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Mark Carney to stay on at BoE - EMEA brief 12 Sep

Mark Carney will stay on as the BoE (Bank of England) governor until the end of January 2020 to help the UK through any Brexit turbulence. Unilever laid out plans for it's December listing as a new Dutch entity, initiated originally due to Brexit risks. China is set to request the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hit the US with good duties. Dollar slips. Oil prices have risen following a report that the US crude inventories are set to decline. Whilst top oil produce

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JamesIG

Sterling rallies on Brexit talks - EMEA brief 11 Sep

GBP rallies on Brexit talks and a hope for a deal before the year is out. Whilst there seems to be a break in tariff hostilities, it seen by most as only temporary. A softer yen helped support Japan's Nikkei. Asian overnight: Chinese and Hong Kong stocks were the two weak spots in a mixed overnight session, with strong gains for Japanese and Australian markets. The expected imposition of a whole raft of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has brought about further pressure on bus

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JamesIG

Apple suppliers hit by Trump Tweets - EMEA brief 10 Sep

Asian stocks have slumped to a 14 month low on the back of China worries. USD edges higher as trade tensions keep markets on edge, whilst oil rises as new production in US drilling stalls. Slightly higher dollar causes gold to fall, along with rate hike views and trade war worries. Asian overnight: Fresh tariff concerns hit Asian markets overnight, with Apple suppliers particularly hard hit thanks to the US president’s tweets regarding the tech giant moving production to the

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JamesIG

Risk-off - APAC brief 10 Sep

For whatever good news that could come out this week in global markets, it would take something of extreme magnitude to distract traders from the unfolding emerging market crisis and escalating US-China trade war. The debilitating aspect of both stories is the sense of randomness and chaos surrounding each. Regarding emerging markets, the concern is how challenging it is to judge what exposure developed markets have to the various issues plaguing them; regarding the US-China trade war, the perce

JasmineC

JasmineC

Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 10 Sep - 15 Sep

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 10 Sep 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video.  NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a cash neutral ad

JasmineC

JasmineC

ECB and BoE Rate Decisions, New Territory in Trade Wars, Global Political Risks - DFX key themes

Important European Central Bank Rate Decisions As we find distraction in trade wars and political risk, it is important to remember that we are still dealing with more traditional fundamental issues in the background. One of the most systemically important and extremely underpriced risks is the global market’s long-standing dependency on massive stimulus from the world’s largest central banks. That wave of easy money through massive rate cuts and largest stimulus programs has noticeably rec

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

US & China ramp up tensions - EMEA brief 07 Aug

The Asia equity market ex-Japan are looking at their lowest levels since July last year. Tech sector as a whole was hit by a drop in chip stocks yesterday as well as a knock to social media. Investors are cautious that new U.S. tariffs on China could come into play at any time. Yen and Swiss franc are looking to be bid up for those looking at safe harbours. Non-farm payrolls are out later today. Asian overnight: Yet again trade concerns weighed on Asian markets,

JamesIG

JamesIG

Reduced minimum bet sizes

I just wanted to update all Community members to let them know that we have recently reduced the minimum bet sizes on some key indices, commodities, and FX markets. This has been done for both UK spread betting accounts and European CFD accounts.  What are the minimum bet sizes for indices, commodities and FX on IG? Correct as of 6th September 2018 but subject to change   Continued feedback A key aim of Community is to keep a two way dialogue open between our client base

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JamesIG

Emerging market concerns continue - EMEA brief 06 Sep

The Asian market index futures boards are seeing a sea of red on the back of continued EM anxieties. Dollar seeing pressure as European peers are bid up. Tesla stock slips as investor worries deepen, whilst the Tesla bond hits a record low. Uber on track for an IPO in 2019, however there are no plans to sell it's tech unit according to CEO. Goldman have dropped bitcoin trading plans for now according to reports. Crypto space crashes.  Gold seeing an increase in

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JamesIG

EM Crisis - APAC brief 06 Sep

The pain in emerging markets continues to be too difficult to ignore, although it must be said that the effects of the crisis were relatively contained in overnight trade. There is this sneaking suspicion in markets presently, that whatever the worst outcome is for emerging markets, some of that must inevitably spill into the developed world. The issue is however, it remains to be seen how and where these signs of contagion may first show-up. Now of course it may not do so at all, but as the sco

JasmineC

JasmineC

Mercedes gunning for Tesla - EMEA brief 05 Sep

Stocks have fallen whilst the dollar remains effected on trade tensions and tariff wars. The AUD has given up gains on GDP data. Despite being the most shorted stock on Wall Street (even ahead of Tesla), Amazon pipped the $1 trillion valuation briefly yesterday as it surpassed the $2,050.27 a share requirement. Its expected that there will be no change in the FTSE 100 for the first time in 12 years today with no individual constituents being upgraded or downgraded. The Briti

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JamesIG

Market stress - APAC brief 05 Sep

Market stress: The world economy and financial markets are displaying further signs of duress as traders enter the mid-part of the week. Trade War fears hang over markets like a darkening cloud, and emerging markets are wobbling and appear on the verge of a greater crisis. Of the two prevailing concerns, the problems within emerging market economies is slowly taking greatest attention. The South African economy looks to be slipping into recession and Argentinian policy makers are scrambling rega

