• Trump Takes On Social Media

    President Trump has been making waves again this week. Following through on earlier threats, Trump signed an executive order which will alter the legal protection afforded to social media platforms. Trump has been highly critical of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook which he claims have been actively censoring conservative political content online. […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 36

    Key Points From This Week COVID-19 Vaccine Hopes Increase Following on from reports that US biotech company Moderna had noted positive results with one of their candidate vaccines, markets received further good news this week. US biotech firm Novavax reported that they have begun human testing on one of their candidate vaccines, further increasing hopes […]

  • Protests Erupt As China Approves Controversial Hong Kong Security Law

    China Approves Hong Kong Law The prospect of US action against China is looming large today following China’s approval of its proposed National Security Law in Hong Kong. The legislation was approved during China’s National People’s Congress with a vote of 2878-1. The new law, which represents the first time that Chinese law has been […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 40

    Rising Risk Factors Blunt Recovery Optimism The crude oil market has retreated lower again this week following initial strength. Firmer risk sentiment at the start of the week, in response to optimistic reports of the work underway to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, had helped lift oil prices which have been higher over recent weeks as […]

  • Trump Promises Action Against China Amidst Hong Kong Standoff

    COVID-19 Strains US/China Relations Fears that tensions between the US and China could soon boil over has increased this week as the two sides continue to trade rhetoric over the Hong-Kong standoff. Relations between the world’s two leading economies have been particularly fraught over recent weeks amidst escalating US criticism of China over its alleged […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 35

    Key Points From This Week Trump Steps Up Rhetoric Against China The ongoing tensions between the US and China dominated the early part of the week with Trump stepping up threats against the world’s second-largest economy over its alleged role in the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump has threatened china with the cancellation of the current trade […]

  • The IndeX Files 19-05-2020

    Risk Sentiment Supported Amidst Vaccine Hopes Global equities benchmarks are in the green across the board today as the week continues in a positive tone for investors. News of a potential COVID-19 vaccine has taken centre stage this week following the announcement by US Biotech firm Moderna which said that one of its candidate vaccines […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 18-05-2020

    Gold The gold market has broken out to its highest levels since mid-2012 as the new trading week gets underway. A backdrop of stark, dovish warnings from central banks about the last downside impact of COVID-19 as well as increased uncertainty over US/China relations is creating strong safe-haven demand for gold. Last week, the chairman […]

  • The Investment Bank Outlook 18-05-2020

    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 […]

  • Chinese Data Points To (Slow) Recovery

    Gradual Recovery Underway in China Recent data sets from China continue to point to a recovery, however, the improvements have only been gradual and suggest that the return to pre-virus levels of economic activity is going to take longer than first thought. Given that China was the first to move out of lock-down measures ( […]

  • The Investment Bank Outlook – 11-05-2020

    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 Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 33

    Key Points From This Week US/China Tensions Increase Relations between the US and China have deteriorated once again this week in the wake of accusations made by the US against China with both Trump and secretary of state Mike Pompeo claiming to have seen evidence that COVID-19 was created in a Chinese lab. Markets had […]

  • The IndeX Files 05-05-2020

    Fresh Risk Factors Emerge The fundamental backdrop for equities has grown more complicated this week. We have seen a broad recovery over the last few weeks in line with the weakening trend in global COVID-19 numbers which is leading many countries to begin easing lock-downs or planning to do so. With attention now turning to […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 04-05-2020

    Gold The gold market has seen renewed buying this week due to the broader risk off tone seen across markets at the start of the week in response to increased tensions between the US and China. Following a series of controversial claims from the US last week, with Trump and Mike Pompeo accusing China of […]

  • Iran Satellite Launch Raises Risks

    Following a flaring up of tensions between the US and Iran over the last two weeks, rhetoric seems to have calmed down a little this week, which has been a boost for risk markets. Last week, the prospect of conflict between the two nations spiked higher amidst increasingly aggressive rhetoric between the two nations. A […]