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Global Markets Update, Aug. 09 #etoro

Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at eToro, the world’s leading social trading platform, provides commentary on today’s traditional and crypto markets. Highlights from Mati include:


  • Risk-Off Sentiment Not Just in Crypto: Markets are down across the board.

  • Microsoft Now The Main Powerhouse for New Tech Developments: Microsoft announced a new product that will make it a lot easier for companies to build decentralized apps. Despite this progress directly on the Ethereum network, ETH is trading at its lowest prices of the year.

  • Trump Imposes Russian Sanctions: The US imposed sanctions on the Russian government in response to evidence that they were responsible for a nerve-agent attack in the UK. Meanwhile, the Ruble has been losing ground YTD after a stable 2017.

  • New Zealand Dollar Takes a Hit From Dovish Governance: Markets were hoping for a 2019 rate hike signal from the Royal Bank of New Zealand, but the announcement that they would watch and wait sent the New Zealand Dollar sharply down.

  • Oil Slumps on Global Tension: Geopolitical trade tension has sent oil down to a new, lower support level.


Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 9th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.


As crypto prices continue to fall, the news coming in from the industry is still resoundingly good.


Positive developments on the ground are being announced at a rapid rate. The most intriguing IMHO of which has come from Microsoft.



Without getting too technical, this new enterprise-ready product is about to make it a whole lot easier for organizations and corporations to build decentralized applications in a comfortable environment.


Perhaps the best part is that this not only signals that Microsoft who, after their recent purchase of Github, is now the main powerhouse for new technological developments is increasing their blockchain compatibility, but that they’re doing this directly on the Ethereum network.


In the meantime, Ether is trading at it’s lowest prices of the year. Hot diggity!



eToro, Senior Market Analyst 

Another day, another market moving headline from the US President. This one seemingly harsher on Russia than Trump is used to.



Even though Putin’s people have denied the allegations, US intelligence has concluded that it was indeed the Russian government behind the nerve-agent attack in the UK, prompting a response that could very well escalate over the next few months.


The Ruble has opened up this morning on the wrong side of the 65 handle. Here we can see the USDRUB over the last few years. 2017 was remarkably stable but the RUB does seem to be losing ground so far this year.


(Note: The chart shows USD strength, so an upward movement indicates a weaker Ruble)



Kiwi doing the opposite of flying


The New Zealand Dollar (aka: the Kiwi) took a hit last night due to some rather dovish manoeuvring by her handlers.


Even though the economy is doing quite well, the Royal Bank of New Zealand has opted not to follow in the footsteps of its US counterpart saying that…



In other words, the markets were hoping the RBNZ would signal a rate hike in 2019 but instead they got a bucket of ice. Hopes of a 2020 hike didn’t do much to alleviate the shock.


(Note: in this NZDUSD chart the NZD is mentioned first so down means down.)



Watch out also for the GBP GDP announcement tomorrow morning, which will be released before our daily market update.


Oil Slides Some More


The price of crude oil also took a hit yesterday. It seems there’s a plethora of sticky geopolitical and trade/sanction related news driving it at the moment.


Updates from China, Russia, and Iran, as well as supply and demand data have been pulling it every which way, but predominantly down.


This chart is also slightly difficult. We spoke about a break below (purple circle) the picture perfect support (white) line in early June. Since then, it seems to have created a new support (yellow) line not too far below the first.



Yesterday it seems to have broken below the yellow secondary support line, but only after the first break, so I’m really not sure how much we can read into this.


Not Just Crypto


So you see my friends, it’s not just cryptos that are showing risk-off sentiment these days. That sentiment might sometimes be driven by breaking news and sometimes by the charts but always by buyers and sellers coming together to agree on a price.

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