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After a very turbulent week that ended with a French credit downgrade, the markets are now closed. It’s time to digest the big events moving currencies in the long term, in a more relaxed manner. Here are selected reads for the weekend.

At first, the European Central Bank managed to calm the markets. This didn’t last too long though.

  • Central Bank News  published an excellent Central Bank Calendar for 2012, after summarizing 2011,
  • Lior Cohen provides a great outlook for gold and silver for January 2012.
  • Kathy Lien talks about what’s in store for the euro in a TV interview.
  • Mish discusses the trouble in the core of the core – Germany. It is probably contracting as well.
  • Izabella Kaminska dives into central banks, that are good only as good as their targets.
  • Larry Greenberg analyzes the growing gap between the US and Europe regarding service sector PMIs. This is dollar positive.
  • Michael Greenberg  summarizes 2011 in the forex industry with a beautiful and fascinating report.
  • Francesc Riverloa  reports that FXStreet added 15 million page views in 2011. Also Forex Crunch  enjoyed a 75% y-o-y growth in page views.
  • Casey Stubbs announces a forex trading contest (with prizes).
  • James Woolley explains why you should stop trading USD/JPY in 2012.

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In addition, here are some long term articles published recently: