CMC Connect Newsletter - November

12 Nov 2021, 16:10

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Getting back to normal?

Talk of life returning to a degree of normality remains centred around the post-pandemic reopening and the accompanying economic recovery, but there’s another key theme facing markets right now and that’s the idea that after a lengthy hiatus, Central Banks are going to be forced to take meaningful action when it comes to monetary policy. We’ve already seen the likes of New Zealand and South Korea increase borrowing costs, the Federal Reserve is on course to taper its bond-buying program and the Bank of England is also facing increasing pressure to hike rates as inflation soars. Interventions here have the potential to deliver volatility across multiple asset classes back into a market that has been left looking distinctly subdued in recent weeks. It could be a turbulent ride into the new year….

Corporate news - ANZ Investor base moves to CMC Markets

Back in September, we announced the transition of more than 500,000 ANZ Bank Share Investing clients over to the CMC Markets platform. Since 2018 we have been providing a white-label service to ANZ Bank and this transition marks another significant step in the ongoing diversification of CMC’s global business. As the venture expands, we will be offering more products and this complements the launch of our new investment platform in the UK.

Market insights and trends

As we noted in the introduction, volatility may be lower across the board, but recent months have certainly seen some pockets of pronounced activity, most notably when it comes to commodities. Lumber, coffee, natural gas and assorted precious metals have all been in focus of late as a result of geopolitical and macroeconomic factors, illustrating that even if price action on popular assets is looking subdued, there’s inevitably volatility to be found somewhere. We’re now working closely with a number of brokers who take our liquidity to ensure they have the best visibility as to which markets are fastest moving. If you’d like more details on this initiative, please contact r.newell@cmcmarkets.com.

Events

It’s great to see physical events coming back onto the agenda. In September, CMC Markets Connect hosted a round table breakfast, chaired by our founder and CEO, Lord Peter Cruddas, enabling a specially invited audience to learn more about the recent launch of our Spot FX products. A summary can be found here.

At the start of October, the London-based institutional team headed over to the very well attended iFX Expo in Cyprus, with the show underlining the enthusiasm for a return to a degree of normality after a hiatus of almost two years.

And we’re looking forward to participating in the Finance Magnates London Summit, which CMC will be sponsoring as the FX Trading Partner. The event takes place at Old Billingsgate Market on November 16th & 17th, so if you’re attending the show, please feel free to visit the CMC Connect stand at booth 6 and say hello.

Publications

Once again, the team at CMC Markets Connect has participated in a wide range of interviews in recent months. Artur Deliergiev, our algorithmic quantitative trading manager, discussed how big data has changed dealing for good in the September edition of FX Markets. Read the full article here.

Australian FinTech covered why those brokers who were looking to upgrade from a generic FX platform ought to look closely at the options, including understanding the benefits of white label packages such as the one offered by CMC Markets Connect. Discover what the benefits are.

Andrew Wood from our Sydney office looked at the changing demands for single stock CFDs and how over the last two years participants have understood they can access a far wider range of stocks beyond the blue chips. Read more.

And keeping with the CFD theme, Ross Newell spoke with The Trade to help explain how CFDs were to an extent returning to their roots, once again being embraced as flexible trading tools for institutional clients. See what Ross had to say here.

Keeping in touch

In addition to this quarterly bulletin, we also provide regular updates on our dedicated CMC Markets Connect LinkedIn page. Please feel free to follow us for the most up to date news of all our latest developments.

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