Government Step Up Planning For A No-Deal Brexit


Government Step Up Planning For A No-Deal Brexit

Sterling fell again this morning as the government stepped up planning for a no-deal Brexit, reviving concern among investors about what would happen to the currency if Britain left the European Union without having agreed new trade arrangements. With less than eight months until the March 29 exit day, diplomats in Brussels say they expect […]

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Trump Comments Weaken US Dollar

The pound rose towards a two-week high this morning after the dollar fell following comments from U.S. President Donald Trump that he was unhappy with the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. Sterling has recovered in recent sessions from a 14-month low, rising two cents from $1.2662 plumbed last week, helped by dollar weakness and […]

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Brexit worries continue to weaken Sterling

Worries about whether Britain can agree a trade deal with the European Union over coming months to avoid a sudden and disorderly exit from the bloc continue to keep most economists cautious about any sustained Sterling strength. With most of the month’s UK economic data out of the way, the focus will shift back to […]

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Positive UK Data This Morning

Britain’s economy picked up some speed in the second quarter after a sharp winter slowdown earlier in the year but lost momentum in June, official data showed this morning. Gross domestic product expanded 0.4 percent in the April-June period, as expected in poll of economists. Britain’s economy slowed after the 2016 Brexit vote and is […]

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Sterling Weakness Continues

The likelihood Britain crashes out of the European Union without a trade deal has increased, an outcome that would hurt an already weak pound, according to economists and foreign exchange strategists. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday Britain faces an “uncomfortably high” risk of leaving the EU with no deal, while on […]

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UK Pay Growth Slows

British workers’ pay growth has slowed to its weakest in six months despite record employment, challenging the Bank of England as it considers whether to raise interest rates next month for only the second time since the financial crisis. Average weekly earnings rose by 2.5 percent on the year in the three months to May, […]

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Key Vote In Parliament Today

Following last week’s Brexit White Paper, the Customs Bill heads back to the House of Commons today. Several amendments to the bill have been tabled, including four by hard-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Meanwhile, more pro-EU MPs have tabled an amendment aimed at keeping the UK in a customs union with the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May […]

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70% chance of UK rate hike in August

In the UK, all eyes will be on Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s speech at 11:00 am in Newcastle. Following the recent run of upbeat UK economic data releases and BoE chief economist Andy Haldane’s surprise shift last month to support an immediate hike in interest rates, market expectations for an August rate hike […]

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Dollar strengthens ahead of Fed meeting

The dollar edged up across the board today ahead of a Federal Reserve policy announcement that investors will scan for clues on how many more U.S. rate hikes there will be this year. The Fed concludes its two-day policy meeting later on Wednesday and is widely expected to hike rates for the second time this […]

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Brexit Meltdown hits the pound

Boris Johnson warned that there could be a Brexit meltdown, but it will be “all right in the end” and that U.S. President Trump would take a tougher stance were he leading the talks. Johnson’s comments were secretly recorded at a dinner on Wednesday evening and released on Thursday hours after ministers found a compromise […]

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