“Transitory” Inflation Data & Central Bank Policy.

“Transitory” Inflation Data & Central Bank Policy.

As expected, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday 14 June by 0.25%. What caught some participants off guard was the hawkish tone taken by Yellen, especially her interpretation of  recent inflation numbers. If you take a look at an intraday chart of the DXY on Wednesday 14 June, you can see the effect that […]

2017 Mid-Year Recap, Part 2: The Euro, S&P500 & European Equities.

2017 Mid-Year Recap, Part 2: The Euro, S&P500 & European Equities.

We’ve reached the half-way point of 2017. Let’s take a look at a few markets and see how they’ve performed, and where they may head from here. Part 2 takes a brief overview of the Euro, the S&P500 and European equities. The Euro. Back from the dead. The Euro has made a significant turnaround this year. […]

2017 Mid-Year Recap, Part 1: Oil, US Dollar & Gold.

2017 Mid-Year Recap, Part 1: Oil, US Dollar & Gold.

We’ve reached the half-way point of 2017. Let’s take a look at a few markets and see how they’ve performed, and where they may head from here. Part 1 takes a brief overview of Oil, the US Dollar and Gold. Oil. Rangebound, between $45 and $55. Oil is stuck, and will likely remain so for […]

This Election Just Became Interesting: UK General Election 2017

  If you read my post from earlier this week, you’ll see that I placed little concern on the outcome of the British Election. I was not the only one, and it seems that more than a few traders have been caught offside here. Perhaps the French election lulled me into a false sense of security…Brexit and […]

Liquidity & Momentum: UK General Election 8 June

Liquidity & Momentum: UK General Election 8 June

I’ll make a confession, British politics are not my strongest suit. I’ll leave the speculation to the professionals. Instead of attempting to pick a winner, lets take a peak at how brokers are managing risk, and how you can capitalise on post election momentum in your trading. Elections can bring volatility. Watching how election results play out in […]

Summer Means Small Ranges & Low Volume, Make The Most Of It

Summer Means Small Ranges & Low Volume, Make The Most Of It

Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. Long evenings, warm temperatures and weekends at the beach or the lake. Sounds great doesn’t it? While the markets may be slow, there’s still a lot that an active trader or keen investor can be doing to improve their skillsets and prepare for the second […]

S&P500 Hits All-Time Highs, Divergence With Russell 2000 Widens

The US market has shrugged off last weeks risk-off event with the S&P500 making all-time high’s today. Interestingly, some divergence has appeared between other markets, suggesting that the bulls haven’t totally taken control just yet. Using divergence in your investing Divergence is often applied in technical analysis on a per-stock or per-market basis. A simple divergence strategy may look […]

The US Dollar Moves Lower And Lower In 2017

The US Dollar Moves Lower And Lower In 2017

Last week saw a significant spike in volatility across most markets. While traders welcomed the opportunity, those with US Dollar exposure have been eagerly watching one of the years largest moves unfold. The US Dollar Index has taken a beating in 2017. The charging bull of November and December is a distant memory, and the […]

Risk Off Hits The Market On Comey And Trump Memo

Risk Off Hits The Market On Comey And Trump Memo

US equity futures are down and safe haven assets have popped on the news that President Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI probe into Russian ties. Risk-off sentiment has appeared in Asian equities, and both Gold and the Yen have seen flows. The moves aren’t massive at this stage, and we won’t know the market […]

Draghi And The Euro: Will The Bull Be Unleashed In 2017?

Draghi And The Euro: Will The Bull Be Unleashed In 2017?

To say that the outlook for the Euro was “extremely bearish” at the beginning of 2017 would be an understatement. Numerous research notes had it heading to parity with the USD, based on both economic weakness and systemic political risk. Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Jan Hatzius stated the the Euro could reach parity, driven by divergent […]

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