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Mapping The Markets by Robin Griffiths, Deborah Owen

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Introduction

The global financial markets turn over billions of dollars daily. An array of different instruments is available to trade in these markets, ranging from the relatively simple purchase of a stock to trading such exotic creatures as butterfly spreads. Participation at any level involves taking a view as to which way the market in question will move. There are essentially only two methods for analysing the future direction of any market, whether it be equities, currencies, interest rates or commodities: one involves fundamental analysis, the other technical analysis.

Fundamental analysts weigh up all the relevant economic variables and then make a judgment as to whether the current price of a share or market represents what they ...

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