The lightning network is a proposed upgrade to the Bitcoin blockchain technology that would make transaction speeds faster and costs significantly lower. It was tested by several companies in 2017 and has shown great results. While it will most likely not be implemented in January, it might be introduced later this year. In the meantime, news of more testing or perhaps even a planned release date could be announced as early as January 2018.
January 5th, 2018
The USD and other key instruments in the US, such as the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices are usually affected by this release. The NFP report, released monthly, is considered a leading benchmark of the American economy’s stability and overall health.
January 17th, 2018
Central banks use their control over interest rates as a means of communicating and enforcing their monetary policy. Scheduled 8 times per year, the BoC rate decision could potentially impact the Canadian Dollar and could also have an effect on other financial instruments relating to the Canadian market, such as oil.
January 23rd, 2018
As one of Asia’s largest economies and one of the more influential ones in the world, the Bank of Japan could generate quite an impact with its rate decision. Not only can the decision affect the Japanese Yen and indices such as the Nikkei, it could also have an impact overseas, as Japan’s economy is heavily dependant on exports.
January 31st, 2018
Marking Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s exit from leading the US central bank, the Federal Open Market Committee will make its first rate decision for 2018 this month. Following several rate hikes in 2017, including one in December, this decision has the potential to impact the USD, main indices on Wall Street and perhaps even the global economy as a whole.
The CRISPR Market CopyFund was created to initiate exposure to the companies investing in the innovative gene editing tool, CRISPR, which is revolutionising biotechnology. This new CopyFund will be open for investment on January 8th.
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