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How Has Brexit Affected Forex Trading?

The uncertainty created by Brexit hasn’t spared the forex trading market or forex traders based in or trading through platforms based in Great Britain. 

With Brexit complete and its impact on forex evolving over time, many traders have questions about the implications of this political and economic move not only on the rules and regulations of forex trading but also the trading opportunities created by this shift.

Look no further for answers to your most pressing questions. Here’s an overview of the impact Brexit has had—and will continue to have—on forex trading.

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Timing is Everything: The Best Times to (and not to) Trade Forex

As you probably already know, the forex market is open and active 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Traders can log onto a trading platform at any time to move currency around, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that people should be trading around the clock. 

When trading forex, timing can often be everything, as there will always be good times to trade and not-so-good times to trade. To ensure that you only trade at the optimum moments, the following details the best times to trade forex, along with the times when it’s well worth staying away from the market.

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Easy Forex Trading Strategies: Buying and Selling Using RSI

The relative strength index, or RSI, is a price momentum indicator in the same family as the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) and stochastic oscillator. Like other momentum indicators, the RSI is charted on a separate graph adjacent to price and has an oscillator range between 0-100. Most traders use the RSI to identify overbought and oversold market conditions and locate trade entry and exit points, but it can also be used as a divergence indicator.

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Monthly Review: June 2021

Welcome to our look back at the previous month and a look ahead to what we might expect to see throughout July and beyond.

We started the month with COVID optimism, in almost every asset class, but we are finishing the month with a tinge of pessimism.  The new variant — COVID-19 Delta Plus — may have changed the rules in our fight against the pandemic.

COVID vaccine programs are still progressing but we finished the month with cities like Sydney, Australia going back into lockdown as we all discover the poor vaccination rate in that country. 

The US Executive Branch and Congress will be debating and negotiating a massive infrastructure plan into the next few weeks and months, which will affect the USD as we move forward.

 The issue of trade relations with China came back into play with many economies starting to work together to confront China about everything from Coronavirus to human rights to IP protection.  Some countries have tried to take on China independently such as the Trump administration, some time ago, and the Australian government earlier this year.

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Trading Tools: Using the MACD Indicator to Trade Currency

The moving average convergence divergence (MACD) is a popular indicator that can be used to confirm trend strength, direction, and momentum. Whereas other indicators are simply added to a price action chart, the MACD is charted on its own adjacent graph.

As its name suggests, the MACD leverages a moving average variation called an exponential moving average (EMA). As opposed to its close relative, the simple moving average (SMA), the EMA is a weighted average that places greater mathematical significance on the most recent data point in a given set. 

Due to this difference, EMAs tend to be more sensitive to small market changes than SMAs—though greater sensitivity often comes at the price of greater volatility.

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Butterfly Patterns: Breaking Down One of the Most Common Forex Strategies

When you choose to trade forex, the key to finding success is often reading patterns. When patterns are discussed, you are going to hear one name mentioned pretty consistently: H.M. Gartley. His harmonic patterns have been famously linked with chart reading and carry as much use today as in 1935 when they were first detailed in his book, Profits in the Stock Market.

Although there are several harmonic patterns of note—see bat, crab, shark, and Gartley patterns, among others—butterfly patterns remain the most prominent. A complete breakdown follows to help you get a full grasp on what they are, how they work, and how to make use of them.

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3 Indicators to Measure Forex Market Sentiment

While all forex traders bring their own strategies, preferences, and emotions to the trading market, the collective trends behind those sentiments can reveal a lot about how overall trader sentiments may shape price movements and forex market activity.

The concept of market sentiment is applicable to any financial trading market, including forex, and these sentiments can play a powerful role in predicting the kinds of price movements and other market effects that may develop in the near future. 

Fortunately, traders don’t have to make guesses about these sentiments on their own. Through the use of forex market sentiment indicators, any trader can evaluate how macro market sentiments may be reflecting overall ideas, hesitations, and other underlying factors that are pushing the majority of traders in a single direction regarding their trading strategy.

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May Recap: USD Weakness, Gold, CAD & Crude Oil Strength

Welcome to our look back at the previous month and a look ahead to what we might expect to see throughout June and beyond.

The main market drivers in May were pretty much the same as April, including the continuing COVID vaccine programs, which are working better in some economies than others.  This has seen notable gains in instruments like WTI, Brent Crude, Stock Indices and EUR.

The US Executive Branch and Congress will be debating and negotiating a massive infrastructure plan into the next few weeks and months, which will affect the USD as we move forward.  We still see overall USD weakness 

Another major concern, which reared its head in April and will continue for months to come, is the dreadful situation with COVID infections in India.  This is not only a humanitarian tragedy, it may turn out to be an economic tragedy.

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How the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report Impacts Forex Trading

One of the most fundamental indicators of both financial market activity and exchange rate changes is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report. At its core, the GDP’s first release and its revisions influence the currency of the nation for which it is released. If the data comes out higher than expected, this is typically considered to be positive news, and the currency will often see a boost in relation to other currencies. On the other hand, when the GDP data is lower than the market expects, it’s typically considered negative news, and the currency will usually drop in value as a result.

GDP is such a commonly used term, with the GDP report being routinely cited. The following builds on the above introduction to further explain what how the GDP report impacts the forex market.

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How to Spot a Scam Forex Broker

While there are plenty of reputable online forex brokers to choose as your preferred trading platform, you can also run into brokers that are little more than a moneymaking scam.

These scam brokers generate profits by luring in traders under the guise of guaranteed earnings only to charge them excessive fees, profit off of their trading activity, and skim money from their accounts until traders wise up and cash out. 

If you’re looking for the right forex broker online or are suspicious of your current brokerage platform, here are some of the top signs your forex broker may be running a scam.

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