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For the most part, global sentiment ended on an upbeat despite US President Donald Trump contracting the coronavirus. The Dow Jones[1], S&P 500[2] and Nasdaq[3] Composite climbed over the past 5 trading sessions. The ‘risk-on’ tone greatly benefited the sentiment-linked Australian Dollar[4] at the expense of the haven-oriented US Dollar[5] as anti-fiat gold prices[6] cautiously recovered.

September’s non-farm payrolls report missed expectations, with a drop in the labor force participation rate perhaps accounting for some of the declines in unemployment. This does fall in line in with what has been increasingly less-optimistic data surprises from the US since July. That has in turn placed great focus on prospects of additional fiscal stimulus.

While the House of Representatives passed the $2.4 trillion bill last week, it was on party lines, perhaps lowering the odds of it pushing past the Senate. This may be a recipe for disappointment in financial markets with FOMC[7] minutes due this coming week. There the Fed may reiterate some of its cautious commentary on the economic outlook.

Brexit headlines also remain in the spotlight as the transition period inches closer towards its end this year. That is a catalyst for Sterling and FTSE 100[8] volatility. Speeches from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, ECB President Christine Lagarde and BoE’s Governor Andrew Bailey are also in store next. Crude oil prices[9] have been on the decline, now facing the latest OPEC world outlook.

Fundamental Forecasts:

Gold May Surrender on Lockdowns, Vice Presidential Debate, Fiscal Stimulus Stalemate[10]

Gold prices may retreat if uncertainty around government lockdown orders, the vice-presidential debate and ongoing fiscal stimulus talks undermine global growth and

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currensceneFLOGO WHTsquareThough not the oldest form of currency, some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent. The shell most widely used worldwide as currency was the shell of Cypraea moneta, the money cowry.

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