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  • Tale of two trading sessions...

    In This Issue..

    * Tale of two trading sessions...
    * Commodities rally overnight...
    * India raises rates, Sweden next?...
    * Happy Birthday Frank...

    Good day, we have had two very different trading sessions in the past 24 hours, with the dollar benefitting from continued worries about Greece and Goldman Sachs in yesterday's US trading session; but Asia saw things a bit differently and started moving money back into 'risk' assets. Early trading in Europe mirrors the moves in Asia, so the dollar is heading lower as I turn the screens on this morning.

    Only one piece of data was released yesterday here in the US, with the Leading Economic Indicators index climbing 1.4%, the most in 10 months. The index beat economists estimates, and February's figure was revised up to .4%. This data indicated the US economy is on track to continue to recover, but the markets seemed to just ignore this data as they focused on the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs....
  • Goldman accused of fraud...

    In This Issue..

    * Goldman accused of fraud...
    * Euro drops on Greek questions...
    * India may raise rates to quell inflation...


    Good day, I'll start the week off with a piece of good news regarding Chuck. His surgery went well on Friday, and he got to go home from the hospital on Saturday. I exchanged several emails with him yesterday, and he said the pain is dramatically better and he was able to make it through Sunday without the help of pain medication. The doctors want him to rest for a while, but the prognosis sounds good. Thanks again to everyone for all the emails of support, your prayers and words of encouragement are appreciated.

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  • Roller coaster ride for the dollar...

    In This Issue..
    * Bernanke sees rates remaining low...
    * Greece continues to weigh on the euro...
    * Yen climbs vs euro...
    * India's economy expands...

    Good day... We finally got a bit of the volatility we've been looking for yesterday, as the markets moved dramatically as the Fed Chief testified before congress. But overnight the Asians had a different opinion and moved the dollar back up. So the currency markets were pretty much like a roller coaster ride, moving dramatically up and down but ending up pretty much right back where we started. I'll begin where we left off yesterday, the Fed Chairman's testimony to the House Financial Services committee.

    As we expected, the Fed Chairman told the committee members that Fed will keep interest rates near record low levels for several more months as the 'nascent' recovery remains fragile. The dollar immediately sold off as currency traders who had bet on an early jump in US interest rates reversed their dollar long positions. But in taking a page right out of Greenspan's book, Bernanke tried his best to play to both sides of the House, saying that 'Private final demand does seem to be growing at a moderate pace....' and telling the congressmen that the Fed will need to start tightening policy 'at some point'....
  • Game off for risk trades...

    In This Issue..

    * Dollar hits 3 month high...
    * Norges bank raises .25%...
    * Fed repeats call to keep rates low...
    * Inflation in India rises...

    Good day...And welcome to Thursday. Chuck started his Christmas vacation, so I have the honor of bringing you the daily missive for the next week or so. The dollar continued to gain strength throughout the day as investors waited on news from the FOMC. Overnight, Greece sustained another rate cut, this time by S&P, which caused investors to move back toward the 'safety' of the US$. The news caused the dollar to rally to a 3 month high vs. the Euro and post gains across the board. The currency markets are becoming a bit volatile again, and much of this volatility can be linked back to the return of a transaction which dominated currency markets over the past decade....