• US Employment Data in Focus – October

    US Employment Data in Focus – October

    • November 5, 2020

    Release: Friday at 13.30pm GMT  It’s been quite a week. The US election has taken centre stage with almost 150 million votes counted so far, a historic voter turnout. Traders will also be closely watching the FOMC announcement followed by a press conference with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. Though the Fed are unlikely to announce

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  • Record Voter Turnout Expected for US Election

    Record Voter Turnout Expected for US Election

    • October 29, 2020

    How Voter Turnout Influences Election Results The United States has a non-compulsory voting system at every level meaning voter turnout has a major impact on election results. Historically US voter turnout at presidential elections is low comparatively to other Western democracies. Part of this can be attributed to the voluntary nature of voting. Part can

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  • Election 2020: Incumbency Advantage or History Repeating? 

    Election 2020: Incumbency Advantage or History Repeating? 

    • October 18, 2020

    History of Incumbency Advantage The 2020 Election presents a rare crossroads of history where we will see either the unusual defeat of a one-term president, or the unprecedented run of four straight two-term presidents. Sitting presidents very rarely fail to win two terms in the White House. In the history of the United States, 12

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  • Politics and Forex: Historical Impact

    Politics and Forex: Historical Impact

    • October 9, 2020

    Reading time: 8 minutes Foreign exchange, undeniably, is a key financial market. And rightly so – the Forex market’s gargantuan presence dwarfs other markets. According to the BIS Triennial Central Bank Survey, the average daily turnover in FX reached $6.6 trillion per day in April 2019, up from $5.1 trillion three years earlier. Political Influence

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  • US Election 2020: The Swing States

    US Election 2020: The Swing States

    • September 30, 2020

    US Election 2020: The Swing States What Are Swing States? Swing states are those states at an election that are, in essence, competitive and can be won by either party. They are also known as ‘battleground states‘. The winner-take-all nature of presidential state contests mean candidates follow a methodology of focusing solely on winning ‘winnable’

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  • Historical Impact of US Election Results on the Financial Markets

    Historical Impact of US Election Results on the Financial Markets

    • September 30, 2020

    Reading time: 8 minutes Without question, US election results influence the financial markets. To what degree the election process affects market movement, however, is difficult to estimate, despite an abundance of analyst forecasts. This is particularly true heading into the 2020 US presidential elections, plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the lead up to the

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  • How Do US Elections Affect the US Dollar?

    How Do US Elections Affect the US Dollar?

    • September 29, 2020

    Americans are about to vote for their next president with election day, Tuesday November 3, fast approaching. In a historic race for the White House, incumbent President Donald Trump, who represents the Republican party, goes head-to-head with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. How popular

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  • How Do Elections Affect the Stock Market?

    How Do Elections Affect the Stock Market?

    • September 23, 2020

    Every four years in the United States, the election for a new president takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This time around it falls on November 3. Two parties dominate the limelight:   The Republican Party also referred to as GOP (Grand Old Party), or Republicans, and their candidate

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  • US Employment Data in Focus – August

    US Employment Data in Focus – August

    • September 3, 2020

    Release: Friday at 13.30pm BST Employment data is a widely watched indicator due to its timeliness, accuracy and importance, as well as a leading indicator of consumer spending. The non-farm payrolls release is a measure of new payrolls added by private and government organisations in the US, reported each month by the Bureau of Labour

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  • US Employment Data in Focus – July

    US Employment Data in Focus – July

    • August 6, 2020

    Release: Friday at 13.30pm BST Employment data is a widely watched indicator due to its timeliness, accuracy and importance, as well as a leading indicator of consumer spending. The non-farm payrolls release is a measure of new payrolls added by private and government organisations in the US, reported each month by the Bureau of Labour

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  • US Employment Data in Focus

    US Employment Data in Focus

    • July 1, 2020

    Release: Thursday at 13.30pm BST US employment figures deliver an unparalleled insight into the condition of the world’s largest economy. Employment is a widely watched indicator due to its timeliness, accuracy and importance, as well as being considered a leading indicator of consumer spending. The non-farm payrolls release is a measure of new payrolls added

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  • US Employment Data in Focus

    US Employment Data in Focus

    • June 5, 2020

    Release: Today at 13.30pm BST US employment figures deliver an unparalleled insight into the condition of the world’s largest economy. The report is considered a leading indicator of consumer spending. Higher-than-expected data typically favours a USD rally. Weaker-than-expected data tends to weigh, triggering a USD decline. According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS),

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