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We have written extensively on the topic of Forex and even published an in-depth book about key points "Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex" - and in the process we've learnedwhat investors don't know about Forex and how it fuel...
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: May 1, 2016, 7:48 pm
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Author: Elite E Services
Posted: May 1, 2016, 2:14 pm
We've been a Forex author for many years on Zero Hedge and many other sites.  Writing is a big part of our job as analysts, and educators.  Recently we published a book Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex to explain this complicated market to investors.  We write by purpose - Forex is the largest market in the world and the least understood.  Because of this, it's not widely covered in the main stream media (MSM) and when it is, it is often mis-characterized.  After 15 years in this business, we don't believe there is any 'conspiracy' hiding the 'truth' about Forex- it's simply a lack of understanding.  The guys who really understand Forex are mostly working for banks or hedge funds and making a fortune, and a few, professing at universities.  
Although we'd like to see some guest author compensation - the fact that guest authors are allowed to write freely without ANY editing is INVALUABLE in a market such as Forex which is vastly misunderstood.  For example a lot of Forex information is coupled with 'conspiracy theories' and 'politics' although it should not be.  For example, with events such as 911, often a move in the Forex market will preceed the actual event by several hours.  We know that generally speaking, terrorists don't have access to huge amounts of capital or connections on Wall St. - so this is an odd phenomenon that's never properly been explored or discussed.  By stating the facts, we aren't making any conclusions, simply that 'someone' must have had foreknowledge, whether it be intelligence services, well connected investors, governments, or who knows.  Statistical analysis has shown that it's not coincidence.  Anyway, this topic is an important one for Forex but not one that is 'appropriate' for Bloomberg news.  Bloomberg is a great example of the MSM because Bloomberg has always been 'business news' - with an international focus.  Others such as CNBC are more US focused.
Exhibit 1 - 28 pages
Recently the 28 redacted pages of the 911 report to be released, have potentially significant impacts on markets - not only directly, but how markets function.  It is also an important Forex event because potentially, we can see a shift of sentiment away from the US Dollar as a global reserve currency.  But more importantly, 911 exposes how 'someone' whoever that group may be, manipulate world events in direct connection to markets and profit.  The markets are manipulated - if you think investors have a fair shot in the markets, you are due for a wake up call.  Suggested treatment - disconnect your Television and social media and read Zero Hedge for 90 days.  
An article was composed by analysts at Fortress Capital which was not published by several MSM sources, so we posted it on Zero Hedge.  The article isn't really inflammatory but discusses these topics in objective way, asking questions that some would rather not like to be asked.  It was a relief that it could be published in a timely manner before the markets opened.  
Exhibit 2 - Pro Russia
We have authored several seemingly pro-Russia articles for ZH and were never encouraged to do so.  
First, the mantra of analyst objective integrity is to be pro-fact, not pro- anything.  We would say we are pro-fact, not pro-Russia.  The only people in the world who are really pro-Russia are average Russians living in Russia.  If you talk to Russian intelligentsia, or Russians in America, they are critical of their country and just roll their eyes.  Practically though, Putin has done a great job leading Russia into a new market based system - which is not easy if you understand the culture and where they came from.  America was founded by commercial interests, it was a business from the beginning.  Russians have lived 80 some years under a controlled system, and those who tried to start a business were mostly killed.  The mentality is in their genes, it will take many generations for Russia to grow into a real superpower.  They need social reforms, business law reforms, regulations, human rights, immigration reform, and a number of other changes, before they can be a serious threat to other major economic powers.  But Russia has acheived a lot and they have made good use of their natural resources.  
It just so happens that because they are a 'new' economy Russia is an excellent Forex example.  Because the Ruble is still controlled by the central bank, although you can exchange in and out of Rubles freely, there are trading rules, and the rate is controlled by the central bank aggressively.  There are many interesting ironies about Russia and Forex, such as the largest retail platform in the world is a company from Russia (Meta Quotes). 
Exhibit 3 - Bloomberg 
During the period of 2007 - 2008 the most objective MSM coverage of the financial crisis was provided by Bloomberg.  Brian Sullivan was the best anchor who seemed to really present information as it should be, not as 'marketing.'  He seemed sincere with his comments, he would say "I work for you - the viewer - so let me know how I'm doing, give me your feedback!"  So we did.  The first comment was to tone down his sporty attitude, he was calling the markets like a boxing match, which seemed out of taste at the time.  This was peak of the credit crisis.  Sure enough next day - he toned down his clown like attitude, dressed in professional suit and very serious!  This guy really did his job well, so it seemed.  Weeks go on and the Fed was under pressure to do something about market events, and he made a comment about "Shouldn't the government, the Fed, do something about this situation?"  We fired away many comments about how the Federal Reserve is not part of the government.  It's no more Federal than Federal Express.  The Fed was created by an act of Congress, but it is a private bank.  The President appoints the chairman, but that's all.  There's no other connection to the government.  The next time he discussed it on air, he said, "But shouldn't the Fed, whoever owns it or if it's private or whatever, do something?"  - several days later - he no longer worked for Bloomberg! 
