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Is GBP a Currency Crisis Waiting to Happen?

The idea that the UK is facing the possibility of a full-blown currency crisis has gathered increasing momentum since the start of the year, as GBP has continued to battle with the JPY for the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst performing major currency…



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Sequestration Exasperation

Why the US budget fiasco will not impact the USD…



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Downgrading the UK: Game Changer or Old News?

Will Moody’s decision to remove the UK’s AAA rating be a catalyst for further GBP weakness?



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Currency Wars and Collateral Damage

The G20 proclaim their collective innocence, but do they protest too much?



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Central Bank DoubleSpeak

The future Bank of England governor confuses the outlook for sterling…



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What Can De-Rail the Euro? European Politicians…

Three political risks which face the single currency in 2013…



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Is Sterling’s Decline Overdone?

‘When everyone thinks alike, everyone is likely to be wrong’

Humphrey B. Neil



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Currency Wars – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility…

The effectiveness with which global central banks have devalued their currencies over the past decade is partially masked by the fact that currencies are typically benchmarked against one another; as such the brutal efficiency of currency devaluation can often be done in the shadows. However, when currencies are measured against a ‘currency’ which cannot be devalued (such as gold), the reality becomes much clearer…



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Five Market Trends to Watch in 2013

When it comes to the foreign exchange markets (and financial markets generally), the only constant is change. The factors that influence market movements are constantly changing over time, as market paradigms adapt to the perceptions and actions of market participants. As such, we can be sure that the factors driving market movements in 2012 will not last forever…



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Commodity Prices – High-flying Oil Kings

Raw material price volatility and inflation is now a fact of corporate life. And while the “do we blame supply and demand or speculative hedge fund activity?” argument may be fascinating for academics, it is immaterial for companies faced with cost risks in commodities ranging from oil to wheat, from copper to coffee.



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