• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Crude Chronicles – Episode 23

    Corona-Virus Driving WTI Lower The CFTC COT positioning report showed that net long positions in WTI benchmarks were reduced by 9,744 contracts last week, taking the total position to 520,568 contracts. WTI prices have seen concentrated selling over the last three – four weeks as a number of factors have fuelled a shift in perspective […]

  • 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 […]

  • The IndeX Files 21-01-2020

    Buy The Rumour, Sell The Fact? Global equities benchmarks are trading just off their recent highs this week with North American, Asian and European indices all in the red. The moves is likely down to a “buy the rumour, sell the fact dynamic which is playing out on the back of the US and China […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 19

    Opportunities & Risks For WTI In 2020 The CFTC COT positioning report showed that WTI traders increased their positions by 13,700 contracts last week, taking the total position in WTI to 550,077 contracts. Upside exposure has been steadily increasing over recent weeks reflecting a more encouraging environment for WTI in the wake of recent developments. […]

  • Best Performing Currencies 2019

    British Pound 3.84% It’s been a classic comeback story for the pound this year. After spending three months in free-fall against the dollar, spiralling lower from 1.33 – 1.20 (which actually made it the wort performing currency of the year at the time) the pound has since made an impressive recovery back above the 1.30 […]