Articles on Forex Markets

This article provides a basic introduction to the Forex market. It lists down the various characteristics that are unique to the Forex market and provides a brief summary regarding how they affect the trades that take place.

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This article lists down the unique features of the Forex market. It compares Forex trading with trading other financial assets in the light of these features and discusses their risk-return profile.

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This article tracks down some of the important factors which influence the determination of exchange rates. It also explains that exchange rates are relative and not absolute.

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This article explains the direct and the indirect method of giving Forex quotations. It also explains the nomenclature used for abbreviating currencies as well as conventions related to giving Forex quotations.

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This article explains the different types of orders available in the Forex market. It also explains how these different types of orders allow investors to manage the value of their holdings in a 24 by 7 environment!

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This article provides information about how Forex trading courses are conducted. It provides a list of benefits that traders would be missing on if they do not enroll in such a course. It also suggests that online courses would be more preferable if budget or time is a constraint.

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This article provides a brief introduction about the 4 major currency pairs in the world. It also provides information regarding how these currency pairs relate to other currencies.

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This article provides information about the different types of participants in the Forex market. It also explains their motives for trading currencies as well the quantum of information that they are expected to have.

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This article explains about the dollar yuan peg. It explains how this peg works and why it has been the reason for a major imbalance in the balance of trade between the United States and China.

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This article provides information about labor arbitrage and how it is affected by the Forex markets. This issue has been widely debated in the media in the recent past.

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This article explains the concept of carry trade and rollovers in great detail. It also lists down the risks that accrue as a result of carry trade and how one can mitigate such risks.

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This article provides basic information regarding Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). It also lists down the advantages and disadvantages if a Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) based system were to replace a dollar based system.

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This article explains the relationship between interest rates and exchange rates. It explains how this relationship can be complex and provides an easier simplified version.

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This article explains why the dollar system provides the United States government with exorbitant privileges. The article also explains why these privileges continue despite there being a lot of resentment in the market.

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This article explains in brief about the currency crisis that was faced by Argentina between 1998 and 2002. It explains the causes as well as effects of this massive crisis which is often compared to the Great Depression.

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This article recaps the 1997 currency contagion that took place in Asian countries. It also lists down the causes that led to it as well as the effects that were felt as a result of the crisis.

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This article provides an introduction to the concept of currency wars. It lists down the currency wars that have happened in the past and also explains why the present situation could also be viewed as an ongoing currency war.

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This article provides a critique of the freely floating exchange rate system. It exposes the flaw that currencies are compared to each other and not to a fixed standard like gold and therefore the exchange rates provide an extremely distorted image of reality.

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This article describes the Russian default of 1998. It enumerates the events that led up to the default of the erstwhile superpower as well as the consequences of the ruble crisis.

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This article describes the South Sea bubble. It explains how the South Sea Company had no underlying business and that it was a Ponzi scheme which was simply dependent on the share price continually rising.

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This article provides a historical account of the tulip mania. The tulip mania was the first asset bubble in recorded economic history and provides an interesting case to understand the herd mentality that prevails in the financial markets.

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This article discusses the Spanish property bubble that was created between 1990 and 2006. It explains the causes that led to rise in prices till 2006 and the fall in prices post 2008.

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This article provides a detailed account of the Madoff scandal. It attempts to explain how Madoff could have possibly pulled off a $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme in the middle of the most regulated markets in the world!

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This article provides details about the dot com bubble of 2001. It also explains the role that the Fed i.e. the United States central bank inadvertently played in creating and bursting the bubble.

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This article discussed the Harshad Mehta scandal in detail. It discusses how Harshad Mehta could pull off such a huge scandal and what the motivations of the other parties involved were.

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This article provides information about the Ketan Parkeh scam which broke out in 2001. It compares this scam to the Harshad Mehta scam of the previous decade and draws parallels and differences.

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The Albanian crisis is unique in the sense that Ponzi schemes became a national affair causing a civil revolution in this country. This article describes the Albanian crisis and examines the causes which led to this situation.

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This article provides a brief summary of the Puerto Rican crisis which is often compared to Greece. It explains why Puerto Rico is in massive debt and also explains the severity of the current situation.

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This article describes the Israeli bank crisis of 1983. It also explains the reasons which led up to the crisis and the measures taken by the government to contain it.

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This article lists down the factors that lead to the Nordic crisis. It also explains the measures taken by the governments and central banks in the region to avert a catastrophe of this magnitude.

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This article explains how the Icelandic population allowed its banking system to fail in the 2009 crisis. It also explains how the crisis was large enough to bring the nation to the brink of starvation and how the economy seems to have finally rebounded.

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This article explains the Latvian crisis. It explains the cause of the crisis and the various measures taken to overcome the crisis. It also explains how a relatively new fiscal policy called “internal devaluation” helped Latvia economy recover and even thrive after the crisis.

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This article traces the history of John Law and the Mississippi Company. It also explains how the bubble was large enough to bankrupt an entire nation and bring it to a brink of revolution.

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This article explains the concept of dollar hegemony. It explains how this hegemony benefits the United States. It also explains how this hegemony could be overthrown and the resultant effects on the economy.

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This article explains the reasons behind the price rise in Bitcoin. It also explains why most of those reasons are indicative of a bubble rather than a fundamental change.

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