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Market Meltdown!

There’s really only one story to discuss today and that is Italy. Italian bond yields are soaring and I mean soaring and the market reaction is not pretty. In a story of “be careful what you wish for”, Italian Premier Berlusconi is said to be stepping down next week but today’s crisis may actually reverse those wants and return him to power.

Since the announcement that he would step down after austerity measures were implemented, bond yields jumped to above 7% for the first time in the Euro-era. This is an unsustainable level and the uncertainty over the new Italian government is weighing heavily on the market.

Forex Market Outlook 11/3/11

Once again all eyes are on Greece this morning as we are running the gamut of Greek theater. First we saw the drama unfold during the painstaking debt crisis resolution and now we’re watching the comedy of errors that is taking place with misstep after misstep. Will we eventually see the tragedy? And whom would it end up being tragic for: the Euro zone or Greece itself.

Forex Market Outlook 11/2/11

How does one get invited to that ultra-ritzy resort town of Cannes, France? Apparently by upsetting G-20 leaders as you potentially re-neg on a deal that may be the most important economic event of the past year. Yet that’s where Greek PM Papandreou will be as he has been “summoned” to the G-20 meeting to explain what the heck is going on in Greece.

Forex Market Outlook 11/1/11

Do you remember last week when I said that with regard to the Euro debt crisis resolution, the devil is in the details? Well it looks like that prognostication was prescient as new information is coming to light. At the time I noted that while the plan sounded good, how they would actually enact it would be more important. Now there is sentiment that the process could be derailed as unforeseen issues are starting to materialize.

Forex Market Outlook 10/31/11

This Halloween is turning out to be more trick than treat as the market digests the events of the past week, particularly the Euro debt resolution. This week is starting out in risk aversion mode with US dollar strength and stock market and commodities weakness.

One of the “tricks” from over the weekend was the unilateral currency intervention by the Ministry of Finance in Japan, who took action to weaken the Yen citing excessive speculation and one-sided moves that don’t reflect the underlying economic fundamentals. This has caused the Yen to fall some 4% vs. USD and is the third intervention this year undertaken by the Japanese. It must be noted, however, that this intervention was taken by the government itself and not the Bank of Japan.

Forex Market Outlook 10/28/11

Yesterday’s meteoric ride higher in risk assets is emblematic of the overall state of the global economy in that it is government and not business that is holding us back. With the “resolution” of the Euro debt crisis having been established, let’s not forget that the debt problem is not going to go away, but rather now they have a coherent plan to deal with it. That is, until something happens.

Forex Market Outlook 10/25/11

By Mike Conlon, ForexNews.com on Oct 25, 2011

Well it looks like the market is unaware that there is major risk potential in the marketplace as stocks and commodities took off yesterday and it was “game on” for risk appetite. As a result, the Euro as well as the commodity bloc currencies moved higher despite the Euro debt decision due out tomorrow.

Does the market know something that we don’t? As often is the case, the answer is simply “no”. What the market does know is that it wants to take on risk and wants to buy stocks (especially large fund managers who have posted less than stellar returns) as corporate earnings have been largely better than expected. Throw in higher Chinese PMI data that showed that they aren’t slowing entirely and you have a recipe for gains.

Forex Market Outlook 10/21/11

By Mike Conlon, ForexNews.com on Oct 21, 2011

The market has been range-bound headed into the weekend, but man, those ranges are pretty big! I was surprised as I thought we’d see the ranges tighten up but that hasn’t been the case. Yesterday, the markets made huge moves as various news trickled out regarding the Euro debt crisis.

It is times like these when I tend to be more cautious, as it is difficult to know when news may hit or what its impact may be. Yesterday, the markets were selling off as risk aversion picked up throughout the early US session, only to completely reverse after “news” came out that the size of the rescue plan is going to be in the magnitude of $1.3 Trillion, with a “T”. That is encouraging news for the market, as in this case more is better.

Forex Market Outlook 10/20/11

By Mike Conlon, ForexNews.com on Oct 20, 2011

This morning all eyes are on Athens where the Greek rioters are protesting against further austerity measures which are to be voted to ensure that Greece is taking the steps necessary to continue the bailout discussion. The Troika will be reporting the economic state of affairs in Greece but so far the sentiment has been that that was Greece has done is insufficient to date.

Forex Market Outlook 10/19/11

By Mike Conlon, ForexNews.com on Oct 19, 2011

Yesterday’s market turn-around exemplifies the type of market action we may continue to see until the Euro debt crisis is finally resolved to the satisfaction of the world. Yes, I said the world. Markets yesterday were selling off on lowered expectations that this weekend’s European summit would produce that resolution, but a rumor hit the tape from a newspaper in Euro that said that France and Germany had agreed to expand the size of the ESFS to 2 trillion euros, much larger than had been previously agreed upon.

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