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Will the FTSE 100 spike after a weekend of stagnation?

There seems to be little in the way of positives for the FTSE 100 heading into what could be a quiet weekend. Although parts of the British economy are set to kick back into life on 4 July, the government seems to be adopting a wait-and-see strategy.

There seems to be little in the way of positives for the FTSE 100 heading into what could be a quiet weekend. Although parts of the British economy are set to kick back into life on 4 July, the government seems to be adopting a wait-and-see strategy.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that his summer statement won’t include any big tax cuts. However, with little else in the way of news, traders could be set to mimic Sunak’s approach.

The lack of political action has hurt the FTSE 100’s price. The market opened at 6,240.36 on 3 July but quickly went into a downward spiral. By lunchtime, the index had dropped to 6,151.90 before making a slight recovery to 6,166.20 just after 14:40 (BST).

Looking towards the weekend FTSE 100 markets on IG, no significant changes are predicted. Friday’s closing price (6,144.82) suggests Sunak’s tax position has spooked investors. However, the overall market sentiment seems to suggest no one is willing to commit too heavily one way or the other until he makes his summer budget speech.

Lack of major events suggest weekend of relative stagnation

Sunak’s decision to tread water for at least the next two days is compounded by a US public holiday. With businesses and trading suspended during the 4 July holiday period, little is likely to change on either side of the Atlantic over the weekend. Therefore, the downward trend observed on 3 July is unlikely to shift dramatically when markets reopen on Monday. A weekend plateau should carry through to the early part of next week.

However, what could be interesting to track before the FTSE 100 reopens on 6 July is the leisure and retail sectors. With the two-metre social distancing rule effectively cut in half and various parts of both sectors reopening, high-street activity should increase over the weekend. If the post-lockdown revelry translates into a sales spike, it could be a good time to invest in the FTSE 100.

By taking advantage of the weekend trading options at IG, traders can use the wait-and-see strategy to get ahead of the market on Monday. In essence, if retail, restaurant and hospitality giants like Next and the Compass Group enjoy a profitable weekend, it could give the FTSE 100 price a boost. Conversely, if talk of local lockdowns deters consumers from heading out, this week’s FTSE 100 price spiral will continue.

Watch for FTSE 100 price to spike if consumers spend

By this measure, next week’s trading conditions won’t be determined by politicians or big businesses but consumers. A sense of freedom should give the economy a boost, even if it’s nothing more than a fleeting spike. By the close of play on 4 July, it will be clear if this is the case or not. If so, investing in the FTSE 100 over the weekend could be a positive move.

Sunak has already said he’ll wait and see how things play out. A return to something like normality could prompt a more favourable budget. This, combined with a renewed optimism among businesses and consumers, could see the recent losses turn to gains. At worst, the markets will remain flat this weekend. However, if people take the streets in their droves, don’t be surprised if the FTSE 100 price spikes on Monday.

How to trade the FTSE 100 this weekend

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Whether you want to go long (buy) or short (sell) the FTSE 100 based on the above outlook, you don’t have to wait until the markets reopen on Monday to trade.

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Don’t Count On JPY Correction; Staying Long GBP/JPY

The path of the potential pace of the JPY decline may still be underestimated by markets, which continue trading the JPY long.

While the 10% USDJPY advance from September lows looks impressive from a momentum point of view, it may no thave been driven by Japan’s institutional investors reducing their hedging ratios or Japan’s household sector reestablishing carry trades.

Instead, investors seemed to have been caught on the wrong foot, concerned about a sudden decline of risk appetite or the incoming US administration being focused on trade issues and not on spending. Spending requires funding and indeed the President-elect Trump’s team appears to be focused on funding. Here are a few examples: Reducing corporate taxation may pave the way for US corporates repatriating some of their USD2.6trn accumulated foreign profits. Cutting bank regulation could increase the risk-absorbing capacity within bank balance sheets. Hence, funding conditions – including for the sovereign – might generally ease. De-regulating the oil sector would help the trade balance, slowing the anticipated increase in the US current account deficit. The US current account deficit presently runs at 2.6% of GDP, which is below worrisome levels. Should the incoming government push for early trade restrictions, reaction (including Asian sovereigns reducing their holdings) could increase US funding costs, which runs against the interest of the Trump team.

