• Brexit Trade Talks On The Rocks Already?

    Leaders Clash Over Demands The outlook for the UK and EU has deteriorated a little this week as fears mount over the trade-standoff between the UK and the EU. Following the very disparate visions set out by UK and EU leaders in opening statements a few weeks ago, tensions increased this week as UK and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 23-12-2019

    Gold The final trading week of the year is typically a quiet one and while no major moves are expected in the metals, there are some important developments worth noting as we head into 2020. Firstly, the continued rally in equities looks set to keep pressure on gold as the US-Sino trade negotiations move onto […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 18

    Trade Deal & Brexit Optimism Supporting WTI The CFTC COT report showed that net long positions in crude increased by 67,504 contracts last. The total position in WTI crude now stands at 495,539 contracts. This latest increase in upside exposure in WTI crude reflects the optimism and relief among investors in the wake of OPEC+ […]

  • 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 […]

  • What Do The UK Elections Mean For The Pound?

    Conservative Party Win The results of the 2019 UK general elections showed confirmed the Conservative majority suggested by many of the recent polls heading into the vote. The latest count shows the Conservative party with a majority of 364 seats in parliament, well above Labour’s 203 seats. Once again, the UK’s first-pass-the-post voting systems has […]

  • UK Elections Update: Conservative Party Losing Ground

    Polls Show Gap Is Narrowing With just fifteen days to go until the UK general elections the intensity of the campaign is accelerating, as is the media coverage around it. One of the major points of focus is the wide range of polls around the elections. In recent years, there has been a great deal […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]