The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Oil prices slide as U.S.-China trade war escalates
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23.08.2019 - “Policymakers and investors remain cognizant of the economic headwinds that are gathering force, given that the U.S.-China trade conflict threatens to drag on for longer,” said FXTM market analyst Han Tan.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Oil prices slide as U.S.-China trade war escalates
21.08.2019 - Han Tan, market analyst at FXTM, says slowdown fears are weighing on investors: "Asian stocks are mixed, with markets reluctant to get ahead of themselves in hoping for a near-term resolution to the US-China conflict. The intensifying concerns over the state of the global economy have only soured the outlooks for open and trade-dependent Asian economies, with such fears feeding into the performances of risk assets. Until there is a meaningful breakthrough in the US-China impasse, it would be a big ask for Asian assets to carve out substantial gains over the near-term..."
The original article can be viewed on The Guardian: UK government borrowing misses targets; historic German bond sale – business live
20.08.2019 - Lower U.S. interest rates put pressure on the dollar and bond yields, increasing the appeal of non-yielding bullion. “While the improving market mood has the potential to send the precious metal lower in the near term, the medium to longer term outlook remains bullish,” FXTM analyst Lukman Otunuga said in a note.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Gold reclaims $1,500 mark as focus turns to Fed
20.08.2019 - “Gold bulls are engaged in a fierce battle to defend the $1500 psychological level as investors seek riskier assets,” wrote Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at brokerage FXTM.
The original article can be viewed on Marketwatch: Gold ends higher, recoups some recent losses as bond yields slide
20.08.2019 - Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM, says the dollar is benefitting from the surge into safe-haven assets... "The mighty Dollar continues to tighten its grip across currency markets as the Dollar Index (DXY) hit a fresh three-week high at 98.40 on Tuesday... Where the Dollar concludes this week will be heavily influenced by the FOMC minutes and Chair Jerome Powell’s speech in Jackson Hole on Friday. Should the minutes and Powell’s speech confirm expectations of a US interest rate cut in September, the Dollar has the potential to weaken."
The original article can be viewed on The Guardian: UK factories suffer from Brexit and trade war tensions - as it happened
19.08.2019 - “If central banks prove they’re ready to act by delivering interest rate cuts and new quantitative easing programs, expect equity markets to resume their rally after their recent plunge,” said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM, in a note. “Otherwise, expect more money to pour into gold, and other safe havens such as the Japanese yen and Swiss franc.”
The original article can be viewed on Yahoo Finance: Will Money Printing Machines Get Back to Work?
16.08.2019 - “Positive risk-on sentiment has tried to make a return... There is some demand for the dollar and some confidence over the health of the U.S. economy especially after yesterday’s impressive retail sales figure. All this is weakening demand for gold today,” said FXTM analyst Lukman Otunuga... However, key macro fundamentals supporting the appetite for gold remain firmly intact, with lower interest rates across the globe and many central banks jumping aboard the global policy easing bandwagon, Otunuga added.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Gold dips 1% as equities firm, but eyes 3rd weekly gain
16.08.2019 - Going into the weekend stocks look much more positive, according to Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM. "Some semblance of stability is returning to Asian markets on Friday after China hinted at more fiscal support for its economy...," Otunuga said in an email. "Although treasury yields are climbing away from record lows on Friday as some tranquility returns to markets, the movements in the bond markets are poised to remain on investors radars in the week ahead," he added.
The original article can be viewed on Business Insider: Global equities are rallying after week from hell but investors 'remain on the defensive'
16.08.2019 - “The ‘risk off, risk on’ pendulum swung back and forth as investors grappled with conflicting signals on the U.S.-China trade front, disappointing economic data from China and Germany and depressed oil prices,” said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM, in a note to clients.
The original article can be viewed on Marketwatch: After wild week, Europe stocks trade higher
16.08.2019 - Weakness in the yuan “essentially puts the brakes on” other currencies in the region [...], said Jameel Ahmad, global head of currency strategy and market research at FXTM. ...“From many perspectives it makes sense to prefer a cheap currency during uncertain times,” Ahmad told CNBC in an email. “There is a global downturn taking place, and demand for goods (or) services is at risk to weakness due to declining investment confidence, with this encouraging the preference to have a cheap currency to boost export competitiveness.”
