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Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is the process of determining the intrinsic value of a futures market by reviewing economic and financial data, competitors, market conditions, key ratios and other qualitative and quantitative factors. By reviewing our curated archive of fundamental analysis content, you can help ensure you’ll have the necessary analytical grounding to make informed decisions.

 

Fundamental Analysis

 

Fundamental Analysis Trading

There are two types of traders: the technician and the fundamentalist. A technician looks at charts and trades off of patterns and mathematical equations. The fundamental analyst studies the factors that affect supply and demand, as well as economic indicators that may influence the markets.         

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Futures and the Housing Market: A Look at Case-Shiller

Karl Case and Robert Shiller developed an economic approach into calculating data on repeat sales of single family homes. Their team calculated the home price index back to 1890 and gave it a value of 100. It is updated quarterly.         

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Interpreting the Housing Market

Existing Home Sales data is for sales during the previous month and is released around the 25th of each month. This monthly report is released from the National Association of Realtors. It tracks the sale of existing homes used to gauge the demand in the housing market.         

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Understanding the FOMC: Who They Are and What They Do

The Federal Open Market Committee or FOMC is the branch of the Federal Reserve Board that determines the direction of monetary policy. The FOMC is composed of the board of governors which has seven members and five reserve bank presidents. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York serves continuously, while the presidents of other reserve banks rotate their service of one-year terms.         

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