• 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. […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 02 -12 -2019

    Gold The US-Sino trade deal outlook remains the key factor affecting metals prices this week. Over the last month, increased expectations of a forthcoming deal have helped lean on gold prices, due to the ongoing rally in global equities benchmarks. The slide in gold has seen prices remaining below the $1500 handle over the last […]

  • The IndeX Files 26-11-2019

    Trade Deal Speculation Driving Markets Benchmark global equities indices remain well supported this week, though better strength is being noted in UK and European asset markets so far. Risk sentiment has been much firmer over recent weeks though we do seem to be in a low volatility period currently. The dominating theme continues to be […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 18-11-2019

    Gold Precious metals begin the week under offer as gains in benchmark equities indices have seen reduced safe haven inflows. Optimism around the prospect of a US-Sino trade deal is keeping investor risk appetite well supported at the start of the new week. Over the weekend, negotiators held further talks in lieu of signing a […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 8

    Key Points This Week US-Sino Trade Deal on Track Expectations that the US – Sino “phase one” trade deal (verbally agreed October 10th) will be signed over November has kept equities indices in demand. US benchmarks have traded to new record highs this week as the prospect of an end to the 17-month tariff war […]

  • The IndeX Files 05-11-2019

    Fresh Highs For Global Indices Global benchmark equity indices are continuing to trend higher this week on the ongoing support from easier monetary conditions in the US and rising expectations of an imminent US-Sino trade deal. The October FOMC last week saw the Federal Reserve reducing its main cash rate by another 25 basis points, […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 04-11-2019

    Gold Precious metals are starting to break higher as we head into the middle of Q4. The latest action from the Fed has created a supportive backdrop for gold which benefits during times of weakness in the dollar. At the October FOMC held last week the Fed acted in line with market forecasts by announcing […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 7

    Key Points From This Week The New Zealand Dollar has been the standout performer among the G10 currency pack this week. Encouraging signs that the US and China will sign a trade deal this month is seeing the kiwi back in demand. The Canadian Dollar has been the weakest performer over the week, however. While […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 6

    Key Points From This Week The standout winner among G10 currencies this week has been the Canadian Dollar with only itself and the Swiss Franc having risen against USD. Higher oil prices have helped boost CAD which is also supported by improved risk appetite around US-Sino trade negotiations. GBP has been the weakest performer this […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 4

    Key Points From This Week GBP has been the standout performer of the week among the G10 currencies as fresh Brexit-deal optimism has seen it rising firmly against USD. On the other hand, JPY has been the worst performing currency in the G10 space as Brexit hopes and optimism for a US-Sino “mini trade deal” […]

  • FOMC Minutes Point To Further Cuts

    FOMC Minutes Highlight Downside Risks USD saw heavy selling in reaction to the release of the September FOMC meeting minutes. Given that the Fed’s decision to reduce rates by a further 25 basis points saw three voting members dissenting, the risks of less-dovish minutes were elevated. However, although the Fed was split over the decision […]

  • Will The Fed Cut Rates In October?

    October Rate Cut Risks The September FOMC meeting was a disappointing meeting for USD bears. The Fed reduced its headline rate by a further 25 basis points though USD downside was offset by news that three members dissented against the cut. Additionally, the dot plot forecasts failed to show a clear path forward. As such, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]