James Trescothick

With more than 20 years of experience in financial service industry, James is our Senior Global Strategist and the co-producer and presenter of easyMarkets educational videos. When he is not working on educational programs or preparing webinars, you can find him with the easyMarkets team giving seminars around the world.

Welcome to  weekly review where we look back over the results of some of the previous week’s economic indicators. It gives us the chance to reflect on how much expectations were met or missed and to examine a successful trade you could have made this week.


Event: UK Inflation Report Hearings

Date: Tuesday 26 September 2016 at 08:30 GMT

Markets affected: EUR/GBP, GBP/USD

Trending hashtags: #sterling, #gbp, #inflation

The biggest hurdle facing the UK economy has been inflation which was reported as hitting 2.9%, a little above the expected 2.8%. That along with a decline in real wage growth with wages rising only 2.1%, consumer buying power is taking a hit. The UK went from one of the top performing economies of the G7 in 2014 with 3.1% growth to being the slowest growing at just 1% forecasted for 2018.


Event: Fed’s Janet Yellen Speech

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 16:45 GMT

Markets affected: USD/JPY, EUR/USD

Trending hashtags: #usd, #fed

The greenback got a boost following Fed Chair, Janet Yellen’s speech on Wednesday. She commented that the central bank should look to increase the interest rate gradually as waiting for inflation to hit the 2% target may not be the best approach for the economy. She noted the risk of an over-heated labour market should a rate increase not come in over time due to pressure create by inflation which would be difficult to contain.


Event: New Zealand Interest Rate Decision

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2016 at 21:00 GMT

Markets affected: AUD/NZD, NZD/USD

Trending hashtags: #nzd, #interestrate

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand kept the interest rate at the expected 1.75% level. Following an indecisive election result it’s not surprising that the central bank is staying put on its current rate. Also, the previous day the ANZ bank survey showed a fall in business confidence from 29.6 to 38.2 which may be influencing the bank’s decision on keeping rates at current levels.  According to the ANZ bank, an increase in household incomes and commodity prices should mitigate any negative effects from the slight dip in the business sentiment index.


Event: EU Economic Sentiment

Date: Thursday 28 September 2017 at 09:00 GMT

Markets affected: EUR/USD, EUR/GBP

Trending hashtags: #eur

The economic sentiment indicator for the Eurozone increased in August to 113 from the July figure of 111.9. The indicator combines both business sentiment and consumer sentiment. Stronger business confidence means the common region is likely to see faster growth for the remaining months of the year as confident businesses invest more and households spending frees up. This should be good news to the European Central Bank that is considering cuts to Quantitative Easing early next year.


Event: US Gross Domestic Product Q2

Date: Thursday 28 September 2017 at 13:30 GMT

Markets affected: USD/JPY, EUR/USD

Trending hashtags: #usd, #gdp


GDP in the US grew 3.1% in the second quarter of 2017. The figure came above expectations and was the best Q-on-Q growth for the last two years. Stable growth in the jobs market and a booming stock market are stimulating consumer spending which is all good signs for the world’s largest economy.


Trade of the Week

Time in: Thursday 28 September 2017 at 06:00 GMT
Market : EUR/USD
Investment: $500 with 200:1 leverage
Time out: Thursday 28 September 2017 at 14:00 GMT

P&L: $592

If you had bought the EUR/USD with a $500 margin at the level of 1.17245 and closed the deal once after the EU Economic Sentiment data on Thursday which saw the currency pair increase by 0.6%, you might have made $592. Note this example does not take into account spread.



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