Ashraf Laidi - Currency and Analysis

As head FX strategist at CMC Markets–one of the world's leading forex/commodity brokers–Ashraf Laidi understands the forces shaping today's currency market and their interplay with interest rates, equities, and commodities. And now, with Currency and Analysis, he shares his extensive experiences in this field with you. Throughout the book, Laidi outlines the tools needed to understand the macroeconomic and financial nuances of this dynamic field and provides you with insights that are essential to making the most of your time within it.

Table of Contents



  • Chapter 1: Gold and the Dollar.
    • End of Bretton Woods System Marks Gold's Takeoff.
    • Fed Tightening and FX Interventions Rein in Gold Rally.
    • Central Banks' Gold Sale Agreements.
    • Gold-USD Inverse Relation.
    • Recent Exceptions to the Inverse Rule.
    • Using Gold to Identify Currency Leaders and Laggards.
    • Gold's Secular Performance.
    • Valuing Currencies via Gold.
    • Golden Correlations.
    • Don't Forget Falling Gold Production.
    • Gold and Equities: Hard versus Monetary Assets.
    • Equity-to-Gold Ratios.
    • The Role of the Speculators. Ashraf Laidi - Currency and Analysis
    • Gold is Part of a Larger Story.
  • Chapter 2: Oil Fundamentals in the Currency Market.
    • From a Gold Standard to an Oil Standard (1970s-1980s).
    • Oil Glut and Price Collapse (1981-1986).
    • The Super Dollar of 1980-1984: World's Third Oil Shock.
    • World Intervenes against Strong Dollar (1985-1987).
    • Iraq's Invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War (1990-1991).
    • The Asian Crisis and OPEC's Miscalculation (1997-1998).
    • Oil Thrives on World Growth, Dot-Com Boom (1999-2000).
    • Iraq War Fuels Oil Rally, Dollar Flounders, China Takes Over (2002-Present).
    • Summary.
  • Chapter 3: When the Dollar Was King (1999-2001).
    • The Major Theories.
    • Annual Performance Analysis of Individual Currencies.
    • Summary.
  • Chapter 4: The Dollar Bear Awakens (2002-2007).
    • 2002: The Beginning of the Dollar Bear Market.
    • 2003: Dollar Extends Damage, Commodity Currencies Soar.
    • 2004: Global Recovery Boosts Currencies against US Dollar.
    • 2005: Commodities Soar alongside Dollar, Carry Trades Emerge.
    • 2006: Dollar Vulnerable as Fed Ends Two-Year Tightening.
    • 2007: Record Oil Boosts Loonie, Helpless Fed Hits Greenback.
    • Lessons Learned.
  • Chapter 5: Risk Appetite in the Markets.
    • Carry Trades in Foreign Exchange.
    • Using Risk Appetite to Gauge FX Flows.
    • Tying It All Together: 1999-2007.
  • Chapter 6: Reading the Fed via Yield Curves, Equities and Commodities.
    • Yield Curves and the Economy.
    • Types of Yield Curves. Ashraf Laidi - Currency and Analysis
    • The rationale of Inverted Yield Curve Implications.
    • Effectiveness of Yield Curve Signals' Implications.
    • Greenspan's ?? Conundrum?? Proved Bernanke's Problem.
    • Implications for Growth, Stocks, and Currencies.
    • Tying Interest Rates to the Gold-Oil Ratio.
    • Conclusion.
  • Chapter 7: U.S. Imbalances, FX Reserve Diversification and the U.S. Dollar.
    • The U.S. Twin Deficits.
    • U.S. Current Account Deficit: Old Problem, New Challenges.
    • Adding the Budget Balance to the Mix.
    • Financing the Deficits: The Path to Unsustainability?
    • Dissecting U.S.-Bound Foreign Capital Flows.
    • U.S. Stocks and Bonds Vie for Foreign Money.
    • Capital Flows Shift Identities.
    • Foreign Direct Investment and M&As.
    • How Long Foreign Capital Be Available on the Cheap?
    • Don't Ignore U.S. Investors' Flows Abroad.
    • Currency Reserve Diversification: OPEC and the Middle East.
    • Further Currency Diversification Is Inevitable.
    • The View Ahead.
  • Chapter 8: Commodities Supercycles and Currencies.
    • The Current Commodity Cycle versus Previous Cycles.
    • Dissecting Commodity Classes.
    • Commodities and their Currencies.
    • Developing World to Maintain Ripe Outlook for Food and Grains.
    • Energy Efficiency Not Enough to Halt High Oil.
    • Copper and Gold to Shine on Long-Term Fundamentals.
    • Commanding Heights or Common Bubbles?
  • Chapter 9: Selected Topics in Foreign Exchange.
    • Revisiting Yield Curves.
    • Is Dollar Stability a Necessity?
    • How Far Will Commodities Outstrip Equities?
    • U.S. Politics and the U.S. Dollar.


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