• Taking control!

    Sterling is slightly firmer this morning after developments in the House of Commons last night, with the pound trading back below 91p against the euro and back above $1.21 against the dollar. The latter is little changed against the euro as it continues to trade just below the $1.10 level.  Meanwhile, bond yields in the core markets are nudging down amid some soft economic data […]

  • A tentative US-China trade truce?

    The dollar is a little firmer against the euro this morning on the back of reports in the Chinese press overnight that the US and China have reached a tentative trade truce. This comes after comments by the US Treasury Secretary that 90% of a trade deal between the two sides had been agreed before talks broke down and that the reaming 10% […]

  • UK Outlook – February 2019

    Prospects for the economy Brexit dependent. Download the Outlook in full here: BOI_UK_Outlook_February_2019  

  • US yields, dollar higher

    We are seeing a notable rise in US bond yields and a firming of the dollar across the board, as the market prices in a greater chance of an increase in US interest rates before the end of this year and the US administration puts tax cuts back on the agenda The dollar has strengthened against the yen, […]

  • Ireland Outlook – July 2017

    The Irish Economy: The economic outlook remains positive, albeit with some clouds on the horizon.

  • Ireland Outlook – February 2017

    Domestic activity to drive growth against an unsettled external backdrop

  • Euro on back foot

    The euro has fallen into the bottom half of the $1.05 to $1.15 range against the dollar it has occupied for the past 18 months or so. It weakened by more than a cent to sub $1.09 last week after the ECB indicated that it may extend QE beyond the provisionally planned end date of […]

  • Sharp fall in US equity markets

    Oil prices again failed to sustain a move higher yesterday with Brent falling back to c.$30 per barrel (from an intra-day high of around $32) Equity markets also again reversed course as oil prices fell back. European stocks ended well off the day’s best levels, while the main US indices sold off sharply to end […]

  • The UK Economy

    Solid GDP Growth   Download this infographic as a PDF: BOI_UK Infographic_November 2015