It is unclear what time period Mr. Sullivan would handle for Fox Business, which relies on a dual-anchor format during the day. A Fox spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Bloomberg spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that Mr. Sullivan, who joined the network in 1997, had resigned. He most recently hosted the 3 to 5 p.m. show “Final Word.”
In an interview at Bloomberg’s offices last August, Mr. Sullivan, an avid race car driver on the weekends, said he did not spend much time thinking about Fox. “If I sit there worrying about my competitor, it’s called driving-in-your-mirrors racing,” he said.
Mr. Sullivan said that anchors like him have to work harder to stand out amid the increasingly commoditized landscape of business news. “If you just cover earnings, numbers, statistics, you can get all that on the Internet,” he said. “The way to differentiate yourself is to tell the smartest story and get the best guests.”
Coincidence, maybe.  But a strange one, especially during a time when people started to question the Fed.
But let's take a step back and understand what is Bloomberg.  The Bloomberg Terminal is a trading appliance (well, it used to be a physical appliance and now it's an application).  Bloomberg News is a 'value add' service provided to Bloomberg customers, so they don't have to use a 3rd party for general market news.  Bloomberg more importantly streams economic data and other market news over the terminal, as does Dow Jones, Reuters, and other news services.  Bloomberg was always more objective than traditional news for this reason.  But like with anything, over the years, they became biased and poorly managed just like the media they replaced such as CNBC.  That's their perspective - they sell terminals, market data.  The Bloomberg Terminal has almost no competition in many markets, especially OTC derivatives such as CDS, or if you want to trade Forex with a central bank, you need the Bloomberg Terminal.
Zero Hedge has been, for recent years, one of the only online platforms for objective Forex discussion.  This situation with the rogue author is sad, but it just elaborates what a sham Bloomberg is, and encourages ZH to work closer with Guest authors and other financial professionals who still have a need for a platform such as ZH.  It shows how Bloomberg has declined and lost complete control over its editorial staff.
This is all explained in our book Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex.  Open a Forex account (if you are a non-US citizen) and get a free robotic strategy with every purchase of the book.  
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 30, 2016, 6:18 pm
While the US Treasury's semi-annual report on the foreign-exchange policies of major U.S. trading partners has traditionally been, pardon the pun, a paper tiger, as the US has not named a single country as a currency manipulator since it did so to China in 1994, and it didn't go so far as to blame any country as an outright manipulator in the just released April edition, there was a new addition to the latest report.
In an inaugural "monitoring list", the US put five economies including China, Japan and Germany (as well as South Korea and Taiwan) on a new currency watch list, saying that their foreign-exchange practices bear close monitoring to gauge if they provide an unfair trade advantage over America.
This is what it said:
In determining the appropriate factors to assess these criteria, Treasury took a thorough approach, analyzing data spanning 15 years across dozens of economies, including all economies that have had a trade surplus with the United States during that period, and which in the aggregate represent about 80 percent of global GDP. The thresholds are relatively robust in that reasonable changes to the thresholds do not materially change the Report’s conclusions. Treasury will also continue to review the factors it uses to assess these criteria to ensure that the new reporting and monitoring tools provided under the Act meet the objective of indicating where unfair currency practices may be emerging. 

Pursuant to the Act, Treasury finds that no economy currently satisfies all three criteria, however, five major trading partners of the United States met two of the three criteria for enhanced analysis. Treasury is creating a new “Monitoring List” that includes these economies: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany. China, Japan, Germany, and Korea are identified as a result of a material current account surplus combined with a significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States. Taiwan is identified as a result of its material current account surplus and its persistent, one-sided intervention in foreign exchange markets. Treasury will closely monitor and assess the economic trends and foreign exchange policies of these economies.

As noted above, Treasury is creating a new “Monitoring List” that cites major trading partners that have met two of the three criteria specified in the Act. In this first Report, the Monitoring List includes China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany.
