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IMF (International Monetary Fund)

The International Monetary Fund, based in Washington, D.C., is an international, intergovernmental organization overseeing the global financial system.

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Indicator

Imagine such a situation: if you could determine when you buy or sell your assets by watching just two lines, when one line crosses the other line, you buy. When the same line crosses the other line in a different, way you sell.

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Inflation

The increase in the prices of goods caused by the increases in the money supply.

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Inflation Hedge

An inflation hedge is an investment that maintains or increases its value over time. Hence, an inflation hedge should provide protection against the depreciation of the currency. For example, fixed rate bonds are a poor hedge against inflation. If one invest in a bond that gives a 3 percent return, but inflation rate is 5 percent, they are actually losing their purchasing power. On the other hand, most ‘hard assets’ are believed to be excellent inflation hedges. These hard assets are oil, farmland or gold.

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Interest Rates

In economics, an interest rate is the ratio in the mutual valuation of present goods against future goods. Since people prefer goods now to later, in a free market there will be a positive interest rate to reward deferring consumption. From the financial point of view, an interest rate is a rate at which interest is paid by borrowers (debtors) for the use of money that they borrow from lenders (creditors). To simplify, an interest rate is the cost of borrowing money, typically expressed as an annual percentage of principal.

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Investment Tools

Software programs designed to support decision process on multiple levels. Unlike analysts, investment tools are completely unemotional and objective, which allows for diversification between these two sources of signals. Such diversification can substantially lower the risk (variability) without compromising profitability. In fact, if tools are accurate, investor's and trader's profitability can increase.

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