Market Update


Market Update

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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Market Update

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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Market Update

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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Market Update

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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Market Update

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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Market Update

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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Market Update

The spread of the coronavirus and the extreme measures taken to control the pandemic have wrought havoc in financial markets worldwide. In currency markets, the reaction has been a headlong flight into the supposed safety of the US dollar. Every major currency worldwide fell sharply against the greenback, even the Japanese Yen. The worst punishment was meted […]

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GBP Extends Losses

GBP had a mixed day Tuesday, extending losses against the USD to hit the lowest level since September 2019 after Trump oversaw a commitment to pledge $850 billion to support the economy in Payroll, Tax Cuts and extended support to the airline industry which has suffered hugely since the Coronavirus Outbreak. Sterling recovered slightly late […]

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US Slash Rates To Near Zero

Ahead of the open of Asian markets late last night, the US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates by 100bp, taking the target range for the benchmark rate to 0-0.25%. Alongside, the Fed also announced that it would restart QE asset purchases by buying $500bn of Treasuries and $200bn of mortgage-backed securities. The move followed a […]

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