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Does the Fed have the Mettle? – 7th September 2016

Does the Fed have the Mettle? Federal Reserve chiefs have dropped multiple hints of an interest rate increase this year with many economists expecting a rise in December; futures markets suggest there is a 61% chance of a hike in December. Investors on the other hard are...

Can UK PMI’s complete the Treble? – 5th September 2016

Can UK PMI's complete the Treble? China hosted it's first G20 meeting over the weekend in the city of Hangzhou and there was some interesting rhetoric released by finance ministers and central bankers. "Excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates can have adverse implications for...

More Profit Taking, More Sterling Gains – 25th August

More Profit Taking, More Sterling Gains Sterling put in another good performance yesterday and it had nothing to do with any UK economic data or news. The catalyst again yesterday was further profit taking which is happening so smoothly for Sterling. After a hesitant start yesterday Sterling pushed up during the...

Sterling Leads the Way – 24th August 2016

Sterling Leads the Way The US Dollar had a pretty good day, strengthening by half a cent against the Euro, following strong data for US new home sales which rose by 12.4% in July. It was the biggest monthly increase in nearly three years but it wasn't the...

Sterling Goes from Zero to Hero – 17th August 2016

Sterling Goes from Zero to Hero Sterling soared yesterday, swapping places with the South African Rand, to go from Monday's Zero to Tuesday's Hero and vice versa. Sterling went up by 2.4% against the Rand and by nearly 1% against the other dozen most actively-traded currencies....

Calm Sterling? – 27th July 2016

Calm Sterling? "Sterling volatility caused by the Brexit vote" (or words that affect) have been published prolifically in the last three weeks but is actually accurate? True, the value of Sterling plummeted as the Brexit vote was announced but in the last three weeks, there hasn't...

PMI readings knock Sterling – 25th July 2016

PMI readings knock Sterling On Friday the Guardian published a Brexit Quiz called "One month on, how much do you know?" If you had answered "Don't Know" to all ten questions you would have scored a very respectable 70%. What we do know however is the impact Brexit...