Home Icon
   >   Blog   >   Forex
Why did the US Abandon the Gold Standard

Why did the US abandon the gold standard? Facts

A country which has their currency backed by gold standard means that they are required to increase the amount of gold reserves they hold if they wish to increase the amount of money in circulation within the economy. This has the positive effect of keeping both inflation and overspending under fairly tight control, since the rate at which global gold reserves grow is...
Learn Gold History...

How do banks create money? Out of thin air

Understanding how money is created, by both banks and governments, and then distributed into the economy are key areas to have an understanding of if you wish to become successful at trading in the foreign exchange markets. Traders are obsessed with money (at least I certainly am, you?) and it’s useful to know how banks create it. Fractional reserve banking is the form of...
How Money Is Created...
What Causes Inflation

What causes inflation? Demand pull vs cost push

Getting to grips with the relatively complicated topic of inflation is essential for your trading repertoire; the main reason being that it plays a fundamental role in the value of a country’s currency. It’s important to understand what inflation is; inflation is quite simply the rise in cost of products and services within an economy. This includes the cost of...
Inflation Basics...

What is quantatitive easing? Helicopter money

Quantitative easing is the process whereby central banks such as the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, and European Central Bank purchase financial assets in attempt to lower, or prolong already low interest rates, as well as increase the money supply within an economy. This in-turn also artificially increases the price of fixed assets, like houses, and is why I categorically despise...
Learn Quantitative Easing...
What is Macroeconomics

What is macroeconomics? Getting the big picture!

Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole, and this could be on a regional, national or global basis. There are a number of data sets you can use to gauge the overall health of an economy, and once you have performed enough research, you can use the information to make informed judgments about where you see that particular economy...
Inside Macroeconomics...
What are emerging markets? Big 10, Next Eleven
Emerging markets are defined as countries which show some of the characteristics of a developed market, but do not meet the required standards to be clearly defined as a developed country. For instance, a country might have fantastic GDP growth and a good international credit rating but fail in areas such as high political instability and a poor internal...
Emerging Market Opportunities...
Will Cryptocurrencies Eventually take over and make Fiat Obsolete
Will cryptocurrencies replace money? Wanna bet?
Cryptocurrencies caused shock waves within the financial world when Bitcoin arrived in 2009, and since that time they have gained both traction in the markets, and validity in the way in which they are perceived (I personally have cryptos in my personal portfolio, and we do at work too). There is no doubt that...
Cryptocurrency Speculation...