• The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 5

    Key points This week As with last week, the standout performer over the week has been the British Pound which has seen strong gains on increased optimism over a potential Brexit deal. The Japanese Yen has been the weakest currency of the G10 bloc this week as better risk appetite has seen a lack of […]

  • US Keeping Pressure on China To Sign “Phase One” Deal

    Deal Agreed But Not Yet Signed It has been a difficult few weeks for traders recently as markets have reacted neurotically to the seemingly constant stream of contradictory headlines around Brexit and US -Sino trade negotiations. At the end of last week, global equities indices were rallying on news that the US had agreed an […]

  • Turkish Economy At Risk Over Syria Offensive

    Fears of US Sanctions Alongside concerns for the human cost of Turkey’s invasion of Syria, the operation has also sparked fresh fears over the health of the Turkish economy. The Lira spent much of last year in free fall against the US dollar with inflation spiking to highs of around 25%. Following successive interventions by […]

  • The IndeX Files 15-10-2019

    US-Sino Mini Trade Deal Agreed Benchmark indices continue to be driven by the dominant themes of Brexit and US-Sino trade negotiations. Indices had been broadly higher following Friday’s news that the US and China had agreed a “phase one” trade deal. The deal, which has yet to be signed by Trump and Xi, includes $50 […]

  • Precious Metal Mondays 14-10-2019

    Gold Gold prices are currently struggling between cross-market forces as a weaker US dollar supported gold while improvements in the US-China trade landscape are leaning on gold. Precious metals have been closely tied to the dynamic US-Sino trade environment over recent months. The collapse of talks earlier in the year drove a large increase in […]

  • The IndeX Files 08-10-2019

    Brexit & Trade Negotiations Driving Risk Sentiment Global benchmark indices have commenced the week’s trading with a mostly positive tone as attention shifts to the upcoming US – Sino trade negotiations. High-level officials from two leading global economies are due to meet in Washington on the 10th for the next round of negotiations. Over recent […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 07-10-2019

    Gold Gold prices were higher last week as a combination of risk aversion and renewed Fed easing expectations drove inflows for the precious metal. US data last week highlighted concerning weakness in the US economy. The ISM manufacturing reading printed its lowest level of the last ten years over September, remaining in contractionary territory for […]

  • The IndeX Files 01-10-2019

    Equities Upside On Hold Global benchmark indices have commenced the week in rather a subdued fashion with most headline indices having retraced from recent highs. In the US, the equities landscape is dominated by fluctuating Fed rate hike expectations. With recent data supporting, the market has reduced its outlook for an October rate-cut, instead deeming […]

  • The Investment Bank Outlook 30-09-2019

    In our Investment Bank Outlook each week, we 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 major trends and levels to […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 6

    Benchmark WTI crude prices have depreciated this week, falling nearly $5 on rising US inventory levels as well as the resurfacing of concerns about US-Sino relations. Trade War Comments Raise Concerns Speaking on the side-lines of the UN general assembly, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the audience that the US had decided to […]

  • Key Takeaways From Trump’s UN Speech

    China & Iran In The Firing Line Despite the next round of trade talks being just under two weeks away, President Trump didn’t shy away from attacking his long-term rivals during his speech to the UN this week. Commenting on issues which he has long campaigned against during his presidency, Trump told the audience: “Not […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 1

    Key Points From This Week GBP has been the standout performer, ending the week highest against USD out of the G10 currencies. The continued short squeeze related to receding risks of a no-deal Brexit have been the main driver. NZD on the other-hand has been the weakest out of the G10 currencies against USD. Despite […]

  • The IndeX Files 27-08-19

    Trump V China Its been an interesting start to the week for equities. Despite the quiet summer trading conditions, developments at the G7 meetings over the weekend, concluding yesterday, have yielded important outcomes. On Friday, markets were shunted lower as China announced that it will proceed with tariffs of as much as 10% on $75 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]