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May in the Markets

Trade sanctions and tariffs continue to dominate the global economy, but how effective are they in creating change? Bank of England Reports Published in May 2019 Market Power and Monetary Policy - Read the report This paper explores the link between monetary policy and market power measured by markups estimated at the firm level. Official Demand for US Debt: Implications…

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April in the Markets

Cautious optimism in the growing US Economy is not matched elsewhere with Germany and South Korea both showing declining business morale. Brexit is still centre stage for the UK and factories are stockpiling faster than they have for 60 years. Bank of England Reports Published in April 2019 Interpretation of EU Guidelines & Recommendations: Bank of England & PRA Approach…

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March in the Markets

Brexit continues to dominate the news – and will do so into April with the extension granted by the EU. The quarterly reports are out from the Bank of England and the report is in from the committee set up by the European Parliament to investigate tax evasion. Bank of England Reports Published in March 2019 Quarterly Bulletin - 2019…

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February in the Markets

Brexit continues to be the major story for the pound and the euro. Mid-February both currencies dipped low but have recovered to new highs at the end of the month supported by increasing expectations that a no-deal Brexit would be ruled out. Oil and Precious metals have both declined, and the risk appetite around Chinese PMI manufacturing has reinforced global…

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Why Foreign Exchange is Not a Revenue Stream

A Common Misconception Is it a modern reality that any business with an online presence has the potential to be an international business, regardless of its’ size. Trading in foreign currency presents huge revenue opportunities but also challenges. As businesses grow, so do the risks, costs and uncertainties. Failing to properly manage your foreign exchange (FX) can have a detrimental…

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Take Control of Your Foreign Exchange Exposure

Your Currency Strategy Companies that trade internationally or have offices overseas are exposed to foreign exchange (FX) risks that arise from fluctuation in the currency markets. Any currency can experience periods of high volatility, making attempts to predict the foreign exchange markets a gamble that affects profitability. From eCommerce to imports, a growing number of businesses are understandably keen to…

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City of London Wealth Management Awards 2019 Nominee

We are delighted to announce that Central FX have been nominated for the category FX Service Provider at the City of London Wealth Management Awards (COLWMA) 2019. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and critical service provided by both the organisations and the individual agents themselves in the Financial sector. Winners of the Awards will be determined by a public…

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January in the Markets

Brexit has once again been the central concern for the pound. Dovish reactions from everyone from the US Fed to Bundesbank head Weidmann have been a theme throughout, but global equities have remained resilient. Despite all the concern Sterling posted the sharpest gain for a year this January – reflecting a growing sentiment that a no-deal Brexit can, and will,…

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Setting a Budget Rate for Your Foreign Exchange Exposure

Can You Accurately Set A Budget Rate? As we head into 2019 the usual strategies and budgets that need to be delivered on become locked in place. However, within the foreign exchange (FX) markets the only thing that you can accurately predict over the next 12 months is market volatility. Companies are beginning to embrace the uncertainties of trading overseas…

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2019 in Foreign Exchange

The Key Events of 2019 2019 promises to be another interesting year, if 2018 was anything to go by. From Russia to Trump, things are changing to unprecedented levels. There are some pivotal calendar events to watch out for and high-risk situations with a sell-by-date. In calendar order, enjoy early-access to the key global insights for 2019: Read more: The…

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5 Common Influences on Foreign Exchange Markets and Rates

A country’s level of economic health is a strong influence on foreign exchange rates. Consider the current exchange rate as a snapshot of a country’s economic stability. If an exchange rate is strong, this is an indication of economic and/or political strength, if an exchange rate is weak, this is an indication of poor economic and/or political stability. Such rates…

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Protecting your Bottom Line from Currency Fluctuations

Prior to Brexit and the recession, concerns regarding currency volatility and the impact it could have on a business’s bottom line were less ubiquitous. In today’s climate however, concerns are ever-growing, particularly for enterprises that conduct business internationally, due to the current global economic uncertainty and subsequent exposure to foreign exchange risk. With the pound plunging against a number of…

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