• 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 11-02-2020

    Corona-Virus Continues To Dictate Asset Price Moves Ongoing developments within the corona-virus outbreak continue to dominate action in benchmark global equities indices this week. Early optimism regarding the prospect of a potential vaccine helped fuel a wave of buying across high yielding assets last week, however, this move was short-lived and has seen further reversal […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 10-02-2020

    Gold Metals traders have seen plenty of two-way action over recent sessions. The corona-virus continues to be the main theme driving price moves as traders react to the latest headlines and data. Now entering its fourth week since it was reported, the virus continues to spread globally though the main impact is being seen in […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 20

    Key Points From This Week US Data Improves The US Dollar enjoyed a better week as a spate of stronger-than-expected data helped lift the greenback. The ISM manufacturing reading for January showed a firm rebound in the factory sector which improved to 50.9, moving back into expansionary territory for the first time in six months. […]

  • Market Cheers Trump’s Impeachment Acquittal

    Trump Retains Presidency The historic impeachment trial against Donald Trump, only the third of its kind to be brought against a US president, concluded yesterday with the president being acquitted on both articles. Such an outcome, while disappointing for some, is not a shock given that the Senate is controlled by Trump’s Republican party, meaning […]

  • Trump Mocks Iowa Caucus Chaos

      US Politics Heating Up The outbreak of corona-virus has taken centre stage over the last week in term of news-flow and driving price action. With the spread of the virus continuing to grow more severe, developments in the US political space have understandably taken a backseat. However, there is simmering risk within the US […]

  • 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 Investment Bank Outlook 03-02-2020

    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 IndeX Files 28-01-2020

    Corona-Virus Sends Equities Sinking Benchmark global equities have been heavily offered in recent trading as the impact of the Chinese corona-virus outbreak continues to dampen investor appetite. The virus, which broke out in China around two weeks ago, has now claimed the life of 80 people and spread across Asia, reaching the United States. There […]

  • 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, […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 20-01-2020

    Gold The gold market has given conflicting signals over recent weeks. Following a breakout to highs of 1611.39, not seen since early 2012, market reversed heavily over last week, trading lows of 1536, before reversing higher. The root of the fluctuations in the gold market has been the shifting situation with regard to the recent […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 13-01-2020

    Gold With tensions between the US and Iran having dissipated over recent sessions, the new week has commenced with a firmly risk-on tone, seeing reduced safe-haven demand for gold.  The market is now focusing on the US-Sino trade deal which is due to be signed on Thursday in Washington. Following the signing of the deal, […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 20

    WTI Caught Between US-Iran Tensions & US-China Trade Deal The CFTC COT position report showed that last week, investors increased their upside positions in WTI by a further 4,780 contracts, taking the total position to 554,857 contracts. The recent increase in WTI positioning reflects the better expectations around US-Sino trade relations. Trump announced that the […]

  • 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 23-12-2019

    Gold The final trading week of the year is typically a quiet one and while no major moves are expected in the metals, there are some important developments worth noting as we head into 2020. Firstly, the continued rally in equities looks set to keep pressure on gold as the US-Sino trade negotiations move onto […]