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Abshire-Smith Market Analysis

UK GDP Q3 2014 +0.7%

The second estimate for 3rd quarter UK GDP was released at 0.7% by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The second estimate was in line with the initial release leading to a minimal weakening of GBP in the FX market. The annual GDP (between Q3 2013 – Q3 2014) grew by 3.0%, unrevised from the previous estimate. Though the release was a positive figure, the pace of growth has slowed, dragged by the trade balance. The slowdown of growth is a concern to investors that the UK economy isn’t.....

Thanksgiving Trading Hours 2014

Thursday the 27th November is a public holiday (Thanksgiving) in the US, and trading hours for some of the products that we offer will be effected.The above is correct to the best of our knowledge; however there might be slight variations depending on trading platform. The trading hours might differ due to reasons beyond our control, such as liquidity providers adjusting their trading hours. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us....

China’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates

The Chinese Central bank, The PBOC has cut interest rates for the first time since 2012. The surprise move of lowering borrowing costs to counteract a cooling economy, which is on track for its lowest annual growth in 24 years (CNBC). The move to reduce rates by 25bps, to 2.75% comes into effect from the 22nd of November Following the announcement commodity currencies, specifically the Aussie Dollar strengthened from 0.8630 to trade a session high of 0.8721....

BoE MPC November Minutes, 7-2 vote for rate rise

The Bank of England minutes for the MPC meeting held 5th and 6th November were less dovish than the market had expected with the split being the same as October. The MPC split was a 7-2 vote for interest rates to be left unchanged at 0.50%, with Weale and McCatherty voting for a 25bps rate rise. The committee voted 9-0 to leave the asset purchase (QE) programme at £375bn. ...

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