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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble issued a statement late last night in New York criticising Greece for backing out of agreed bailout reforms. He said that ‘nobody expects that there will be a solution’ to Greece’s drama by next Friday’s ECB meeting on 24th April 2015; this fully contradicts with the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ comments last week when he said he was ‘very confident’ a solution would be reached. Greek offic…

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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. Yen The move fo…

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Wednesday 1st October saw European equities moving sideways while the Euro sells off sharply as a result of yet weaker macro data highlighting further growth challenges in the Eurozone, a point the ECB will more than likely address at its meeting tomorrow. European Manufacturing PMI slipped to 50.3 compared to a previous estimate of 50.5 creating worrying signs for the region’s Manufacturing Sector as orders appear to be diminishing for the first time since June 2013 leading to m…

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It’s the 4th July, which is a public holiday in the US, which has left the European/US trading sessions subdued with minimal data points. On Thursday there was the unusual occurrence of a Thursday release for the US employment report, Non-Farm Payrolls, released alongside, initial jobless claims, continuing jobless claims and Draghi’s ECB press conference. US equity markets were buoyed by the strong employment figures, with the headline number of jobs added being +288,000…

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Equity markets rallied yesterday after the expected announcement by Mario Draghi that the European Central Bank (ECB) will indeed be supporting indebted European governments. He pledged the ECB will consider to purchasing their government bonds in a new programme dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions. These would be bought in the secondary market, and not indirectly from the governments and Draghi stipulated that this would only happen after the governments had sought financial aid from the…

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The UK government is attempting to reignite the economy with a plan to relax planning rules, to allow businesses and homes to expand and improve their properties. The expectation is that this supply side policy will help remove the bureaucracy and begin growth for the UK economy. Bank of England (BoE) announces interest rates and its asset purchase plan at 12pm (London). The benchmark interest rate is expected to be left unchanged at 0.5% and the asset purchase facility held at…

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The weekend’s financial press were awash with articles discussing Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke’s Jackson Hole speech on Friday. Bernanke’s comments were sufficiently dovish, and led US equity markets to close with gains on Friday, with Gold and Silver benefiting from the prospect of QE3. The official China PMI for August was released on Saturday while the markets were closed, and printed a week figure of 49.2, below the pivotal 50.0 expansion le…

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