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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.

  • Monthly FX: From a Bang to a Whimper

    Published 01 July 2008 | viewed 3,433 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 2,650 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 4,238 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 4,351 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 3,560 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 3,366 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 2,782 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…


    Published 27 February 2008 | viewed 2,899 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 4,353 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 3,914 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 4,200 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 3,549 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 2,989 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 3,480 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 3,917 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 4,304 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 4,935 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 5,285 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 4,249 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 3,948 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,…