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Market Update

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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Sterling Rebounds

Sterling is on track for its biggest daily gain in three years, rebounding more than 2% as grim U.S. unemployment data weakened the dollar across the board. The pound is trading above $1.21, after falling as low as $1.14 last week, levels not seen since 1985. It is heading for its best week since 2009, […]

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The US Senate voted unanimously to approve to $2 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic impact of Covid-19. It includes business loans and direct payments to individuals. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on it on Friday. Market reaction was limited, as risk assets had already rallied in anticipation. Official UK February […]

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Sterling recovered ground against USD yesterday increasing by just under 2% to trade at 1.1889. This improvement in fortunes was owed to a very positive release for UK Manufacturing in March. Expectations suggest PMI data for April will disappoint further seeing as these figures contributed to activity before the UK went into lockdown. UK inflation […]

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On Monday, ahead of opening, the US federal reserve announced its largest-ever quantitative easing programme. Just eight days ago, they announced that they would pump an additional $700bn into the markets which they have already burned through. As a result, they have introduced an open-ended QE programme in which they will be purchasing unlimited treasuries […]

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