Market Update


Market Update

The British pound was lower today after a tumultuous week in which it plunged to three-year lows before rebounding strongly as lawmakers voted to block a no-deal Brexit, making a snap election more likely. Opposition parties will discuss how to respond to Boris Johnson’s bid to call a snap election after the prime minister said […]

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Boris Johnson set to suspend parliament

Britain’s government will seek to extend the period during which parliament does not normally sit, shutting it for around a month until Oct. 14, as part of a drive to prevent politicians from derailing its Brexit plan, the BBC reported. The move, also reported by the Guardian, limits the amount of parliamentary time available to […]

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Merkel Comments Give Brief Hope

Sterling briefly jumped yesterday afternoon after German chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would think about practical solutions to the backstop, an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border that London wants scrapped. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand that the EU reopen the Brexit divorce deal was rebuffed by the bloc. The deal includes […]

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Recession Fears Rise – UK Economy Shrinks 0.2%

The pound had started the day pretty settled after Thursday’s drop on the back of senior aides of Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying they would hold a parliamentary election in the days after Brexit if lawmakers sink the government with a no-confidence vote. Analysts say the election talk will weigh on the pound today because […]

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Brexit Update

The pound this morning has remained stuck near its weakest since 2017 and analysts are predicting renewed volatility. Risks of a no-confidence vote in the new Conservative government as soon as it comes back from the summer recess, or an early election are two of the many scenario’s investors envision happening as the deadline to […]

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Sterling Hits 23 Month Low Overnight

The British pound holds above recent lows this morning although it remained vulnerable as traders still worry that Britain is headed for a no-deal Brexit. Sterling hit a new 23-month low against the euro overnight, with the losses largely down to strength in the single currency rather than more Brexit-related worries. The Guardian newspaper reported […]

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Market Update

The Bank of England (BoE) policymakers voted unanimously to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.75%. However, the bank slashed its growth forecasts amid the growing risk of a no-deal Brexit. The BoE downgraded it forecasts to 1.3% growth for both 2019 and 2020 providing the UK avoids a disorderly exit from the European Union. GBP […]

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Sterling Slips To 30 Month Lows

The dollar rose to a two-year peak against the euro as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell ruled out a lengthy easing cycle after delivering the first rate cut since the financial crisis. In a widely expected move, the U.S. central bank cut rates by 25 basis points to shore up the economy against risks […]

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Sterling Steadies After Week Of Big Losses

Sterling, which has tumbled for the whole week as investors rushed to factor in the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union without transition trade arrangements in place, has gained 0.2% at $1.2167, crawling back from a 28-month of $1.2120 plumbed yesterday. Few expect the pound’s respite will last long, given new Prime Minister Boris […]

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Sterling Crashes

Sterling crashed to 2-1/2 year lows this morning and fell towards the $1.21 mark versus the dollar as the growing likelihood of a disorderly Brexit led investors to hedge or cut their exposure to British assets. Sterling traded as high as $1.32 in early-May, having fallen steadily since then, with losses accelerating since July 24 […]

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