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Ashraf Laidi

Ashraf Laidi

CMC Markets

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Ashraf Laidi is Chief FX Strategist at CMC Markets and author of "Currency Trading and Intermarket Analysis: How to Profit from the Shifting Currents in Global Markets" Wiley Trading.

  • Dollar Stability Choppy and Temporary

    Published 06 July 2009 | viewed 2,525 times

    Sterling leads the list of currencies losing against the dollar and yen amid widespread expectations the Bank of England will exercise its quantitative easing expansion…

  • Green Shoots Fatigue and Intermarket Setup

    Published 29 June 2009 | viewed 2,546 times

    There are more substantive fundamental and technical grounds that the recent pullback in equities and global bond yields will extend throughout Q3 to the benefit…

  • Exiting the Exit Strategy

    Published 19 June 2009 | viewed 2,219 times

    Neither the Fed, the Bank of England or the Bank of Canada can or plan to exit their quantitative easing policies any time soon. Thursday's…

  • Falling Equities Still Key for the Dollar

    Published 10 June 2009 | viewed 2,829 times

    The intermarket relationship underpinning the US currency and global equities remains largely unhinged, with falling equities persisting as the longe saviour for the corroding US…

  • Yield Shoots, Dollar Leaves

    Published 28 May 2009 | viewed 2,837 times

    Talk of Fed Exit Strategy is Premature. Yesterdays 23-basis point jump in 10-year yields to 3.74% may have been helped by mortgage backed securities traders…

  • Dollar Slashed as Fed Goes Shopping

    Published 20 May 2009 | viewed 2,776 times

    Today's serious case of dollar damage was once again made courtesy of the nations central bank. The Feds purchase of $7.7 bln in 7 and…

  • Oil to Underperform Metals

    Published 15 May 2009 | viewed 2,564 times

    While both oil and equity indices reveal preliminary signs of a consolidation, downward momentum is particularly expected to weigh on oil. This is especially supported…

  • Golden Chance from FX Equity Play

    Published 07 May 2009 | viewed 3,017 times

    You must have read by now that about 70% of activity in currency markets over the last 2 years has been largely driven by risk…

  • Rising Yields Fight the Fed

    Published 28 April 2009 | viewed 3,407 times

    Cant' fight the Fed? Bond vigilantes are fighting the Fed and winning at bidding up bond yields. Short of another shock-&-awe policy announcement this Wednesday,…

  • Selective Carry Trades in FX/Equities

    Published 15 April 2009 | viewed 2,562 times

    Global risk aversion gradually returns as equity indices struggle in passing the earnings test. Our oft-mentioned 860-865 target in the S&P500 denoting the +30% rally…

  • Aussie's Latest Boost

    Published 02 April 2009 | viewed 2,394 times

    Before exploring the latest boost to the Aussie, let's first go over today's surprisingly smaller than expected 25-bp rate cut from the European Central Bank.…

  • Gauging the Turn in Dollar, Gold and Oil

    Published 20 March 2009 | viewed 3,325 times

    The FOMC announcement of March 18, December 16 and September 16 each produced an interventionist surprise at the expense of the dollar. But unlike in…

  • Here Comes the 2-Month Cycle

    Published 13 March 2009 | viewed 3,965 times

    Friday 13 may imply plenty of luck for global equity markets as it could confirm the beginning of a 2-month rally in the major indices…

  • FX, Bond Yields and Oil Prices

    Published 10 March 2009 | viewed 3,818 times

    Oil gains 40% from its February lows, trading at $47.47, and $1.00 below its 100-day moving average, a trend that hasn't been broken since August…

  • Loonie's Falling Downside

    Published 02 March 2009 | viewed 4,266 times

    While the dollar and the yen continue to prove being the strongest currencies during falling equities, let's focus on the currency with the combination of…

  • Equity/Gold Ratio's 40 yr Cycle

    Published 18 February 2009 | viewed 5,958 times

    With gold prices only 7% away from their record highs and the main equity indices 45-50% below their highs, an analysis of the equity/gold ratio…

  • Gold's Net Longs and the Gold/Oil Ratio

    Published 12 February 2009 | viewed 4,031 times

    The latest run-up in gold's secular bull market has reaches 7-month highs of $947/oz, triggered by an initial decline in the US dollar following a…

  • Aussie's Risk-Based Bounce

    Published 03 February 2009 | viewed 2,373 times

    Aussie is the days best performing currency out of a group of 9 currencies due to market optimism resulting from the latest government stimulus package…

  • How Gold Links Treasuries and the Dollar

    Published 26 January 2009 | viewed 2,800 times

    US Dollar & Treasuries. The emergence of last week's unsual direct relation between the dollar and gold provided a valuable signal to the validity of…

  • Sterling's Damage and Geithner's Dollar Policy

    Published 22 January 2009 | viewed 4,693 times

    Currency market participants are faced with increasingly diverse options amid the deepening erosion of risk appetite, persistent banking losses and deteriorating measures of corporate and…