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A CEO's Perspective: What's In Store for 2018

2017 has been a fantastic year for Valutrades. I’m most proud of the amount of great content the team has been able to produce helping engage and educate our clients as we have continued to share our focus on #BuildingTheBestBroker.

Our message that a Forex & CFD broker can provide an excellent platform, strong regulation, and most importantly, personal service—all at a competitive price point—has spread through the market, and Valutrades has seen record active accounts and volumes for 2017.

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October 2017: Forex Recap

It’s safe to say that the summer months proved to be fairly unkind to a number of major currencies. Amid rocky political waters in both Europe and North America, the forex market was hit by wave after wave of uncertainty. With the effects of Brexit negotiations still up in the air, the controversial presidency of Donald Trump showing no signs of calming, and Germany’s political scene being ruffled by far-right implications, October certainly gave forex traders plenty to think about.

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September 2017 Forex Recap: What Happened in the Markets

With autumn approaching, what’s clear is that the forex market is still feeling the effects of a rough summer. As key parts of the world experienced a near-enough heat wave, the forex market seemed to swelter under political pressures. Many may have been wishing that September could have brought around a calmer climate, but that proved to be anything but the case. Tensions between the US and North Korea continued to rise, with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un tangling in a potent verbal exchange. Election fever has also been impacting some parts of the world, specifically Japan, Germany, and New Zealand. When you add this to the fact that Brexit negotiations seem to not only be stalling but possibly even be going in reverse at times, you can see why September created some tumultuous terrain in the world of forex trading.

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US Federal Interest Rate Decisions: What It Means for Forex Markets

Note: See the date of the next Fed meeting

The forex market and the related currency values are determined by a number of key factors. While all of these factors carry importance, there is one that stands taller than the rest: interest rates.

These rates are arguably what drive the forex market, as the major central banks have a huge hold over how the market functions and moves forward. The interest rates linked to all of these central markets generally shift as an indirect response to other economic indicators that occur throughout the year. Largely because of how tumultuous they can be, interest rates have the power to move the market in both directions at full force.

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21st July 2017 - Draghi could prop EUR up, while USD is still depressed by the political risks

The single currency could continue in its upside channel versus the greenback, after Draghi has signaled that the ECB members are to talk about the QE tapering next autumn.

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17th July 2017 - The lower inflation pressure could dampen the odds of Fed's tightening

The weaker than expected inflation pressure in US could weigh down on the interest rate outlook driving the greenback down across the broad.

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As expected, BOC could be the first major central bank to follow the Fed

As what was widely expected and what has been highlighted in my most recent analyses, BOC raised today the target of its overnight interest rate by 0.25% to 0.75% to be the first major central bank to follow the Fed in tightening its monetary policy, after the credit crisis.

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Title: UK Election Review; Is Theresa May a dead woman walking and how the markets will move

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