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The Fed’s Christmas gift

Last Wednesday The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25bp.  Considering this was priced into the market with 100% certainty, nobody was surprised by the move.  However, what did move markets was the hawkish tone from Fed chair Janet […]

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Draghi Does it Again

Demonstrating his great ability to reveal as little as possible about the ECB’s plans to the market (see our October article on this here), Draghi has done it again. We all know that quantitative easing can’t last forever and that […]

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The Euro: ‘Go up or Blow up’

“In Italian politics, no one ever wins” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi December 5th, 2016   Yesterday’s voter rebellion in Italy, which has resulted in the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, confirms that the euro is caught between […]

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Rising inflation to trigger a re-think for the Bank of England

As we look ahead at 2017, the Bank of England will face a dilemma over monetary policy. On one hand, the Bank will want to maintain its accommodative stance so not to risk unsettling nervous consumers in the wake of […]

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Fears rise as the Italian referendum approaches

With the Brexit and US Presidential Election votes now behind us, the market focus now shifts to the Italian Referendum on Constitutional Reform.  Voters will be asked whether they approve of amending the Italian Constitution to reform the appointment and […]

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The Trumpian world order

Last week saw an unexpected event come to fruition as property mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump became president-elect of the USA. Throughout the campaign soundbites of Trump’s nationalistic stance offended many people, however hindsight shows he tapped into […]

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Is inflation back?

“There is no one particular numerical relationship between the exchange rate and inflation” Mark Carney Governor, Bank of England March 29, 2016   “The level of inflation poses a risk to the UK economy, but not in the way you […]

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Could Trump Tank the Dollar?

Just a little over a week now separates us from the results of what has been arguably one of the most interesting, if not controversial presidential election cycles in US history.   A refresh of the polls, and a quick […]

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What Draghi Didn’t Say

Last Thursday, during the press conference that followed the ECB’s October Meeting, Mario Draghi almost ran out of words. “We haven’t discussed tapering”, “we haven’t touched on the issue” and “we haven’t discussed anything like that” were some of the […]

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Dollar Rises on Expectations of a Rate Hike

Unsurprisingly, politics continue to dominate the headlines in the financial press. Whether its Brexit, Clinton vs. Trump, or Euro Politicians debating their role in shoring up the European banking sector, market commentators have had plenty to discuss. However, we shouldn’t […]

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