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Today, we want to go over the basics of market trends and conditions. For anyone who is new to thinking about their long-term financial futures, this is a good place to start. Or, if you’re ready to brush up on your knowledge of finance markets, you’ve come to the right place!
According to Capital.com, a market trend is the perceived direction of price movements over a particular period of time. Market trends apply to all assets and all markets where there’s movement on prices or volumes bought and sold. Trends can be long-term (“secular”), medium-term (“primary”) or short-term (“secondary”), and all trends can offer investors the opportunity to profit.
Four major factors are generally thought to shape market trends:
- Governments, through fiscal and monetary policy, can slow down or speed up growth
- The flow of funds between countries – both inward and outward – can impact the strength of a country’s economy and its currency
- Speculation can create an expectation of future price rates and trend direction
- Supply and demand for products, currencies and other investments creates movement in prices, both up and down depending on who wants what, and whether it’s available
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