Commodity Currencies Gain As Risk Appetite Returns to MarketMay 22, 2018 - By Nick Twidale
We saw the markets recover on a number of fronts during yesterday’s trading as it digested the latest developments in the US – China trade negotiations and other Geo-Political influences. The equity indices finished the day strongly in the US with the Dow closing up 1.21% however, treasuries saw little change on the day. The dollar finished the day slightly lower with the commodity currencies leading the way against the greenback and on the crosses, Aussie and Cad were the stand outs with the AudUsd finishing the day up around 1.0%. and AudJpy and CadJpy having even stronger moves.
Trade Concerns Continue to Dominate Market SentimentMay 21, 2018 - By Nick Twidale
We are set to see equity markets open strongly in Asia this morning after the US and China came to an agreement which has essentially ‘put the Trade War on hold’ according to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The US has agreed to hold off putting tariffs on Chinese goods for now and China has agreed to buy significantly more goods from the US, which will of course assist in reducing the US’s trade deficit. Although this solution does appear to be a step in the right direction from the markets point of view, investors will need to see proof that the practical aspect of the agreement (i.e. Chinese purchasing of US good increasing) is working, before concerns about global growth recede significantly.