The original article can be viewed on CNBC: How the Chinese yuan is likely to perform in three trade war scenarios
13.08.2019 - The pound could fall further in the coming weeks as appetite for the currency rapidly dries up, says Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM. Recession fears have been heightened by figures on Friday showing the economy contracted in the latest quarter. "These concerns have certainly not been kind to the British Pound which weakened to a 10-year low against the Euro above 0.9320 yesterday. With appetite for the Pound diminishing by the day as Brexit uncertainty and recession fears haunt investor attraction, the EURGBP is positioned to push higher."
The original article can be viewed on The Independent: Pound news - LIVE: Sterling set to hit new 10-year low within weeks
13.08.2019 - On the technical front, “a solid breakout and daily close above the $1525 level is likely to inject gold bulls with enough inspiration to challenge $1,550,” FXTM analyst Lukman Otunuga said in a note.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Gold hits more than 6-year high on Hong Kong, Argentina
10.08.2019 - "Confidence over the health of the UK economy was dealt a gut-wrenching blow this morning," Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM, said on Friday.
The original article can be viewed on Business Insider: Three of Europe's biggest economies are probably in recession — and the ECB is out of bullets
06.08.2019 - "The rapid and unexpected escalation in US-China tensions has sent markets scurrying towards safe-haven assets. Gold now has the psychological $1500 level in its sights, with Bullion prices having breached $1470 at the time of writing," said Han Tan, market analyst at FXTM.
The original article can be viewed on NASDAQ: Clear risk-off Signal From US-China Clash of Wills
05.08.2019 - "This is the first time since May 2008 that the Chinese currency trades above the key psychological level of seven", said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at foreign exchange broker FXTM. "The PBoC has spent hundreds of billions of dollars over the past couple of years to prevent their currency from breaching this key level, but now that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, the currency tool may be very effective as it significantly offsets the impact of US tariffs. [...]"
The original article can be viewed on City AM: Markets in turmoil as Chinese currency falls to financial crisis levels
05.08.2019 - “Markets had not been expecting the latest US-China trade talks to conclude with any significant breakthrough last week, but very few expected President Trump to slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods,” said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Trade friction hits stocks, yuan slumps to lowest in over a decade
02.08.2019 - "The negative mood across markets suggests that investors are jittery," Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM, said in a note, warning again on the potential impact on growth.
The original article can be viewed on Daily Mail: Trump tariff threat hits Wall Street for second day
02.08.2019 - Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM says: Gold glittered with extreme intensity on Thursday, jumping to a fresh two week high above $1445 as Trump’s tariff tweets sent investors stampeding for safety. The precious metal has scope to push higher this afternoon if the pending US jobs report fails to meet market expectations. With concerns over slowing global growth, renewed US-China trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty accelerating the flight to safety, Gold is fundamentally bullish.
The original article can be viewed on The Guardian: Trump's fresh $300bn China tariff threat spooks markets
01.08.2019 - U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell sent “mixed messages” with his forward guidance when he cut U.S. rates by 25 basis points, the first cut since the global financial crisis in 2008, FXTM analyst Lukman Otunuga said. “The key takeaway that is causing gold to trade lower is that Powell said it’s not the beginning of a long series of rate cuts. Markets are now questioning whether it’s a one-and-done (step),” he added.
The original article can be viewed on Reuters: Gold hits two-week low on doubts over further U.S. rate cuts
01.08.2019 - But when the Fed did lower interest rates by a quarter-point on Wednesday, the market reaction to the rate cut was "totally the opposite" of what usually happens, said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM. The S&P 500 fell as much as 1.8%, its biggest loss in two months, and the dollar went up, extending its 2019 rally further.
The original article can be viewed on Business Insider: The dollar climbed to its highest level in more than 2 years after the Fed cut rates. That’s the opposite of what Trump wants.