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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? 

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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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Oil prices at 4-year high after OPEC declines to raise supply. Trade Talks: Abe's trade discussion with Trump is "constructive" in second round, China will only hold trade talks once Trump stops threats.
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Risk appetite despite trade wars; Dollar motivation; political risks rises - DFX key themes
Seemingly a routine occurrence for the global financial markets, we saw the state of global trade deteriorate yet again through the past week. As expected, the United States went forward with tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods. The terms are for a 10 percent rate on a range of imports that will increase to 25 percent by the end of the year.

The standard, immediate response from China was quickly implemented, but only on $60 billion in US goods. It is not clear the strategy from China as they vowed a ****-for-tat response to what they have deemed unprovoked trade wars, but the country does not have much more room to tax imports from its major counterpart – and certainly not $200 billion worth of goods. This alone moves us into a new phase of a standoff of escalating cost for the US, China and the world.
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Tensions rising - APAC brief 24 Sep
Geopolitics is already shaping-up as the major driver of financial markets this week.
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Trump tweets OPEC "Get prices down now!" - EMEA brief 21 Sep
Brent crude has its eyes on $80 a barrel and is currently trading at its highest level in 4 years, all despite efforts of Trump's Tweets for OPEC to "get prices down now". On the other hand, global equity markets are shining with the Japanese Nikkei hitting an 8-month high, Chinese shares on course to make their biggest weekly gains in 2 years, and a strong earnings outlook expected to continue.
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Signal Trades
Are you looking for trade ideas and signals? Have you ever wondered how our signals, provided by the third party PIA First and Autochartist algorithms, work? Get involved with the Community discussion and make the most of IG - maybe even set up a few trades in a demo account and see how they play out? Remember, as always practice due diligence and make your own trading decisions.
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Tilray Inc  (TLRY) on Nasdaq
Tilray is one of the largest and most sophisticated producers of premium medical cannabis in the world, and this weeks 'hot stock' for speculators as significant volatility grips the market. Get involved with the discussion on Community.
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RIO buyback and industrial metal rally - EMEA brief 20 Sep
Bellwether metals copper and zinc, along with other industrial metals, continue their rally as investors and traders focus on increasing demand rather than US-Sino relations. Rio Tinto announced a $3.2bn share buyback scheme, and whilst the Anglo-Australian miner saw 3.2% gain the ASX didn’t follow suit and ended down slightly. Potential swings on the UK Rio listing on the open.
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ASX yesterday - APAC brief 20 Sep
SPI futures are indicating a 5-point jump at the open for the ASX200, as traders continue to ride the wave of relief washing-over global markets.
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Markets defy expectations - EMEA brief 19 Sep
The rebound in Chinese stock markets has extended and US bond yields are steady after the market digested the trade tariff news. UK inflation data is in focus today, likely to be closely watched as investors economic optimism hits a near seven year low.
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Bellwether metals down on $200bn US Sino tariffs - EMEA brief 18 Sep
Chinese markets rose despite Trump implementing 10% tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods which will will start on September 24. The decision comes in spite of China's warning that they would not engage in scheduled trade talks if the US implemented these tariffs.

Gold's typical 'safe haven' status isn't re enforced this time around, with flow seen into the USD over the precious metal, whilst nickel, aluminium and bellwether metal copper hit on the LME by the $200bn tariff. Oil drops on the same news.
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Update on trade war - APAC brief 18 Sep
US President Trump’s administration has announced the next round of tariffs on $US200bn worth of Chinese imports.
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Tree Shakes
What is a treeshake? What does this mean for the markets? Can you use this to help define a trading strategy? Get involved with like minded traders and user submitted content on Community, and get the most out of your trading with IG.
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Neverending trade wars - EMEA brief 17 Sep
Whilst the Tokyo markets are on holiday, most other Asian equity markets slip on reports that Washington are continuing their tariff roll outs with a focus once more on Chinese imports. Thin liquidity due to the closed Japanese market didn't help, however moves in currencies seem minor. Dollar steady against a basket of major currencies, whilst gold nudges up. Oil prices have generally eased as the trade war row potentially distorts the demand outlook.
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Another last minute trade war fear, fundamental trading, the dark side of central banking - DFX key themes
How many times does something unusual have to occur before it is considered a planned? I have noted a number of times over the past month that some unexpected policy development was announced hours before the markets closed for the weekend. There is an unspoken commitment by central bankers and global leaders to prevent volatility in their respective financial markets. Volatility is the general definition of risk, and there is a clear connection between financial market and economy. In other words, no one wants to trigger speculative rout that could turn into tangible economic pain. And yet, that typical preservation of self-interest doesn’t seem to worry some of those in power looking to stir norms.
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Market sentiment - APAC brief 17 Sep
The economic calendar is relatively light, and markets await guidance from US President Trump about his intentions regarding the next round of tariffs on China.
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Dividend Adjustments 17 Sep - 21 Sep
Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 17 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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Fundamental book on commodities trading
How do you set up a trading plan? What books would you recommend to learn about fundamental analysis? Join the IG Community trading discussion and get involved with the conversation.

"Are there any other good books on fundamentals of the commodity markets? I would really like to learn the different crop-seasons for softs, and other fundamental factors that influence the prices of commodities. Any suggestions?"
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TRY rate decision - 1200 BST
Crunch time in Ankara at 1200 BST today. Reuters polls are suggesting an increase of 425 basis points to 22%.  Turkish banks, among them Garanti & IS bank, seem to be calling this much higher with predictions of 500bp / 22.75%.
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