• The IndeX Files 04-02-2020

    Equities Attempting To Recover Benchmark global equities are doing the best to recover this week despite the ongoing risk from the corona-virus outbreak. Last week, equities indices saw heavy losses as rising uncertainty dampened investor sentiment. This week, the spread of the virus has worsened with China confirming that over 20,000 cases have now been […]

  • US & UK Inflation Weaker Than Expected

    US Inflation Rises Over 2019, Weaker Over December The US was treated to a rather mixed inflation report yesterday. The CPI figures for December came in with headline inflation rising 0.2% month on month. This reading was in line with expectations though marked a decline from the prior month’s 0.3% reading. Meanwhile, the core inflation […]

  • 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 […]

  • Potential UK Elections Outcomes Examined

    With the UK general elections on December 12th fast approaching, investors are battling to get a grip of how the various potential outcomes might impact the UK economy and as a result, the path of the British Pound. General elections always present the risk of volatility and given the importance of these elections to the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pound Jumps on UK-EU Brexit Deal

    Taking to Twitter this morning, in a move which echoes that of Trump, the UK PM wrote “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our […]

  • EU To Decide On Brexit Deal Tomorrow

    Midnight Deadline For Brexit Deal Today marks an important day for Brexit negotiations. The EU has given the UK a midnight deadline for agreeing a deal ahead of the EU summit which begins tomorrow. The plan is, if the UK and EU can agree an acceptable deal, the EU will then officially approve the deal […]

  • The Friday Forex Takeaway – Episode 4

    Key Points From This Week GBP has been the standout performer of the week among the G10 currencies as fresh Brexit-deal optimism has seen it rising firmly against USD. On the other hand, JPY has been the worst performing currency in the G10 space as Brexit hopes and optimism for a US-Sino “mini trade deal” […]

  • UK PM To Submit Fresh Brexit Deal To EU

    New Brexit Proposals On The Table As the October 31st Brexit deadline draws closer, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how the UK will leave the EU or if it will at all. Under new legislation passed recently by MPs (Benn Bill) parliament now has until October 19th to approve a Brexit […]

  • FTSE Rallies On UK Rate Cut Chatter

    BOE Sounding Dovish UK asset prices received a boost late in the week as Michael Saunders of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee warned that the BOE could be forced to cut rates following Brexit, pushing GBP lower. Speaking during a conference, Saunders said: “If the UK avoids a no-deal Brexit, monetary policy also […]

  • Brexit Update: UK Parliament Returns Following Supreme Court Verdict

    Government Loses Against Supreme Court UK Supreme Court judges this week returned their verdict over last week’s hearing regarding the legality of UK PM Johnson having prorogued parliament for five weeks. The outcome has taken the market, as well as political commentators, by surprise with all 11 judges ruling that Johnson acted illegally. Further to […]