• The Investment Bank Outlook 17-02-2020

    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 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 11-02-2020

    Corona-Virus Continues To Dictate Asset Price Moves Ongoing developments within the corona-virus outbreak continue to dominate action in benchmark global equities indices this week. Early optimism regarding the prospect of a potential vaccine helped fuel a wave of buying across high yielding assets last week, however, this move was short-lived and has seen further reversal […]

  • The IndeX Files 04-02-2020

    Equities Attempting To Recover Benchmark global equities are doing the best to recover this week despite the ongoing risk from the corona-virus outbreak. Last week, equities indices saw heavy losses as rising uncertainty dampened investor sentiment. This week, the spread of the virus has worsened with China confirming that over 20,000 cases have now been […]

  • US & UK Inflation Weaker Than Expected

    US Inflation Rises Over 2019, Weaker Over December The US was treated to a rather mixed inflation report yesterday. The CPI figures for December came in with headline inflation rising 0.2% month on month. This reading was in line with expectations though marked a decline from the prior month’s 0.3% reading. Meanwhile, the core inflation […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 16

    Key Points From This Week US – Iran Tensions Subside The week started off in bad shape with risk markets selling off as tensions between the US and Iran escalated. During speeches made during a day of mourning for slain Iranian general Soleimani, Iranian leaders vowed to take revenge on the US. Late on Tuesday […]

  • BOE December Meeting Preview

    No Change Expected From Bank Of England Policymakers at the Bank of England convene tomorrow for the December rate-setting meeting and, following dovish guidance at the last meeting, Sterling is trading lower as investors remain wary of dovish risks. Last time around, we saw two BOE members voting in favour of a cut, the fist […]

  • Examining The Labour Party Manifesto

    Yesterday we broke down the main points from the Conservative party’s 2019 election manifesto. With the Conservative party projected to win the elections, a Labour party win would represent a significant market shock. The impact on the British Pound from such an outcome could be quite severe. This is especially true given the contrast in […]

  • Potential UK Elections Outcomes Examined

    With the UK general elections on December 12th fast approaching, investors are battling to get a grip of how the various potential outcomes might impact the UK economy and as a result, the path of the British Pound. General elections always present the risk of volatility and given the importance of these elections to the […]

  • 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. […]

  • The IndeX Files 19-11-2019

    US-Sino Trade Deal Hopes Keep Markets Supported Though momentum has weakened recently, global equities benchmarks continue to trade higher this week as optimism over a potential US-Sino trade deal is keeping sentiment positive. Negotiators from both the US and China held further talks over the weekend aimed at keeping things moving. Following the cancelling of […]

  • 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 […]

  • UK Headed To The Polls On December 12th

    MP’s Back “Brexmas” Elections The ongoing Brexit saga has taken yet another twist this week, once again adding confusion for traders. Following the EU’s announcement that it has approved the UK’s request to extend Brexit until January 31st, UK parliament last night voted in favour of holding a general election on December 12th. PM Johnson […]

  • Brexit To Be Delayed As UK PM Defeated Again

    UK Waiting On EU Decision Boris Johnson’s final attempt at pushing his Brexit deal through parliament resulted in failure yesterday evening as once again, MPs failed to support the move. Following his initial parliamentary defeat over the weekend, Johnson had still been adamant that he would push on with a no-deal Brexit regardless, saying previously […]

  • 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 […]