Unprecedented events certainly haven’t been in short supply so far in 2020. Forget the political jousting that defined 2019 and eventually saw Boris Johnson achieve a landslide election victory – after all, general elections haven’t exactly been in short supply in recent times. This year has seen the UK – and the world – thrust […]
The escalation of Covid-19 into a global health crisis has seen the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers become one of the defining issues of the pandemic. According to the Health and Safety Executive, PPE is “equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work”. When it […]
The age of automation, the digital revolution, the fourth industrial revolution: whatever you want to call it, the rapid rise of internet-enabled automation in the 21st century has had a profound impact on the world of international payments – and will continue to do so thanks to a constant stream of digital advancements. Take the […]
Convenience can lead to complacency when it comes to your business making secure international payments online. The ability to open an account in minutes and make transfers at the touch of a button often overshadows the need to check your payment providers security credentials. Simply assuming they’re regulated and have sufficient processes in place will […]
If the fintech industry had a manifesto it would read something like this: fundamentally address the outdated financial services available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), by providing access to technology and innovation that supersedes the traditional methods used by incumbent banks. And it appears that this mission is very much on track. The sector […]
Negativity bias refers to our predisposition to “attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than positive information”. As the UK faces up to what may be its worst-ever recession, you’d be forgiven for reverting to this default setting. Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused large swathes of the economy to grind to […]
The World Health Organisation has labelled the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, following its rapid spread from China to multiple countries around the world. The problem for currency markets is its infecting economies as quickly as people. Symptoms include everything from disappointing data showing its strangling supply chains and disrupting manufacturing to emergency monetary policy […]
Chancellor Sunak’s Budget announcement had minimal impact on GBP, following the Bank of England’s emergency rate cut during the morning of 11th March 2020 as an attempt to strengthen the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. After the Bank of England announced their interest rate cut from 0.75% to 0.25%, sterling fell to lows against […]
The first Budget from the new Conservative majority government will be set to a backdrop of historic political events and an international health crisis that is strangling economic growth. So, will Wednesday’s Spring Statement go down in history as ‘the coronavirus Budget’, ‘the Brexit Budget’ or ‘the Boris Johnson Budget’? Upon reflection, it will probably […]
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Monthly Currency Market View April 2020
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