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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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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 Bank of England is expected to signal that it is getting ready to pump yet more stimulus into Britain’s economy as it heads for a jump in unemployment and a possible Brexit shock. The BoE has already cut interest rates to a record low 0.1% and ramped up its bond-buying programme to almost $1 […]

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The pound rose against the dollar and euro, stabilising somewhat after recent falls, as investors waited for a key Brexit vote. Sterling had its worst week in six months last week, as investors grew more pessimistic about the chances of a Brexit deal being reached before the December 2020 deadline. Britain threw Brexit talks into […]

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The pound fell against the dollar and euro overnight before steadying, with the dollar lifted by a bleak economic outlook from the Federal Reserve, and Brexit and the risk of negative rates continuing to weigh on sterling. The dollar bounced against riskier currencies after the U.S. Fed’s economic outlook spooked investors. Sterling had risen against […]

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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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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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