This is about as direct a threat to the 3+2 nations not to engage in major currency devaluation whether through QE, NIRP or major interest rate changes as Jack Lew could come up with, and in some ways was to be expected in the aftermath of the G-20 meeting which as we found out this week, precluded any additional QE by the BOJ.
Recall that as part of the most recent G-20 accords, which many believe is what unleashed the steep slide in the dollar, the member nations agreed to refrain from FX intervention absent "disordely markets." It also made clear what could push a country from merely the watch list to full blown manipulator status:
While no economy met all three of the criteria, this result is a reflection, in part, of the dynamics of the global economy during the past year, in which capital outflows from emerging markets have led a number of economies to engage in foreign exchange intervention to resist further depreciation of their currency (rather than appreciation). The extent of these flows was unusually high by historical standards, which underscores the possibility that more economies may trigger these thresholds going forward.
It added that "the Administration shares strongly the objective of taking aggressive and effective actions to ensure a level playing field for our workers and companies. The President has been clear that no economy should grow its exports based on a persistently undervalued exchange rate, and Treasury has been working aggressively to address exchange rate issues bilaterally, including through the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and multilaterally through the G-7, G-20, and the International Monetary Fund."
And specifically referring to the G-20 meeting, the Treasury notes the following:
The United States has secured commitments from the G-20 member countries to move more rapidly to more marketdetermined exchange rates, avoid persistent exchange rate misalignments, refrain from competitive exchange rate devaluations, and not target exchange rates for competitive purposes.Through Treasury’s leadership, the G-7 member countries, including Japan, have publicly affirmed that their fiscal and monetary policies will be oriented toward domestic objectives using domestic instruments. Treasury has also pushed for stronger IMF surveillance of the exchange rate policy obligations of its members. The IMF now publishes an exchange rate assessment for 29 economies, and is improving its exchange rate analysis in its Article IV reports on member countries. And through U.S. leadership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have adopted—for the first time in the context of a trade agreement—provisions that address unfair currency practices by explicitly adopting G-20 exchange rate commitments and by promoting transparency and accountability.
In other words, the next country that dares to engage in wholesale currency devaluation with the US' express prior permission gets it, although it is not quite clear what "it" is (we will have more thoughts on that tomorrow).
Finally, there was no comment by the US Treasury on the biggest FX manipulator of all, the US Treasury itself which courtesy of the Fed can move the value of the Dollar higher or lower by orders of magnitude in seconds. Why? Because for now the US "reserve currency" privilege allows it to do whatever it wants, plus as a reminder, the world remains synthetically short trillions of dollars. If the US wants to punish everyone else, all it needs to do is to increase the value of the dollar by 10-15% in a short period of time, and we will again witness the same events that led to the market swoon in late 2015 and early 2016.
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 30, 2016, 2:11 am
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Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 29, 2016, 7:35 pm
Wolf Richter   wolfstreet.com
The amount it costs to ship containers from China to ports around the world, a function of the quantity of goods to be shipped and the supply of vessels to ship them, just dropped to a new historic low.
The China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) tracks contractual and spot-market rates for shipping containers from major ports in China to 14 regions around the world. It reflects the unpolished and ugly reality of the shipping industry in an environment of deteriorating global trade.
For the latest reporting week, the index dropped 0.6% to 636.14, its lowest level ever. It has plunged 41% from the already low levels in February last year, and 36% since its inception in 1998 when it was set at 1,000. This chart shows the continuing collapse of containerized freight rates from China to the rest of the world:
The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), which tracks spot-market rates (not contractual rates) of shipping containers from Shanghai to 15 destinations around the world, dropped 3.6% for the latest reporting week to 472, after another failed price recovery. It’s down 58% from February last year.
Rates to Europe plunged $20 per twenty-foot equivalent unit container (TEU) to $271; to the Mediterranean, rates plunged $29 to $409 per TEU. To the US West Coast, rates plunged 9.3% or $79 to $770 per forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU).
A year ago, the spot rates to the West Coast had already fallen 10% year-over-year, and there had been a lot of hand-wringing about them. At the time, they were $1,932 per FEU. Now they’re at $770 per FEU. In one year, these spot rates have collapsed by 60%!
During the big plunge last year and earlier this year, the saving grace was the price of bunker fuel, which was plunging along with the price of oil. For example, according to Platts, bunker of the grade IFO380 in Los Angeles had hit a low of $118 per metric ton in mid-January. But it has since soared 91% to $225!
