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How Traders Measure Liquidity

David Lerman, Senior Director of Education at CME Group

By Dave Lerman The investment community usually defines a liquid investment as something that can be easily turned into cash. Selling a house is an example of an illiquid investment.  It could take weeks or months to close on the transaction and receive your money.  Stocks, however, tend to be very liquid because they can ...

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Speculators Bought Gold

Hedge Funds increased their net-long position by 4.1 percent to 35,691 futures and options, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data for July 9 show. Net holdings expanded even as speculators increased short bets to a record. Net-bullish wagers across 18 U.S.-traded commodities retreated 3.4 percent as investors became the most ...

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Australian Dollar Higher After China Growth

Australia’s dollar strengthened after a report showed China’s economy grew 7.5 percent in the second quarter, matching economists’ estimates. The Australian currency dropped last week after Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said this year’s expected growth rate is 7 percent and China can reach that.

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France lost its top credit rating at Fitch Ratings

France was cut by one step to AA+ from AAA, Fitch said today, joining Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s in removing France from the shrinking club of top-rated governments. The outlook is stable. Read more in Forex

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Gold end the week higher

Gold is higher this week with the precious metal rallying 4.74% to close at $1280 on Friday, its largest weekly gain in nearly 2 years. The advance comes amid a larger correction in the U.S. Dollar which came under tremendous pressure mid-week after the release of the minutes from the ...

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China’s GDP growth down to 7.5 percent

China’s GDP growth slowed in the second quarter to 7.5 percent year-on-year as weak overseas demand weighed on output and investment, lining up a test of Beijing’s resolve to revamp the world’s second-biggest economy in the face of deteriorating data. Other figures showed industrial output in June rising slightly less ...

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Greek debt crisis

Greece, agreed to sell two banks as part of an effort to appease its international lenders and consolidate its beleaguered banking sector, says the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund has chosen Eurobank (the fourth largest lender) to buy New Hellenic Postbank. The irony: The rescue vehicle owns 100% of Postbank and ...

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