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ECB cut rates, Saudi oil attack and Sterling appreciation

US DOLLAR The Dollar Index is little changed this morning at around 98.2 having topped out at a one-week high on Thursday at 99.1. The Dollar was pulled lower by weaker than expected US retail sales data released on Friday, plus the post-ECB rebound we saw in the Euro. Investors are now looking ahead to…

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Boris to meet with European counterparts this week

STERLING The pound hit its lowest level against the US Dollar since January 2017 last Monday at 1.2015 but recovered thereafter on stronger than expected UK data. Average earnings, CPI and retail sales all surprised to the upside and boosted Sterling although the threat of a no-deal Brexit continues to limit any upside. Of note…

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BoE to meet on Thursday

STERLING The Bank of England meet on Thursday for their latest rate setting meeting and this could keep movements in the pound to a minimum before hand – GBP/USD was flat at 1.2590 this morning, although has dropped to 1.2550 this afternoon. Economists are predicting a 9-0 vote by the MPC although there is the…

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ECB hold rates until 2020

EURO The European Central Bank pushed back their rate guidance on Thursday and pledged to remain on hold at least through the first half of 2020. The Euro rallied in response as the Governing Council stopped short of opening the door to a rate cut. EUR/USD made further gains on Friday and closed above $1.13…

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Sterling under pressure as May fights for her political life

STERLING GBP/USD was little changed this morning having touched a fresh four-month low on Friday at $1.2711 on Brexit woes. Cross party talks to reach a Brexit deal that could make it through parliament collapsed on Friday although weekend press reports have suggested Theresa May plans to make a ‘bold offer’ to secure a deal.…

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Cross-party Brexit talks falling apart

STERLING Last week was a choppy one for the Pound as investors reacted to progress, and later the lack of, in the cross-party Brexit talks. The prime minister has consistently refused to entertain a second public vote, insisting she is focused on ‘’delivering the result of the first referendum’’ meaning the chances of a deal…

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Trump threatens China with increased tariffs

US DOLLAR The Dollar Index inched higher yesterday morning to 97.6 having declined on Friday’s jobs report as soft wage data overshadowed a strong non-farm payrolls print (+263,000) with the unemployment rate falling to 3.6%, a 50-year low. The Trump administration continued to raise the temperature in trade tensions with China yesterday, with top trade…

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