Hard Currency
  • Surprised by the surprise Aug 27, 2015 - 2:50 pm
  • Why the panic? Paul McNamara, portfolio manager at GAM Holding, tells Roger Blitz why the markets should not have been shocked by China's slowing economy, how it plays on the Fed's rate hike calculations and why the bottom in emerging market currencies may soon be reached.
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  • China contagion spreads Aug 20, 2015 - 3:43 pm
  • Roger Blitz and Jane Foley of Rabobank discuss the repercussions of China's economic weakness, with emerging market fundamentals laid bare and the Fed's dilemma over when to move on interest rates intensified.
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  • China's dramatic policy shift Aug 13, 2015 - 2:22 pm
  • A dramatic shift in China's exchange rate policy has seen the renminbi fall for three consecutive days, throwing the markets off course. Roger Blitz asks Charles St-Arnaud of Nomura what this critical moment in the world's biggest economy signals for the rest of the world.
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  • Lessons of Super Thursday Aug 06, 2015 - 3:53 pm
  • Michael Hunter is joined by Stephen Gallo of Bank of Montreal to discuss what we learnt about the timing and pace of the Bank of England's next move on interest rates, the performance of the pound, and the risks weighing on the minds of Fed and BoE policymakers as they ponder when to raise rates
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  • Show me the data Jul 30, 2015 - 2:26 pm
  • Geoff Yu, strategist at UBS, tells Michael Hunter which numbers the Fed will be looking at as the approaching US rate rise dominates the market. He also offers a view on the curious strength of the euro, sterling's prospects and the outlook for emerging market currencies.
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  • All eyes on the screens Jul 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm
  • Kamal Sharma, currency strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, tells Roger Blitz when he thinks the Fed and the Bank of England will move on rates, as data continues to drive the markets
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  • Crises, what crises? Jul 16, 2015 - 6:27 pm
  • As worries about Greece, China and the oil price ease in the forex market, Roger Blitz talks to Alan Wilde of Baring Asset Management about whether the market really has recovered its risk appetite and about just how hawkish the UK and US central banks truly are.
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  • Yen, dollar, or duvet? Jul 09, 2015 - 2:51 pm
  • After a week when China added to market nerves already frayed by Greece and the price of oil took a dive, Roger Blitz asks Hamish Pepper, currency strategist at Barclays how investors should react. Should they flock to the yen, the haven of the moment, learn to love the dollar again, or take a break and wait until the fuss dies down?
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  • Greece-free zone Jul 02, 2015 - 4:41 pm
  • Steven Englander, head of global FX strategy at Citigroup, tries to avoid talking about the Greek debt crisis with Roger Blitz, and instead discusses the currency themes from the first half of 2015 and what to expect for the rest of the year
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  • Terminal illness or just a scratch? Jun 25, 2015 - 4:05 pm
  • Adam Cole of Royal Bank of Canada talks to Roger Blitz about the health of the euro in the climate of the Greek crisis, and why risk appetite in the currency universe may be short-lived.
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  • Markets unruffled by Greece as Fed signals caution Jun 18, 2015 - 3:53 pm
  • Roger Blitz talks to Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for Europe at JP Morgan Asset Management, about what Fed Chair Janet Yellen's statement means for the likelihood of a September rate rise, Greece's impact on the euro, and whether the pound is looking like a safe haven currency.
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  • Of gods and governors Jun 11, 2015 - 3:42 pm
  • Matthew Cobon, fund manager at ColumbiaThreadneedle, tells Roger Blitz why central bankers are not as omnipotent as the markets think they are, why he is steering clear of emerging markets, and where volatility is coming from.
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  • The euro-dollar rally, central bank signals and risk around the Turkish election Jun 04, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Roger Blitz is joined by David Bloom, global head of currency strategy at HSBC, to discuss the euro-dollar rally, how the markets read the Fed's forward guidance and other central bank signals, and political risk in forex ahead of the Turkish election.
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  • Will volatility spikes lead to something much bigger? May 28, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Ralph Atkins and his guest John Normand of JP Morgan discuss recent patterns of currency turbulence, why the Yen has fallen - and what will happen to sterling as UK election excitement fades
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  • Which way for the Japanese yen? May 21, 2015 - 1:50 pm
  • Roger Blitz and his guest Ian Stannard of Morgan Stanley discuss where the Japanese currency is headed now that it has broken out of its long-held range, as well as this week's euro volatility.
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  • US data put a dampener on markets May 14, 2015 - 1:30 pm
  • Roger Blitz is joined by Ugo Lancioni of Neuberger Berman to discuss the US economy's weak performance and its impact on the currency markets, whether the eurozone is on a sustained path to recovery, and the post-election shine on sterling.
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  • A week of corrections May 07, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Roger Blitz discusses this week's market unwinding with Roger Hallam, of JPMorgan Asset Management. With the dollar down, the euro up, Brent crude oil close to $70 a barrel and bonds being sold off, is this a return to some semblance of normality?
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  • Hard Currency election special - sterling risk or UK resilience? Apr 30, 2015 - 5:40 pm
  • A week before the UK poll, Sam Hill of RBC Capital Markets and Tina Fordham from Citigroup talk to Roger Blitz about how the market views a hung parliament, Brexit, Scottish nationalism and the relative health of the UK economy
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  • The waiting game Apr 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm
  • As the currency market prepares for the Federal Reserve's next move, further talks on Greece and the UK election, Lena Komileva of G Plus Economics discusses how the US is preparing the global economy for a rate increase, why the euro decline isn't greater, and the political risk to sterling
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  • Losing faith in the euro Apr 16, 2015 - 1:47 pm
  • Roger Blitz talks to Steve Barrow of Standard Bank about his damning assessment on the euro, the rapid descent of German bund yields and the weak link between a country's growth prospects and its currency.
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  • The dollar bull run and surprising the markets Apr 09, 2015 - 3:17 pm
  • Ralph Atkins is joined by Peter Kinsella of Commerzbank to discusses the great dollar bull run, whether the Bank of Japan will ease monetary policy further, and the increasing trend by central banks around the world to surprise the markets.
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  • Reflections on the first quarter Apr 02, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Roger Blitz, joined by Paul Lambert of BNY Mellon's Insight Investment fund, looks back at the seismic forex events in the first quarter and ahead to Good Friday's US jobs data - the next big event on the currencies radar.
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The FT's currency show takes a hard look at what's driving the largest market in the world, discussing market trends, political and economic factors affecting global currencies. Correspondent Delphine Strauss talks to global experts on the foreign exchange market about their views on the week ahead.

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