• The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 21

    Key points from this week RBNZ sounds more upbeat At the bank’s February meeting the RBNZ kept rates on hold as expected. However, the bank’s outlook and assessment was a little more upbeat than many were anticipating, seeing NZD trading firmly higher in reaction. The bank noted the risks from corona-virus though said that it […]

  • Kiwi Catches Fire on Optimistic RBNZ Meeting

    RBNZ Holds Steady The New Zealand dollar saw a sharp increase overnight as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s first meeting of the year saw them holding monetary policy unchanged. No change was expected, and rates remain at current all-time lows. However, the meeting itself was a little more hawkish than many were expecting. The […]

  • 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. […]

  • Worst Performing Currencies 2019

    Australian Dollar -4.63% At just short of 5% down on the year against USD, the Australian Dollar takes home the crown for worst performing currency in the G10 space. Over the course of the year, the Australian Dollar was hard hit by the breakdown in US-Sino trade talks which put a great deal of pressure […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 10

    Key Points from This Week FOMC Meeting Minutes The minutes of the October FOMC meeting were interesting given that the tone of discussions was more dovish than the market was expecting. Policymakers noted that risks to the US economy remain elevated and while most supported the decision to keep rates on hold now, the potential […]

  • NZD Higher As RBNZ Defies Market Expectations

    RBNZ Bucks The Trend At a time when global central banks are increasingly guiding markets and signalling forthcoming moves, the RBNZ is increasingly become a difficult bank to anticipate. In August, the RBNZ caught traders off-guard when, against expectations of a near-certain 25 basis point rate cut, they lowered rates by a huge 50 basis […]

  • Softer Outlook For NZD Economy

    The release of the NZIER’s Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion suggests an increased likelihood that we could see negative rates in New Zealand at some point in the future. Currently, the RBNZ projects that the level of rate cuts and fiscal easing in play will be enough to fuel a pickup in economic growth, taking […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 1

    Key Points From This Week GBP has been the standout performer, ending the week highest against USD out of the G10 currencies. The continued short squeeze related to receding risks of a no-deal Brexit have been the main driver. NZD on the other-hand has been the weakest out of the G10 currencies against USD. Despite […]