In the case of monetary policy, a dove is an individual who believes that low interest rates should be maintained. They maintain that low interest rates encourage growth within economies as they increase consumer borrowing demand and boost consumer spending.
Sustained low interest rates can cause notable increases in inflation, but doves believe that this negative effect is minimal in the grand scheme of things.
Doves are in favour of quantitative easing, considering it a means of stimulating an economy.
The opposite of a dove. These individuals are pro high interest rates as they see them as a means of controlling inflation. They are less concerned with economic growth.
Hawks are opposed to quantitative easing as they believe that it distorts asset markets.
A bull is an individual (or more specifically an investor) who believes that a certain market, industry or security will rise in value. A bull will purchase assets presuming that they will rise in value, and can consequently be sold at a later date for a higher price.
Example: Dollar bull
A Dollar bull is a speculator or investor who believes that the US Dollar is going in a positive direction and will rise in value in comparison to other currencies. For them, it is complete and utter madness to bet against the US economy and USD.
The opposite of a bull. Bears believe that a certain market, industry or security will decrease in value. Generally negative about a given market, security or asset (as opposed to a bull’s overwhelming optimism), bears will try to profit from falling prices.
Quantitative Easing (Q.E.)
A monetary policy that increases money supplies and lowers interest rates. In this policy central banks purchase securities from the market (or government securities like bonds). This inundates financial institutions with capital, thereby increasing the money supply with the aim of promoting lending and increasing liquidity.
A currency war is a scenario in which several countries deliberately attempt to weaken the value of their own currencies, thereby stimulating their respective economies. Quantitative easing and lowering interest rates can be used to decrease the value of currencies.
This is also known as “competitive devaluation”.
This is the buying of a currency, stock or commodity in the belief that it will increase in value.
This is also known as “long position”.
This is the selling of a borrowed currency, stock or commodity in the belief that it will decrease in value. For example, if an investor sold a borrowed currency on the market, the currency would eventually need to be returned. The investor does this by buying back the currency. If the currency has decreased in value, the investor buys it back for less than it was sold, consequently making a profit.
This is also known as “short position”.
This is the prevailing attitude of investors toward a particular market or security. The activities and changes in security price in a market communicate its sentiment e.g. increasing prices reveal a bullish sentiment.
A slang term used for the GBPUSD currency pair. The term comes from when the exchange rate between the British Pound and the US Dollar began to be transmitted across the Atlantic via a submarine communications cable in the mid-19th century.
The single currency, in economics, refers to a currency that is used by more than one country. The main example of this is the introduction of the Euro in the European Union.
There are many advantages of using a single currency, such as elimination of costs when converting currency and exchange rate uncertainty, increased transparency in price of goods, increased inward investment and lastly increased competition and efficiency.
Greenback is a slang term used to describe the US dollar. The name derives from the fact that paper US dollars were originally printed in green ink on the back. Greenback was originally considered a derogatory term when, during the American Civil War in the mid-1900s, the majority of banking authorities did not honour the currency at face value, and the notes were not exchangeable for silver or gold - despite being issued against the credit of the United States government.
There are no longer negative connotations associated with the term, and it is now accepted as a colloquial manner of referring to the currency of the USA.
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GBPSterling flew out of the traps on the release of the UK retail sales data. Sales volumes increased 0.3% in August, significantly above the forecasted decline of 0.1%. Annual growth printed at 3.3%, with July’s figure revised up to 3.8%.VIEW FULL ARTICLE
GBPBank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane commented that there has a been a recent surge in business concerns about Brexit and uncertainty; and Sterling dipped briefly. UK inflation data reversed the move within the hour. Headline consumer inflation increased to a six-month high of 2.7%, beating forecasts of 2.5%.VIEW FULL ARTICLE
GBPUK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab stated that the UK could see no alternative to the proposed Irish border, but that the government was open to fresh suggestions. UK 10-year government bond yields increased to 3-month highs, supporting the Pound, although higher US and German bond yields offset the move.VIEW FULL ARTICLE
GBPChristine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, warned of important negative consequences of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Elsewhere, optimism rose on reports that the EU was prepared to be more flexible on the Irish border issue. Germany and Austria were reported as being “determined to avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit”, raising expectations...VIEW FULL ARTICLE