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Rise in Producer Prices for Industrial Products in Germany

20 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou


The rise of 2.6 percent in producer prices for industrial products in January 2019 as compared to January 2018 in the German market, as revealed by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, may be a positive sign for the Euro.

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U.K. and European Officials Working on a New Legal Text

19 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou


After seven Labour MPs quit the party, May's own party tried to persuade her to take the threat of a no-deal divorce off the table, and the announcement that Honda's Swindon plant is expected to close down yesterday, things are not looking so good on the Brexit front.

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Price Index in the U.K. is up by 0.4 Percent

18 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou


The financial and political world have all eyes on the U.K. as the runup to Brexit is getting nearer and nearer. The constant back and forth from London to Brussels, the debates in the British parliament and the British economy have all taken up space on our daily newsfeeds.

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U.K. Set to Compromise on Brexit Demands

15 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou


With only six weeks left until the official Brexit date, the U.K. is now set to compromise on its demands for a re-write of the Brexit agreement, according to Bloomberg.

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New Zealand Interest Rate Remains the Same

13 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou


New Zealand's official cash rate, as reported in the monetary policy statement released by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, has remained unchanged at 1.75 percent. This rate is expected to stay at this level through 2019 and 2020, according to the report.

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BoE Expected to Hold Interest Rates Stable

07 February 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Later today The Bank of England (BoE) will release its first Interest Rate publication for the year. The fact that the way towards Brexit, and its outcome, are still unsure, seems to put the growth of the British economy at a sluggish pace.

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What is the Next Step in Brexit?

28 January 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Reuters announced over the weekend that the Brexit date could be pushed back "by a couple of extra weeks." This statement comes to light just before Parliament is scheduled to vote on Theresa May's Plan B tomorrow.

The extension will give lawmakers time to approve legislation, said the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom. But how will the voting go on Plan B tomorrow, after May's first Brexit plan was voted down by 432 votes to 202 votes in favour?

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Market focus

  • No-deal Brexit would be a significant shock to European economy - ECB's de Guindos
  • Fed's Mester: Fed is not far behind or ahead of curve and can gather information on economy before adjusting rate policy
  • U.S. homebuilder confidence improves more than expected in February
  • Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda: BoJ's monetary policy not targeting FX

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