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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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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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Pound breaks 1.30 against USD again

Sterling was set for a 1 percent weekly gain versus the dollar today although some investors were calling a top on the British currency, which climbed above $1.30 this week but is seen vulnerable to Brexit negotiations. The pound surged to an eight-month high of $1.3048 after strong retail sales figures on Thursday, losing momentum […]

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May Must Get Parliament Approval For Brexit Negotiations

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that Prime Minister Theresa May must get parliament’s approval before she begins Britain’s formal exit from the European Union. The UK’s highest judicial body dismissed the government’s argument that May could simply use executive powers known as “royal prerogative” to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and […]

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Thursday is key for the Euro

The euro held steady near a 3-week high today while bets on market volatility stayed close to their highest since June’s Brexit vote ahead of this week’s European Central Bank meeting due to give new guidance on its quantitative easing programme. Other major currency pairs were all trading in a tight range after a rollercoaster […]

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Economy slows but not as much as expectations

Britain’s economic growth slowed only slightly in the three months after the Brexit vote, official data showed this morning defying warnings of a heavy hit and further diminishing the likelihood of the Bank of England cutting rates next week. The economy grew by 0.5 percent in the July-September period, less rapid than the unusually strong […]

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Sterling slips against Dollar

Sterling slipped back towards $1.30 on Tuesday on divergent expectations for monetary policy, with investors increasingly betting U.S. interest rates could rise by year-end while British rates may be cut again. With London markets closed on Monday for a national holiday, Tuesday marked the first full day of trading there since U.S. Federal Reserve Chair […]

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