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SPEAKER Laidi, Ashraf Ashraf Laidi is a global strategist at FX Solutions focusing on foreign exchange and global macro developments pertaining to central bank policies, sovereign debt, and intermarket dynamics. He had served as chief strategist at CMC Markets, where his insights on currencies helped his firm obtain several #1 short-term rankings with FXWeek. Mr. Laidi had previously worked as FX analyst at MG Financial Group and analyst at the United Nations, monitoring multi-currency global bond and equity portfolios. He also pioneered online FX analysis by creating the first 24-hour currency portal, coinciding with the inception of the euro in January 1999. Other experiences include bond analysis at Reuters and sovereign risk with the World Bank. Mr. Laidi is author of Currency Trading & Intermarket Analysis. He is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. His insights can be found regularly on CNBC TV, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, representing City Index Group.

CURRENCY CORNER Spread Betting and Forex: Making Use of Leverage Since traders are turning to forex trading and spread betting as alternatives to traditional forms of investment, Yohay Elam, of ForexCrunch.com, defines each term and outlines how they make use of leverage.

IDEAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD 4 Solid Canadian REITs in Play REITs (real estate investment trusts) are still generally considered four-letter words in the US, but in Canada, there’s some real excitement in the sector, writes the staff of Income Trust Insider at Investor’s Digest of Canada.