UK Budget update today


UK Budget update today

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will give his Spring Budget update today. Traditionally a major set-piece event, its importance has now been downgraded. The main Budget statement now takes place in the autumn and it has been promised that this afternoon’s speech will not contain any major changes to tax or spending. Instead, […]

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UK economic growth slows further

British citizens stopped spending as much in February, giving the weakest start to the year since 2012, figures from payments company Visa showed, raising the prospects that the broader economy will slow in the first quarter of 2018. Visa said inflation-adjusted consumer spending in February was 1.1 percent lower than a year earlier, after a […]

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UK Retail Sales expanded 0.1% MoM

Sterling gave away part of its initial gains today following the release of January’s retail sales in the UK. Overall, retail sales volumes rose 0.1 percent on the month, below economists’ forecasts in a Reuters poll for a monthly rise of 0.5 percent, after dropping 1.4 percent in December. Even in year-on-year terms, there was […]

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Dollar Weakens Ahead Of Inflation Data

Sterling strengthened yesterday after data showed British inflation unexpectedly stayed close to its highest levels in six years in January, firming up investors’ bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates again in May. The BoE surprised financial markets last week by indicating that rates could move up faster than previously expected, as […]

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Dollar Volatility Continues

The dollar came under renewed selling pressure this morning, sliding lower against a basket of major currencies ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was down 0.24%. The dollar has come under pressure as it has lost its relative […]

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Sterling looses recent gains

The dollar moved higher against a currency basket of currencies today, buoyed by higher U.S. bond yields as investors turned their attention to U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech and a Federal Reserve policy meeting. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was […]

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US Shutdown weakens US Dollar further

The dollar was pinned near a three-year low today as a U.S. government shutdown encouraged investors to add to bearish bets against the greenback while the euro consolidated recent gains. Unless the U.S. government shutdown ends very quickly which may boost the dollar, markets are focusing on the two other economies this week, namely the […]

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Morning Report

British house prices unexpectedly fell in December compared with November, their first decline in six months, mortgage lender Halifax said on Monday, adding to signs of weakness in the country’s housing market since the 2016 Brexit vote. British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would announce changes to her ministerial team soon, with media […]

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British businesses reported a pickup in growth

British businesses reported a pickup in growth in the three months to December, but they expect a slowdown in early 2018 as high inflation takes its toll on households, the Confederation of British Industry said this morning. British inflation hit its highest level in nearly six years in November when it rose to 3.1 percent, […]

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Mark Carney speaks at lunchtime

The FTSE 100 is called to open flat to slightly lower this morning following the overnight performances on Wall Street and in Asia which saw the US Senate pass the proposed tax reforms but the bill is being sent back to the House of Representatives for a further vote before it can be signed off […]

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