Sterling Continues Small Gains


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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Snap Election Fears Hit Sterling

Sterling has strengthened against the euro this morning after some volatile trading over the weekend. In overnight trade on Friday into Saturday, the pound pushed towards 1.06 against the euro. We’ve seen a rapid decline in the pound in the last three months. In early May, it was trading above 1.17. UK data this week, […]

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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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No Deal Possibility Weighs On Sterling

Sterling plunged to a 23-month low against the euro and near a 31-month low versus the dollar this morning as fears of a disorderly Brexit grew. After the by-election victory for the Liberal Democrats in Brecon and Radnorshire last week, the Conservative party has been left with a majority of just one seat in parliament, […]

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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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Markets Await Johnson Speech Later Today

Sterling inched slightly higher this morning against the dollar and euro after losses in recent days but options markets indicate more pain ahead as the risk of a no-deal Brexit under new leader Boris Johnson is seen worsening economic stress. We are awaiting Johnson’s speech due later in the day after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth formally […]

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Dollar Strengthens As Sterling Drops Off

The dollar edged to a two-week high versus its rivals this morning after U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders reached a deal on Monday on a two-year extension of the debt limit, dousing fears of a government default later this year. The dollar’s gains were capped in a broadly rangebound currency market as investors […]

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