Bunker prices differ, depending on grade and location around the world, and not all made this sort of break-neck snap-back price reversal. For example, IFO380 in Rotterdam soared “only” 61% from $109/mt in mid-January to $176/mt. Other locations and grades experienced lower price increases. But all bunker prices everywhere have risen sharply.
So the ballyhooed notion that carriers, under pressure from competition, are simply passing on their fuel savings to their customers has now died an ignominious death. Instead, their margins are getting crushed.
But there are some real reasons for the collapse in freight rates from China to destinations around the world: China’s exports have plunged. For the January through March period – to iron out the monthly volatility associated with the Lunar New Year holiday – exports are down 9.6% year-over year. Specifically:
  • To the US -8.8%
  • To Hong Kong -6.5%
  • To Japan -5.5%
  • To South Korea -11.2%
  • To Taiwan -3.7%
  • To the countries in the ASEAN -13.7%
  • To the EU -6.9%
  • To South Africa -29.6% (!)
  • To Brazil -47.2% (!!)
  • To Australia -1.9%
  • To New Zealand -12.4%.
Exports ticked up just a tiny bit to only two major countries: India (+0.2%) and Russia (+0.2%).
So demand for transporting containers from China to other parts of the world has withered, just when the supply of container ships has reached catastrophic levels of overcapacity.
Last year, what had already been an overcapacity problem turned into a self-inflicted nightmare for carriers. They’d assumed ever since the bouts of QE and zero-interest-rate policies started that central banks had their back. They’d smelled the lure of cheap money. And they’d fallen for the central-bank propaganda that “bold” monetary policies could actually stimulate the real economy, the goods-consuming economy. And so, imagining years of big-fat growth, they ordered ships, including the newest mega-sized container ships. And as these new ships were delivered over the past couple of years, carriers embarked on a fight for market share by cutting prices.
This culminated in 2015 with the delivery of new ships that added a record 1.7 million TEU of capacity to the global fleet, just when growth in global trade was grinding down. At the same time, according to Drewry, the amount of capacity scrapped in the year plunged by nearly half, with only 195,000 TEU of global capacity taken out.
Why? “Because demolition prices were less attractive….”
Like so many things in this world where free money created overcapacity, the rates paid for ships to be scrapped has plunged from around $475 per ldt (light displacement tonnage, the weight of the vessel including hull, machinery, and equipment) in 2012 to around $290/ldt recently.
So far this year, scrapping activity has picked up. And everyone is hoping that this will alleviate the problem. But it’s not going to help much, according to Drewry:
As we have highlighted before scrapping alone does very little to redress the supply-demand imbalance – last year’s scrapping total was equivalent to just 1% of the cellular fleet….
Now carriers are hoping that the huge general rate increases they announced for May 1 – in some cases more than doubling current rates – will stick. But they tried that last spring, when overcapacity wasn’t nearly as bad, and it didn’t work. So will they have more luck this year? The Journal of Commerce put it this way: “Conditions are hardly optimal for raising rates.”
The Chinese have among the highest savings rates in the world. But 75% of their wealth is in real estate. They’ve overinvested in one illiquid and bubbly asset that they wrongly believe can only go higher. But when prices break down, it will devastate consumer demand and reverberate around the world. Read… This Will Be Largest Evaporation of Wealth in Modern History
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 19, 2016, 3:49 am
Currently the US Dollar, traded on the stock market as (UUP), and (USDU); is the world's reserve currency. Although there is talk of the fall of the US Dollar as the world reserve currency, it's all talk and there's no signs that this will happen any t...
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 19, 2016, 2:26 am
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It is my goal that people understand Forex – which is key to understanding the financial system.  If you need money, or have financial problems, or financial success, or you are a wealth manager, Splitting Pennies is for you!  I mean, even a bum living under a bridge has a reason to read Splitting Pennies – as it impacts all of us, whether you have money, or not, or you are in the money business.  At the end of the day - 'Forex' is a metaphor for "Matrix" called life.

In my book I put for readers the holy grail of financial intelligence, which will open your mind to new ways of thinking about life.  So my goal is that many people read this book, because if a critical mass of people understand key concepts, it can change something for the better in our society.  

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Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 12, 2016, 8:41 pm
SummaryThe Panama Papers is the most US positive event of the year.High probability that many US Stocks will be impacted, mostly for the better.Investors should research and prepare themselves.Expect long term real money flows to support the US Dollar....
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:24 pm
SummaryThe Panama Papers is the most US positive event of the year.High probability that many US Stocks will be impacted, mostly for the better.Investors should research and prepare themselves.Expect long term real money flows to support the US Dollar....
Author: Elite E Services
Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:24 pm