Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 16, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 16, 2017

“Waiting too long to tighten would be unwise; more policy adjustments will likely be needed if the economy remains on track.” A number of Fed officials chimed in Tuesday and Wednesday to reinforce Ms. Yellen’s message that they expect to raise short-term interest rates in coming months, perhaps as soon as March.

Fed vs ECB: How can businesses manage conflicting monetary policies?

Fed vs ECB: How can businesses manage conflicting monetary policies?

With the Fed set to make further rate hikes and the ECB continuing its love for Quantitative Easing, we examine the effect these contradictory monetary policies are likely to have on organizations reliant on the near-term Dollar/Euro spreads.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 13, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 13, 2017

Stateside, the markets attention this week turns to Fed Chair Yellen semi-annual testimony in Congress (Feb 14th and 15th 10:00 EST). Investors will be looking for more clues on how probable are the expectations of a March rate hike.

The Week Ahead: Fed’s Yellen, US Sales and Inflation in Focus

The Week Ahead: Fed’s Yellen, US Sales and Inflation in Focus

U.S. President Donald Trump pledged on Friday to announce a “phenomenal” tax reform. The first three weeks of the Trump administration did not align with the pro-growth agenda, favoring instead an “America first” protectionism which have weakened the USD. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday; her take on the U.S. economy will be followed closely by investors. 

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 9, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 9, 2017

With currency manipulation trending strongly on Trump’s twitter rants, tomorrow’s high profile Abe-Trump summit will be closely scrutinized.  Japanese Prime Minister Abe has signaled he is prepared to discuss the currency issues at G20 and will try and convince POTUS to do the same.

The Trump effect: Can businesses hedge against the US-UK “special relationship”?

The Trump effect: Can businesses hedge against the US-UK “special relationship”?

As Trump gets a taste for bilateral trade with the U.K., we explore how corporates can gain from spikes in sterling against the dollar, while minimizing inevitable falls as Brexit negotiations bite.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 6, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 6, 2017

Last weeks market data capped a week that saw monetary policy makers in Japan, the U.K., and the U.S stand pat, at least until they can truly assess the impact of Trumponomics on global growth.

The Week Ahead: US Wages Dampen Strong NFP Impact

The Week Ahead: US Wages Dampen Strong NFP Impact

The U.S. dollar had another difficult week as it depreciated against most major pairs. Trade has been a hot topic of late, which gives higher priority to global trade data to be released this week. 

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 2, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday February 2, 2017

For anyone looking for significant clues to the future of Fed policy, yesterday’s FOMC statement was a real letdown. The announcement mostly reflects U.S policy makers’ caution in a time of political upheaval. Nevertheless, the Fed indicated that they remain on track to gradually raise short-term interest rates this year.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday January 30, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday January 30, 2017

It’s not campaign rhetoric any more – capital markets are facing heightened geopolitical and trade risks after U.S President Trump’s executed an executive order last Friday to halt the immigration process from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Covering the Spread: New Life for Peso Under Trump’s NAFTA?

Covering the Spread: New Life for Peso Under Trump’s NAFTA?

After pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump has signaled his desire to renegotiate US participation in the longstanding North American Free Trade Agreement. This only adds to near-term uncertainty for the Mexican Peso. What does this mean for companies with cash flows exposed to the peso?

The Week Ahead: Dollar Stumbles After Soft GDP and Trump Negotiation Skills

The Week Ahead: Dollar Stumbles After Soft GDP and Trump Negotiation Skills

The dollar is weaker after the Trump administration remained more focused on anti-trade policies than the fiscal stimulus and infrastructure spending that lifted inflation expectations in the U.S. The first 100 days of Trump’ administration will be crucial.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday January 26, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday January 26, 2017

Markets are responding positively to Trump’s presidency following some disappointment in the immediate aftermath of his inauguration speech. The question is, will the USD follow suit and resume its appreciation?

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday January 23, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday January 23, 2017

The ‘mighty’ U.S. dollar remains under pressure across the board since Trump’s inauguration speech on Friday still did not provide investors with clarity on his tax reform and fiscal spending plans – the speech reiterated protectionism, a word that global investors fear.

The Week Ahead: Trump Speech Fails to Reignite Dollar Rally

The Week Ahead: Trump Speech Fails to Reignite Dollar Rally

The dollar is mixed against majors after the inauguration of President Trump. The markets did not get enough information on Friday to support the dollar as the tangible pro-growth agenda items were missing from the event. Trump’s speech was delivered in his combative style and he made a pledge to put America first. The protectionist message did not resonate with markets as the dollar and stocks fell.