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FxWirePro: ZAR buzzes among EMFX universe but FX derivatives markets skeptic about weakness

  • South African currency has been the major winner among the EMFX universe, with USDZAR losing about -1.16% in last two days.
  • However, the caution is warranted as hedging in the options and futures markets suggest that the rand could weaken.
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UK financial expectations stabilise in March; rise in hopes for BoE to raise interest rates over next 12 months

The United Kingdom’s financial expectations stabilise in March, but households report sharpest fall in their appetite for major purchases since September 2017.

At 43.3, down from 43.4 in February, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Household Finance Index (HFI) – which measures households’ overall perceptions of financial wellbeing – was the lowest for 13 months.

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Latest Commitment of Traders positions (Commodities) as of March 12th 2019

CFTC commitment of traders report was released on Friday (15th March) and cover positions up to Tuesday (12th March). COT report is not a complete presenter of entire market positions; however, it represents a good chunk of institutional traders, to have a feel of what expected by the big players.

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FxWirePro: USD/CHF options trading via strangle shorts and 3-way straddles to hedge ahead of SNB

Ahead of Swiss National Bank’s monetary policy that is scheduled for this week, we expect the SNB to maintain its expansionary monetary policy stance (libor rate to remain on hold at -0.75%).

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Latest Commitment of Traders positions (Equities and Bonds) as at March 12th 2019

CFTC commitment of traders report was released on Friday (15th March) and cover positions up to Tuesday (12th March). COT report is not a complete presenter of entire market positions; however, it represents a good chunk of institutional traders, to feel what’s going on in capital markets and how big traders are aligned.

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