• 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. […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 16

    Trade Deal Expectations Impacting Oil The CFTC COT report showed that investors increased their net long positions in WTI crude last week by a further 40,961 contracts. The total net-long position now stands at 470,936 contracts. The key premise for the build in upside exposure in WTI has been the rising expectations of a US-Sino […]

  • The IndeX Files 03-12-2019

    Markets Reverse on Trade Deal Uncertainty Global equities benchmarks suffered a severe shift in sentiment this week with asset markets selling off on rising fears over the health of US-Sino trade talks. Late last week, it was reported that the US administration approved a bill supporting the rights of the Hong Kong protestors. The situation […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 13

    WTI Longs Build On Trade Deal Optimism The CFTC reported that over the last week, net long positions in WTI Crude futures were higher by 22,512 contracts, moving back up to a total long position of 138,389 contracts. This most recent build in US crude exposure reflects optimism towards the ongoing US-Sino trade negotiations which […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 11-11-2019

    Gold The outlook for precious metals is evolving in light of the changing expectations for the path of the US dollar. Although the Federal Reserve pressed ahead with a further rate cut at its most recent meeting, Chairman Powell explained that the central bank would now be sitting on its hands while it assesses the […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 12

    Trade Deal Hopes VS Negative OPEC Outlook WTI prices commenced the week in demand as expectations that the US and China will formally approve the mini-trade deal agreed earlier this month helped support global investor appetite. The driving force behind the latest surge in optimism over US-Sino trade discussions was the comments made at the […]

  • Trump Elections Blow As Republicans Lose Key Seats

    Republicans Lose Key Seats The 2019 US gubernatorial elections, held yesterday, marked an important shift in voting habits. Just one year out from the next US national elections, Democrats made gains in the key states of Kentucky and Louisiana. Virginia, the Democrats took control of the legislature for the first time in over two decades. […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 04-11-2019

    Gold Precious metals are starting to break higher as we head into the middle of Q4. The latest action from the Fed has created a supportive backdrop for gold which benefits during times of weakness in the dollar. At the October FOMC held last week the Fed acted in line with market forecasts by announcing […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 7

    Key Points From This Week The New Zealand Dollar has been the standout performer among the G10 currency pack this week. Encouraging signs that the US and China will sign a trade deal this month is seeing the kiwi back in demand. The Canadian Dollar has been the weakest performer over the week, however. While […]

  • The IndeX Files 29-10-2019

    Indices Rally on FOMC & US-Sino Trade Deal Global equity benchmarks have commenced the week’s trading in a decisive manner with the S&P 500 breaking out to new all-time highs in response to an improved risk outlook among global investors. On Friday, the US Treasury Secretary, alongside the US Trade Representative, met with their Chinese […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 29-10-2019

    Gold With a host of central bank rate decisions slated this week, it will be an important week for metals. In the US, the Federal Reserve is widely anticipated to reduce its headline rate by a further 25 basis points this week. If the Fed follows through on these expectations, this should support gold, seeing […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 6

    Key Points From This Week The standout winner among G10 currencies this week has been the Canadian Dollar with only itself and the Swiss Franc having risen against USD. Higher oil prices have helped boost CAD which is also supported by improved risk appetite around US-Sino trade negotiations. GBP has been the weakest performer this […]

  • The IndeX Files 22-10-2019

    Parliament Blocks Brexit Deal Benchmark equities indices have been broadly higher this week as markets react to the latest headlines around Brexit. Following the Saturday sitting of parliament which saw the UK PM fail to pass his deal, a further extension to Article 50 has been requested by the UK. While the EU has not […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 21-10-2019

    Gold Gold has seen relatively subdued price action over recent sessions despite the big moves seen in USD. The recent patch of bad data out of the US continued last week with a disappointing Retail Sales number. Retail Sales were in negative territory over September, echoing the weakness seen in other key readings such as […]