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Trade the News to Make More Money

Why Trade the News
The simple answer to that question is “To make more money!”
But in all seriousness, trading the news gives us another opportunity to trade the forex market. As we learned in the previous section, news is a very important part to the market because it’s what makes it move!

When news comes out, especially important news that everyone is watching, you can expect to see some major movement. Your goal as a trader is to get on the right side of the move, but the fact that you know the market will indeed move somewhere makes it an opportunity definitely worth looking at.

Why Are Gold Stocks Falling?

Gold stocks normally amplify the gains from gold. If gold goes up 10%, then a good gold stock should go up 20%. So traders look for this ‘leverage’ to the gold price in gold stocks.

That was until ETFs became such a big force on the market.

Now traders can invest directly in gold ETFs with borrowed money to get the same effect. It saves having to do all that annoying research into a gold company.

So with all that money heading for the ETFs – instead of the stocks – the gold price and gold stocks are diverging.

Invest in Sweden

Reasons to Invest in Sweden


Sweden and Singapore continue to top the rankings of The Global Information Technology Report 2020, Transformations 2.0, released by the World Economic Forum.


Sweden Economy

Sweden hosts one of the most internationalized economies in the world. Whether judged by international trade and investment flows or the extensive presence of Swedish businesses abroad and foreign companies in Sweden, Sweden ranks among the top ten countries in most comparative assessments.

Sweden Investment Climate

The US Department of State has recently made an assessment of the Investment Climate of Sweden. In brief, it is a very positive summary. Recommended for everyone with an interest of doing business in Sweden.

It is the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs that have published a statement on the Swedish investment climate. Here are some highlights:

    • Sweden offers an extremely competitive, largely corruption-free economy with access to new products and technologies, skills, and innovations. As the largest market in the Baltic Sea region, it is an attractive location and gateway to Northern Europe/the Baltic Sea region.
    • Sweden’s taxation structure is straightforward and corporate tax levels are low. Sweden has a corporate tax of 26.3 percent in nominal terms. The effective rate can be even lower as companies have the option of making deductible annual appropriations to a tax allocation reserve of up to 25 percent of their pretax profit for the year.
    • Sweden’s labor force of 4.6 million is disciplined, well educated, and experienced in all modern technologies. About 71 percent of the workforce belongs to labor unions. Swedish unions have helped to implement business rationalization, and strongly favor employee education and technical progress. Management labor cooperation is generally excellent and non-confrontational.


      Sweden is the leading country of the EU nations in regard to innovative ability, according to Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010. This is an annual report by Pro Inno Europe.

      Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is the world leader in areas of innovation, health, and security according to a new study from PwC and Partnership for New York City. Stockholm climbs five places in the rankings and ends up as number four in total.

      Sweden has an impressive track record as a leading supplier of innovative solutions and products in a wide range of industry sectors on a global scale. The Swedish culture is open-minded and readily embraces new ideas and technologies.


      In Sweden, you get access to the prospering domestic and Scandinavian markets, but also the world’s largest free-trade market – the European Union – with 27 countries and 500 million consumers. The country is known for adopting new technologies and setting new consumer trends.

      Easy to do business

      Sweden is the Most Respected Country in the WorldReputation Institute Releases Results of its 2010 Country Reputation Study.


      Effective Government

      Effective Government offers a favorable environment for doing business, run by an effective government, adopted progressive social and economic policies, and a responsible participant in the global community

      • Advanced Economy – produces high-quality products and services, an inventive country, technologically advanced, an important contributor to global culture

      • Appealing Environment – a beautiful country, an enjoyable country, offers an appealing lifestyle

      Sweden a country people will recommend as a place to visit, invest, live and work,” says Nicolas Trad, Managing Partner of Reputation Institute, a global, private advisory firm specializing in corporate reputation management.

      Sweden has an international business environment, modern, open minded and business-friendly.  Sweden has skilled professionals, easy business procedures and open to international partnerships, Sweden is an easy country to operate in.  To start a company in Sweden is quick and straightforward. Information about the process and necessary forms are readily available online and in English.

      High productivity

      Empowerment of personnel and delegation of decision-making ensures a bottom-up; problem-solving approach that shows impressive results with regards to productivity. Sweden has a long track record of very high productivity, even though there are generous labor regulations regarding vacations, parental leave etc.


      Sweden is a prime location for centralized market operations in Northern Europe. And the preferred choice for regional headquarters and multi-country distribution centers, contact centers and shared service centers. It is the only country that offers 24-hour distribution to all major destinations in the region, with advanced distribution and communication infrastructure from ten logistics hubs.

      Education and Training

      The Swedish education system enjoys a very good international reputation. Virtually any Swede has ample knowledge of foreign languages and especially English. Exceptional study programs and in-house training have created a successful climate between students and the local trade and industry. University and high-school education is readily available in the region.

      Modern workplace

      Highly skilled labor, high female participation in the workforce and a consensus on economic restructuring, Sweden has a good platform for a globalized world. The workforce participation of elderly people is high. Workplace education and training, a delegation of authority, and inclusion in decision-making helps spur innovation and growth.

      Research & Development

      Sweden’s science infrastructure is world-class. High investment in higher education and basic research has propelled Sweden to a prime position among European economies in terms of university enrollment, workforce skills and R&D. Synergies generated by the close connection between Swedish universities, research institutes and the private sector further leverage the R&D output. R&D conducted by multinationals in Sweden exceeds the volume of publicly financed R&D three-fold.

      Excellent infrastructure

      Sweden hosts an excellent infrastructure. It outperforms any other European country. Extensive public investment ensures a nationwide network of roads, railroads, waterways, harbors, and airports. The challenging exposure to hot summers as well as arctic winters have contributed to high quality and reliability in building and construction, transportation and communications.

