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Daily Update

Fed speakers continue to leave open the door to raising rates three more times this year if the data starts to accelerate. The US economy continues to perform well, although questions remain over Europe and the UK, which has been the main driver of the USD recently. It will, therefore, be interesting to hear whether […]

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Sterling hits fresh lows against the dollar

Sterling dropped to its lowest since level since the middle of March, its sixth consecutive daily fall as investors are worried about the performance of the British economy. April has historically proved to be supportive for the pound because of a seasonal rise in capital inflows into Britain from foreign companies paying UK shareholders dividends. […]

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Sterling lower against the Dollar

Sterling edged lower against the dollar and euro yesterday, holding off 10-day highs hit last week, as traders awaited key wages data due on Wednesday for clues to the pace of monetary tightening from the Bank of England. Markets have moved to price in an interest rate hike in May, but such tightening will hinge […]

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Sterling looses recent gains

The dollar moved higher against a currency basket of currencies today, buoyed by higher U.S. bond yields as investors turned their attention to U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech and a Federal Reserve policy meeting. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was […]

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UK pay growth lags behind Inflation

Sterling got only a temporary boost from data showing British wage growth edged above forecasts this morning, rising briefly against the dollar before dropping off again. British pay growth has lagged behind inflation again, official data showed, but the figures are likely to cement expectations among investors that the Bank of England will soon raise […]

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Sterling hits 15 month high vs US Dollar

Sterling hit a 15-month high against the dollar today before retreating a notch as investors wound back some of last week’s bets on a Bank of England rate rise ahead of a speech by the central bank’s governor Mark Carney. The pound rocketed past $1.36 to its strongest since the Brexit vote on Friday after […]

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Sterling suffers worst week

Sterling steadied today after a batch of very poor monthly output readings drove it to its worst week in a month, casting doubt on the Bank of England’s surprise warnings that it is on the verge of raising borrowing costs. A strong U.S. payrolls report on Friday afternoon added to the pain for the pound […]

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Dollar Steadies, Sterling Drops

The dollar steadied against its peers early this morning after the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting minutes took the wind out of its advance, with the market awaiting comments by central bankers and U.S. data for its next cues. The greenback had rallied earlier in the week after upbeat U.S. economic indicators lifted Treasury yields to […]

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Growth is services sector falls

Growth across British services companies fell to a four-month low in June and companies were their least optimistic in nearly a year, according to a survey that could disappoint Bank of England officials who want to raise interest rates. Although the survey suggested Britain’s economy recovered some momentum in the second quarter and probably expanded […]

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UK Data Disappoints Again

Growth in Britain’s construction industry slowed in June, adding to signs that the economy might be struggling to regain much momentum after a lacklustre start to the year, a survey showed on this morning. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 54.8 from May’s 18-month high of 56.0, slightly below the median forecast […]

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