot in the FTSE 100 after the luxury carmaker cut the maximum valuation it is seeking in its initial public offering today, bloomberg reporting IPO price at £19.
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Macro-drivers  - APAC brief 01 Oct
Global markets endured a night of mixed trading, sandwiched between several risk factors, and the waning optimism of the USMCA.
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Post in Quick trade ideas
Quick Trade Ideas makes the 'Our Picks' section once again: "Taken from the blog this morning which I thought was quite interesting (and links a little to the carbon emissions stuff @TrendFollower)  - Think about going long natural gas." What are your thoughts? Get involved with trade discussion on Community.
Conservative Conference, Cable in Spotlight - EMEA Brief 02 Oct
Continued speculation for the conservative conference today with Theresa May expected to announce some concessions in her Brexit deal. Boris Johnson to speak later today. Yesterday saw a volatility spike in GBP/USD which we could see again today on the right type of news.
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Relief-rallies - APAC brief 02 Oct
Hopes were whetted during overnight trade from the news that the US, Mexico and Canada had agreed to a revised “NAFTA” agreement.
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Nasdaq leads the way for stock indices
Are the markets overvalued? Get involved with the Community discussion: "If this truly is going to go down in history as the tech led bubble then watching the Nasdaq for clues of the end of the rally to end all rallies must be the way to go.  Looking at the monthly chart I see a couple of nice tramlines developing (albeit that the top one is heavily reliant on prior pivots (but that is to be expected in such a sharp, exponential, rally). 

The Weekly chart shows a nice classic progression of Elliot wave counts, parallel tramlines and flag/pennant formations.  Crucially the Pennant, which very often forms at the halfway point in a rally, is signaling a rally end point of 7800-7900.  However in such a strong Bull run we might expect an overshoot of this and the magic 8000 beckons to the markets psychology."
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USMCA replaces NAFTA, CAD rises - EMEA Brief 1 Oct
The U.S. and Canada agreed to a trade deal that would preserve a three-way bloc with Mexico, setting the stage for their leaders to sign the accord by the end of November. The new deal will be called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
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ASX technicals - APAC brief 01 Oct
ASX: SPI futures are indicating a 23-point drop at the open for the ASX200 this morning, effectively wiping Friday's solid gains.
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Post in TA - Technical Analysis
The weekend pick for Community: "Very good video explaining and demonstrating institutional buy side programs, what they look like on candle, profile and footprint charts and how to exploit them."
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Dividend Adjustments 1 Oct - 5 Oct
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 1 Oct 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video. 
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Join our #IGForexChat and put your currency questions to our expert panel
Submit your questions now! Next week we will be hosting a number of live chats and discussion dedicated to the world of currency trading and the foreign exchange market. Each #IGFXChat will focus on a unique topic, relevant to the macroeconomic landscape today. Get involved and make the most out of IG.
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Italian Banks
Italian banks trading halted in Milan, limit down, whilst dax continues plunge. Discuss market movements with like minded traders.
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Fed raise rates, USD steady - EMEA brief 27 Sep
Yesterday the US Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the 3rd time this year. Major currency pairs hold steady whilst the USD basket, despite initial volatility, traded largely flat. Minor gains have been made this morning putting the dollar about a quarter of a percent up.
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Post in Quick trade ideas
Possibly nice retracement set-up in the offing, short on ITV?  Overnight order short just below today's low (currently 156.3), initially looking for 142.  Tempted to put the stop tighter than the obvious 164ish for this sort of entry?  Thoughts? 

Note interim XD 25th Oct.


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Trump and Rouhani exchange words - EMEA brief 26 Sep
Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to a head at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday with the US President vowing more sanctions against Tehran, whilst President Rouhani suggested that Trump suffers from a "weakness of intellect." Trump is really trying to bring the price of oil into play before the midterms as high oil prices could hit the Republican vote.
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Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 25 Sep - 01 Oct
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 24 Sep 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video.
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Trade War - APAC brief 25 Sep
Markets were made to curb their enthusiasm overnight. Trade war realities bit again and the relief rally that had defined last week’s trade dissipated. It’s not a terrible cause for alarm yet, but it highlights how difficult to predict the impact on global trade disruption happens to be.
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Instagram founders quit Facebook - EMEA brief 25 Sep
Instagram founders quit the Facebook acquired business less than 6 months after WhatsApp founders do the same. Overnight Asian equities diverge, as Chinese shares fall and Japanese shares climb. The Euro jumped on Monday after Mario Draghi of the ECB signalled that policymakers are on track to reduce stimulus measures. He stated that the bank was confident it could maintain inflation targets over the next few years.
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