Learn-To-Trade.com Inc. (www.Learn-To-Trade.com), Toronto’s leading provider of professional stock market trading courses designed to create successful traders on the financial market, is weighing in on the euro losing value and its impact on currency traders.
“The European Central Bank slashed all its main interest rates and announced a new stimulus plan,” says George Karpouzis, co-founder and director of education at Learn-To-Trade.com Inc. “Immediately after the rate cut was announced, the euro fell 1.6% against the U.S. dollar to $1.29, a 14-month low. At the same time, the rate cut helped boost European stock and bond prices.” (Source: Blackstone, B., “ECB Cuts Rates, Announces Stimulus to Combat Low Inflation,” The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2014; https://online.wsj.com/articles/ecb-cuts-interest-rates-in-surprise-move-1409832304.)
Karpouzis explains that the European Central Bank (ECB) cut its main interest rates in an effort to help kick-start the eurozone’s lagging economy. Italy, the region’s third-largest economy, is in recession; France, the second-largest economy, is on the brink of a recession; and Germany’s recovery is showing signs of weakness.
Most recently, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) cut its outlook for the eurozone’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth, revising it to an anaemic 0.8% in 2014 and 1.1% for 2015. According to the OECD, growth remains weak in the euro area and runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to shore up the economy and boost demand. (Source: Thomas, L., “OECD slashes growth forecasts, urges aggressive ECB action,” The Financial Post, September 15, 2014; https://business.financialpost.com/2014/09/15/oecd-slashes-growth-forecasts-urges-aggressive-ecb-action/.)
Since May, the euro has given up serious ground, says Karpouzis. The Euro Index, which compares the euro to a basket of five currencies, is down 7.06% since reaching a high in early May and is down 1.6% since the ECB announced its interest rate cut on September 4. The U.S. dollar, on the other hand, is experiencing a renaissance, up 6.3% since the first week of May and up 1.6% since the ECB announced its new stimulus program.
“In the currency market, there are no bear or bull markets; investors speculate on the volatility of one currency against another,” Karpouzis concludes. “At this point, it doesn’t look like the euro will perform very well in 2015, especially in light of the economic outlook for the region’s top three economies. This divergence and ongoing market volatility creates an interesting investing opportunity for forex traders.”
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