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Saqib Iqbal
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Saqib Iqbal is a financial market analyst, serving the industry since 2011. The author is a mentor, providing training to individuals and organizations. Moreover, Saqib is a successful proprietary funds trader, managing a six-figure sum with an average annual ROI of 45%.

Fundamental Analysis

Dollar Soars, Currency Futures Decline on Monetary Policy Divergence

Currency futures fell on Friday as the dollar soared due to divergence in monetary policies between the Fed and other major central banks. At the same time, geopolitical tensions led to an increase in safe-haven demand for the dollar. Bloomberg dollar gauge (Source: Bloomberg) The dollar closed last week with significant gains as investors slashed Read More…

Interest Futures
Fundamental Analysis

Interest Futures Plunge on Shifting Fed Rate-Cut Outlook

Interest futures fell on Thursday amid growing despair about the Fed’s rate-cut outlook. Investors have lost hope that the Fed will cut rates in June after data on Wednesday revealed high inflation.  Wednesday’s US Consumer Price Index report dealt a big blow to Fed rate cut expectations. It brought to light that the Fed still Read More…

Crude Oil Futures
Fundamental Analysis

Oil Prices Rally as Supply Concerns Take Center Stage

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as supply concerns overshadowed a build in crude inventories and a drop in Fed rate cut expectations. Investors grew concerned about supply as the war in Gaza continued. WTI crude futures (Source: Nymex) Notably, Israeli strikes on Gaza hit prominent members of Hamas on Wednesday amid ongoing ceasefire talks. Consequently, Read More…

Fundamental Analysis

Gold Prices Scale New Peaks Amid Geopolitical Tensions

Gold prices hit record highs on Tuesday as demand for the haven metal increased amid geopolitical tensions. At the same time, investors bought more gold as bets for a Fed rate cut in June increased ahead of US inflation figures. As the war in Gaza continues, investors seek refuge in the yellow metal. Interested parties Read More…

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Fundamental Analysis

Equities Flatline Ahead of Critical US Consumer Price Index

Equities closed Monday nearly flat with no catalysts ahead of the crucial US Consumer Price Index report. At the same time, a sharp increase in Treasury yields due to a drop in Fed rate-cut expectations put pressure on stocks. Investors are gearing up for inflation figures from the US that will shape the outlook for Read More…

Convenience Yield and Backwardation
Fundamental Analysis

Currency Futures Dip as Dollar Surges on Solid US Employment Data

Currency futures fell on Friday as the dollar rallied after the US reported a bigger-than-expected increase in employment in March. As a result, there was a higher chance the Fed would lag behind other major central banks in cutting interest rates. Despite the big rally on Friday, the dollar ended the week down.  US employment Read More…

Interest Futures
Fundamental Analysis

Interest Futures Rally as Investors Gear Up for the US Employment Report

Interest futures ended higher on Thursday as investors positioned themselves ahead of the monthly US employment report. However, prices fluctuated during the session as rate cut expectations kept changing. US initial jobless claims (Source: Labor Department) The US released data showing higher-than-expected employment claims. These figures indicated easing conditions in the labor market, supporting Fed Read More…

Crude Oil Futures
Fundamental Analysis

Oil Prices Surge to 5-Month Highs Amid Growing Supply Concerns

Oil prices closed at a 5-month peak on Wednesday due to supply concerns. Geopolitical tensions escalated while OPEC member countries agreed to continue with output cuts. Consequently, investors worried that the market would become tighter. WTI (Source: NYMEX) The wars in Gaza and between Russia and Ukraine have contributed to a lot of supply distractions Read More…

Fundamental Analysis

Gold Prices Rally Amid Geopolitical Uncertainty

On Tuesday, gold prices rallied to a new high on safe-haven demand amid ongoing geopolitical tensions. Prices rose despite an increase in Treasury yields after upbeat US data.  Gold rallies (Source: Bloomberg) Tensions in the Middle East and between Russia and Ukraine have pushed some investors to hedge against any escalation affecting other markets. At Read More…

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Fundamental Analysis

Equities Retreat as Manufacturing Data Alters Rate-Cut Outlook

Equities fell on Monday as investors lost confidence in a June Fed rate cut due to upbeat manufacturing data. Notably, most sectors in the S&P 500 closed the day lower, except energy. This sector gained with oil as the demand outlook improved after upbeat manufacturing data from the US and China.  US rate-cut bets (Source: Read More…