Week Ahead

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Week Ahead: Fed lifts rates & BOE next?

Welcome to LCG’s look ahead to the key events in markets for the week starting June 19th, 2017.

The Federal Reserve raised rates but that wasn’t a surprise. The surprise was that some of the other central banks look like they want to join them- namely the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada. If monetary tightening spreads beyond US shores, that’s when stock markets could start to become unstuck. The FTSE 100 tumbled last week after it tuned out three central bankers wanted to lift interest rates. The slump in US technology stocks and the Nasdaq is also a sign of weakness.

All that said – it’s far too early to call a top in stock markets - the Dow Jones hit fresh records just on Friday! But it’s good to be aware of the risks. The dollar stood its ground at some important levels last week – 1.30 in GBPUSD, 1.13 in EURUSD and $1300 per oz in gold – and Brent crude has given up $50 per barrel.


Watch the full video where we discuss these topics and more