• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 12-11-2019

    Will US-Sino Trade Deal Be Signed This Week? Global benchmark equities remain near recent high levels this week, though are sitting below the record highs seen over the last week as investors struggle with opposing themes. The US outlook has shifted away from expectations that the Fed will ease further this year. Ahead of the […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 11-11-2019

    Gold The outlook for precious metals is evolving in light of the changing expectations for the path of the US dollar. Although the Federal Reserve pressed ahead with a further rate cut at its most recent meeting, Chairman Powell explained that the central bank would now be sitting on its hands while it assesses the […]

  • 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 Crude Chronicles – Episode 12

    Trade Deal Hopes VS Negative OPEC Outlook WTI prices commenced the week in demand as expectations that the US and China will formally approve the mini-trade deal agreed earlier this month helped support global investor appetite. The driving force behind the latest surge in optimism over US-Sino trade discussions was the comments made at the […]

  • 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 Crude Chronicles – Episode 11

    “Phase One” Trade Deal Nearly Ready For Signing According to the latest comments from President Trump the US and China are on course to sign off on the “phase-one” trade deal announced a few weeks ago. Speaking on Monday, Trump told reporters that the two countries were “ahead of schedule” in terms of signing the […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 29-10-2019

    Gold With a host of central bank rate decisions slated this week, it will be an important week for metals. In the US, the Federal Reserve is widely anticipated to reduce its headline rate by a further 25 basis points this week. If the Fed follows through on these expectations, this should support gold, seeing […]

  • The IndeX Files 22-10-2019

    Parliament Blocks Brexit Deal Benchmark equities indices have been broadly higher this week as markets react to the latest headlines around Brexit. Following the Saturday sitting of parliament which saw the UK PM fail to pass his deal, a further extension to Article 50 has been requested by the UK. While the EU has not […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 21-10-2019

    Gold Gold has seen relatively subdued price action over recent sessions despite the big moves seen in USD. The recent patch of bad data out of the US continued last week with a disappointing Retail Sales number. Retail Sales were in negative territory over September, echoing the weakness seen in other key readings such as […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 5

    Key points This week As with last week, the standout performer over the week has been the British Pound which has seen strong gains on increased optimism over a potential Brexit deal. The Japanese Yen has been the weakest currency of the G10 bloc this week as better risk appetite has seen a lack of […]

  • US Keeping Pressure on China To Sign “Phase One” Deal

    Deal Agreed But Not Yet Signed It has been a difficult few weeks for traders recently as markets have reacted neurotically to the seemingly constant stream of contradictory headlines around Brexit and US -Sino trade negotiations. At the end of last week, global equities indices were rallying on news that the US had agreed an […]