Market Update


Market Update

The British pound fell sharply earlier this week after a BoE policy maker said they ‘would vote for a rate cut unless economic data improved significantly’. With the weaker inflation data on Wednesday the market is pricing in a 57% chance of a 25-basis point cut to rates in January. On Thursday sterling edged higher, […]

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UK Inflation Dropped To Lowest Since Nov 16

Inflation for the UK has fallen to the lowest level since November 2016; from 1.5% to 1.3%. The Bank of England has a 2% target for inflation which is far from current figures. As a result of this, the chances of an interest rate cut have increased dramatically. Three Bank of England policy makers have […]

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Pound Under Pressure

GBP has experienced continued pressure over the past 48 hours due to weak economic data ramping up the calls for the Bank of England to cut interest rates in their next policy meeting. According to reports, more than half of the members of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee are ready to back a rate cut. […]

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The Week Ahead

Last week the pound was in a fairly sideways trend as the main driving force for the markets continued to come from updates of the US and Iran conflict. Over in the States we saw President Trump’s first rally of the election year held in Toledo, Ohio. Reporters on the ground stated that Republicans were […]

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Positive Start For Sterling

This Morning the pound has started on the right foot and has strengthened against most major currencies. That’s in part because the pound got a boost following the latest UK services PMI, which came in at 50.0 against the 49.1 expected and the 49.0 seen the previous month. A much-needed bit of positivity for the […]

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Market Update

Sterling fell to a two-week low after two Bank of England officials unexpectedly voted to cut interest rates this month and others said they would consider a cut if global and Brexit headwinds did not lift. The BoE said that its nine-member Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to keep its key rate at 0.75%, in […]

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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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Sterling Continues Small Gains

The pound gained for a second consecutive day today after a stream of resilient economic data this week calmed sentiment on the health of the UK economy and as opposition parties launched plans to block a no-deal Brexit. British retail sales unexpectedly expanded in July and signalled that consumers were taking the prospect of Brexit […]

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Market Update

The pound edged higher after inflation picked up in July, but the currency held within sight of a two-and-a-half year low as brewing concerns about a no-deal Brexit weighed on investor sentiment. The consumer price index rose 2.1% year-on-year in July from 2% in June, above a Reuters poll forecast of a 1.9% increase. The […]

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UK Inflation Rises

Annual consumer price inflation rose to a three-month high of 2.1% in July from 2.0% in June, the Office for National Statistics said, bucking the average expectation in a Reuters poll of economists for a fall to 1.9%. Earlier this month the BoE predicted consumer price inflation would fall to a three-year low below 1.6% […]

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