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Market Update

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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Sterling rose against a weaker euro but fell versus the dollar after the $1.30 level reached late in the previous session did not hold, with Brexit and the economic fallout from coronavirus weighing on the currency. Global market sentiment was boosted after the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, said the bank would […]

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Britain’s economy stumbled out of its coronavirus-induced slump in May, casting doubt on the chances of a rapid rebound and suggesting more government help to kickstart recovery may be on its way. Gross domestic product rose 1.8% after lockdown restrictions were eased slightly, the Office for National Statistics said – a smaller rebound than any […]

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Sterling dipped against the dollar and euro as some investors braced for a larger-than-expected increase in the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme to combat the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BoE, which meets later today, is expected to build up its war-chest for fighting the crisis by announcing an increase of at […]

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Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8%

Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8% in March from February as the coronavirus crisis escalated and the government ordered a shutdown of much of the country to stop the spread of the virus, official data showed this morning. In the first three months of the year, gross domestic product contracted by 2.0% from the […]

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The pound slipped this morning, falling back from its monthly highs against the dollar and euro, after a dire global economic forecast from the International Monetary Fund diminished risk appetite broadly, boosting the dollar. The global economy is expected to shrink by 3.0% during 2020 in a coronavirus-driven collapse of activity that will mark the […]

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Sterling rose to one-month highs versus the dollar and euro today, as hopes lockdowns may be slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic strengthened currencies seen as riskier bets. The pound has benefited from improved risk sentiment this month as some economies consider reopening and their coronavirus cases slow, even as experts warn Britain may […]

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The latest statistics suggested a slowdown in the rate of covid-19 fatalities. FX has seen a more muted reaction, with most of the G10 currencies within 0.50% of Friday’s close. Oil focussed currencies like CAD, NOK have been more volatile around OPEC+ headlines, and whether they will agree a new supply constraint deal or not […]

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