• The Crude Chronicles – Episode 28

    Oil Recovers As Stimulus Helps Risk Appetite Rebound Benchmark WTI prices have risen steadily this week, spurred on by a broad improvement in global investor appetite. Markets started the week in better health amidst growing expectations of central bank intervention in response to the growing threat from COVID-19. On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve rewarded these […]

  • Data & Virus Damage Hurting The Dollar

    US Dollar Losing Steam? Over the final month of 2019 and the first month of 2020, the Dollar Index enjoyed a three-figure rally. The push higher was fuelled mainly a string of better-than-expected economic releases. With ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing readings surprising to the upside last month, along with strong NFP readings and better survey […]

  • 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 […]

  • How Worried Is The Fed About Coronavirus?

    The release of the January FOMC meeting minutes last night helped keep the current Dollar rally on course with policymakers noting that they expected a continued moderate economic expansion. Inline with this view, the minutes noted that the current monetary policy stance will likely remain appropriate “for a time”. Key Quotes from The Minutes “Policymakers […]

  • 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 […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 06-01-2020

    Gold The near-term outlook for gold looks tilted towards higher prices in light of the worrying news last week of an escalation in tensions between the US and Iran. Following a much calmer period of relations between the two countries since last summer’s standoff over Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 30-12-2019

    Gold On the back of recent moves, it is clear that gold prices will end 2019 well into positive figures. Currently around 15% higher on the year, gold is due to close out its best year since 2010. The rally in gold prices over the year has been in no small part due to the […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 16-12-2019

    Gold The gold market continues to hold in the recent consolidation pattern which has persisted over the last five weeks, following the heavy sell-off over the first week of November. Some important developments to note over the recent week, which could impact the course of metals trading this week. First and foremost, the market received […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 09-12-2019

    Gold The congestion in gold prices over recent weeks reflects the lack of clarity on the main factors impacting the gold market. US-Sino trade relations, as well as the outlook for the US Dollar continue to be the key themes to note for metals traders though investors have struggled to establish a strong bias in […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 18-11-2019

    Gold Precious metals begin the week under offer as gains in benchmark equities indices have seen reduced safe haven inflows. Optimism around the prospect of a US-Sino trade deal is keeping investor risk appetite well supported at the start of the new week. Over the weekend, negotiators held further talks in lieu of signing a […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]