Market Update


Market Update

The pound rose against a broadly weaker dollar in early this morning as Britain eased some lockdown restrictions, but the market’s net short position on sterling is the largest in more than five months. New rules designed to ease the lockdown in England came into force today, even though scientists warned that, in the absence […]

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Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8%

Britain’s economy shrank by a record 5.8% in March from February as the coronavirus crisis escalated and the government ordered a shutdown of much of the country to stop the spread of the virus, official data showed this morning. In the first three months of the year, gross domestic product contracted by 2.0% from the […]

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Market Update

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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Market Update

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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GBP Extends Losses

GBP had a mixed day Tuesday, extending losses against the USD to hit the lowest level since September 2019 after Trump oversaw a commitment to pledge $850 billion to support the economy in Payroll, Tax Cuts and extended support to the airline industry which has suffered hugely since the Coronavirus Outbreak. Sterling recovered slightly late […]

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US Slash Rates To Near Zero

Ahead of the open of Asian markets late last night, the US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates by 100bp, taking the target range for the benchmark rate to 0-0.25%. Alongside, the Fed also announced that it would restart QE asset purchases by buying $500bn of Treasuries and $200bn of mortgage-backed securities. The move followed a […]

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Market Update

GBP conceded its fourth consecutive weekly loss against the EUR last week due to a combination of pessimistic Brexit Talks and increasing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. The EUR has been the best performing currency over the past 7 days, mainly due to “carry trades” between the EUR & USD. Expectations suggest this could also happen […]

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Market Update

The Fed cut interest rates by 50 basis points on Tuesday, its first emergency rate cut since the financial crisis and collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The cut was a precautionary measure to help ease the potential impact that the recent outbreak of coronavirus may have on the economy. The euro also hit its […]

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Market Update

Sterling has dipped against the U.S. Dollar and Euro, as an unexpected rate cut from the U.S. Federal Reserve fuelled expectations the Bank of England could follow suit to protect the economy from the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak. Some analysts are expecting we could see an emergency cut for the BoE this week. The […]

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Pound Continues To Fall

Sterling suffered more losses after Boris Johnson pushed The EU back stating The UK were prepared to walk away from Trade Talks in June if enough progress wasn’t made. These comments came after Brussels warned the UK, they faced a tough road ahead. With Trade Talks set to start Monday, there a few key areas […]

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