• BOC: Out With The Old In With The New

    Tiff Takes Over Tiff Macklem took the reigns as the new governor of the Bank of Canada this week and given current global and domestic conditions, he is unlikely to be envied much by any of his peers. The two-year US/China trade war and now the COVID-19 crisis, have left the global economy in a […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 36

    Key Points From This Week COVID-19 Vaccine Hopes Increase Following on from reports that US biotech company Moderna had noted positive results with one of their candidate vaccines, markets received further good news this week. US biotech firm Novavax reported that they have begun human testing on one of their candidate vaccines, further increasing hopes […]

  • BOC’s Poloz Fuels Negative Rates Speculation

    Poloz: BOC Ready To Do More Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank Of Canada, has fuelled expectations that the BOC could soon move into negative rates during comments made yesterday. Poloz, speaking ahead of handing the reigns over to incoming BOC governor Tiff Macklem on June 3rd, sought to reassure investors, saying that the bank’s […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 35

    Key Points From This Week Trump Steps Up Rhetoric Against China The ongoing tensions between the US and China dominated the early part of the week with Trump stepping up threats against the world’s second-largest economy over its alleged role in the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump has threatened china with the cancellation of the current trade […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 30

    Key points This Week Trump Pulls WHO Funding The controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency went up another gear this week as Trump announced that he was pulling US funding for the WHO. Following the WHO criticising Trump over his initial handling of the outbreak in the US, accusing Trump of wasting time and not taking […]

  • BOC Warns Of Sharpest Ever Downturn

    Asset Purchases Expanded The Bank of Canada yesterday followed in the footsteps of the Fed as it announced details of an increase in its biggest ever asset purchases program. The BOC details expansions to its current purchases which will now include $35 billion in provincial bonds, and $7 million in corporate grade bonds. The BOC […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 29

    Key Points From This Week Fed Announces New Liquidity Program The Fed announced a further set or surprise measures this week in the form of a $2.3 trillion corporate loan system. The funding has been made available to the Fed via the emergency coronavirus package approved by US congress last month and will aim to […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 24

    Key Points from This Week RBA Cuts Rates It’s been a very busy week for central banks in the G10 space. The RBA was the first to pull the trigger on a rate cut at the start of the week. Citing the increased downside threat from coronavirus, the RBA lowered interest rates to a fresh […]

  • BOC Slashes Rates Over COVID-19 Threat

    BOC Cuts Rates by 0.5% The severity of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has been made very clear this week. Following a well-expected rate cut from the RBA on Tuesday morning and a surprise rate cut from the Federal Reserve on Tuesday evening, the BOC became the third central bank in the G10 bloc to cut […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 23

    Key Points From This Week US Dollar Sell-Off The Dollar has seen a sharp repricing of rate path expectations over recent days. The growing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak has seen investors ramping up their expectations of a Fed rate cut. The market is now pricing in a .25% cut by the April meeting as […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 18

    Key points From This Week Coronavirus Outbreak Most of the week was dominated by news of the outbreak of a strain of virus from the SARs family in China. The virus was first reported in Wuhan China but quickly spread around the country and across Asia. In the middle of the week it was reported […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 17

    Key Points From This Week US-Sino Trade Deal Signed The Phase one trade deal (which was originally announced in October 2019) was finally signed this week. US & Chinese leaders signed the deal in Washington on Wednesday, which broadly encompasses China committing to $200 billion of US purchases over the next two years in exchange […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 12

    Key Points From This Week Mixed US Data The first set of headline US data disappointed this week with both the ISM Manufacturing & Non-Manufacturing readings coming in short of market forecasts. The manufacturing reading was particularly worrying, showing that the US factory sector remain in contractionary territory for a fourth consecutive month over November. […]

  • Dovish Risks into BOC Meeting

    BOC To Remain on Hold? The Bank of Canada meets today for its December monetary policy review and while the bank is forecast to keep rates on hold, there is still a risk that the BCO will ease further. At its last meeting, the BOC clearly signalled that, despite the decision to maintain policy at […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 11

    Key Points From This Week US-Sino Trade Deal Expectations Rise Again Investors had their expectations for a US-Sino trade deal bolstered once again this week as further comments from President Trump added encouragement. Trump noted that the US and China were in the “final throes” of a deal. The market now expects that the phase-one […]