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  • Article / Friday at 13:05 GMT

    Not so fantastic four

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    Not so fantastic four
    The four front-runners in France's presidential election are too close in the polls ahead of Sunday's first-round ballot to rule out any permutation for the May 7 run-off. Yesterday’s rally in the euro was partly tempered by an opinion poll showing a narrower margin of victory for the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. For financial markets the most troubling combination would be a second round pitting the leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon with the far-right's Marine Le Pen.
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  • Article / 05 April 2017 at 14:16 GMT

    Insipid Macron not the French election answer

    Managing Partner / Spotlight Group
    United Kingdom
    Insipid Macron not the French election answer
    Emmanuel Macron looks very likely to run out victor at the second round of the French presidential election as the far-right's Marine Le Pen will not muster the support she needs, but, while markets will rejoice, the fillip is only set to be temporary.
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    05 April
    Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
    Continued...The next presidential Poll will not be until 2022...and if the Eurozone continues to find growth hard to come by, sees no real reduction in unemployment, has...
    05 April
    Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
    Ceseme,

    Shame the Republicans did not select Juppe'. I know he has a checkered with the unions, but his reformist approach could have been just what France needed...hmm...then...
    05 April
    vanita vanita
    Thanks for great analysis👍
  • 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.