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  • Article / 16 March 2017 at 13:00 GMT

    Keep calm and carry on

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    Keep calm and carry on
    The US Federal Reserve delivered a quarter-point rate rise on Wednesday, as expected, and issued a calm statement, showing that the Fed is sticking to its game plan and feels no way behind with the pace of normalisation. Meanwhile, the failure of the far-right challenger to win the Dutch election sparked a relief rally seen in narrowing of European bond spreads.
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    16 March
    Jim Earls Jim Earls
    Going 8 years at near the zero bound and now pretending like one is not behind is a bit of denial.
  • Article / 10 March 2017 at 13:00 GMT

    Deflation, reflation, inflation

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    Deflation, reflation, inflation
    European Central Bank president Mario Draghi indicated that the balance of risks has improved even though those risks are still skewed to the downside. Importantly, he reiterated that Eurozone growth remains damped by sluggish reform and balance-sheet adjustment. Meanwhile, in the US, the reflation trade has bounced back strongly, and today's US jobs report will be an important piece of the puzzle before the Fed meets next week.
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  • Article / 10 March 2017 at 11:00 GMT

    Draghi calls for reform, but reluctant politicians unlikely to act

    Managing Partner / Spotlight Group
    United Kingdom
    Draghi calls for reform, but reluctant politicians unlikely to act
    Mario Draghi has kept rates on hold despite an uptick in inflation, much to the frustration of German politicians who clearly miss the days of the Bundesbank deciding monetary policy. Meanwhile Draghi's reform calls are likely to fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile the euro is heading for parity with the US dollar this year.
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    10 March
    Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
    Short-term technicals like the Euro...however, get to the weekly and monthly and the Dollar is favoured. I would be wary ahead of Non-Farm Payroll.

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    10 March
    vanita vanita
    Thank-you very much Steve.
    10 March
    OROUC OROUC
    Thanks a lot Steve.. very helpfull