• Future Of ECB Monetary Policy Under Discussion

    Division Over QE The discussion around the likely direction that ECB monetary policy will take once Mario Draghi leaves as President is building in importance. Recent data weakness out of the Eurozone is creating more division around the potential use of further QE. Many of the key member states have noted their opposition to further […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 3

    Key points from this week The Japanese Yen was the standout performer of the week, rising firmly against USD as heightened concerns over the health of the global economy drove steady safe-haven inflows over the week. The worst performing currency of the G10 space this week was the Swiss Franc which fell amidst a slew […]

  • 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 […]

  • German Recession Fears Growing

    German Data Drops Again The latest data out of Germany this week has heightened fears over the Eurozone’s largest economy heading for a technical recession. Data released yesterday by IHS Markit showed weakness across all German PMI readings. The worst of the readings for the German economy was the September manufacturing PMI which printed just […]

  • The IndeX Files 24-09-2019

    Risk Markets Looking for Fresh Drivers Global benchmark indexes remain muted following the September FOMC meeting. Policymakers, led by Fed chair Powell, announced a 25-basis point reduction in the headline cash rate, the second only rate cut in a decade. However, the voting split has seen reduced pricing for further rate cuts this year with […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 23-09-2019

    .Gold Gold prices have seen a strong spate of buying at the start of the week in response to lower prices across global asset markets. Despite a newly announced rate cut from the Fed last week, US equities have started the week in the red as investor focus shifts back to the ongoing US / […]

  • Investment Bank Outlook 23-09-2019

    In this installment of the Investment Bank Outlook 23-09-19, 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 major […]

  • September BOJ Meeting Preview

    Expectations For September BOJ Meeting Bank of Japan policymakers hold their September rate-setting meeting this week and expectations are divided regarding the likelihood of further easing. Meeting last in July, the BOJ said that should the global slowdown threaten the Japanese economy, it would act “without hesitation” to ease further. Speaking at the post-decision press […]

  • The IndeX Files 17-09-2019

    Risks Remain Amidst Positive Backdrop The fundamental backdrop for equities remains supportive in the near term though benchmarks in the US, Europe, Asia and the UK have seen a pause in momentum so far this week. The announcement of a new range of easing measures from the ECB at its meeting this month has helped […]

  • September SNB Meeting Preview

    Expectations For September SNB Meeting Central bankers across the G10 space have moved drastically to the dovish side this year. A renewed outbreak of trade tariffs between the US and China has exacerbated the global downturn, keeping inflation subdued across the board. With the Fed, the ECB, the RBA and RBNZ each having eased further […]

  • EUR Bid Despite Fresh Wave of ECB Easing

    ECB opts For Range of Options It was a wild day for the Euro yesterday as traders reacted to the keenly anticipated September ECB meeting. In line with broad market expectations, the central bank announced a range of easing measures including a reduction in the deposit rate, the restarting of QE, the introduction of a […]

  • German Ifo Falls For 11th Consecutive Month

    It has been another poor showing for German data this week as both the German IfO readings released on Monday and Q2 GDP released on Tuesday have highlighted further weakness in the second largest economy in the eurozone. German Ifo Falls Again The Ifo reading on Monday showed an eleventh consecutive monthly drop over August […]

  • ECB Easing to Weigh on EURAUD

    AUD price action has been highly subdued over recent months given the deterioration in trade relations between the US and China. Following the announcement from Trump that he would be placing a fresh 10% tariff on a further $300 billion of Chinese goods as of September 1st, China responded by devaluing the Yuan, which sent […]

  • July ECB Minutes Boost September Easing Calls

    ECB Minutes Highlight Dovish Risks The release of the ECB July meeting minutes has increased expectations that the central bank will announce fresh easing measures when it meets next in September. The minutes revealed that policymakers’ discussions around the outlook for growth and inflation in the eurozone had become more pessimistic. Regarding growth, the minute […]