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Sterling hovered above $1.33 as traders clung to hopes that Britain and the European Union would soon seal a long-awaited Brexit trade deal, even as the clock ticked down on the Brexit transition period. The United Kingdom exits the EU’s orbit on Dec. 31 and both sides are demanding concessions from the other on fishing, […]

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Sterling fell against the dollar to its lowest in almost four weeks after England announced a new national lockdown, but analysts said hopes for a Brexit deal prevented the currency from declining further. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced over the weekend that a one-month lockdown across England would start on Thursday. Britain has registered more […]

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Britain’s unemployment rate rose by more than expected to 4.5% in the three months to August, its highest in more than three years, even before the end of the government’s broad coronavirus job protection plan. Economists polled had expected the jobless rate to rise more slowly, to 4.3% from 4.1% in the three months to […]

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UK PM Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new three-tier lockdown system later today in a further effort to stem the spread of Covid-19. The new system will allow the government to put certain areas in lockdown depending on the current infection rate and will prevent a further national lockdown from happening. While the […]

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British consumer confidence ticked up in September to its highest level since the coronavirus lockdown started in March, but it remains well below its pre-pandemic levels, a survey showed this morning. The GfK Consumer Confidence Barometer rose unexpectedly to -25 in September from -27 in August. A poll of economists had pointed to an unchanged […]

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Sterling had a turnaround of fortunes towards the end of the European session on Wednesday, rising as much as 0.6% against a weaker euro, with investors seeing some room for cautious optimism over the impending Brexit deadline. Sterling had been falling for the fifth consecutive day against the euro and was at nearly two-month lows […]

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With latest reports showing global cases rising above the 30 million mark, prompting the WHO to warn that renewed increases in Europe are a “wake-up call”, the prospect of further lockdown measures being implemented remains a real threat. The same is true for the UK, which along with ongoing Brexit uncertainty, represents key risks for […]

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The British pound held within striking distance of a two-month low before a Bank of England decision on Thursday against the backdrop of a darkening outlook for the economy. While the central bank is widely expected to hold fire, policymakers are likely to conclude that downside risks to the economy are rising for the economy […]

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Boris Johnson’s controversial Internal Markets Bill (IMB) made it through the first stage of the parliamentary process last night, with the Government winning the vote 340 to 263, the Bill now moves on to the Committee stage of the process where we can expect the attempt to add amendments. Boris has the votes in the […]

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Sterling edged lower erasing earlier gains as the U.S. dollar moved briefly higher, while fears of a second wave of virus infections and a Bank of England policy meeting later this week capped the pound’s advance. The move lower reversed a trend earlier in the session where the pound had been advancing towards a five-month […]

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