Nick Parsons


Our central expectation going in to the ECB meeting was that President Draghi would try to exceed expectations. He is a past master of this, very skilled at manipulating opinion and then over-delivering

The Bank of Canada is the latest Central Bank to deliver a shock; cutting its main policy rate to 0.75% from 1.0% in a move which none of the 22 analysts surveyed had anticipated.

There’s a clear trend developing in global equity markets where expectations for monetary stimulus in Europe (ex-Switzerland of course!) are driving stocks higher whilst the prospect, or possibility, of Fed tightening combined with worries over corporate earnings are depressing

For the first time in well over a week, almost every currency is trading on the same big figure as it did 24 hours ago; the one exception being EUR/USD but even this is only 60 pips from where it opened Monday morning.

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