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How will the next Brexit talks affect the pound and UK economy?
This week sees Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU come to the forefront once more. IG's own Sara Walker will be joined by Simon French, Chief Economist to UK merchant bank Panmure Gordon, and Nick Cawley from Daily FX to discuss how the meetings outcome could affect the FX market. Get involved with the #IGForexChat and put your questions to Simon and Nick. Submit your questions on Community. 
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Have risk trends turned? Are trade wars improving? Beware European risks - DailyFX Key Themes
Market’s suffered a painful correction this past week. From peak-to-trough, the benchmark I like to refer to as a measure of hold-out enthusiasm, the S&P 500, dropped nearly 8 percent. That is still a ways from the technical ‘bear market’ designation which is a 20 percent correction from peak highs, but that scale of loss from a seemingly indefatigable climber rattles confidence. To be clear, the slump in sentiment was not isolated to the US equity market. That was just among the more remarkable victims of the speculative swoon owing to its typical outperformance. Looking across the other capital markets with a risk bearing, there were meaningful losses registered from foreign shares, carry trade, emerging market assets and more.
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Turbulent IMF talks impact Asian Equities - EMEA Brief 15 Oct
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde commented that U.S. stock valuations have been “extremely high”, possibly implying a correction. On a similar line, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted that the stock sell-off wasn’t “surprising”, while insisting that U.S. fundamentals remain strong. Lagarde also advised to be ready for more market volatility
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Is the sell off over? - APAC brief 15 Oct
Rout over? There are tentative signs that the global equity rout witnessed last week has subsided, at least for now.
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DOW dropped further, banks to report Q3 earnings - EMEA Brief 12 Oct
The Dow Jones continues its tumble, losing more than 1,300 in two days, as worries over interest rates and trade barriers continue. 

Bank Earnings season kicks off today with three big players standing out: JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Analysts are forecasting that banks will post their highest profits since the financial crisis as they are said to enter a “golden age”, fuelled by rising interest rates.  
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Trend reversals and new lows - APAC brief 12 Oct
What happened? The sell-off continues, and despite a brief pause during Wall Street trade that opened hopes of an end to this rout, it was quickly dashed as investors went back to dumping stocks.
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Tech Sell-off Leads Global Decline - EMEA Brief 11 Oct
US sees largest market fall in 8 months with the Dow Jones losing over 800 points  in the main session.
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Volatility - APAC brief 11 Oct
Volatility is up, and risk appetite has been dulled. The VIX traded towards the 22 figure overnight, while currency safe havens such as the Yen were sought amid a somewhat remarkable sell-off across global equities during the European and North American sessions.
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What will happen if we see 7Rmb on USDCNH - trade war talk
We’ve seen the knee jerk reactions to trade tariffs and war talk rhetoric, in some instances tit for tat plays from both sides to maintain political face, and whilst the initial volatility spikes seemed to be over it looks like we’ve shifted to a new horizon - one where the actual fall out of these tariffs is coming into play.

And what are the main markets to watch which could see some movement going forwards? I’d be interested in a few other people’s thoughts on this. I guess we’d be looking at
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bitcoin long period of consolidation
"What are we saying folks? Are there areas or prices which you're looking at for a move either way after bitcoins recent consolidation period? They say it's a time to accumulate when there is consolidation. Could now be the time to buy bitcoin? I think I'd be adding to my position in physical but would be cautious of anything else."
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Hurricane Michael hits the US - EMEA Brief 10 Oct
Hurricane Michael intensified from category 3 storm to category 4 early Wednesday. As it turns towards Florida, it could shutdown nearly 40% of US Gulf of Mexico crude output as early as Monday. When it comes to soft commodities, orange juice and orange juice futures could be affected. You can find this under the soft commodity section on the IG trading platform.
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Growth v. Risk - APAC brief 10 Oct
The growth-versus-risk paradigm shifted further in favour of the latter in the last 24 hours, as a multitude of stories compounded the bearish sentiment mounting in global markets.
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Why have Italian bond yields increased so much last week?
Following a few questions from clients regarding the surge in Italian bond yields in the last week, I have put together a quick overview of why this has taken place.
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Let's do some technical on the GBPJPY
What are your thoughts on GBPJPY? Join the discussion and commentary from one trader who believes "a near miss to the major quarter 150.000 forming a triple top at the completion of a butterfly pattern.

I'm expecting to see the price to break under the 147.121 level aiming for the next major quarter 140.000. A good set-up for very patient people on this trade could be to go short at the breakout of the 147.121 support level aiming the 141.000 level for an amazing 600 pips trade."
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Stock Screener
Join the community chat: "Hello people i am relatively new to stock buying and trading can you tell me, which is the best stock trading website and where can i find good bargain and value stocks, i am aware that market is at its all time high, but recent trade war and fall in DJIA and Nasdaq must have created some bargains."
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Asian Markets Decline - EMEA Brief 09 Oct
Japanese markets have led the declines, with the likes of the Nikkei and Topix playing catch up following yesterday’s bank holiday. The Hang Seng is the one outlier, with the market trading marginally higher despite declines in Japan, China, and Australia. A wider bearish trend remains in place with fears over a Chinese slowdown coupled with Italian fiscal uncertainty.
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Blue Monday - APAC brief 09 Oct
Markets welcomed back the Chinese from holiday and all the bad news came together at once. That’s not to say the world’s problems, at least as it applies to global markets, can be rooted in China.
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Trade war measures, Dollar alternatives, risk trends and yields - DFX Key Themes
Some people like to draw their assessment of investor sentiment from indicators like the VIX volatility index or more simply from the performance of a ubiquitous asset like the S&P 500. Others will evaluate volume and open interest for participation, data like GDP, or pure sentiment surveys.

I like to refer to correlation. In extreme conditions, what happens to markets in different countries or in different asset classes? They tend to move in concert. In a deep bear market or full financial panic, the market adage that ‘correlations go to one’ reflects on the fire sale mentality that cuts through any concept of which ‘mildly’ risky investment is worth holding when everything seems to be crashing down around us.
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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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