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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: Trump indecision sees markets wane & confusion reign

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Synopsis of the week US Equity markets have eased off over the week as the initial boost from the US elections becomes more discounted. On Wednesday the US Dollar index hit a thirteen year high taking it back to April 2003 levels before stalling on Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s comments. This latest statement from the FED moved expectations of a…

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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: Markets rally as Clinton is trumped by the Republican nominee in US elections

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Synopsis of the week The initial panic seen in Asian trading as a Republican victory became increasingly likely was swiftly replaced by optimism as traders looked forward to the US spending their way out of trouble. Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy and construction sectors lead the way in the aftermath of last weeks political developments. Companies with businesses inside the US rallied…

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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: US Election results due out early Wednesday morning dominate all other events this week

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Synopsis of the week The Financial world looks to have implemented the harsh lessons that they learnt following the Brexit result earlier in the year with an aggressive “risk off” mindset dominating traders thinking ahead of this week’s US Presidential election results. Central Banks resist the temptation to change, ahead of a momentous week leaving December the month when gifts…

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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: US election fever grips trading desks around the globe as a “risk-off” sentiment eases equity markets lower

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Synopsis of the week A risk-off mentality is becoming increasingly prevalent as markets begin to show the jitters ahead of the US elections now just over a week away. Economic data releases continue to confound FX traders as they infer the UK’s economic landscape is considerably stronger than Sterling strength would suggest. US economic data releases drive the expectation of…

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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: Mario Draghi & the ECB keep rates unchanged while pushing the Quantitative easing decision back until December

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Synopsis of the week The latest European Central Bank meeting and press conference confirmed what markets had suspected, that there will be no rate change and Mario Draghi has sidestepped the issue of QE tapering or extension until December. The latest US election debate once again offered something from the surreal to the ridiculous. Now that all three debates are…

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Weekly Roundup & Look Ahead: Equities set to dominate thinking as the US reporting season kicks off

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Synopsis of the week The FTSE 100, FTSE 250 & FTSE all share all hit intra-day highs on the same day for the first time since December 1999. Political statements continue to crush Sterling as GBPUSD hits a succession of new 30-year lows throughout the week. German business confidence figures came in much stronger than expected while Chinese exports drop…

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Share Radio: Global Perspectives – Sterling snoozefest

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Sterling has seen much politically driven volatility over the last few weeks, but today marks a relative snoozefest. Maybe traders have been convinced by Boris Johnson as he today dismissed fears over leaving the single market. The Foreign Secretary, speaking in front of the Commons foreign affairs committee, has claimed that the “term ‘single market’ is increasingly useless” and that…

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