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Documents and publications from major central banks regulators around the world. Must read for every serious forex traders and investors. Also, remember to check out the following sections.



Beware of Websites Selling Commodity Trading Systems Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Commodity Futures Trading Commission |
In deciding whether to purchase a particular trading system to trade commodity futures or options, members of the public should remember that no commodity trading system can guarantee profits. And, whether or not a trading system is used, commodity futures and options are typically high-risk endeavors.
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Be Careful, Someone Wants Your Money Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Commodity Futures Trading Commission |
The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission ('CFTC') warns consumers to take special care to protect themselves from the many types of commodities fraud being perpetrated in today's financial markets. The CFTC is the federal agency that regulates commodity futures and options markets in the United States. We have seen a great increase in the number of scams that falsely promise high profits with low risks. Many of these scams are targeted at ethnic communities in their language, from New York to South Florida and from the Southwest to California, among other areas.
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Trading in the Retail Off-Exchange Foreign Currency Market - What Investors Need to Know Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by National Futures Association |
Companies and individuals may speculate in foreign currency exchange rates (commonly referred to as ?forex?), and a number of firms are presently offering off-exchange foreign currencyfutures and options contracts to the public. If you are a retail investor considering participating in this market, you need to fully understand the market and some of its unique features. NFA has prepared this booklet to educate you about off-exchange foreign currency trading.
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The Foreign Exchange Market Fact Sheet Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Bank of England |
The foreign exchange market enables companies, fund managers and banks to buy and sell foreign currencies, if necessary in large amounts. The motivations behind this demand for foreign currency include capital flows arising from trade in goods and services, cross-border investment and loans and speculation on the future level of exchange rates. The sums involved are very large: estimated global turnover in all currencies in April 1998 was $1,490 billion, an increase of 26 percent over the past three years. Deals are typically for amounts between $3 million and $10 million, though much larger transactions are often done.
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Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity in April 2004 Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Triennial Central Bank |
In April this year, 52 central banks and monetary authorities participated in the Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity. They collected data on turnover in traditional foreign exchange markets - those for spot transactions, outright forwards and foreign exchange swaps - and in over-the-counter (OTC) currency and interest rate derivatives.
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The Monetary Policy of ECB Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by European Central Bank |
Since 1 January 1999 the European Central Bank (ECB) has conducted the single monetary policy for the euro area. The Treaty on European Union assigns the Eurosystem the primary objective of maintaining price stability, reflecting a broad consensus in society that maintaining stable prices is the best contribution that monetary policy can make to economic growth, job creation and social cohesion.
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ECB Information Brochure Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by European Central Bank |
With the euro now in our pockets, more than 300 million European citizens are connecting with the European Central Bank (ECB) in everyday life.The new currency essentially performs the three classic functions of money ? a medium of exchange, a store of value and a unit of account ? but it is much more than that.
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Interest Rates - An Introduction Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Federal Reserve Bank of New York |
Interest is the price that someone pays for the temporary use of someone else?s funds. To repay a loan, a borrower has to pay interest, as well as the principal, the amount originally borrowed. Interest is the compensation that someone receives for temporarily giving up the ability to spend money. Without interest, lenders wouldn?t be willing to lend, or to temporarily give up the ability to spend, and savers would be less willing to defer spending.
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All About The Foreign Exchange Market in the United States Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Federal Reserve Bank of New York |
Over the past forty years, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has published monographs about the operation of the foreign exchange market in the United States. The first of these reports, The New York Foreign Exchange Market, by Alan Holmes, was published in 1959. The second, also entitled The New York Foreign Exchange Market, was written by Alan Holmes and Francis Schott and published in 1965. The third publication, Foreign Exchange Markets in the United States, was written by Roger Kubarych and published in 1978.
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Understanding Open Market Operations Print E-mail
Central Banks and Regulators | Written by Federal Reserve Bank of New York |
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the nation?s monetary policy. It is primarily through open market operations?purchases or sales of U.S. Government securities in the open market in order to add or drain reserves from the banking system?that the Federal Reserve influences money and financial market conditions that, in turn, affect output, jobs and prices.
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