• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Crude Chronicles – Episode 8

    Further OPEC Cuts Under Discussion The CFTC COT report showed that Net longs in WTI crude have fallen to 4-week lows. Net longs fell by -34,843 contracts last week as bulls reduced positions for a third consecutive week. The recent downturn in global manufacturing has heightened concerns around the health of the global economy, putting […]

  • Markets Jittery Ahead of 13th Round of US-Sino Trade Talks

    Expectations Dwindling Ahead of Trade Talks The next round of US-Sino trade negotiations began yesterday today in Washington and there is a palpable sense of nervousness in the markets with benchmark indices and WTI all trading lower. The hesitation among traders is linked to a story from the South China Morning Post which reported sources […]

  • Will The Fed Cut Rates In October?

    October Rate Cut Risks The September FOMC meeting was a disappointing meeting for USD bears. The Fed reduced its headline rate by a further 25 basis points though USD downside was offset by news that three members dissented against the cut. Additionally, the dot plot forecasts failed to show a clear path forward. As such, […]

  • 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 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 Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 2

    Key Points from This Week Over the week, GBP has been the weakest performing G10 currency, dragged down by continued Brexit uncertainty and a tumultuous domestic political landscape. On the other hand, JPY was the strongest performer over the week in which most currencies lost against USD. UK Supreme Court Ruled Against Johnson UK Supreme […]

  • 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 […]