EURUSD Non-Commercials reduced their net long positions in the Euro last week selling 2k contracts to take the total position to 34k contracts. EUR long positioning continues to be steadily reduced as the market digests the ECB’s announcement at its last meeting that it will be winding down QE by year end but plans to keep rates unchanged ...

2018-07-09 James Harte Read more
central bank

The Fed: Gradual Policy Tightening In Full Swing The Fed has reaffirmed its commitment to sticking to its plan of “gradual” policy normalisation with two more hikes forecast this year. The economic outlook is good, with the economy on track to grow by around 4% in Q2 2018, boosted by tax cuts with inflation continuing to creep higher. Employmen...

2018-07-05 James Harte Read more
bank of japan

The Bank of Japan has the option to adjust its already large monetary policy further, a high ranking official from the Bank of Japan said last week. The BoJ's deputy governor, Amamiya told a local newspaper that the central bank could adjust its monetary policy which has already expanded strongly with little to show for. His comments came as ...

2018-07-05 John Benjamin Read more

With Trump and Kim meeting this Tuesday, UK Unemployment rate, US CPI, UK CPI, FOMC meeting, ECB meeting, the BOJ monetary policy meeting and so much more this week, what could be in store for the FXMajors? [shortcode-variables slug="go2_tradeideas"]  

2018-06-12 Ian Coleman Read more

March Meeting Minutes Review The BOJ meeting minutes pour cold water on BOJ normalisation expectations following their release. Though the bank kept policy unchanged at current levels, as was widely expected, the market was taken slightly by surprise to learn that several on the BOJ board cautioned against a premature exit from the bank’s curre...

2018-05-08 James Harte Read more
BoJ keeps policy unchanged

The Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting held last week on Friday saw no major changes to interest rates or the central bank's QE program as widely expected. However, the BoJ removed its reference to following a time-frame for achieving the inflation target which surprised some analysts. The BoJ said that this was done in a bid to keep the ma...

2018-05-04 John Benjamin Read more
ECB and BoJ Meetings

As the markets head into the final week for the month of April, the economic calendar continues to steam ahead with lot of economic releases. Central bank meetings take the spotlight this week with both the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan lined up. No changes are expected from either of the central bank meetings this week. However...

2018-04-24 John Benjamin Read more
April Tankan survey

On Sunday of last week, the Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan manufacturing and non-manufacturing survey data was released. Covering the period of the first quarter, data showed that confidence among the larger manufacturing firms in Japan weakened for the first time in two years. The decline in confidence came as investors remained cautious o...

2018-04-13 John Benjamin Read more
BoJ Hawkish outlook

The Bank of Japan will be holding its monetary policy meeting later this week on Friday. The BoJ's meeting comes on the heels of the ECB meeting on Thursday. While no changes to interest rates are expected from the BoJ, the central bank's statement is likely to garner a lot of attention. The markets continue to flip-flop on the Japanese yen o...

2018-03-23 John Benjamin Read more
Fed meeting minutes and US inflation

The markets head into a busy week that sees some of the major central bank monetary policy meetings lined up. This week, the RBA, the Bank of Japan, the ECB and the BoC will be holding their monetary policy meetings. Despite the line up of the central bank meetings, no major changes are expected from either of the central bank monetary policy de...

2018-03-23 John Benjamin Read more