Market Overview

31 July 2019 06:52

Maria Gregoriou

This morning the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the Consumer Price Index for the second quarter, showing that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.6 percent, following no movement for the March quarter. The yearly CPI shows that over the twelve-month period to the June quarter 2019, it is up by 1.6 percent. According to the report, the most significant price rises for the second quarter of 2019 were automotive fuel, which was up by 10.2 percent, medical and hospital services, that saw an increase of 2.6 percent and international holiday, travel and accommodation, up by 2.7 percent.
30 July 2019 11:03

Maria Gregoriou

During his first week as the new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has managed to heighten Brexit fears to new levels. These fears of a no-deal Brexit, as Johnson plans to pressure the European Union into negotiating a better Brexit deal when the leaders have already said that this is not an option, have had a profound effect on the Pound. According to BBC News, yesterday the Pound sank to a 28-month low against the Dollar. More specifically, the Sterling dipped 1.1 percent to $1.2242 and €1.1004 respectively. The last low for the currency was in January 2017 when it was at $1.
29 July 2019 08:13

Maria Gregoriou

This could be the biggest week of 2019 so far for the world economy as all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) decision about interest rates on Wednesday, among other activities around the world which are bound to set the financial mood for the near future. Wednesday’s decision has been much talked about recently because if the Fed decides to cut interest rates, it will be the first time this has happened in more than a decade. Some analysts, according to The National, expect the Fed to cut their benchmark by half a percentage point.
26 July 2019 07:36

Maria Gregoriou

The President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, hinted that the ECB may provide market stimulus in September at a press conference yesterday about the meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB. This stimulus may come in the form of new easing measures, due to concerns over the eurozone economy. The decisions made in the meeting, according to Draghi are that “the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00 percent, 0.25 percent and -0.40 percent respectively.
25 July 2019 07:55

Maria Gregoriou

Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson had made it clear that Britain will leave the EU in October, without a backstop and perhaps with a new deal in his pre-election statements. Now that he is leading the country European chiefs have waisted no time in asking for a detailed Brexit plan.
24 July 2019 07:52

Maria Gregoriou

Major banks around the world will put an end to their quantitative tightening according to BusinessWorld. Central banks were considering tightening monetary policy for most of last year but are now forced to consider loosening them as the world economy slows. In the US the end to the debate about quantitative tightening could come about as the Federal Reserve (Fed) is currently easing borrowing cost for the first time since 2008.
23 July 2019 07:02

Maria Gregoriou

The long-drawn-out Brexit, the repeated rejection of a plan by parliament, the forced resignation of Theresa May, the extension of a deadline and the fact that both candidates for the position of prime minister – Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt – have said that the possibility of a Northern Ireland backstop is dead, add to the risk of a no-deal Brexit. This risk, according to The Guardian, may have pushed the UK economy into a recession already, as one of the country’s economic forecasters has said.
22 July 2019 07:29

Maria Gregoriou

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell has been hinting that interest rates will be cut in July due to economic risks and inflation pressures. Wall Street Journal commented on this at the end of last week by saying that the Fed is likely to cut rates by 25 bps this month and ‘may make further cuts in the future given global growth and trade uncertainties.
17 July 2019 07:23

Maria Gregoriou

Reuters reported this morning that the U.S and Japan are working towards a trade deal ‘involving agriculture and autos that could be agreed by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet in New York in September.’ The deal could involve Japan offering the U.S farmers new access to its market in return for a reduction in tariffs on a selection of Japanese auto parts, an auto industry official said.
16 July 2019 08:19

Maria Gregoriou

Both candidates for the position of Britain’s next prime minister declared that the Northern Ireland backstop is something they will not consider in Brexit deal negotiations. These statements were given last night during a Sun debate and come after the negotiators of Brexit had one of the worst meetings since 2016 at the end of last week, according to European officials, who are opting for talks to become more hostile under the next British government.
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