• Precious Metals Monday 24-02-2020

    Gold Gold prices broke out to fresh highs last week, trading up to over 1604 an ounce, a price not traded since early 2013. Gold received a fresh burst of safe haven demand last week as news of a rising COVID-19 death toll in Europe rocked investor appetite. Italy reported a spike in the number […]

  • 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 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. […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 03-02-2020

    Gold The gold market has seen steady demand in recent trading as rising global uncertainty linked to the corona-virus outbreak continues to drive flight-to-safety among investors. Last week, the virus was confirmed to have spread to both the US and the UK with the number of deaths attributed to the virus almost reaching the 200 […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 23

    Corona-Virus Driving WTI Lower The CFTC COT positioning report showed that net long positions in WTI benchmarks were reduced by 9,744 contracts last week, taking the total position to 520,568 contracts. WTI prices have seen concentrated selling over the last three – four weeks as a number of factors have fuelled a shift in perspective […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 27-01-2020

    Gold Gold prices have seen an influx of demand over recent trading as global risk factors have shifted. Moving away from the upward pressure seen recently in response to the increase in tensions between the US and Iran, gold is now seeing safe-haven demand in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in China. The virus, […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 22

    Crude Caught Between Opposing Market Pressures The CFTC COT positioning report showed that, last week, investors reduced their net long positions in WTI crude by 36,960 contracts, taking the total position to 530,312 contracts. The reduction in upside exposure was likely down to a spate of profit-taking as WTI continued to fall back following the […]

  • The IndeX Files 21-01-2020

    Buy The Rumour, Sell The Fact? Global equities benchmarks are trading just off their recent highs this week with North American, Asian and European indices all in the red. The moves is likely down to a “buy the rumour, sell the fact dynamic which is playing out on the back of the US and China […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 20-01-2020

    Gold The gold market has given conflicting signals over recent weeks. Following a breakout to highs of 1611.39, not seen since early 2012, market reversed heavily over last week, trading lows of 1536, before reversing higher. The root of the fluctuations in the gold market has been the shifting situation with regard to the recent […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 17

    Key Points From This Week US-Sino Trade Deal Signed The Phase one trade deal (which was originally announced in October 2019) was finally signed this week. US & Chinese leaders signed the deal in Washington on Wednesday, which broadly encompasses China committing to $200 billion of US purchases over the next two years in exchange […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 21

    WTI Under Pressure The CFTC COT positioning report showed that net length in US WTI positions rose by 12,415 contracts to 567,272 contracts in the week ending January 7th. The rise in WTI upside exposure came amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions between the US and Iran which many feared would boil over into a […]

  • 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 IndeX Files 14-01-2020

    Attention Turning Back Towards US-Sino Trade Deal Global benchmark equities indices have seen a pause in their recent upward trajectory though are consolidating near highs, suggesting a continuation higher is coming. The most notable themes for asset markets currently are those of reduced geopolitical risks linked to US-Iran tensions as well as the favourable backdrop […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 13-01-2020

    Gold With tensions between the US and Iran having dissipated over recent sessions, the new week has commenced with a firmly risk-on tone, seeing reduced safe-haven demand for gold.  The market is now focusing on the US-Sino trade deal which is due to be signed on Thursday in Washington. Following the signing of the deal, […]