Political Risk Could Rise

However, Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, warned of possible headwinds for 2018, pointing out that Trump could struggle to push through a planned $1 trillion infrastructure bill in the face of low poll ratings and possible mid-term election losses.

On currency markets the euro edged down but held its own after Catalan separatists won the crucial election Thursday, fuelling fresh uncertainty in Spain, one of the eurozone’s biggest economies.

The vote came after a failed independence bid earlier this year rattled Europe and triggered Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.

While pointing out there had been little immediate negative impact on the single currency, Innes said the result “would deal a significant blow Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that could potentially escalate”.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes