Pound gains after positive Brexit news


Pound gains after positive Brexit news

Sterling rallied more than half a percent to hit a two-day high after a media report that Britain would tell Brussels it was prepared to stay in the European Union’s customs union after a transitional arrangement. Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay in the customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remained deadlocked […]

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UK Inflation drops unexpectedly

UK inflation dropped to a one year low, according to figures which now raise doubts about a rate rise in May and further rises going forward. There is still a 96% chance of a UK rate rise in May and we believe this is already priced into the markets. Official data showed annual consumer price […]

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McCafferty speech boosts Sterling

Sterling hit a two-week high today after a top policymaker said the Bank of England should not delay in raising interest rates after a recent strong pick-up in the world economy. Ian McCafferty, one of the two members of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee who voted for a rate rise last month, said in an […]

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Pound gains across the board

Sterling was flat in a big week for the British currency with employment and inflation data due, followed by a crucial summit between European and British officials to secure a Brexit transition arrangement. The Pound to Euro exchange rate has gained today, in the aftermath of the Italian general election that resulted in a hung […]

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The week ahead

Over the weekend, amid speculation that the Bank of England could raise interest rates as soon as May, Chief Economist Andy Haldane said that there is “no rush” to tighten policy further. Bank of England speakers are the key focus today in an otherwise quiet calendar. Following last week’s hawkish signals from the Bank of […]

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Bank of England to raise rates

The Bank of England said yesterday it was likely to raise interest rates sooner and by more than it thought only three months ago. The BoE’s rate-setters gave themselves time to assess how Britain is coping with the approach of Brexit by voting unanimously to hold Bank Rate at 0.5 percent, as expected. Governor Mark […]

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UK economy grew 0.5% in the fourth quarter

The pound rose today as traders looked to fourth-quarter economic growth numbers due later to see if Britain’s economy is proving more resilient than expected, which could help sterling extend its recent rally. Sterling gained 0.7 percent to trade at $1.4236, but below the $1.4346 mark it notched up on Thursday when a broad dollar […]

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May’s reshuffle was a shambles

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership team shake-up, designed to restore her authority and address divisions over Brexit, was branded a shambles after one minister quit and media reported another had refused to move jobs. May had hoped to reset her agenda and strengthen her hand as Britain moves to the second phase of talks […]

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Dollar weakens while Euro gains

Sterling held near a three-month high of $1.36 today, as traders paused ahead of a survey of Britain’s construction sector. the pound was trading flat amid broad general dollar weakness after recording its best annual performance against the dollar last year since 2009, with an almost 10 percent rise. A purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for […]

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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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