• Data & Virus Damage Hurting The Dollar

    US Dollar Losing Steam? Over the final month of 2019 and the first month of 2020, the Dollar Index enjoyed a three-figure rally. The push higher was fuelled mainly a string of better-than-expected economic releases. With ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing readings surprising to the upside last month, along with strong NFP readings and better survey […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 24-02-2020

    Gold Gold prices broke out to fresh highs last week, trading up to over 1604 an ounce, a price not traded since early 2013. Gold received a fresh burst of safe haven demand last week as news of a rising COVID-19 death toll in Europe rocked investor appetite. Italy reported a spike in the number […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 22

    Key points From This Week FOMC Meeting Minutes – Cautious Optimism The minutes from the first FOMC meeting of the year saw the Fed striking an optimistic tone. Policymakers agreed that the economic trajectory in the US was in good enough health to keep rates on hold and, with a continued moderate expansion forecast, this […]

  • How Worried Is The Fed About Coronavirus?

    The release of the January FOMC meeting minutes last night helped keep the current Dollar rally on course with policymakers noting that they expected a continued moderate economic expansion. Inline with this view, the minutes noted that the current monetary policy stance will likely remain appropriate “for a time”. Key Quotes from The Minutes “Policymakers […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 03-02-2020

    Gold The gold market has seen steady demand in recent trading as rising global uncertainty linked to the corona-virus outbreak continues to drive flight-to-safety among investors. Last week, the virus was confirmed to have spread to both the US and the UK with the number of deaths attributed to the virus almost reaching the 200 […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 19

    Key Points This Week Corona-virus Spread Intensifies The corona-virus outbreak, which began in China around a fortnight ago, has continued to spread this week with cases now confirmed in the US and on mainland Europe. So far, nearly 200 people have died from the virus which has infected around 8000 people (confirmed). The World Health […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 27-01-2020

    Gold Gold prices have seen an influx of demand over recent trading as global risk factors have shifted. Moving away from the upward pressure seen recently in response to the increase in tensions between the US and Iran, gold is now seeing safe-haven demand in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in China. The virus, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 06-01-2020

    Gold The near-term outlook for gold looks tilted towards higher prices in light of the worrying news last week of an escalation in tensions between the US and Iran. Following a much calmer period of relations between the two countries since last summer’s standoff over Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 30-12-2019

    Gold On the back of recent moves, it is clear that gold prices will end 2019 well into positive figures. Currently around 15% higher on the year, gold is due to close out its best year since 2010. The rally in gold prices over the year has been in no small part due to the […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 16-12-2019

    Gold The gold market continues to hold in the recent consolidation pattern which has persisted over the last five weeks, following the heavy sell-off over the first week of November. Some important developments to note over the recent week, which could impact the course of metals trading this week. First and foremost, the market received […]

  • The Friday FX Takeaway – Episode 13

    Key Points From This Week UK Elections The Conservative party stormed the vote with a 364 seat result in parliament, taking them well above the 326 seats required for a majority. Market attention now shifts back to Brexit with Johnson planning to take the UK out of the EU by January 31st 2020 under his […]

  • The IndeX Files 10-12-2019

    Risk Factors Building Up Global equities benchmarks have seen a loss of upside momentum over recent trading. With the year winding down, the risk factors affecting equities (Brexit, US-Sino trade war, central bank monetary policy) remain at large. The UK elections this week should offer some clarity on how Brexit is likely to be handled […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 09-12-2019

    Gold The congestion in gold prices over recent weeks reflects the lack of clarity on the main factors impacting the gold market. US-Sino trade relations, as well as the outlook for the US Dollar continue to be the key themes to note for metals traders though investors have struggled to establish a strong bias in […]

  • 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. […]