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Week Ahead: Geopolitical Tensions Moderate Ahead of U.S. Jobs Week

Week Ahead: Geopolitical Tensions Moderate Ahead of U.S. Jobs Week

Holidays in the United Kingdom and the United States will make for a short trading week, but one that will be filled with economic data releases alongside new reports from US-China and US-North Korea relations.

Markets Flat as US Congress Passes Tax Reform

Markets Flat as US Congress Passes Tax Reform

US equity markets opened unchanged, a day after posting small losses despite tax reform successfully making its way through Congress in time for the holidays.

Appetite for US Dollar Surges, EUR Pounded

Appetite for US Dollar Surges, EUR Pounded

Capital markets have rediscovered an appetite for the ‘big’ dollar and commodities overnight as upbeat Chinese and US economic news increased the demand for riskier assets.

The Bannon Bounce?

The Bannon Bounce?

Debate unfolds as to what Bannon’s removal means for the Trump administration's economic agenda. See how his departure is affecting the market, especially in regard to the Jackson Hole meeting this week. 

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, July 24

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, July 24

Oil prices remain under pressure ahead of today's OPEC meeting in Russia amid concerns over the global supply. Also, turbulence with the U.S administration, mixed stocks, Fed policy and more.

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, May 1

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, May 1

Global yields have rallied while equities have climbed as a deal by U.S Congress to avert a government shutdown overshadows weaker economic data from China and the U.S.

The Week Ahead: Geopolitics to Cloud Central Bank Outlook

The Week Ahead: Geopolitics to Cloud Central Bank Outlook

Higher political risk in 2017 was forecasted and so far it hasn’t disappointed.

Dr. Strangelove Redux

Dr. Strangelove Redux

To what extent the markets need to price in geopolitical risk more actively into their psyche will likely drive nearer term sentiment. It feels like a Dr Strangelove Redux as this game of chicken unfolds.

Five Things the Markets Are Talking About: Thursday, March 16

Five Things the Markets Are Talking About: Thursday, March 16

As expected, the Fed raised rates by +25bps, but the outlook of the accompanying statement and Fed Chair Yellen’s press conference was very much less ‘hawkish’ than anticipated.

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.

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.

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.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday December 19, 2016

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday December 19, 2016

The dollar and sovereign yields fell overnight while Asian shares printed a new monthly low as the market cashed in some of their recent bets on Trumponomics and the ‘reflation’ trade. However, this will be a light week on many fronts – liquidity and fundamentally.