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OANDA Japan Relaxes Margin Requirements for Corporate Accounts

Margin has been relaxed for two currency pairs – GBP/SGD and NZD/SGD.



The Japanese unit of OANDA, a multi-asset trading provider, recently announced that because of the current market condition it has decided to partially reduce the margin rate for corporate accounts, effective from the 17th of August 2020.

The changes to corporate accounts will take place from the beginning of trading from the 17th of August. The upcoming changes in the margin are only applicable to the online trading provider’s New York server, fxTrade. This is where currency pairs for corporate accounts are handled. According to the statement from the company, there is no change for the OANDA Japan FX Tokyo server.

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In particular, the changes announced on the 8th of August are regarding the Singapore dollar (SGD) and refer to two currency pairs – GBP/SGD and NZD/SGD. For the former, the margin rate has been reduced to 2 per cent, down from 3 per cent. The same change in margin has occurred for the NZD/SGD currency pair.

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Margin is the value of money that an investor needs to put forward in order to open a trade. When trading foreign exchange (forex) on margin, investors need to pay a percentage of the full value of the position to open a trade.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused volatile currency movements, OANDA Japan has updated its margin requirements on numerous occasions.

OANDA rebrands FX data and analytics business

The announcement on Saturday comes as OANDA revealed exclusively to Finance Magnates that it has rebranded its currency data and analytics business, giving it the new name of Foreign Exchange Data Services.

The name change aims to better reflect OANDA’s core offering to the market. It is our understanding that the rebranding has been in the works now for a couple of months, and the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t had an impact on the launch.


Andreessen Horowitz Gets FTC OK for Unspecified Coinbase Transaction



Andreessen Horowitz’s (a16z) late-stage venture fund has received a green light from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a transaction involving Coinbase. It is unclear at press time whether the approval is for the fund’s previously disclosed purchase of shares in the cryptocurrency exchange or for a new purchase.


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Stocks, Gold Suffer As Dollar Strengthens While Bitcoin Remains Firmly Above $10,000



The stock market is having a very rough time, which shows us that likely much of the astonishing, almost unbelievable gains of the last few months were assisted in large part by a weaker buck.

Gold is getting hammered. The support that it’s worked so hard to build at $1,900 is toast, as we see a rather well-defined downside breakout.

Several technical analysts have pointed to near-term support just below $1,810, but if the greenback continues this climb, there’s no reason it shouldn’t reach as far as the 200 DMA, currently at $1,721, or even further, depending on the dollar.

Gold spot / USD index

The big tech stocks are also very clearly losing their gusto. Tesla is down 8% so far today, on track for its fourth consecutive daily loss and nearly an entire month from clocking fresh, all-time highs. The momentum play is clearly in question, if not completely gone.

Bucking the trend

If there’s one stock that caught our attention today, it’s Twitter. Not only because my team and I spend a ridiculous amount of time on the platform, but because their share price is soaring over the last few days.

One of the main reasons being cited for the surge is an analysis firm called Pivotal Research, who has upgraded their position on the stock from hold to buy.

Twitter stock gains after Pivotal Research upgrade

This stock has largely been left out of the general tech rally, mainly because they haven’t taken quite the same route to direct monetization of their massive user base as some of the other social networks have. To be completely fair though, the active user base is also a mere fraction of some of the other platforms.

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On the other hand, this also means that there’s a lot more room to grow. With 2.3 billion active users on Facebook it’s gonna be very difficult to add more. So in order to continue growing, they’ll need to expand into other services, like Apple is trying to do now.

We’re also seeing a bit of speculation on Twitter of a different kind. As top crypto analyst Willy Woo has recently alluded to on Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey is a huge bitcoin fan.

Twitter and Square, which are both under his authority, may well be of the first corporations to follow in the footsteps of Michael Saylor and buy bitcoin as a reserve with the combined $10 billion worth of unused cash on their balance sheets.

It’s all just speculation of course, but we did see what happened to Microstrategy’s stock once word got out.

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Taking the rest of the markets into account, bitcoin is actually holding up quite well against the recent dollar strength. We’re now getting a really good test of $10,000 as a support level, even though this level is rather high in the long-term range for the asset.

The rest of the crypto market, on the other hand, has not been holding up particularly well, with only a few exceptions.

There’s no doubt that a lot of the momentum in the tech stocks is having some level of influence over the more experimental crypto projects, especially within the DeFi space.

That influence, however, doesn’t seem to be all-encompassing though, as the DeFi Pulse graph looks about ready to bust a new all-time high.

Total value locked (USD) in DeFi.


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Did Corporate Insiders Perfectly Predict the Market Top?



In August, the volume of personally owned stock sold by corporate executives reached its highest level since 2015, followed by a 10% decline in the S&P500 in September. 

August saw the largest volume of insider selling since 2015, with more than 1000 corporate officers offloading $6.7B in stock. Subsequently, the market has seen a 10% decline since the S&P500 all time high of Sept. 2. What’s more, according to new statistics, insider selling is happening at the fastest pace since 2012. 

The question is: What do these executives know that the rest of the market doesn’t?


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