Week in FX Americas – Obama Hits the Road to Pressure Republicans on Fiscal Cliff

United States President Barack Obama is using Christmas themed attacks at Republicans in congress who are blocking the fiscal cliff talks. Visiting of all places a toy factory, he said that not striking a deal will make everyone in America get a tax hit in January. He said “That’s a Scrooge Christmas”

Republicans and Democrats are still apart and some are calling it a stalemate. Neither side has compromised creating uncertainty as the possibility remains of the US going off the fiscal cliff triggering tax increases and spending cuts starting January 1st.






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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
Alfonso Esparza