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Trump Impeachment Takes Center Stage - Quick Reference Trial Calendar

Posted by John Doherty on January 20, 2020

Kicking off the week with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday may leave some trader’s feeling a bit lethargic. There’s been a lot of time off so far this year. Three weeks into 2020 and there have only been 12 full trading days. I will even go so far as to say a good amount of traders haven’t even started back at it yet.

It’s possible that this trend may continue through the week, but we still want to keep you as informed as possible of upcoming market events.

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Topics: Market Updates, President Donald Trump, video, Market Forecast, Impeachment Trial

Oil Spikes, Equities Sell Off as Iran Vows Revenge

Posted by TopstepTrader on January 03, 2020

Just yesterday, we were celebrating market highs. And then everything changed. 

Last night (Chicago-time), the U.S. ordered an airstrike that took out a top Iranian general who, by most accounts, was very dangerous, but much beloved by Iran. Iran vowed that it will revenge the death, while the U.S. and its allies in the region are taking measures to minimize any potential retaliation. 

And markets are responding in kind. February Crude Oil ($CLG0) and Gold spiked—as you could imagine. Crude Oil is up 3.7%, or $2.25, at writing, while Gold gained 1.4%, or $21. Simultaneously, the budding tension caused traders to sell off equity futures in favor of the perceived safety of U.S. Treasury Bonds. 

Regardless of what happens today, the landscape shifted... at least for now. Here's what you have to know and, more importantly, what you have to do.

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Topics: Futures, E-Mini S&P, Crude Oil, Iran, President Donald Trump

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