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Ben Robson's coverage of the trading week's most important market events.
The start of the week was dramatic for the euro, despite the success of Angela Merkel for a fourth term during the German federal elections on Sunday, September 24, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) win 33% of the vote. The ruling party's current partner the Social Democratic Party (SDP) printed the worst result since the Second World War by getting 20.5%, prompting the leader of the party to describe this day by bitter today, and the shock was in the success of the far right-wing party to enter parliament for the first time in half a century, represented by the Alternative for Germany Party (AFD), which has not been established for 4 years.
The weekend saw flaming events as elections were held in New Zealand and Germany, New Zealand's ruling National Party has won the largest number of votes, reaching 46%, while the opposition Labor Party has won 35.8%. The next few days will witness talks in order to form a coalition, to form the new government pending the announcement of the results officially on October 7.
After a week full of economic releases and key events, which had a notable impact on the markets. Another week comes with some key economic releases, which likely to keep the volatility on the rise.
The markets absorbed the Fed's decisions yesterday, US stocks started to fall from historical highs and the US dollar saw some slight declines after rising overnight after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged at 1.25% and left the door open for a third raise this year.
With no surprises, the Federal Reserve decided to keep the current Fed Fund Rate between 1.0% and 1.25% as widely expected. Yet, what mattered the most as we said in yesterday’s article is the Balance Sheet trimming decision, Dot Plot and the economic projections.
The markets were calm today, before the US Federal Reserve announcing the interest rate decision. The economic calendar was not full of major economic events during the day, so the markets were looking to see what the Fed will release tonight
During the early morning hours of the European session, the UK Retail Sales figures were released, which came in much better than expected, sending GBP higher across the board.
Today's trading was fairly calm as markets awaited FED's decisions tomorrow, the FOMC meeting started today to discuss continuing tightening of monetary policy as well as the continued calm in the North Korean crisis that eased demand for safe havens.
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