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While most of the recent market attention has been on the political situation in Italy, the political environment in Germany has been bubbling over. The historic alliance between the German CDU party (of Chancellor Merkel) and the Bavarian CSU party has become strained to the point of breaking over diverging views on migration policy. CSU Break...

2018-06-20 James Harte Read more
German economy loses momentum in Q1 2018

The German economy loses momentum in Q1 2018, rising at a slower pace than initially forecast in the first three months of the year. Data from federal statistics agency, Destatis showed that the Eurozone's largest economy grew at a pace of just 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis during the three months ending March 2017. The pace of growth w...

2018-05-22 John Benjamin Read more
German exports posts the biggest decline

Exports from Germany fell sharply in February marking the biggest monthly decline since 2015 as the trade surplus narrowed. Official data released on Monday showed that growth in Europe's largest economy might have slowed towards the end of the first quarter. On a seasonally adjusted basis, German exports fell 3.2% on a month over month basis...

2018-04-19 John Benjamin Read more
2017 Market Events Roundup

The year 2017 was a very eventful one, and a year when geopolitical uncertainties drove market trends globally. The year saw a massive surge in the US stock markets, ahead of the proposed tax cuts, a slump in the value of the British pound due to the Brexit drama, and surprising growth for the European and Asian markets. South Africa went and ca...

2018-01-17 Orbex Read more

With the New Year on the horizon it’s time to take a look back over 2017 and explore what happened to the big calls that were being made at the beginning of the year.   The Trump Trade   At the start of the year, the main market focus was the newly appointed US President Trump and the prospect of massive fiscal stimulus and an ...

2018-01-17 James Harte Read more
Euro currency cheers upbeat German data

The final revised GDP figures from Germany showed that the economic activity in the region rose 0.8% in the three months leading up to the end of September. This was higher than previous estimates which showed a 0.6% increase. Following the release of the GDP data, the euro currency rose over 1.1% on Tuesday of last week. Economists were expe...

2017-12-12 John Benjamin Read more
German Political Uncertainty

Coalition Talks Break Down On Sunday evening, the first attempt to form a “Jamaica coalition” in Germany failed. The CDU-CSU, FDP and Greens were unable to come to an agreement, ending with the FDP walking away from negotiations on the grounds that the compromises needed to secure a coalition would jeopardise the party’s electoral line. Give...

2017-12-12 James Harte Read more
FDP flags

All Quiet on The German Front The German elections are just two weeks away now and so far, aside from a few personal attacks on CDU’s Merkel by SPD’s Schulz, there has been little excitement to note. Current polling results continue to show a strong lead for the incumbent Chancellor’s party with the SPD in second place. The only real unknown el...

2017-09-13 James Harte Read more
voting - german election

A former research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry, who, reportedly, enjoys making plum pies and used to stay away from politics, is now one of the most powerful women in the world. Angela Merkel, or as Germans call her “Mutti,” mother in German, is now heading all the way to the 4th term as a Chancellor of the Eurozone economic ...

2017-10-03 Kira Vessiari Read more
Politician and candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz

The German election race is beginning to heat up as we head into September with Angela Merkel, the current German chancellor, coming under fire from SPD leader Martin Schultz. The new leader of the SPD targeted Merkel in rather a personal way this week accusing her of being “disconnected from reality” and “aloof” as well as attacking her for not...

2017-08-31 James Harte Read more