Trading in 2021,What’s Hot?

What’s driving financial market volumes right now? We’re looking at what’ trending and what isn’t. After that, we’ll dig into the markets and see what’s coming up this week.

Top market drivers in 2021 so far

1. The headlines

Number one on our list is a bit of an obvious one. Every trader loves a newsflash! If relevant, breaking news almost always guarantees volatility in the markets, especially those tied to macroeconomic factors such as Forex.

2. Crypto

It is, of course, entirely possible for markets to do so well that they spread FOMO and encourage other traders to jump in or miss out. Nowhere has this been more obvious this year than with cryptocurrencies.

3. Stocks

Stock trading is always popular, but 2021 has been something else. Stock trading volumes are through the roof. Much of that volume is being driven by retail investors, who are continuing the high level of engagement that began in 2020.

2021’s strugglers

Global economies

The effects of the ongoing pandemic loom large on national economies and will do so for quite some time, it seems. The International Monetary Fund has estimated a global growth contraction of 3.5 per cent for 2021.


Gold was one of the best-performing commodities last year, with prices witnessing the highest annual gain in a decade as traders looked for a hedge against volatile currencies in the wake of the pandemic.

What’s going on in the markets this week?

Curious to learn what’s in store for you this week? Here’s everything you need to know.

Monday 15th March

● No major events are scheduled.

Tuesday 16th March

● EUR — ZEW Economic Sentiment Index (MAR)

Wednesday 17th March

● EUR — Core Inflation Rate YoY Final (FEB)

Thursday 18th March

● AUD — Employment Change (FEB) + Unemployment Rate (FEB)

Friday 19th March

● JPY — Inflation Rate YoY (FEB) + Bank of Japan Interest Rate Decision

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