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Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen put bid into Crude

The crisis in Yemen has escalated towards an all-out civil war. The president of Yemen, Abdrabbuj Mansour Hadi is reported to have fled the country as forces attempt to fight back against Shia rebels known as Houthis. The Houthis are reportedly backed by Iran and been extending their control over the country since September. On Wednesday Saudi Arabia launched air strikes against the Houthis in support of the “legitimate government,” which has subsequently been condemned by Iran. The latest rep...

UK inflation falls to Zero

The ONS has released the inflation data (CPI) for February, which has fallen to zero. Governor of the BoE Mark Carney had warned markets that in the near term inflation would fall, but in 12 months pick up quickly. The latest release from the ONS is the lowest level for CPI since inflation estimates began in 1988. The ONS release highlighted the slowdown in inflation to price movements in recreational goods, food and furnishings. This reading was key for policy makers as the primary impact from...

Is Greece headed towards the Exit?

The fear of Greece leaving the single currency (Grexit) has been a recurring theme since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The country has only remained within the Eurozone via multiple bailouts from the IMF, otherwise the country would have defaulted on its commitments and been forced from the currency union. At the latest election, the citizens of Greece voted for the anti-austerity Syriza Party which are playing hard ball with Brussels as the country verges on bankruptcy. The leader of Syriza...

Important day for the UK Economy

At 9:30am London the Bank of England minutes for the MPC meeting held on the 4 and 5 March will be released. The expectation is that the members voted unanimously (9 - 0) to leave interest rates and asset purchases unchanged. Traders will be checking through the minutes of the meeting for any signals of the timing of the tightening of policy. This month is six years that the base interest rate has been held at the record low of 0.50%....

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