Instead of counting on risk aversion to stop the JPY depreciation, we expect nominal yield differentials and the Fed moderately hiking rates to unleash capital outflows from Japan.The yield differential argumenthas become more compelling with the BoJ turning into yield curve managers. Via this policy move, rising inflation rates push JPY real rates and yields lower, which will weaken the JPY. Exhibit 12 shows how much Japan’s labor market conditions have tightened. A minor surge in corporate profitability may now be sufficient, pushing Japan wages up and implicity real yields lower.

JPY dynamics are diametrical to last year . Last year, the JGB’s “exhausted”yield curve left the BoJ without a tool to push real yields low enough to adequately address the weakened nominal GDP outlook. JPY remained artificially high at a time when the US opted for sharply lower real yields. USDJPY had to decline, triggering JPY bullish secondround effects via JPY-based financial institutions increasing their FX hedge ratios and Japan’s retail sector cutting its carry trade exposures. Now the opposite seems to be happening. The managed JGB curve suggests rising inflation expectations are driving Japan’s real yield lower. The Fed reluctantly hiking rates may keep risk appetite supported but increase USD hedging costs.Financial institutions reducinghedge ratios and Japan’s household sector piling back into the carry trade could provide secondround JPY weakening effects

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Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk

The head of Mexico’s central bank says U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump represents a “hurricane” sized threat to Mexico.

Banco de Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens told the Radio Formula network Friday that a Trump presidency “would be a hurricane and a particularly intense one if he fulfills what he has been saying in his campaign.”

Trump has proposed building a wall along the border and re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mexico’s central bank raised its prime lending rate by half a percent to 4.75 percent Thursday, citing “nervousness surrounding the possible consequences of the U.S. elections, whose implications for Mexico could be particularly significant.”

Mexico’s peso had lost about 6 percent in value against the dollar since mid-August. It recovered slightly after the rate hike

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Africa’s first Fairtrade certified gold co-operative offers hope to gold miners living in poverty

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria.

SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa.

In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe use of mercury, internal control systems, labour rights and better working conditions, health and safety and more. Previously, daily contact with toxic chemicals used to process gold meant members risked disease, premature births and even death.  Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011, and SAMA now joins Fairtrade certified gold mines MACDESA, AURELSA and SOTRAMI in Peru.

The co-operative produces just 5 kg gold per year, but nevertheless has the potential to significantly benefit many people in the local community through better conditions through certification. It is expected that Fairtrade and organizations like Cred Jewellery will support the miners, ensuring their gold can be refined and made available to jewellers in the UK and other markets.

Gonzaga Mungai, Gold Manager at Fairtrade Africa said: “This is a truly momentous and historical achievement and the realisation of a dream that is many years in the making. Gold production is an important source of income for people in rural economies. Congratulations to SAMA, it sets a precedent which shows that if groups like this can achieve certification, then it can work for others right across the African continent.”

The Fairtrade Gold Standard encourages better practice and changes to come in line with international regulation around the production and trade of so-called ‘conflict minerals’. Under the Standard, miners are required to:

  • Uphold a human rights policy preventing war crimes, bribery, money laundering and child labour
  • Clearly represent where the minerals were mined
  • Minimise the risks of conflict minerals through robust risk assessments and collaboration across supply chains
  • Report to buyers and trading partners regarding the risks of conflict minerals

Now in its second phase, the programme will focus on supporting other mining groups in the region to access affordable loans and explore a phased approach to accessing the Fairtrade market, allowing more mining co-operatives across Africa to participate in the programme.

Gonzaga added: “Sourcing African metals from smallscale miners in the Great Lakes Region is the responsible thing to do. For a long time companies have avoided buying gold from this region, with devastating consequences for impoverished communities who were already struggling. It has driven trade deeper underground, as unscrupulous buyers pay lower prices and launder illegal gold into legitimate supply chains. That’s why we have chosen to work with these groups to help them earn more from their gold within a robust compliance system that offers social, environmental, and economic protections.”

The Fairtrade gold programme offers a small but scalable solution to sustainable sourcing of gold from the region in line with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in the US, OECD Due Diligence Guidance and recent EU Supply-Chain Due Diligence proposals which could come into effect in 2016. This means that up to 880,000 EU firms that use tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold in manufacturing consumer products could be obliged to provide information on steps they have taken to identify and address risks in their supply chains for so-called ‘conflict minerals’.

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