Sterling continues to be volatile ahead of Thursday


Sterling continues to be volatile ahead of Thursday

GBP dropped off today as many investors have continued to off-load the pound ahead of the Bank of England meeting this Thursday when the central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold, and as worries about Brexit negotiations resurface. Tensions within Britain’s governing Conservative party over how to agree terms of exit from […]

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UK Services Data Disappoints

Sterling gained slightly yesterday after positive manufacturing data however the negative numbers continued this morning after a major survey showed Britain’s services sector struggled to recover in April from a sharp slowdown in March, further squeezing expectations of an interest rate hike next week. The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index rose to 52.8 in […]

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UK Manufacturing hits a 17 month low in April

Banks have pushed out their predictions for when the Bank of England will raise interest rates after data last week showed a sharp and unexpected slowdown in Britain’s economic growth. Expectations the British central bank would raise borrowing costs in May had already weakened after Governor Mark Carney highlighted “mixed” economic data and noted there […]

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Market Update

Sterling fell against the dollar today as the U.S. currency strengthened on the back of rising Treasury yields, while traders remained cautious ahead of British GDP numbers due on Friday. The economic growth release will be the last key data released before the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting early next month, and markets […]

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Sterling hits fresh lows against the dollar

Sterling dropped to its lowest since level since the middle of March, its sixth consecutive daily fall as investors are worried about the performance of the British economy. April has historically proved to be supportive for the pound because of a seasonal rise in capital inflows into Britain from foreign companies paying UK shareholders dividends. […]

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Carney comments hammer the pound!

BoE Governor Carney, in an interview last night, seemed somewhat less committal in regards to tightening policy in the UK, focusing more on the slow path in the coming years while suggesting that “a hike is likely this year”. The market has been near “fully priced” for a 25bp hike in May and a rising […]

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Sterling hits a 9 month high

Sterling has continued to gain against the euro, however, this could be affected next week when we have the UK wage data and employment figures released. We believe that wage growth including bonuses may slow slightly whereas the unemployment is expected to be up – both could have a negative impact on the pound. On […]

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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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Dollar Recovers

Britain’s current account deficit was revised down sharply on Thursday by the country’s statistics office in a set of data which also confirmed the economy slowed slightly in late 2017. The current account deficit stood at 18.4 billion pounds in the fourth quarter, much lower than a median forecast of a shortfall of 24 billion […]

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Euro gains as dollar weakens

The euro rose to a new five-week high this morning, mainly due to dollar weakness prompting investors to put their money into the Eurozone. Global markets were shaken this month after U.S. President Donald Trump moved to impose tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing threatened similar measures. Comments from Jens Weidmann, Germany’s likely candidate to […]

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