Russell Shor

Russell Shor

Senior Market Specialist

Russell Shor joined FXCM in October 2017 as a Senior Market Specialist. He is a certified FMVA® and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. Russell is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of financial markets experience, his analysis is of a high standard and quality.

  • Jobless claims are creeping up and may influence interest rate policy.

    The latest US jobless claims data shows a slightly higher-than-expected 238,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending 15 June, indicating a potentially softening labour market. Although this figure is down from the previous week's total, the four-week moving average of claims remains elevated at 232,750, suggesting a labour market that's losing momentum.

  • Bitcoin finds support but progress is still needed.

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies showed mixed performance on Thursday, with ongoing outflows from Bitcoin ETFs causing a drop in Bitcoin's price to $64,851, before the cryptocurrency found its feet. Despite mid-March highs near $74,000, bearish sentiment currently dominates the crypto market, influenced by high bond yields and diminished expectations for Federal Reserve rate cuts.

  • SNB cuts rates by 25 bps, CHF reacts

    The Swiss National Bank (SNB) cut its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25%, amid mixed global monetary policy stances. Two-thirds of economists predicted this move, leading to a weakened Swiss franc, with the Euro up 0.5% and the US dollar rising 0.7%. The SNB forecasts inflation at 1.3% for 2024, 1.1% for 2025, and 1.0% for 2026, with economic growth projected at 1% this year and 1.5%…

  • UK inflation hits 2% target as election looms

    UK inflation for May dropped to the Bank of England's target of 2.0%, as reported by the Office for National Statistics, marking a decrease from 2.3% in April. This figure matched economists' forecasts, causing a slight rise in the sterling to $1.2732. Services inflation, a crucial indicator for the BOE, decreased to 5.7% from 5.9% in April, while core inflation, excluding certain volatile items, fell to 3.5% from 3.9%.

  • Tesla stock still feeling positive effects from Musk pay package

    Tesla stock surged yesterday, outpacing the Nasdaq Composite with a 5.3% rise to $187.44, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq gained 0.8% and 1%, respectively. The main catalyst was the re-approval of CEO Elon Musk’s 2018 pay package, which grants him 300 million stock options. This revote was necessary after a court ruling invalidated the original approval due to disclosure issues. Announced on Musk’s social-media platform X, the renewed approval…

  • Bitcoin drops on FOMC statement and press conference

    Early Thursday, the cryptocurrency market displayed mixed reactions following the Federal Reserve's announcement, which diminished hopes for interest-rate cuts. Bitcoin notably dropped after the FOMC released its rate statement and during Fed Chair Powell’s press conference. Prior to this, Bitcoin had briefly climbed above $69,000, spurred by unexpectedly mild U.S. consumer inflation data, but these gains were subsequently erased.

  • Apple introduces AI strategy at WWDC

    With it being just over 1.5 years since OpenAI introduced ChatGPT, Apple has unveiled its comprehensive AI strategy, Apple Intelligence. This technology will only be available on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models, which make up about 5% of the current iPhone user base due to hardware requirements. This move aims to drive sales of the high-end models by offering unique AI capabilities, as detailed in Apple's presentation at…

  • Fed likely to delay cuts further

    The US Federal Reserve is anticipated to maintain interest rates within the 5.25-5.5% range this Wednesday, suggesting that September may mark the earliest consideration for a rate cut. Market attention will be directed towards the updated dot plot, providing insights into individual members' perspectives on interest rate trajectories. In March, the Fed indicated a predominant view of three rate reductions for the year, with an additional three cuts expected in…

  • ECB set to deliver hawkish cut tomorrow.

    Tomorrow the ECB is likely to deliver a 25-bps cut – the first major advanced economy central bank to begin its cutting cycle. The cut is expected, with markets having priced in the cut from 4% to 3.75% for a few weeks now. However, forward guidance will be key here, with market participants focusing on any clues provided regarding future policy direction.

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