Where would UK property prices be without QE & ZIRP?

In response to the 2008 global financial crisis the government in Britain slashed interest rates to 0.5%, a policy known as ZIRP (zero interest rate policy), and embarked on a £375 billion program of QE (quantitative easing). These measures arrested the fall in property prices, but the question is, where would UK property prices be without QE & ZIRP?

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Two short candidates to take advantage of the new market downtrend

Since reaching an all-time high of 1,687.18 on 22 May the S&P 500 has established a downtrend which so far has seen the index fall 4.7%. This article shows the new trend in the major US stock average and examines two potential short candidates that could take advantage of the new market downtrend.

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Examining the HUI: Which gold stocks have held up best?

Over the past six months the HUI index, which tracks the performance of the largest gold companies, has fallen by 42.8%. However, of the 16 companies that comprise the index, several have held up somewhat better. This article looks at which stocks have held up better than the HUI and which ones might begin to do well if and when the price of gold begins to rise.

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The search for the perfect trading strategy: Part II

Yesterday’s article focused on an intermediate term trend following trading strategy that makes use of both trend channel analysis (TCA), and moving averages. Today’s article applies the same trend following principals to shorter-term market movements, and looks at possible trading opportunities that exist right now.

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The search for the perfect trading strategy

The words “perfect trading strategy” will mean different things to different people. In this article however, the perfect trading strategy is one that combines a systematic, rules based approach with strict risk management. This article explores these elements and searches for possible trading opportunities.

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How to profit from higher platinum prices

Over the next few years the demand for platinum for use in jewellery, auto, and other industries, is expected to continue to rise. Meanwhile, thanks to political uncertainty, declining ore grades and escalating production costs, supplies continue to fall. This creates a potential opportunity for investors.

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The Fed changes its tune as deflation gains the upper hand

Throughout the first quarter of 2013 the speeches and sound bites coming from the various heads of the US Federal Reserve had a distinctly hawkish tone. Over the past few weeks however, the talk of a Fed exit strategy and the early curtailment of QE has been replaced by more dovish talk of the need for continued stimulus and fears of deflation.

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