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Market Update

The pound inched slightly higher this morning as investors turned their attention to U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank meetings this week at which officials are expected to provide further stimulus to their economies to fight the coronavirus. Sterling has been very closely correlated with riskier assets such as stocks and when investors’ risk […]

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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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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and was in a stable condition after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications while his foreign minister directs the country’s battle against the outbreak. The markets focus remains on the health of our PM. Otherwise, the Treasury Select Committee will be taking evidence […]

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Sterling rallied with a broad rebound in risk markets encouraging some selling of the dollar, while traders awaited news on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is fighting worsening coronavirus symptoms in intensive care. Johnson, 55, was moved into an intensive care unit in a London hospital late on Monday after his condition had deteriorated […]

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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 has recovered from considerable losses that it suffered from earlier in the month which coincided with the global effect that COVID-19 has placed on the world’s economy. With the virus taking its toll on the UK with 14,000 cases and more than 1,000 deaths, it’s hard to currently see that reaching an agreement with […]

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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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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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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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