      Attractive corporate taxation

      Sweden is one of the most competitive locations for corporate taxation in Europe. This is confirmed in comparative surveys and in the analysis by international tax consultants. Besides offering an attractive package, Sweden’s corporate tax system is transparent and enables easy access to information. The national tax authority is efficient and service-minded. A number of online services save the investor time and money.  A number of tax advantages

      Here are examples of the advantages a foreign investor may benefit from:

      • No foreign exchange control
      • Low corporate tax rate
      • Extensive tax treaty network
      • Dividend participation exemption
      • No Swedish tax liability on outbound interest payments
      • No debt/equity limitations


      Quality of life

      The quality of housing, education, and healthcare in Sweden is excellent. Sweden offers good scope for balancing a career with family life and work with leisure.  Sweden has long been distinguished for its environmental work and for pioneering reductions of air and water pollution. In most parts of the country, there is plenty of free space and easy access to outdoor activities.

      What are the best places to retire to in Sweden?


      Some top places you could consider retiring in Sweden are:

        • Stockholm
        • Gothenburg
        • Malmo
        • Sandhamn

      What are the visa requirements?

      Requirements for American and Australians retirees

      Americans and Australians planning to stay for more than three months, they’ll have to apply for a Schengen visa

      EU Nationals are allowed to stay in Sweden for unlimited periods of time. However, they must register with local authorities once their visit exceeds 90 days.


Sweden ranks as the most reputable country in the world

2018 Country RepTrak ranking, announcing Sweden as the most reputable country in the world.

Based on more than 58,000 individual ratings among the general public across the G8 economies, the study evaluated 55 of the world’s largest countries by GDP, and reflects the willingness to visit, live in, work in, invest in and study in these countries. Sweden is seen as the number one most ethical country with high transparency and low corruption, as well as the country with the most progressive social and economic policies.

“What sets Sweden apart is that it is perceived as a highly principled, altruistic, egalitarian, and environmentally-conscious country”, said Nicolas George Trad, President, Strategic Accounts at Reputation Institute, the company behind the study.

The study also revealed that country reputation is not determined by the largest economy, population, nor geographic area. Only two out of the world’s top 10 countries by economy and geography are among the top 10 most reputable countries.

The Top 10 most reputable countries in 2020 are:

1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Switzerland
4. Norway
5. New Zealand
6. Australia
7. Canada
8. Japan
9. Denmark
10. Netherlands


Reference to 2018 updates Business Sweden News

Source: Reputation Institute (RI)

Source of information

Reputation Institute Press Release

World Economic Forum

More Information on the new study from PwC and Partnership for New York City.

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How to Invest in Gold

How to invest in gold and key price drivers

Article updated on May 20, 2020

How to invest in gold and key price drivers

LONDON (Reuters) – Gold surged to a record above $1,500 an ounce on Wednesday as dollar weakness and a rise in oil prices added to fear-driven buying on the back of uncertainty over eurozone stability and U.S. growth.

The following are key facts about the market and different ways on how to invest in Gold.




Large buyers and institutional investors generally buy the metal from big banks.

London is the hub of the global spot gold market, with more than $26 billion in trades passing through the city’s clearing system each day. To avoid cost and security risks, bullion is not usually physically moved and deals are cleared through paper transfers.


Other significant markets for physical gold are India, China, the Middle East, Singapore, Turkey, Italy, and the United States.

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Russia continued to official gold reserves to fulfill the goal of boosting the Russian Federation’s national security. Given this statement, there should be no doubt that Russia views gold as an important monetary and strategic geopolitical asset.



Investors can also enter the market via futures exchanges, where people trade in contracts to buy or sell a particular commodity at a fixed price on a certain future date.

The COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange is the world’s largest gold futures market in terms of trading volume. The Tokyo Commodity exchange, popularly known as TOCOM, is the most important futures market in Asia.

China launched its first gold futures contract on Jan. 9, 2008. Several other countries, including India, Dubai, and Turkey, have also launched futures exchanges.



Media coverage of high gold prices has also attracted investments into exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which issue securities backed by physical metal and allow people to gain exposure to the underlying gold prices without taking delivery of the metal itself.

Gold held in New York’s SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed ETF, rose to a record high of 1,320.436 tonnes in June 2010. The ETF’s holdings are equivalent to nearly half of the global annual mine supply and are worth some $59 billion at today’s prices.

Other gold ETFs include iShares COMEX Gold Trust, ETF Securities’ Gold Bullion Securities and ETFS Physical Gold, and Zurich Cantonal Bank’s Physical Gold.



Retail investors can buy gold from metals traders selling bars and coins in specialist shops or on the Internet. They pay a premium for investment products of 5-20 percent above spot prices, depending on the size of the product and the weight of demand.




Rising interest in commodities, including gold, from investment funds in recent years has been a major factor behind bullion’s rally to historic highs. Gold’s strong performance in recent years has attracted more players and increased inflows of money into the overall market.



Gold is a popular hedge against currency market volatility.

It has traditionally moved in the opposite direction to the U.S. dollar as weakness in the U.S.

The unit makes dollar-priced gold cheaper for holders of other currencies and vice versa.

This link sometimes breaks down in times of widespread market stress, however, as both gold and the dollar benefit from risk aversion.

Their ratio turned positive in late 2008 and early 2009 after the crisis following the Lehman Brothers’ failure.

Despite another drop in the usual strong correlation between gold and the euro-dollar exchange rate, the currency market still plays a major long-term role in setting gold’s direction


Analysts say gold’s strong performance last year was largely driven by concerns over the stability of all currencies, though primarily the dollar, as major economies have moved to dampen strength in their currencies to safeguard exports.

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