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Betty Boo!

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Betty Boo!

It was almost inevitable and hindsight is a wonderful thing. For as Profit & Loss’s Colin Lambert wrote in his And Finally…column only this morning: “The sharp Sterling move we reported last week and I discussed in the midweek ...
Report: Why Did the OTC FX Market Shrink in 2015? The OTC FX market shrank by between 9-11% during 2015, according to a new report from Aite Group. According to the report, this change was largely driven by regulations that forced banks to restructure how they do business, including cutting prime ...
A Different Point of View

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A Different Point of View

At a time when new regulations, divergent central bank policies and changing technology are threatening to fundamentally change how the global FX market operates, a unique perspective on the world’s largest asset class is always welcome. This is why ...
Survey: Professionals Forecast UK to Remain in Europe In a new survey that polled 130 analysts, consultants, journalists, finance specialists, real-sector heads, policy-makers and portfolio managers, 75% forecast that the UK electorate will vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union (EU) in the 23rd June referendum. ...
Commodity Rally and Central Bank Dovishness Running Hand in Hand, For Now Dovish global central bank policy, led by the US Federal Reserve, and a rise in the global price of energy, metals and other commodities have been key drivers of the rally in global risk appetite since mid-January. Specifically, the US ...
Going for Gold

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Going for Gold

Back in 2009, a research team at Nomura put forth the theory that investors should treat commodities as currencies and apply macro tools such as carry, value and momentum trades. Creating a Macro Commodity Strategy (MaCS) based on this theory, the ...
Crisis? What Crisis?

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Crisis? What Crisis?

Much has been made of the recent weakness of sterling. Today, the Bank of England’s trade-weighted sterling index has dropped to its lowest level (83.89) since December 2013. The sell-off is inevitably being at least partially attributed to fears that the ...
SWIFT Reports 18% Jump in RMB Adoption Figures released by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) today reveal that nearly 40% of financial institutions worldwide have adopted RMB when exchanging payments with China and Hong Kong. 1,131 banks used the RMB in payments with China and Hong ...
Study: Policy Improvements Needed to Avoid Currency Crisis Policy improvement and cooperation between monetary and fiscal policy is essential in order to avoid a major currency or debt crisis, according to a new academic paper. Written by Richard Preschern, co-founder and chief risk officer at FX Vision, and ...
Dovish Tide Amongst Central Banks Poses Challenges Monetary policy, in developed markets at least, increasingly seems a case of words speaking louder than actions. At its policy meeting on 26 January, the European Central Bank delivered nothing but its commitment to deliver on its mandate of 2% inflation and ...