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Sterling Strengthens on Poll Predictions

Happy Tuesday! Did you know…? Space smells like seared steak. Bees sometimes sting other bees. Showers really do spark creativity. The week ahead There are plenty of reasons for us to be doubtful of political polling ahead of the UK December 12th election. The Brexit issue has been exhaustive but are we sailing closer to…

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UK Growth to Offer Exchange Rate Boost

Happy Monday! There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe. The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring wasn’t added to it. The week ahead UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has seen…

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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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