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A Look Back at 2014…

“The bulls are like the giraffe, which is scared by nothing or like the magician…who in his mirror made the ladies appear much more beautiful than they are in reality.  They love everything; they praise everything; they exaggerate everything.   […]



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ECB Monetary Policy Outlook in 2015

The Chairman of the ECB Mario Draghi’s continuous dovish sentiment and strategy to “talk down the euro” is running out of steam, knowing that there will come the time when he will have to act in order to convince the […]



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Falling Oil Prices and Currency Movements – Cause or Effect?

The key to understanding the implications of the falling oil price on financial markets is to figure out whether low energy prices can stimulate improved economic productivity, or whether they simply reflect a sluggish picture of global economic growth…   […]



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This week we take a closer look at how expectations for relative monetary policy are keeping the dollar firm against its peers

After a relatively quiet start to last week, the People’s Bank of China grabbed the headlines on Friday by announcing a surprise 40 basis point cut to its benchmark lending rate. The move comes after the world’s second largest economy […]



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Is this the most important chart in the world?

“The chart of the US dollar is by far and away the most important chart on earth.  If we break the trend line we will be entering potentially one of the biggest dollar bull markets in decades, if not ever.  […]



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Our Inaugural ‘Alpha & Ammo’ Shooting Event

Our inaugural ‘Alpha & Ammo’ shooting event last month was a great success, with senior representatives attending from the entire Alternative Investment spectrum (Private Equity, Secondaries, Private Debt, and Real Estate). Bringing together our clients in an informal setting whilst adding a bit of adrenaline and competition proved to be highly enjoyable for everyone involved and so next year’s follow up is already in the planning stage.



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Third time lucky?

The US Federal Reserve ended its quantitative easing programme last week, after six years, three ‘rounds’, and almost four trillion dollars. So is this really the end of quantitative easing, and what could this mean for the FX market?



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What will happen in the currency markets if we see another downturn in equities?

Looking back, the plunge in equity markets two weeks ago now seems a distant memory. After falling 7.5% in just five days, last week saw the move in the S&P 500 entirely retraced closing Friday’s session at 1,964. While European […]



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Halloween comes early for the financial markets

Last weeks’ shake up in the financial markets was dramatic, to say the least. All the ingredients for the storm have been lingering in the background for months (in some cases years) – overvalued stock markets, concerns over growth in […]



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A closer look at the ‘euroglut’

Deutsche Bank’s recent prediction of a 25% decline in the value of the euro over the next two to three years is based upon the theory that the ‘Euroglut’, the excessive amount of European savings generated by Europe’s large current account surplus, will lead to “the largest capital outflows in the history of financial markets”. We look at three potential problems with this prognosis…



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