Sterling held near a one-week low as a weekend bout of negative news around Brexit negotiations weighed on the British currency although a central bank meeting later this week kept investors wary of adding bearish positions.
Sterling has rallied 4.5 per cent this year against the US dollar.
The US dollar paused after rebounding at the end of last week, when a strong jobs report suggested the currency’s weakness might have gone too far, too fast.
After a reasonably stable weekend of trading bitcoin’s slump resumed, falling to a low of $7,668 per coin overnight.
- Bitcoin Is Falling Fast, Losing More Than Half Its Value in Six Weeks – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
- Bitcoin Newbies Are Getting Crushed While Old Timers Bemoan `Weak Hands’ – Bloomberg
One of the oldest tactics on Wall Street is going viral in the world of digital currencies.
Leveraged funds, which include hedge funds, held 2,974 short positions in Cboe Global Markets’ bitcoin futures, a fivefold jump from the prior week.
The busiest January on global markets in many years is raising hopes among exchanges and market venues that 2018 will spark a long-awaited rebound in trading revenues.
London’s financial sector will lobby hard across the Continent for its preferred option of EU market access via a free-trade deal.
Legislation reflects EU’s suspicion and misunderstanding about free markets.
For those of you who missed it, there were some noteworthy nuggets of data contained within JP Morgan’s recent e-trends survey.
Europe’s financial regulator has identified potential weaknesses at two of the region’s big clearing houses, drawing fresh attention to companies now widely considered to be systemically important to the safety of global markets.
An industry group representing the privately traded derivatives markets may challenge new rules requiring that more capital be used to back the trades, arguing that the requirements place them at a disadvantage to trading futures contracts.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen professed her disappointment over not being tapped for a second term by President Donald Trump, as she also predicted the central bank would keep on its path of gradual interest-rate increases.
- Janet Yellen Leaves the Fed – and a Glass Ceiling Shattered – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
- Jay Powell’s Challenge at the Fed – Financial Times (subscription)
US financial regulators may have just caught a major break when it comes to overseeing the roughshod cryptocurrency market.
The average daily volume (ADV) for spot FX trading on Nex Markets was $104.9 billion in January, while CME Group handled around $109 billion including FX options.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) set a new volume and open interest records for its USD/CNH futures contract in January.
Theresa May announced the launch of R5-SHCH Connect, a new service which links banks in China with London’s FX market.
UBS Group may require staff to seek approval before trading cryptocurrencies in their personal accounts, bringing its policy on whipsawing virtual money into line with its rules on dealing other securities.
- Bitcoin Ban Expands Across Credit Cards as Big US Banks Recoil – Bloomberg
- Bitcoin Investors Find Tax Demands Are Not Virtual – Financial Times (subscription)
- ‘Crypto Crazy’ Japanese Mystified by Virtual Heist – Financial Times (subscription)
Asian currencies are getting support from an unexpected development – the weakening relationship between the two-year Treasury yield and the dollar.
The Canadian dollar suffered it sharpest drop in one year against its US counterpart after a pickup in US wage growth boosted the greenback, while multi-year highs for bond yields pressured global stock markets.