• US Keeping Pressure on China To Sign “Phase One” Deal

    Deal Agreed But Not Yet Signed It has been a difficult few weeks for traders recently as markets have reacted neurotically to the seemingly constant stream of contradictory headlines around Brexit and US -Sino trade negotiations. At the end of last week, global equities indices were rallying on news that the US had agreed an […]

  • The IndeX Files 15-10-2019

    US-Sino Mini Trade Deal Agreed Benchmark indices continue to be driven by the dominant themes of Brexit and US-Sino trade negotiations. Indices had been broadly higher following Friday’s news that the US and China had agreed a “phase one” trade deal. The deal, which has yet to be signed by Trump and Xi, includes $50 […]

  • Precious Metal Mondays 14-10-2019

    Gold Gold prices are currently struggling between cross-market forces as a weaker US dollar supported gold while improvements in the US-China trade landscape are leaning on gold. Precious metals have been closely tied to the dynamic US-Sino trade environment over recent months. The collapse of talks earlier in the year drove a large increase in […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 8

    Further OPEC Cuts Under Discussion The CFTC COT report showed that Net longs in WTI crude have fallen to 4-week lows. Net longs fell by -34,843 contracts last week as bulls reduced positions for a third consecutive week. The recent downturn in global manufacturing has heightened concerns around the health of the global economy, putting […]

  • Markets Jittery Ahead of 13th Round of US-Sino Trade Talks

    Expectations Dwindling Ahead of Trade Talks The next round of US-Sino trade negotiations began yesterday today in Washington and there is a palpable sense of nervousness in the markets with benchmark indices and WTI all trading lower. The hesitation among traders is linked to a story from the South China Morning Post which reported sources […]

  • Will The Fed Cut Rates In October?

    October Rate Cut Risks The September FOMC meeting was a disappointing meeting for USD bears. The Fed reduced its headline rate by a further 25 basis points though USD downside was offset by news that three members dissented against the cut. Additionally, the dot plot forecasts failed to show a clear path forward. As such, […]

  • The IndeX Files 08-10-2019

    Brexit & Trade Negotiations Driving Risk Sentiment Global benchmark indices have commenced the week’s trading with a mostly positive tone as attention shifts to the upcoming US – Sino trade negotiations. High-level officials from two leading global economies are due to meet in Washington on the 10th for the next round of negotiations. Over recent […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 07-10-2019

    Gold Gold prices were higher last week as a combination of risk aversion and renewed Fed easing expectations drove inflows for the precious metal. US data last week highlighted concerning weakness in the US economy. The ISM manufacturing reading printed its lowest level of the last ten years over September, remaining in contractionary territory for […]

  • The Investment Bank Outlook 30-09-2019

    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 Crude Chronicles – Episode 6

    Benchmark WTI crude prices have depreciated this week, falling nearly $5 on rising US inventory levels as well as the resurfacing of concerns about US-Sino relations. Trade War Comments Raise Concerns Speaking on the side-lines of the UN general assembly, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the audience that the US had decided to […]

  • Key Takeaways From Trump’s UN Speech

    China & Iran In The Firing Line Despite the next round of trade talks being just under two weeks away, President Trump didn’t shy away from attacking his long-term rivals during his speech to the UN this week. Commenting on issues which he has long campaigned against during his presidency, Trump told the audience: “Not […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 26-08-10

    Gold Gold prices have softened a little over early trading today, following an explosive move higher on Friday, in reaction to comments from Fed Chairman Powell. Speaking at the Jackson Hole Symposium, Powell kept further rate cuts firmly on the table, though noted that the Fed is limited in its ability to handle the negative […]

  • Precious Metals Mondays 08-08-19

    It’s that time of the week and we’re back with our latest installment of Precious Metals Mondays 08-08-19, a look into how the metals market has developed over the past 7 days.  Gold It’s very interesting time for gold traders at the moment, with the yellow metal breaking out to fresh highs this week. Gold […]