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Forex Markets: Will the Euro Dominate?
The euro-US dollar (FXE) continued to rise and claimed a new six-month peak above 1.1250 after the FOMC minutes didn’t revive the US dollar (UUP) on May 23.
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Germany’s Increased Manufacturing Activity and What It Means
Germany’s improved price competitiveness and its innovations in the manufacturing sectors positively impacted its exports in 2016.
UK Inflation Rose Slightly, ZEW Economic Sentiment Rose
The ZEW economic sentiment index for Germany (EWG) (HEWG) rose to 0.5 in August from -6.8 in the previous month. It was below estimated forecasts of 2.0.
Eurozone GDP Met Expectations, German Inflation Rose
The Eurozone’s seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.6% on an annual basis in 2Q16—in line with estimated forecasts and against 1.7% growth in 1Q16.
Global Markets Post Strong Gains, DAX Leads the Pack
Critical European markets (DBEU) were all trading on a positive note at the end of trading on August 9, 2016. The rise was led by the German index DAX.
Inflation Rises in United Kingdom: Should Go Higher on Weak Pound
Inflation rate in the United Kingdom pushed higher to release at 0.5% on an annual basis in June. However, it was still below the central bank’s target of 2%.
June Manufacturing PMI: Why Germany’s Business Climate Is Better
The final Markit Germany manufacturing PMI stood at 54.5 in June compared to 52.1 in May. It was above the initial estimate of 54.4 and the highest gain since February 2014.
Structural Issues with the EU Could Lead to Further Referendums
Many European countries want the ability to print their own money and come to their own aid instead of going to the ECB (European Central Bank).
EWU Strengthened, United Kingdom’s Economy Rose by 2%
The iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) rose by 2.7%, while the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Eurozone ETF (HEZU) rose by 2.0% on June 30.
German Economy Shows Resilience, Economic Sentiment Surges
The ZEW (Centre for European Economic Research) published the German economic sentiment report for June on June 22, 2016.
Euro Fell to 7-Month Lows Due to the Terror Attack in Paris
The euro ended on a lower note against the US dollar on November 16, 2015. Investors discounted the expectations of a rise in the stimulus program by the ECB.
GfK Consumer Climate for Germany Stable at 10.1
The GfK Consumer Climate study for Germany, Europe’s powerhouse, remained stable in July at 10.1, which was in line with forecasts. The level was supported by improved income expectations.
German July Business Climate Index Beats Forecasts
The German IFO Business Climate Index released on a positive note in July at 108 points. It was above forecasts with expectations around 107.5 levels.
Points to Remember When Investing in Europe
This article discusses three key points to remember when investing in Europe (VGK) (EZU).
How a Stronger Dollar Affects Your Investments
Most analysts feel the dollar could strengthen further. You may consider currency-hedged ETFs while investing internationally.
Must-know: Points to remember about currency hedging
The effects of currency fluctuations are more relevant today than ever before.