• Can MPs Block A No Deal Brexit?

    As the October 31st Brexit deadline draws closer, Johnson’s threat to take the UK out of the EU without or with a deal is growing ever scarier. However, it seems that if Johnson wishes to proceed with a no deal Brexit, he could well have a fight on his hands. But, can MPs block a […]

  • China Warns US Over Trade Deal Impact of Hong Kong Interference

    Rising tensions in Hong Kong are not only creating tensions between the autonomous state and China, but are now threatening to impact relations between the US and China. When questioned last week on how the situation in Hong Kong might impact any potential trade deal, President Trump told reporters “I think it’s a very hard […]

  • The IndeX Files 20-08-19

    Trade Optimism & Recession Reassurances Its been a solid start to the week for indices as markets continue to recover from losses suffered midway through last week. The driver behind the reversal in sentiment this week has renewed optimism around US-China trade negotiations as well as rising expectations of further central bank easing. Last week, […]

  • Leaked Government Document Fuels Further Brexit Fears

    Further Brexit fears arise in light of the release of a leaked government document which says no-deal could trigger multifaceted risks for the UK.

  • Precious Metals Monday 19-08-19

    Gold Gold prices have started the week on a softer footing following a solid session last week, which saw prices trading up to levels not seen since early 2013. Despite the generally higher prices, we have seen some volatility over recent days as ongoing fluctuations in the US / China trade story continue to impact […]

  • Investment Bank Outlook 19-08-19

    In our fourth installment of the Investment Bank Outlook 08-19-19, we’re going to bring you a selection of perspectives from leading investment banks to outline the key issues and directional views for the week ahead. These excerpts, taken from research notes, will cover issues such as key market themes, economic releases, as well as any […]

  • Britain’s Trump: Similarities Between Boris and Donald

    Hopefully you’ve all caught the face swap memes of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump and have found it equal parts hilarious and shocking how similar their hair is. However, the similarities between the two leaders run a little bit deeper than a case of bad hair. This might be funny if they weren’t the leaders […]

  • EURGBP Hits Highest Levels in 10 Years on Brexit Fears

    GBP Down Despite Data Beats It’s been an interesting week for the GBP as we’ve had a raft of data out, the majority of which surprised to the upside! However, price action has remained stubbornly muted. So, on Tuesday we had labour market data out of the UK, which saw average weekly earnings ticking up […]

  • Key Factors to Watch in AUD Crosses

    We’ve had some important developments in the fundamental backdrop for AUD recently that are worth discussing. These developments are particularly evident in the price action of AUDNZD and AUDJPY. Rate Movements Driving AUDNZD So, looking at AUDNZD we’ve seen a large move higher recently in the wake of the RBNZ unexpectedly cutting rate by .5% […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 3

    Trade Wars Impacting Oil Prices It’s been another turbulent week for oil prices which have made sharp moves in both directions as the market struggles to get to grips with the dynamic environment driving short term price action. Earlier in the week, crude prices had traded sharply to the upside as the US Trade Representative […]

  • Is Germany on the Brink of Recession?

    The latest set of economic data out of Germany has compounded fears that the second largest economy in the eurozone is on the brink of a recession. On Tuesday, German ZEW Survey Current Situation and Expectations both came in below expectations at -13.5 and -44.1 respectively. These readings have been trending lower over the year […]

  • Gold Crashes on Trade Tariff Delay Announcement

    Fresh Trade Announcement We saw another period of volatility in the markets yesterday as traders reacted to news of a change in US trade policy. Following Trump’s recent announcement of a fresh set of 10% trade tariffs due to be applied to a further $300 billion of Chinese goods, starting September 1st, US Trade Representative […]

  • Italian Parliament To Scheule Vote of No Confidence

    Coalition Divided Rising tensions within the Italian ruling coalition has now resulted in the Lega’s leader, Matteo Salvini, calling for new elections. Consequently, the head of the upper house of the Italian parliament has re-summoned the house from recess today, for the Italian parliament to Schedule vote of no confidence on the Italian Prime Minister. […]

  • The IndeX Files 13-08-19

    Trade Wars & Brexit It’s been a very volatile period for the equities markets recently. Last week we saw heavy losses across the board as the market responded to news of rising tensions between the US and China. Following the US’s announcement of a fresh set of trade tariff to be applied to China, China […]

  • Precious Metals Mondays – 12-08-19

    It’s that time of the week and we’re back with our latest installment of Precious Metals Mondays 12-08-19, a look into how the metals market has developed over the past 7 days. Gold The precious metals have been on a wild ride recently as volatility across asset markets has caused important movements. Gold prices last […]