US Treasury Report adds India to watch list

The semi-annual currency report was released by the U.S. Department of Treasury last week. The report, published under the Trump administration refrained from naming any of the trading partners as currency manipulators but maintained pressure on China. The report criticized China for its "non-market direction" and warned of the global risks. ...

2018-04-19 John Benjamin Read more
Trump Trade War

One of the key topics that has been moving markets over recent weeks is the “Trump Trade War” between the US and China. Following Trump’s announcement around a month ago that he would be imposing trade tariffs of around $60bln, markets were rocked as China responded in kind by announcing its own 25% import tariffs on select US goods, totalling a...

2018-04-19 James Harte Read more
April 2018 Monthly Outlook

The month of March saw the Federal Reserve Bank hiking interest rates by 25 basis points in a highly anticipated move. The central bank signaled that it would stick to three rate hikes this year amid speculation that the Fed could move for a more aggressive rate hike path. The U.S. dollar remained mixed across the board during the month. Else...

2018-04-10 John Benjamin Read more

These are very volatile times with many factors influencing the Market simultaneously.   FED did not signal more than 3 rate hikes this year UK officials are still having “Brexit” talks President Trump threatens China with a possible Trade War and China responds firmly Facebook looking vulnerable over data privacy breach ta...

2018-04-03 Richard Tataru Read more
Trump Trade War

Five Fronts in the Trade War The Donald Trump Trade War began as the president signed a proclamation to place tariffs on steel and aluminum on Thursday in the first concrete step in his quest to reduce the bulging US trade deficit. The resulting steps as well as fallout will be a driving force for markets in the weeks/months ahead. Major d...

2018-03-23 Ashraf Laidi Read more
Trump’s Latest Gift

Trump finally did it. Yesterday’s announcement of 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% tariffs on imported aluminum is an outright trade war. Regardless of whether protectionism has been the cornerstone of Trump’s campaign promises, once it is announced markets react. As Trump was backing protectionism in Thursday’s press conference, Fed Cha...

2018-03-23 Ashraf Laidi Read more
trump colluded

Trump Becomes Target Once Again Donald Trump’s presidency has once again been thrown into controversy following the launch of an investigation by the Justice Department into Russia’s alleged interference in the US elections. While the indictment delivered last week indicated that America was not knowingly involved in any collusion with Russian ...

2018-03-23 James Harte Read more
trade wars

Four days after the US government was shut down due to immigration-driven disagreement over extending Federal funding, the US dollar sustained a major blow resulting from protectionist remarks by US Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.   Shutdown & Protectionism Resurfacing political dissent is nothing new....

2018-03-20 Ashraf Laidi Read more
Government Shutdown

Deadlock Dissolves Following a tense three days of deadlocked negotiations, the market was relieved today to hear that President Trump has now signed a spending bill, agreed upon by both the democrats and republicans. Bringing to an end the three-day government shutdown that had been running since last Friday. With the government having fail...

2018-03-20 James Harte Read more
Trump's Twitter

Beyond Social Media Over the last decade, social media has seen an incredible boom, with a sharp increase in both the number of platforms and channels available as well as the number of total users. What started out as merely a way of helping friends stay in touch and plan social events has now exploded into an entire industry spanning entertai...

2018-03-12 James Harte Read more