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As major developed economies have been operating for such a long time in an environment of historically low interest rates and could enter a phase of interest rate rises towards the end of the year, investors should consider adjusting the mix of their investments in order to protect and enhance their portfolio performance.

In an effort to examine the behaviour of investment portfolios with regards to performance and risk measurements, as well as derive a range of effective strategies for addressing the potential risks associated with an interest rate rise, we have conducted a case study of the impact of the U.S. Fed’s interest rate rising actions during the period of 1982 – 2015.

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The impact of technology as well as the shifts in investors’ behaviour will identify the winners and losers in the wealth management industry. In our view, future leaders in the next decade and beyond will be firms that will build successful, trusted brands through reinventing their business and infrastructure towards building transparent and efficient investment platforms, aiming at cost efficiency, ubiquity and diversity through an open architecture in terms of their investment product offering.

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The Turkish lira tumbled to its biggest decline and to a record high against the US dollar and the British pound while it plummeted more than 6% versus the euro since the beginning of this month. Following the brief pause seen in May against its 3 majors, (USD/TRY -0.35%, EUR/TRY -2.45% and GBP/TRY -0.74%) with the biggest gains against the euro, the Turkish lira came under pressure and sold heavily few days ago on the back of the election results in the country.
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Trading Psychology

Psychology plays a significant role in trading as it does in a game of poker, or even in athletics, such as tennis or football. Mastering the psychology of trading is one of the most difficult elements of learning how to trade on the market.

Besides gaining the basic knowledge of the market’s structure and the ability to understand how the economic machine works, the idea of trading, in the end, is that you don’t lose. The ability to control your emotions and maintain discipline is the most important thing you can do. A trader must learn to contend with market challenges of individuals and the crowd psychology in order to progress from a novice to an expert.

If you want to turn a profit when investing in different asset classes, such as currencies, indices, equities, commodities, or bonds, you have to understand that trading is primarily a game of psychology. Only the toughest players survive it. The real edge separating professional traders (those who make a living from trading) from failed traders is clearly their mental approach to the market.

What You Need To Become a Successful Trader

Consistent practice and focus are required to become great at nearly anything, including trading. This practice requires patience, discipline, determination, and most important of all, the ability to control your emotions. The number one question I receive constantly from traders is ‘‘How do I become a professional trader?’’

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The Dollar Came From a Strong 2014; Should it Keep the Positive Momentum?

The greenback has reasserted itself on the global stage the past few weeks following the recent aggressive sell-off against its G10 currencies. The dollar was trading -4.60% lower in April against the euro, slipped -3.60% against the pound and plunged -0.65% against the yen. The greenback also sold-off heavily against the commodity currencies. The CAD gained +4.82% in April, the NZD edged +1.97% higher and AUD added +3.90% to its value.


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