While 2018 may still be in its infancy, the risks hanging over the year’s foreign-exchange (forex) markets have been brewing for some time. An assortment of global hotspots are positioned to affect major currencies and their viability on forex markets.
Uruguayan pharmacies began sales of legal marijuana to much fanfare. With lines stretching around the block, the pharmacies soon found their supplies were unable to meet booming demand for the newly available drug.
The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, the representation of US economic might on the global stage and the de facto currency unit for the overwhelming majority of financial assets.
At the G20 summit on July 7, US President Donald Trump sat immediately next to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto. After they each spoke about the progress being made in trade issues between the two countries, reporters volleyed a flurry of questions at the US president
Just when the US coal industry had been persuaded that its glory days were over, President Donald Trump came to the rescue with his Energy Independence Executive Order. Coal executives rejoiced, but even the president may not be able to save an industry that is being battered by something more serious than “clean” government regulations, and that is competition from alternative power sources.
Stock markets have undergone some fairly seismic structural changes over the last 10 years or so. Arguably the most ground-breaking of these changes has been the advent of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
During his election campaign, US President Donald Trump promised to be a human boon to the US construction industry, one of the nation’s most vital and influential. As the days have ticked away since his inauguration, have the new administration’s policies made a difference for the industry, or added to its uncertainty about what the future really holds?
In mid-April, a draft of the legislation to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—a law that has been branded by US President Donald Trump as a “disaster” that has made it difficult for businesses to get loans—was released.
During his campaign, US President Donald Trump was short on praise for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. But since taking office in January, he has softened his public remarks about her low interest-rate policies, and there is even the possibility that he might re-nominate her in 2018. Would the reappointment of an avowed monetary-policy dove work for or against his economic plans in the future?
Russia is amongst the global heavyweights, but its economy and stock markets are vulnerable to forces outside of its control, especially the price of oil but also politics in other parts of the world, such as the United States. The country’s fortunes will depend on how oil prices fare but also on how well relations with the new administration in Washington pan out.