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Interview with Caxton FX: “The Most Successful Traders are also the Most Knowledgeable”

Today’s interview is with Richard Driver, currency analyst of Caxton FX, a provider of various foreign exchange services and oft-quoted expert on currency issues. Below, Mr. Driver explains his firm’s approach to analyzing currencies and offers some insights on specific currency pairs, among other things.

Forex Blog: Could you briefly discuss your background, insofar as it brought you into the foreign exchange market? What services does CaxtonFX provide, and what is your role within the organization?

Are Forex Markets Underpricing Volatility?

This question has been raised by several market commentators, including The Wall Street Journal. Its recent analysis, entitled “Currency Investors: What, Me Worry?” wondered whether the forex markets might not have become too complacent about risk and have seriously underestimated the possibility of another shock.
First, some basics.

Interview with Arnaud Jeulin of Mataf.net: “Try a Lot of Strategies!”

Today, we bring you an interview with Arnaud Jeulin of Mataf.net. Below, Arnaud discusses his background and reveals his favorite currency pairs.

Forex Blog: I’d like to begin by asking you about your background as a trader and as a commentator. How did you get started in forex? At what point did you make the transition from trading currencies to offering analysis to the public? What was your motivation for that decision? Where did the name “Mataf” come from?

What the Forex Markets Tell Us about Gold & Silver

All investors, regardless of stripe, must now be aware both of the bull market for gold/silver and the bear market in the US dollar. Despite all of the rhetoric, however, it seems that little is actually understood about how these two phenomena are actually connected. Ultimately, this connection (or lack thereof) has serious implications for both markets.

Introduction to Technical Analysis: “Morning Fake-out”

As regular readers of this blog are probably aware, I rarely post about technical analysis. Simply, I’m not well-acquainted with its nuances, and I would probably sound like a dilettante if I tried to offer some serious advice on the subject. That being said, I read an interesting overview of a particular technical strategy (in the San Francisco Gate, of all places…please hold your laughter), that appealed to me on a number of levels, and that I would like to to share below.
 
Contrary to popular belief, the forex market is not a 24-hour market.

SA Rand in Bubble Territory

The story of the South African Rand (ZAR) is nearly identical to that of other leading emerging market currencies: multi-year gains were completely undone by the 2008 credit crisis, only to be restored in 2009 and 2010. From trough to peak, the Rand has now risen 64%, including 15% over the last twelve months and 10% over the last six weeks. While the reasons for its renewal are understandable, they are far from justifiable. Based on a number of metrics, the Rand now appears to be somewhat overvalued.
 
Just like its BRIC (which it was recently invited to join) peers, the Rand’s appeal lies in high growth prospects and even higher nominal interest rates.

Interview with InnerFX: “JPY and CHF will Continue to Strengthen”

Today, I bring you an interview with Liviu Flesar, a professional trader and blogger. His portal is InnerFX, which is billed as a “useful resource for traders from all over the world and a trading blog where novice traders can learn how to trade better.” Below, Mr. Flesar discusses his background and shares his thoughts on the major currencies, setting up trades, and how to reform the rating agency system.

The Diminished Case for Chinese Yuan Appreciation

The Chinese yuan has appreciated by more than 27.5% since 2005, when the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) formally acceded to international pressure and began to relax the yuan-dollar peg. For China-watchers and economists, that the Yuan will continue to appreciate is thus a given. There is no question of if, but rather of when and to what extent. But what if the prevailing wisdom is wrong? What if the yuan is now fairly valued, and economic fundamentals no longer necessitate a further rise?

Korean Won Poised for Further Gains

It was in November 2010 that I last blogged about the South Korean Won. As a result of the standoff with North Korea and a recent flareup in the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, the Won had plummeted. Still, I viewed these as temporary problems and concluded that, “Ultimately, both the EU fiscal crisis and the tensions with North Korea will subside, which should cause the Won to resume its rise.” Since then, the Won has indeed risen by more than 8% against the US dollar. Rather than call for a correction, however, I’m ignoring my best instincts and arguing in favor of a further rise.

Emerging Market Currency Correlations Break Down

A picture is truly worth a thousand words. [That probably means I should stop writing lengthy blog posts and instead stick to posting charts and other graphics, but that's a different story...] Take a look at the chart below, which shows a handful of emerging market (“EM”) currencies, all paired against the US dollar. At this time last year, you can see that all of the pairs were basically rising and falling in tandem. One year later, the disparity between the best and worst performers is already significant. In this post, I want to offer an explanation as to why this is the case, and what we can expect going forward.

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