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Quiet Monday – busy week ahead

US Data (Retail Sales, Michigan sentiment) on Friday surprised to the upside and this has triggered rate speculation once more as we wrote in our update from last Friday, sending equities lower and the USD higher against most peers. The Euro zone economy took a hit on weaker than expected growth for Q1. Global equities […]


All eyes on BoE, UK Inflation Report

Following three days of decent gains in US and EU equities, markets were sent lower yesterday with US indices down around 1% on back of weak earnings from Disney and Macy’s which triggering concern that US consumers holding back on the spending. This made investors flee into safer havens and fixed income yields fell.  In […]


Risk Off on Steady BoJ – Markets Eyeing US Growth and Inflation Figures Later

Monday trading was pretty uninspiring – lack of interesting data and positioning ahead of key monetary releases from the UK (Thurs) and the US (Wed), kept the markets range-trading during the EU and the US sessions. Europe stayed on the bid with the DAX up 1.15% on back of stronger than expected Industrial Production figures for […]

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ECB delivered, but signals no additional easing

The ECB did deliver more than the market expected yesterday, but since Draghi did not signal further easing in the press conference, the market bounced back and the EUR printed 2-week highs against most peers (1.1218 in EUR/USD), which probably wasn’t the reaction the central bank had been aiming for. Despite, the outlook for no […]


Risk correction takes a breather ahead of US Inflation

Good morning, Following well bid equity markets this week, the markets retreated in the Asian session with USD/JPY trading below 113 and the Nikkei 225 and Topix dropping more than a percent. Commodity markets were mixed with gold still enjoying its safe haven status back above 1220 while US Crude oil found new offers just below the […]


Risk on the bid despite elevated US Inflation figures

Good morning, Following a few weeks of a sell-off in equities, global markets rebounded last week on back a slight recovery in oil prices following a freeze agreement of Russian and Saudi production. Overall, global data came out on the weakish side with mixed data from developed countries. On the monetary side, neither the FOMC […]


Strong US Inflation Figures Puts the Fed in a dilema

US January inflation figures came out stronger than expected across the board. In light of recent data on production from the US economy, this puts the Fed in jeopardy with regards to the monetary policy going forward as inflation puts an upward pressure on the leading interest rates, which could put a damper on the […]