Daily Commentary | Macron seen as the winner of the first French debate | 21/03/2017

Overnight, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist politician and former economy minister, was seen as the winner of the first French Presidential debate. According to a snap opinion poll, Macron was more...

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Daily Commentary | Euro traders turn their gaze to French polls; Debates kick off today | 20/03/2017

The common currency gave back some of its recent gains on Friday, following the release of a poll on the French presidential election. The poll showed that although the far-right Eurosceptic...

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Daily Commentary | Euro surges again as ECB’s Nowotny hints at rate hikes | 17/03/2017

The common currency enjoyed another round of increased demand yesterday, following some comments from Ewald Nowotny, the Austrian ECB Governing Council member. The policymaker said that when the...

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Daily Commentary | FOMC delivers a hike, but offers no hawkish hints | 16/03/2017

The FOMC raised interest rates by 25bps yesterday, as was very widely anticipated. However the decision was not unanimous, with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari adding a dovish touch by...

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Daily Commentary | FOMC decision: Signals on the rate path to drive the dollar | 15/03/2017

Today, the highlight for financial markets will be the FOMC rate decision. This will be one of the “bigger” meetings that also includes updated forecasts on the US economy, projections on the rate...

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Daily Commentary | US employment data cement a March hike | 15/03/2017

The US economy added 235k jobs in February data showed on Friday, more than the consensus for 190k, and a number consistent with further tightening in the labor market. Meanwhile, January’s figure...

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Week Ahead | March 13th – 17th | FOMC, BoE, BoJ, SNB & NB meetings, Dutch elections, key data in focus | 15/03/2017

• In the US, the FOMC is widely expected to raise rates. Given that such a move is almost fully priced in, market action may come from the updated signals regarding the rate path.

• In the...

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Daily Commentary | UK Parliament officially green-lights Brexit; May’s speech in focus | 15/03/2017

The UK government’s Brexit bill received the official approval of Parliament yesterday, with the House of Commons overturning the amendment that the House of Lords introduced. The Lords then...

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