Martin Essex, MSTA

Analyst and Editor

Financial markets, economics, fundamental and technical analysis.
Martin Essex, based in the Eurozone, has been writing about the economy and the financial markets for 40 years. He has worked as Senior International Economist at a London-based consultancy and has a degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Essex. He is a Member of the Society of Technical Analysts and has written a book on the bond markets.



Bank of England Confirms Brexit Contingency Planning Underway

The Bank of England has reiterated that it is overseeing contingency planning to mitigate possible risks to financial stability as the UK withdraws from the EU.

Bullish Signals Pointing to Crude Oil Price Recovery

Technical and positioning data are pointing to a breakout to the upside from a downward-sloping channel on the crude oil price chart.

Brexit Briefing: After DUP Deal, Attention Turns to Queen’s Speech Debate

UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed a deal Monday with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party that should give her the Parliamentary majority necessary to pass her Brexit legislation.

Chicago Fed Index Points to Slower US Growth in May

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index has fallen back, suggesting slower economic growth in the US last month.

Weekly Trading Forecast: Where Will the Dollar, Equities and Oil Find Their Next Moves?

Volatility has cooled substantially this past week, but the wheels of fundamentals continue to turn with the leaders of all the major central banks due to weigh in on monetary policy in the week ahea...

British Pound: Expect Choppy, Sideways Trading

The past week was expected to be all about the Government’s legislative program and Brexit, as Theresa May went to Brussels to begin the divorce proceedings.

Market Wrap: Pound Volatility Stoked by BoE and Brexit Chatter

An round of BoE headlines and progress on Brexit discussions have kept the Pound busy.

US PMIs Miss Expectations, Point To Slower Economic Growth

The US purchasing managers’ indexes for June came in below expectations, weakening the Dollar against the Euro.

Forex Webinar: Euro-Zone PMIs Miss Expectations, Euro Steady

In this webinar we discuss trade setups in the Euro and other assets before and after the release of a slightly disappointing set of purchasing managers’ indexes for the Euro-Zone.

Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence Continues to Improve

Consumer confidence in the Euro-Zone perked up in June, according to a ‘flash’ estimate by the European Commission.

Falls in US Crude Oil Price Could Accelarate as Bears Take Charge

The price of US crude oil has been falling fast and that downward trend could accelerate in the days ahead.

Webinar: DailyFX European Desk Round Table: Why is GBP Still a Sell after the BOE?

Join DailyFX strategists Christopher Vecchio, Martin Essex, and Nick Cawley for a discussion on the major influences out of Europe impacting FX markets.

UK Inflation Seen Peaking At 3%: Bloomberg Survey

UK inflation is expected to peak at 3% in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a Bloomberg survey of 51 economists.

British Pound Tumbles After Carney Rules Out UK Rate Rise

The British Pound fell sharply and UK government bond yields dropped after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said now is not the time to raise UK interest rates.

Weekly Trading Forecast: Searching for Scarce Direction Cues

A slowdown in top-tier economic news flow leaves battered financial markets to reckon with the aftershocks of last week's back-to-back bombshells.

New Zealand Dollar: Interest Rates on Hold Indefinitely

The New Zealand Dollar is in a rut and is unlikely to break out either upwards or downwards as the central bank’s official cash rate looks set to remain at 1.75%.

Brexit Briefing: Divorce Talks Set to Start Monday, Focus for Pound

The UK’s Brexit minister David Davis is due to fly to Brussels Monday to start the talks leading up to the UK’s divorce from the EU that could well determine the future direction of the B...

All Eyes on Mansion House as Three BoE Members Vote For Rate Rise

Three members of the Bank of England’s MPC voted for a rate rise Thursday as the BoE left UK interest rates and all its other monetary policy settings unchanged ahead of a key speech by the BoE...

SNB Leaves Rates Unchanged; Possible CHF Weakness Ahead

The Swiss National Bank has left interest rates unchanged, as expected. Now, it’s possible that the Swiss Franc will weaken as other central banks look to withdraw monetary stimulus, albeit slo...

UK Real Earnings Shrink, British Pound Falls Back

The British Pound lost earlier gains in London trading Wednesday after news real UK earnings are falling at the fastest rate since 2014.