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DAX tanks as euro surges ahead of big earnings

July 21, 2017 5:23 PM
Mainland European stock indices, led by the German DAX, have been hit hard this week. From its high on Thursday, the DAX has fallen some 375 points. Since hitting a record high in June, it has dropped more than 750 points, losing 5.8 per cent in the process. In contrast, the UK’s FTSE was off only 150 points or 2% from its all-time high at the time ...

USD/CHF has “risk off” written all over it

May 31, 2017 6:39 PM
The chart of the USD/CHF has “risk-off” written all over it. Yet equity markets continue to remain resilient, with the UK’s FTSE 100, for example, climbing to a new record high earlier today. The German DAX index and the major indices on Wall Street are all near their own record levels. But with the Swiss franc, Japanese yen and precious metals – al...

Gold pressured further as market risk perceptions remain subdued

May 1, 2017 8:11 PM
Despite a generally lagging US dollar, the price of gold continued to drop on the first day of May after having fallen for the past two weeks since mid-April’s year-to-date peak just below the $1300 handle. This sustained fall for gold can be attributed in part to rallying equity markets and low perceptions of market risk, which have significantly d...

GBP recovers after Libor slip, as french election fears mount

April 10, 2017 12:34 PM
Sterling is in recovery mode this morning after dipping at the market open on Sunday night after reports that the BOE pressured some banks to reduce Libor rates at the peak of the financial crisis, we doubt that this will have a longer-term impact on sterling, however, markets are jumpy this morning and likely to react to news headlines.

The Fed could hurt the markets

April 6, 2017 1:19 PM
Stock markets are lower in Europe as the market digests the FOMC minutes, which, as we predicted, were worth staying late in the office for. The Fed engaged in a detailed discussion about how to shrink its $4.4trillion balance sheet at its meeting last month, and also pointed out the high valuations of US stock markets. This has led to a risk-off to...