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Morning Brief – The commodity trade

Morning Brief – The commodity trade

Charles Porter Tue 20 Feb 2024

The commodity trade A surprise overnight cut to a key policy rate at the Bank of China could shake up incumbent trends within commodities and commodity currencies. For context, given a recent depreciation in the Chinese Renminbi, any easing of policy was expected to be minimal during the February meeting. Whilst the central bank opted […]

Morning Brief – 34 Days

Morning Brief – 34 Days

Humphrey Percy Mon 19 Feb 2024

34 Days That is the average time it takes between putting a UK home on the market and agreeing a sale. In London it takes 40 days which is the longest in the UK while at the other end of the time scale in Scotland the average is a mere 20 days. GBP/USD 1.2600. UK Retail […]

Morning Brief – EU Commission

Morning Brief – EU Commission

Humphrey Percy Fri 16 Feb 2024

EU Commission Instead of November’s EU growth forecast of 1.2%, the EU Commission has revised back its prediction to 0.8% for the growth in the gross domestic product of the 20 countries. The 2025 year however will see growth of 1.5%. Back to 2024, it is difficult for the EU bloc to grow much when […]

Morning Brief – The penny drops

Morning Brief – The penny drops

Charles Porter Thu 15 Feb 2024

The penny drops With UK GDP growth data released at 7am today, many commentators had looked ahead to today as a day of reckoning for the UK and its economy. With Q3 2023 already having published a negative growth rate, if contraction was confirmed in the UK for Q4 in this morning’s data then it […]

Morning Brief – Germany

Morning Brief – Germany

Humphrey Percy Wed 14 Feb 2024

Germany With the German IFO or Business Climate Index down from 90.10 a year ago to its current level of 85.20, Germany’s business leaders are more realistic about the outlook for Europe’s largest economy than their political leaders. Chancellor Scholz wisely passed the speech making duties yesterday to one of his cohorts who managed with […]

Morning Brief – Inflation today

Morning Brief – Inflation today

Charles Porter Tue 13 Feb 2024

Inflation today The most watched item on today’s agenda will undoubtedly be US CPI inflation. The statistic due for release this afternoon observes consumer price inflation for the month of January. It is a critical figure for two reasons. Firstly, the Fed has pushed back against market expectations for a rate cut as soon as […]

Morning Brief – Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Morning Brief – Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Humphrey Percy Mon 12 Feb 2024

Gong Hei Fat Choy! As we exit the Year of the Rabbit to enter the Year of the Dragon this past weekend there were no less than 9 billion journeys made within the Peoples’ Republic of China as Chinese people caught up with friends and family to celebrate the Lunar New Year after the enforced […]

Morning Brief – USD

Morning Brief – USD

Humphrey Percy Fri 9 Feb 2024

USD At EUR/USD 1.0760 the USD remains firm but doubtless in Japan lights are blinking faster on the risk dashboard of the Bank of Japan as USD is close to the psychological pain level of 150.USD/JPY 149.20. US Imports In 2023 imports of goods from China into the USA fell 20% to $427 billion. That […]

Morning Brief – When and how

Morning Brief – When and how

Charles Porter Thu 8 Feb 2024

When and how For some time now there has been good cause for a bullish sentiment on EURGBP. Or, for those who prefer to analyse the inverse of the pair, GBPEUR consistently clocking in at or around the 1.17s seems steep. If we take a look at the options market, we see that Sterling in […]

Morning Brief – China: the great leap forward

Morning Brief – China: the great leap forward

Humphrey Percy Wed 7 Feb 2024

China: the great leap forward On reports of the Chinese government’s president Xi arranging talks with the regulators and an imminent policy adjustment to offer relief to the beleaguered Chinese equity market, Chinese equities had their best session for 14 months yesterday.USD/CNY 7.1880. Australia Meanwhile the Reserve Bank of Australia held rates steady-no surprise- as […]

Morning Brief – Make your mind up

Morning Brief – Make your mind up

Charles Porter Tue 6 Feb 2024

Make your mind up Sterling wasn’t excessively punished during last week’s monetary policy decision. Despite the majority of the Committee voting to keep rates on hold, including Governor Andrew Bailey, there were three dissenters. It’s not uncommon to have outlying votes even within the small Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. However, those […]

Morning Brief – US Job

Morning Brief – US Job

Humphrey Percy Mon 5 Feb 2024

US Jobs Friday’s US jobs figures that showed an increase of 353,000 jobs which was almost exactly double what was expected has poured more than cold water on the argument for the first US rate cut happening next month. With wage inflation at 4.5%, the fear that the present level of interest rates is curbing […]

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