Martin Essex, MSTA

Analyst and Editor

Financial markets, economics, fundamental and technical analysis.
Martin Essex, based in London, 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.



Webinar: Live Event Coverage: German PMIs (MAR) with Martin Essex

The German PMIs came in much higher than expected, making a tapering of ECB monetary policy more likely and boosting the Euro.

Strong Euro-Zone PMIs Beat Expectations, Boosting Euro

The French, German and Euro-Zone PMIs all came in well above expectations, making a “tapering” of monetary stimulus more likely and boosting the Euro.

Brexit Briefing: London Terrorist Attack Won’t Delay Divorce

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Thursday that the Westminster terrorist attack won’t delay the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Euro-Zone Current Account Surplus Highlights Trade Tensions With US

News of a smaller Euro-Zone current account surplus in January won’t shift the focus from the trade imbalance between the bloc and the US that has angered Donald Trump.

If You’re a Long-Term Euro Bull, Here’s Something to Worry About

The new leader of the German Social Democrats is proving highly popular. That could spell trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel in September’s Federal election, and therefore for the Euro.

UK Inflation Shoots Higher, British Pound Soars

The British Pound jumped Tuesday after news that UK inflation has risen above the Bank of England’s 2% target for the first time since November 2013.

Brexit Briefing: Scottish Independence Debate Leaves Pound Unmoved

So far at least, the British Pound has been largely unaffected by the debate over independence for Scotland and there’s no reason to expect that to change.

Weekly Trading Forecast: All Eyes Remain on the Federal Reserve

Financial markets are likely to remain fixated on US monetary policy as a lull in top-tier data puts the spotlight on a busy Fed-speak calendar in the week ahead.

Canadian Dollar: Holding Up Well as Oil Price Drops

All things considered, it’s been a good couple of weeks for the Canadian Dollar, which has held its ground despite lower oil prices. That bodes well for the currency in the days ahead.

Brexit Briefing: British Pound Strengthens As Next Step Nears

Counter-intuitively, perhaps, Sterling is trending higher as the UK government prepares to trigger Article 50 to begin divorce proceedings from the EU.

Webinar: Live Event Coverage: Bank of England Rate Decision

Daily FX Analyst and Editor Martin Essex discusses Thursday’s Bank of England interest rate decision.

Euro Stable on Election Day in the Netherlands

The Euro held steady Wednesday, the day of the Dutch elections, as political analysts declared there was little chance of far-right populist Geert Wilders becoming Prime Minister.

Euro Shrugs Off Disappointing German ZEW Survey

Germany’s ZEW survey for March was disappointing, as were Euro-Zone industrial production figures for January. However, the Euro held its ground.

Brexit Briefing: Article 50 Could Be Triggered As Soon As Tomorrow

The bill allowing the UK government to trigger Brexit will likely clear its final hurdles as soon as tomorrow, allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to begin divorce proceedings then if she wishes to.

Expectations Blur with Fed, BoE and BoJ Rate Decisions Ahead

Monetary policy isn’t the straightforward fundamental driver it once was. This past week, the Dollar struggled despite strong NFPs and a certainty of a FOMC hike while the Euro rallied after re...

Testing Week Ahead for Crude Oil Prices

Both Brent and WTI crude oil prices have fallen sharply over the past few days, and the week ahead looks set to be a challenging one too.

Drop In Crude Prices To Keep Oil Producers’ Currencies Weak

The price of crude oil has stabilized in Europe early Thursday but its plunge Wednesday will keep the oil-based currencies under pressure for some time to come.

Brexit Briefing: May Set to Reject Lords Amendment to Brexit Bill

The UK House of Lords is set to pass an amendment Tuesday to the Brexit Bill, requiring Parliamentary approval of any final deal between the UK Government and the EU. However, it will likely be voted...

Higher US Rates Could Unleash Damaging Volatility: OECD

Higher US interest rates could unleash damaging volatility in financial markets for some borrowers while potentially pushing the Dollar higher, says the Paris-based think tank.

Strong ISM Report Offset by Weak US Construction Data

A strong February survey of the US manufacturing sector published by the Institute for Supply Management was offset by data showing a weak US construction sector in January.