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A long week of forex trading saw hope returning to the markets. Is it a needed correction or a change? While you debate this question, the markets are now closed, and it’s time for some long term forex reads. Here are my picks for this week.

If the euro-zone really stabilizes as the ECB says, the markets will be looking to the US. On one hand, employment is improving, and this can be seen in several places. But on the other hand, the housing sector is still dragging along, and housing-leaning QE is still an option.

  • Izabella Kaminska pours cold water over the success of the ECB LTRO.
  • Mish discusses Greece’s options and tries to find the least bad.
  • Kathy Lien analyzes the impact of the S&P downgrades on euro-zone bonds, and how this affects the euro.
  • Andriy Moraru put up a nice poll, asking what is your biggest forex loss. The results are interesting.
  • Lior Cohen discusses the long term direction of natural gas prices, as they continue falling.
  • Michael Greenberg reports on US forex profitability in Q4 2011 – profitability is up and the number of traders is down. Did the losing traders just give up?
  • And Francesc Riverola releases the “Forex Person of the Year Nominees”. I’m certainly happy to see Michael Greenberg among the nominees!
  • Nathan Tucci dives into the great debate: Scalp vs. Swing.

Here are some long term articles that appeared on Forex Crunch this week: