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Ashraf Laidi

Ashraf Laidi

CMC Markets

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

Biography

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.

  • Monthly FX: From a Bang to a Whimper

    Published 01 July 2008 | viewed 2,660 times

    What began the month with an unexpected bang in currency markets ended with a not so unexpected whimper. Fed Chairman Bernanke's eventful speech of June…

  • Dissecting H1 FX and Gold Performance

    Published 27 June 2008 | viewed 1,923 times

    Market turmoil deepens as oil prices push to a new record of $142.22 per barrel, triggering fresh declines in global equities. The US-centric nature of…

  • The Usual Expectations and Disappointment Ahead

    Published 18 June 2008 | viewed 3,501 times

    The Usual Expectations Ahead Activity may be quiet in today's US data calendar so it is time to further shed light on next week's key…

  • Worst is Not Over and Neither is Fed Easing

    Published 29 April 2008 | viewed 3,642 times

    Commentators and pundits alike have erroneously stated that last week's highs in US equity indices broke important technical levels. The Dow has not only failed…

  • Systemic Risk Maybe Out, But Recession is In

    Published 03 April 2008 | viewed 2,807 times

    The +38k jump to 407k in weekly jobless claims was the worst reading since Sept. 17, 2005 (week following Hurricane Katrina). The less volatile 4-week…

  • Central Band(k) Aid Unlikely to Stick

    Published 11 March 2008 | viewed 2,594 times

    Almost three months the day (since December 11) after the Federal Reserve inaugurated its Term Auction Facility (TAF), the central bank invents a new liquidity…

  • Euro Rally Seen Broadening

    Published 28 February 2008 | viewed 1,700 times

    Quiet FX sessions in Asian and European trade as markets turn to the revised US Q4 GDP figures and the increasingly relevant weekly claims on…

  • FX Charts Strategy EURNZD, AUDCAD, EURCAD, CADJPY, USDJPY

    Published 27 February 2008 | viewed 2,150 times

    The surging euro hasn't only been a case of broad dollar weakness but also of improving confidence in the Eurozone's biggest economy as the currency…

  • Favorite "Play of 2008" Alive and Well

    Published 19 February 2008 | viewed 3,675 times

    While central banks in most industrialized economies are either reducing interest rates or expected to do so thus year, the Reserve Bank of Australia is…

  • February FX Strategy

    Published 06 February 2008 | viewed 3,153 times

    We expect the dollar and the yen to emerge as the broad winners in February, dragging the European and antipodean currencies (AUD, CAD, NZD) lower…

  • Sterling Deepens Gloom

    Published 09 January 2008 | viewed 3,483 times

    A likely major FX theme of 2008 is already being playing out; Protracted selling in the British Pound, broad strength in the Australian dollar and…

  • Payrolls Seen Yen Negative, Equities Positive

    Published 03 January 2008 | viewed 2,688 times

    We anticipate a broad sell-off in the Japanese yen accompanied by a run-up in the broad equity indices in the aftermath of Friday's payroll report…

  • Jobs Report to Extend Dollar Gains into Fed Week

    Published 07 December 2007 | viewed 2,289 times

    Although today's nonfarm payrolls came in less than the 100K mark, they support our forecast for further temporary dollar gains into the rest of the…

  • Aussie, Yen and SP Strategy

    Published 04 December 2007 | viewed 2,680 times

    Yen rises across the board as risk appetite takes a fresh hit following the latest evidence of the sub-prime mortgage spillover on the market and…

  • More Declines in Asian Holdings of US Tsrys

    Published 16 November 2007 | viewed 3,140 times

    Foreigners were net sellers of US long term securities in September at $14.7b after $150.7b in net selling in August. But foreign net long-term purchases…

  • Integrating FX Strategies for Gold, Aussie and Yen

    Published 23 October 2007 | viewed 3,323 times

    In today's FX charts strategy, we select the Aussie as the currency with the most upside potential across the board as risk appetite returns to…

  • Charting the Dollar Bounce

    Published 03 October 2007 | viewed 4,087 times

    The dollar rebound of the past 3 days has emerged on a powerful combination of escalating evidence of weakness in the Eurozone and the UK,…

  • Dollar Suffers Fed's Appetite Injection

    Published 19 September 2007 | viewed 4,529 times

    We mentioned in our piece from last Tuesday "Data Vacuum = Risk Appetite" that gold would "extend gains towards the $730 level before next Wednesday",…

  • Data Vacuum = Risk Appetite

    Published 11 September 2007 | viewed 3,714 times

    We often mentioned how the lack of US economic had has repeatedly given rise to increased risk appetite, triggering weakness in the US dollar and…

  • Now Comes the Macro Part

    Published 01 September 2007 | viewed 3,176 times

    As per our FX forecast made on August 1st 115.60 Yen by End of August http://www.safehaven.com/showarticle.cfm?id=8090 predicting USDJPY to reach 115.60 by end of August,…