Forex markets are active 24 hours a day five and a half days of a week. News travel very fast  and any type of geopolitical concerns such as war, civil unrest, weather situations or anything that causes uncertainty in an economy can have impact on the Forex markets. How does this work? Let's take as an example any unrest in countries important for oil production such as as Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia. Any unrest can threaten oil production, which leads to the raise in oil prices and consequently to the increase gasoline prices.This means that consumers will have to spend more on gas and less elsewhere what can hurt economy overall. Due to this it is likely that currency prices will move downwards, especially USD which depends a lot on oil prices.

Negative impact can also come from of weather related events, like hurricanes that can damage oil platforms, factories, stores, etc. Another example of how geo-political events can affect Forex markets are parliamentary and presidential elections.  Change of political party in some country can lead to that that in the next few months currency should be pretty steady, in Forex terms, while traders do not gain insight into new leading party's or president's attitude on questions relative to the financial. With all this being said, it is important for traders to always have some kind of Stop Loss level as geo-political events can occur suddenly and cause great price movement within a minutes, leaving trader with huge losses if reaction was not momentary.

In the final Chapter on Fundamental analysis we will say something about affect of commodity prices on Forex markets.

Last modified on Saturday, 01 April 2017

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