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Abshire-Smith Market Analysis

Bank of England Minutes, MPC Unanimous

The Bank of England Monetary policy Committee (MPC) minutes for the meeting held on the 9th and 10th July, were released at 9:30am London. The MPC voted 9-0 to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.50% and asset purchases (QE) at $375 billion. The minutes noted: “Economists polled by Reuters expected the first increase in February 2015, although they put roughly a 40% probability on it happening during the remainder of 2014.” “..risk appetite on the month, linked in part to tentative signs that...

Safe haven flows driven by global tension

The financial markets movement this week is likely to be dominated by the aftermath of the downed Malaysian Airways flight MH17 and the ongoing ground operation by Israeli troops in Gaza. The Ukrainian/Russian conflict was heightened after the passenger jet was downed in Ukraine, with global leaders quick to criticise, yet definite facts as to who is to blame are unclear. The likelihood of further sanctions to Russian countries, as a means of intervention unnerves investors. ...

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