• 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 […]

  • Best Performing Currencies 2019

    British Pound 3.84% It’s been a classic comeback story for the pound this year. After spending three months in free-fall against the dollar, spiralling lower from 1.33 – 1.20 (which actually made it the wort performing currency of the year at the time) the pound has since made an impressive recovery back above the 1.30 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 17-12-2019

    Trade Deal & Election Resolutions Global equities benchmarks have seen some significant developments in key themes over the course of recent trading, reflected in the current price action we are seeing. On Friday, the US announced that it has now confirmed the phase-one trade deal with China. The deal has been the source of much […]

  • 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 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 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, […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 4

    Key Points From This Week GBP has been the standout performer of the week among the G10 currencies as fresh Brexit-deal optimism has seen it rising firmly against USD. On the other hand, JPY has been the worst performing currency in the G10 space as Brexit hopes and optimism for a US-Sino “mini trade deal” […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 3

    Key points from this week The Japanese Yen was the standout performer of the week, rising firmly against USD as heightened concerns over the health of the global economy drove steady safe-haven inflows over the week. The worst performing currency of the G10 space this week was the Swiss Franc which fell amidst a slew […]

  • UK PM To Submit Fresh Brexit Deal To EU

    New Brexit Proposals On The Table As the October 31st Brexit deadline draws closer, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how the UK will leave the EU or if it will at all. Under new legislation passed recently by MPs (Benn Bill) parliament now has until October 19th to approve a Brexit […]

  • The IndeX Files 01-10-2019

    Equities Upside On Hold Global benchmark indices have commenced the week in rather a subdued fashion with most headline indices having retraced from recent highs. In the US, the equities landscape is dominated by fluctuating Fed rate hike expectations. With recent data supporting, the market has reduced its outlook for an October rate-cut, instead deeming […]

  • FTSE Rallies On UK Rate Cut Chatter

    BOE Sounding Dovish UK asset prices received a boost late in the week as Michael Saunders of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee warned that the BOE could be forced to cut rates following Brexit, pushing GBP lower. Speaking during a conference, Saunders said: “If the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, monetary policy also […]

  • September BOE Meeting Preview

    Expectations For The September BOE Meeting The BOE, led by Governor Mark Carney, is due to make its last rate-setting decision today ahead of the October 31st Brexit deadline. Given the proximity of the deadline as well as the persistent uncertainty over the outcome, the consensus forecast is for the BOE to keep policy unchanged […]