The Smart Trader

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Joe Expert

An important factor when spread betting the forex markets is the types of currency pair you choose to trade. For example, specific pairs may be significantly moved by commodity price changes (JPY and oil being a classic example). At certain times of day some pairs may suffer from low liquidity and wider spreads.

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Joe Expert

Apple Inc. officially completed its eagerly awaited 7-for-1 stock split on Monday; the tech giant’s first split since 2005. On publicising the split in April, CEO Tim Cook indicated that making Apple shares "more accessible to a larger number of investors” was a key factor in the decision. It means that Apple shareholders will receive an additional 6 shares for every share they currently own. Apple’s stock has gained 23% since the announcement in late April, generating more than $100 billion in shareholder wealth.

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Joe Expert

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) will meet this Thursday to discuss subdued euro zone inflation. Inflation in the EU has fallen to just 0.5%, failing to surpass the 1% mark over the course of the past 8 months. Governed by Mario Draghi, the 24-man council is widely expected to implement negative deposit rates in an unprecedented move to stimulate the economy.

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Joe Expert

Google Inc. has revealed that it is designing and developing self-drive vehicle technology. Co-founder Sergey Brin’s vision for the future of motor transport encompasses safer, more efficient transport. In an official statement made to Bloomberg today Brin remarked “Within a couple of years I hope we will surpass the safety metrics we've put in place... and we will start testing them without drivers and hopefully you'll be able to utilize them at some limited cities".

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Joe Expert

AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV in a deal worth approximately $48.5 billion. Both firms’ boards met on Sunday to approve the merger, although it is still subject to regulatory approval. Set to gain 38 million video subscribers in the US and Latin America, the deal means AT&T will assume control of America’s biggest satellite television provider. It serves as the latest indication that the US television market and wireless industry are converging. AT&T-DirecTV now looks set to become the second largest provider of television subscribers behind Comcast-Time Warner Cable.