Market Event

BoE Preview: Rate cut to shake up the markets?

Michael Baker, Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Tomorrow sees a mouth-watering BOE announcement, with current estimates pricing in a 48% chance (CMEgroup, BOEwatch tool) that the current headline interest rate will be cut by 25bps to 0.5%. Recent MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) communication has indicated that there is more widespread support for a reduction in rates, which has grown since two members voted for a cut in November. Couple this with poor UK data releases in the form of UK GDP, inflation and retail sales, traders have begun making bets on possible action sooner rather than later.

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Market Event, Commodities

Oil prices surge following US attack on Iran

Ben Weiss, Friday, 3 January 2020

In the early hours of Friday morning, Trump sanctioned US airstrikes on Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. It seriously escalated tensions between the US and Iran and heavily impacted the markets. Here's what happened.

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Market Event, Indices, General

Technical Analysis: A whirlwind week for sterling

Michael Baker, Wednesday, 18 December 2019

It's been a whirlwind of a week for sterling. Firstly, the exit polls sent it to yearly highs, but it has since crashed back down.

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Indices, Market Event, General

Technical Analysis: Trump puts markets under pressure

Michael Baker, Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Markets appear under pressure after US President Donald Trump once again steals the headlines with a not-so-positive US-China trade war update.

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Market Event

FOMC Meeting Preview: Rates set for another hike?

Michael Baker, Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The FOMC meet tonight to discuss whether rates should be cut yet again after they were in July and September. Our lead market analyst, Michael Baker, looks into what we can expect from the meeting, as the markets are typically reactionary to the outcome.

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General, Market Event

Brexit Delayed: What’s next and how have the markets reacted?

Ben Weiss, Wednesday, 30 October 2019

In a week that promised to be eventful, it certainly hasn’t disappointed. We now know the UK will not be leaving the EU on 31 October, with a Brexit extension being granted until 31 January 2020, but what happens now and how have the markets reacted?

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