• 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 29-10-2019

    Indices Rally on FOMC & US-Sino Trade Deal Global equity benchmarks have commenced the week’s trading in a decisive manner with the S&P 500 breaking out to new all-time highs in response to an improved risk outlook among global investors. On Friday, the US Treasury Secretary, alongside the US Trade Representative, met with their Chinese […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 6

    Key Points From This Week The standout winner among G10 currencies this week has been the Canadian Dollar with only itself and the Swiss Franc having risen against USD. Higher oil prices have helped boost CAD which is also supported by improved risk appetite around US-Sino trade negotiations. GBP has been the weakest performer this […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 10

    US – Sino Trade Talks Boosting Oil Outlook Benchmark WTI prices have been supported over the week, marking a pause in the declines seen over the prior month. Since bottoming out around the $51 mark, WTI Crude has traded back up to $55. A key factor in the current stabilisation in WTI prices is the […]

  • 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 […]

  • GBP Higher On Expectations of Brexit Delay

    EU Considering Brexit Extension Request If you are feeling confused by Brexit, you are not alone. As the October 31st deadline approaches, the UK is currently without a Brexit deal and consequently, the Prime Minister has requested an extension to Article 50. Last week, markets were watching hopefully as the UK agreed the terms of […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 5

    Key points This week As with last week, the standout performer over the week has been the British Pound which has seen strong gains on increased optimism over a potential Brexit deal. The Japanese Yen has been the weakest currency of the G10 bloc this week as better risk appetite has seen a lack of […]

  • Traders Nervous Ahead of Parliament Brexit Vote

    EU Backs PM’s Deal Three years and two Prime Ministers after the UK electorate narrowly voted in favour of leaving the European Union, the UK government is now on the verge of finally agreeing a Brexit deal. The Brexit deal offered to the EU by Boris Johnson this week was officially approved by EU leaders […]