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JasmineC

Emerging markets address rising inflation - EMEA brief 04 Sep

Asian stocks were mixed yesterday with no lead from US session and continued concerns over trade tensions. Argentina announces new fiscal policy, while Turkey's central bank hints towards a rate hike. WTI trades higher as two rigs off the Gulf of Mexico are evacuated ahead of hurricane. Brent loses ground as India allows state refiners to import Iranian oil. RBA holds rates steady at 1.5%. Asian overnight: A mixed session overnight has seen substantial gains in

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SamuelIG

Soft start to the week - APAC brief 04 Sep

Soft start to the week: The weak lead from Wall Street combined with US Labor Day holiday kept trading within financial markets soft and subdued overnight. The return of trade war concerns following the disintegration of talks between the US and Canada weighed heavily on markets in the Asian region, with the Nikkei, Hang Seng and the major Chinese indices sustaining considerable losses. It places traders in a starkly different position compared to last week when it was hope that perhaps US Presi

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JasmineC

Trade talks knocked as Trump threatens to quit NAFTA - EMEA brief 03 Sep

Asian markets were largely negative, dropping for a 3rd consecutive session on further trade escalation US - Canada trade talks knocked as Trump threatens to quit NAFTA altogether US markets closed for Labor Day Oil prices dipped lower on Monday on the back of rising supply from OPEC and the U.S Asian overnight: The two main rounds of negotiation on Friday have come back to bite markets at the start of this week, with the breakdown in US-Canada trade talks and UK-EU Br

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ChrisWa

Trade negotiations - APAC brief 29 Aug

Trade negotiations: Global markets ended last week on the back foot, after trade talks between the US and Canada stripped traders of some hope that the global trade-war may be de-escalating. It was figured that following the relatively positive developments in US-Mexico trade negotiations early last week that perhaps a change of tact was emerging from US President Trump’s administration regarding global trade. Hopes were quashed upon news that negotiations between the US and Canada had broken do

JasmineC

JasmineC

Trade Wars Progress Falters, Seasonal Volatility Return, Who is Devaluing? - DFX key themes

A Habit of Cutting Down Progress Towards Ending Trade Wars  This past week, optimism was dangled in front of the markets and violently snatched away before it became too established. We have been dealing with the escalation of explicit competition in trade policies for the since March, and each hint of progress in turning the major players back from economic stalemate has been consummately dashed. This past week, there were two fronts on which it seemed we were heading for an important brea

JohnDFX

JohnDFX

Expected Index Dividend Adjustments 03 Sep - 07 Sep

Expected index adjustments  Please see the expected dividend adjustment figures for a number of our major indices for the week commencing 03 Sep 2018. If you have any queries or questions on this please let us know in the comments section below. For further information regarding dividend adjustments, and how they affect  your positions, please take a look at the video.  NB: All dividend adjustments are forecasts and therefore speculative. A dividend adjustment is a  cash neutral a

JamesIG

JamesIG

Inside the LME - the last of the 'pits'

The London Metal Exchange: LME The LME is one of the last pit traded venues in the world which has escaped the computerisation and digitalisation of the modern world. The iconic image of the 80's with men in brightly coloured suits has all but gone, however the live 'ring' as it's known is still the number one place in the world to trade a number of ferrous, non-ferrous, precious and minor metals. LME participants can trade and take or make delivery of aluminium, copper, tin, nickel, zinc,

TimP

TimP

Trump backs tariffs and threatens to quit WTO - EMEA brief 31 Aug

Trump back introduction of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in ongoing trade dispute with China US president also threatens to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organisation "if they don't shape up", claiming unfair treatment US & Canadian leaders optimistic in reaching revised NAFTA agreement by today's deadline Panasonic are set to move their European base outside of London to mitigate risk going into Brexit Argentinian government rai

Hassan

Hassan

Sentiment shifts - APAC brief 29 Aug

The risks that markets have been vulnerable to all week have popped-up in the last twenty-four hours, wiping some of the shine off what has been an otherwise strong performance from global equities. The elephants in the room throughout the week’s trade has been the US-China trade-war, along with the simmering structural problems affecting emerging markets – developments in which had been conspicuously absent. Trade tensions were reinflamed during yesterday’s Asian session and then again overnigh

JasmineC

JasmineC

Dollar drops, four-week high for GBP - EMEA brief 30 Aug

Asia stocks pull back as weakness in China outweighs NAFTA trade U.S. - Canada trade talks are making progress Dollar drops, whilst the pound is trading at a four-week high Extend overnight rally by oil prices German and Spanish inflation stabilization in August with economists estimating a rate of 2.1% for Germany and 2.3% for Spain Brexit talks remain deadlocked  Asian overnight:  A largely bearish session overnight has seen losses across China, Austral

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NadelinaIG

S&P hits all-time high - EMEA brief 29 Aug

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both set new records, passing the 2900 and 8000 mark respectively for the first time in their history.  Focus shifts on talks between the US and Canada on an updated NAFTA, which could be signed in the coming days. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is now in Washington to carry out negotiations.  The previously announced deadline for Brexit talks set for the 18th of October may not be feasible, as rumors spread that it may now be postpone

SteveIG

SteveIG

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