• The Crude Chronicles – Episode 22

    Crude Caught Between Opposing Market Pressures The CFTC COT positioning report showed that, last week, investors reduced their net long positions in WTI crude by 36,960 contracts, taking the total position to 530,312 contracts. The reduction in upside exposure was likely down to a spate of profit-taking as WTI continued to fall back following the […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 20-01-2020

    Gold The gold market has given conflicting signals over recent weeks. Following a breakout to highs of 1611.39, not seen since early 2012, market reversed heavily over last week, trading lows of 1536, before reversing higher. The root of the fluctuations in the gold market has been the shifting situation with regard to the recent […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 21

    WTI Under Pressure The CFTC COT positioning report showed that net length in US WTI positions rose by 12,415 contracts to 567,272 contracts in the week ending January 7th. The rise in WTI upside exposure came amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions between the US and Iran which many feared would boil over into a […]

  • The IndeX Files 14-01-2020

    Attention Turning Back Towards US-Sino Trade Deal Global benchmark equities indices have seen a pause in their recent upward trajectory though are consolidating near highs, suggesting a continuation higher is coming. The most notable themes for asset markets currently are those of reduced geopolitical risks linked to US-Iran tensions as well as the favourable backdrop […]

  • Precious Metals Monday 13-01-2020

    Gold With tensions between the US and Iran having dissipated over recent sessions, the new week has commenced with a firmly risk-on tone, seeing reduced safe-haven demand for gold.  The market is now focusing on the US-Sino trade deal which is due to be signed on Thursday in Washington. Following the signing of the deal, […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 20

    WTI Caught Between US-Iran Tensions & US-China Trade Deal The CFTC COT position report showed that last week, investors increased their upside positions in WTI by a further 4,780 contracts, taking the total position to 554,857 contracts. The recent increase in WTI positioning reflects the better expectations around US-Sino trade relations. Trump announced that the […]

  • US-Iran Tensions Erupt: Market Impact

      US Kills Top Iranian General Global investor risk appetite was shaken last week on reports that the US had killed a top Iranian general during a drone strike carried out in Baghdad on Friday. Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general was confirmed to have been killed during the drone strike. Risk assets across the […]

  • 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, […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 7

    Oil Falls On Easing Middle-East Tensions & Global Growth Fears The CFTC COT update for the week ending September 24th showed net long positions in WTI crude futures were lower by -2,943 contracts, taking the position to 424,162 on the week. Speculative long positions fell by -1,864 contracts while short positions increased by +1079 contracts. […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 5

    Key WTI Headlines Over the Week The CFTC COT update for the week ending September 10th showed net long positions in WTI futures rose +44,048 contracts to 428,205 for the week. Speculative long positions jumped +18,639 contracts while short positions plunged -25,409 contracts. Benchmark WTI prices commenced the week with a 20% move north as […]