Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 27

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday February 27

It’s a nervy time for investors.  There are many factors that should be supporting riskier assets – improving economic outlooks in the U.S, Europe and China, including raising short term interest rates and continued bond buying.

The Week Ahead: Dollar Mixed as Trump Pro-Growth Policies Remain Vague

The Week Ahead: Dollar Mixed as Trump Pro-Growth Policies Remain Vague

The U.S. dollar is mixed against majors as the Federal Open Market Committee minutes pointed to an interest rate hike “fairly soon”.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Tuesday February 21, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Tuesday February 21, 2017

The ‘mighty’ dollar is trading firmer across the board following a hawkish set of comments from Fed voter Harker. The Fed member from Philadelphia reiterated that next months March 14/15 meeting should be on the table for the next rate hike, adding that the Fed is not behind the curve, that the U.S economy is healthy, and that jobs growth is steady.

Frenemies: How Firms Can Navigate The New US-Russia Relationship

Frenemies: How Firms Can Navigate The New US-Russia Relationship

With Trump in the White House, the traditional US-Russia relationship is under the spotlight. Here’s how a new found-relationship between the two powerhouses will affect companies exposed to the dollar/ruble spread. 

The Week Ahead: Dollar Higher Ahead of Fed Minutes

The Week Ahead: Dollar Higher Ahead of Fed Minutes

The U.S. dollar is higher against most major pairs ahead of the President's Day long weekend. American economic fundamentals had a strong week, but failed to gain traction given the rise of political risk as Trump’s administration continues to send mixed messages to markets. The stock market and safe havens like gold and the Japanese yen finished higher against the dollar in a very political week.

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.