Opinion – Wednesday 15 March 2017

What was meant to be a quiet trading session ahead of key risk events (US FOMC and Dutch elections today) turned out to be rather more exciting. The WTI Oil price fell 1.4%, on the back of an OPEC report that stated Saudi Arabia increased oil production in February...

Opinion – Tuesday 14 March 2017

Yesterday was a quiet trading session with markets essentially marking time ahead of key risk events tomorrow and later in the week. 10y US Treasury yields are back above 2.60% with long dated corporate issuance seemingly a key driver and after being on the back foot...

Opinion – Monday 13 March 2017

In markets, the US Dollar fell along with Treasury yields while US stocks ended modestly higher in the wake of what was undoubtedly a good US Employment Report, but testament to both the ‘whisper’ numbers being to the high side of published consensus estimates and the...

Opinion – Friday 10 March 2017

As expected the ECB left its key interest rates and QE programme unchanged, but a more optimistic Draghi has helped the EUR to rally while at the same time it has also pushed Bond Yields higher. Commodities have remained under pressure and it has been the key driver...

Opinion – Thursday 9 March 2017

Yesterday’s ADP Employment Change came in very strong with 298,000 new jobs created. This number, that is an amalgam of historical trends, other macroeconomic indicators (such as Weekly Jobless Claims) as well as ADP’s own payroll processing data, is often a...

Opinion – Wednesday 8 March 2017

Markets continue to tread water ahead of the more important risk events later this week – the ECB meeting tomorrow and US Payrolls on Friday. There was little in the way of significant movement in bonds or currencies, while equities were a touch lower after having had...