• New ECB Chief To Speak on Thursday

    Lagarde Assembles ECB Members For Informal Talks Much attention is being placed on Christina Lagarde, the new head of the ECB, who is due to speak on Thursday. As yet, Lagarde has not given any insight into her views on ECB monetary policy and investors are eager to learn of her assessment and guidance. One […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • EURGBP Hits Highest Levels in 10 Years on Brexit Fears

    GBP Down Despite Data Beats It’s been an interesting week for the GBP as we’ve had a raft of data out, the majority of which surprised to the upside! However, price action has remained stubbornly muted. So, on Tuesday we had labour market data out of the UK, which saw average weekly earnings ticking up […]

  • Is Germany on the Brink of Recession?

    The latest set of economic data out of Germany has compounded fears that the second largest economy in the eurozone is on the brink of a recession. On Tuesday, German ZEW Survey Current Situation and Expectations both came in below expectations at -13.5 and -44.1 respectively. These readings have been trending lower over the year […]

  • Brexit: Will EU Back Down Over Irish Backstop Issue?

    Trick or Treat? With the October 31st Brexit deadline looming larger on the horizon each day, the likelihood of a no deal Brexit is starting to ratchet up. New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to “do or die” taking the UK out of the EU on the deadline date under “any circumstances”. While […]

  • Distrust in Merkel is growing

    Investors have threatened to cut their positions on European equities, as the Euro has fallen to an eight-day low against the Pound. This all is fueled by the increasing political crisis in Germany.

  • The odds for a December rate hike skyrocket by 50%

    The Dollar shows strong advantages against the Euro as the Pound is gathering strength from the newly found independence.