Xi Jingping arrives in the UK

Yesterday’s markets

21st October 2015

  • CHF Trade Balance: 3.05B
  • UK MPC Member McCafferty Speaks
  • BoE Gov Carney Speaks
  • US Building Permits: 1.10M
  • US Housing Starts: 1.21M
  • FOMC Member Dudley Speaks
  • FOMC Member Powell Speaks

China’s President Xi Jingping began his first full day of his visit to the UK yesterday. Minsters expect more than £30bn of trade and investment deals to be struck during the four day visit, including a meeting with UK PM David Cameron. Xi Jinping has also scheduled trips to Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and Old Trafford. London has been selected to be China’s first Yuan bond sale outside of its domestic market and Hong Kong, extending its lead over Paris and Frankfurt to be the European Hub for the Yuan.

Canada has been dominating market headlines this week as their domestic elections left markets shocked. The center-left Liberal Party swept into power with an overall majority, following nine years of Conservative rule. The Loonie depreciated after the result, as speculation of the Liberal Party’s positions on spending and taxes. The Bank of Canada interest rate decision is also due this week, investors are anxious to see if further policy easing is to come.

Today’s markets

20th October 2015

  • UK Public Sector Net Borrowing
  • BoC Monetray Policy Report
  • BoC Rate Statement
  • CAD Overnight Rate
  • US Crude Oil Inventories
  • BoC Press Conference
  • BoE Gov Carney Speaks

As mentioned the Bank of Canada are due to release their latest decision on interest rates today with no change expected. As always, the focus will be on the rhetoric following the decision. Meanwhile, on the docket we have the UK’s public sector borrowing numbers.