• UK PM To Submit Fresh Brexit Deal To EU

    New Brexit Proposals On The Table As the October 31st Brexit deadline draws closer, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how the UK will leave the EU or if it will at all. Under new legislation passed recently by MPs (Benn Bill) parliament now has until October 19th to approve a Brexit […]

  • RBA Cuts Rates To New Record Lows

    RBA Cuts Rates Further The Reserve Bank of Australia lowered its headline interest rate by a further 25 basis points overnight. The official cash rate in Australia now stands at a record low of .050%. The reduction was well signalled and follows recent comments from governor Lowe explaining the likely need for further monetary easing. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 30-09-2019

    Gold The price of gold has been devalued over recent sessions as we have seen an alteration to the outlook for US rates. The Fed cut its headline rate by a further 25 basis points at the recent September FOMC meeting. However, the market had been expecting the signal that further rate cuts would be […]

  • FTSE Rallies On UK Rate Cut Chatter

    BOE Sounding Dovish UK asset prices received a boost late in the week as Michael Saunders of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee warned that the BOE could be forced to cut rates following Brexit, pushing GBP lower. Speaking during a conference, Saunders said: “If the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, monetary policy also […]

  • 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 […]

  • Daily Market Outlook, September 27, 2019

    Daily Market Outlook, September 27, 2019  Main Market Themes The financial markets saw a roller-coaster day yesterday, torn between US political noise and trade headlines.  US stocks dropped modestly overnight in reaction to ongoing US political drama as a whistleblower report exposed President Trump’s attempt to seek Ukrainian help to intervene in the 2020 General […]

  • 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 […]

  • Brexit Update: UK Parliament Returns Following Supreme Court Verdict

    Government Loses Against Supreme Court UK Supreme Court judges this week returned their verdict over last week’s hearing regarding the legality of UK PM Johnson having prorogued parliament for five weeks. The outcome has taken the market, as well as political commentators, by surprise with all 11 judges ruling that Johnson acted illegally. Further to […]

  • RBNZ Holds Rates But Still Room For Further Easing

    Rates Held At Record Lows With the RBNZ having unexpectedly cut rates by .50% at its last meeting, there was a lingering sense of caution coming into yesterday’s meeting. While the bank was not expected to cut rates again, there was certainly the sense that the market was not looking to be caught off guard […]

  • 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 […]

  • Trade of the Day

    Trade of the Day SELL EURNZD 1.7505 STOP 175.65 TARGET 172.75 (RISK 0.50%) EUR: Very weak Eurozone PMI data. Eurozone manufacturing sentiment fell in September to the worst level in nearly seven years. The flash Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell to an 83-month low of 45.6 in September, down from 47.0 in August. German manufacturing PMI […]

  • 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 […]