Pound Eases Off


Pound Eases Off

The dollar weakened against other major currencies this morning, as markets took Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comment that U.S. interest rates were just below neutral as a signal that a three-year rate-hiking cycle is nearing an end. Powell took markets by surprise on Wednesday when he noted that the policy rate, at 2 to […]

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More Pressure On May

The DUP who prop up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government sent her a stark warning over her draft Brexit divorce deal, pulling support in several parliamentary votes on a finance bill. The move breaches the DUP’s deal with May and throws further doubt over whether she has the numbers to approve a draft Brexit […]

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Pound Continues To Gain

Sterling rose a quarter of a percent this morning as hopes grew for a Brexit deal breakthrough, encouraging investors to buy the British currency with the struggling dollar also fuelling gains. The European Union is preparing to back a compromise proposal on the Irish border to resolve the last major hurdle in Brexit negotiations, according […]

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UK Retail Sales Drop

British retail sales fell by the most in six months last month after a large drop in food purchases, which followed an unusually warm summer that had encouraged Britons to splash out on barbecues. Retail sales volumes in September dropped by 0.8 percent from August – a bigger fall than economists had expected in a […]

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The Week Ahead

The Pound held pretty steadily last week against the Euro & Dollar through the beginning of last week until the Federal Reserve put up interest rates and traders started selling off the Pound prior to the Conservative Party Conference. Over the last few months we have seen a significant divide in the Conservative party and a […]

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Bank Of England Meeting Later Today

Sterling has held near recent highs before a monetary policy announcement later in the day, when the Bank of England looks almost certain to keep interest rates unchanged after raising them last month. Economists polled all expect the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to vote 9-0 to leave interest rates at 0.75 percent. Most do […]

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UK Wage Data Comes In Strong

UK Pay growth picked up faster than expected to a rate that has not been exceeded in three years, as businesses found it harder to recruit staff, official figures showed this morning. Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose by 2.9 percent on the year in the three months to July, the fastest since March and […]

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UK GDP Grows At Fastest Pace In A Year

Britain’s economy grew at its fastest pace in almost a year during the three months to July, boosted by stronger consumer spending due to the World Cup and warm weather. Gross domestic product in the three months to July was 0.6 percent higher than in the previous three-month period, gathering pace from 0.4 percent recorded […]

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Brexit Woes & Weak Data

The British pound was set for its biggest daily drop against the euro in more than three months as concerns grew about the progress of Brexit negotiations. Sentiment was also further sapped by manufacturing data that underscored the weak state of the British economy. Traders bought sterling last week after the European Union’s chief Brexit […]

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Positive UK Data Having Zero Impact On Sterling Value

The British pound slipped against the euro to within a whisker of its weakest since September 2017, hurt by a rally in the single currency and concerns about whether Britain can secure itself a trading deal with the European Union. Sterling has had a tough month so far, hit by concerns Britain could crash out […]

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