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  • Reserve Bank Of Australia

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank, whose "duty is to contribute to the stability of the currency, full employment, and the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people," according to its website. The RBA does this by conducting monetary policy, establishing an interest rate in order to meet a medium-term inflation target, and maintaining a strong financial and efficient payments system. The bank also issues…

  • How Does U.S. Unemployment Impact The USD?

    The 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unhinged capital markets and domestic economies around the globe. From Asia to the United Kingdom, economic contraction became the rule. Amid lockdowns, quarantines and travel restrictions, day-to-day life underwent a dramatic transformation. Unfortunately for workers, businesses and investors, the world's labour markets experienced turbulence not seen since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. What Is Unemployment? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, unemployment is the "involuntary…

  • Australian Bushfire’s Impact On Markets

    The Australian fires of 2019-20 brought acute environmental and economic damage to the continent. Following an extended period of abnormally dry, windy weather, Australia experienced one of its worst fire seasons on record. From September 2019 to January 2020, "bushfires" decimated an estimated 20 million acres, accounted for 25 human deaths and half a billion animal fatalities. Aside from being an environmental catastrophe, the economic implications stemming from the fires…

  • 10 Largest Companies In The US By Market Capitalisation

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is one of the oldest and probably best-known stock indexes in the world. It is composed of 30 U.S.-based "blue chip" stocks, which change periodically based on market fluctuations and the fortunes of the individual companies. Seven of the 10 largest U.S. companies ranked by market capitalisation are members of the DJIA; Amazon.com, Facebook and Google were not members as of 24 March 2020.…

  • Financial Impact Of 2020 Olympics Delay

    The early 2020 onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic posed a collection of unique financial and societal challenges. Extreme pricing volatility struck nearly every asset class including currencies, commodities and equities. Travel restrictions and prolonged quarantines made conducting business-as-usual impossible. For a majority of the world's citizens, everyday life was altered in ways unimaginable only a few months earlier. This included one of the world's time-honoured traditions, the 2020 Summer…

  • Euro STOXX 50 Index

    What Is The Euro STOXX 50 Index? The EURO STOXX 50 is an index that tracks the performance of the 50 largest companies in the eurozone, similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which tracks the 30 largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. The index includes stocks from 11 eurozone countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. The top 10 components in…

  • 10 Largest Companies In Australia By Market Capitalisation

    The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is one of the 10 largest global securities exchanges by value, with a total market capitalisation of about A$2 trillion. It is also the largest market for interest rate derivatives in Asia and among the top five exchanges globally for raising capital. The ASX, which is based in Sydney, was the first major financial market open every day. The Australian Stock Exchange was formed on…

  • 5 Ways Coronavirus Pandemic’s Impact Differs From Financial Crisis

    Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic, it has had a significant impact on both the economy and financial markets. Some have likened the fallout to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. However, there are some important differences between the two, which we'll explore in this article. 1. The 2008 Financial Crisis Caused Great Confusion When the Global Financial Crisis took place, many people had little understanding of…

  • 10 Largest Companies In Canada By Market Capitalisation

    The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is Canada's largest and oldest equities trading and capital raising market. The TSX is part of TMX Group, which is a publicly traded company that operates several Canadian markets and clearinghouses for equities, cash, derivatives, fixed income and energy. The TSX dates back to 1852, when it was an association of 12 Canadian businessmen. The exchange was formally founded on 25 October 1861, when 18…

  • Global Financial Crisis Of 2008

    The dawn of the 21st century posed a collection of unique challenges to the world of finance. The dot-com crash of 2000 and the 11 September 2001 World Trade Center attacks (9/11) illustrated the fragility of the capital markets. Although the nature of each event was very different, both proved to be economic game changers. In many ways, the dot-com meltdown and 9/11 served as underpinnings for one of the…

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