The pound held firm against the euro and dollar

GBP On Wednesday, the pound held firm against the euro and dollar amidst a relatively light economic calendar.  Sterling has found support from the past week’s Bank of England decision which was more hawkish than expected. Despite the recent banking uncertainty, the British banking system has remained stable, and as a result, the value of … Read more


UK interest rates are now at their highest level since 2008

GBP The pound held its ground on Thursday after the Bank of England raised interest rates to 4.25% with a 25 basis points rise. Interest rates are now at their highest level since 2008 in a bid to cool higher inflation experienced by the UK. A majority from the Monetary Policy Committee voted for a … Read more


US Fed takes interest rates to five percent

USD The dollar fell yesterday afternoon following the Federal Reserve interest rate decision which saw the US central bank increase interest rates by 25 basis points, taking US interest rates to their highest level since September 2007. The voting pattern was unanimous in so far that all voting members opted for a 25 basis points … Read more


UK CPI inflation data beating market expectations

GBP The pound edged higher on Tuesday morning after the release of CPI inflation data that beat expectations in February and raised the prospects of further Bank of England interest rate rises in the months ahead. Inflation rose year-on-year to 10.4% in February, higher than a previous reading of 10.1% and beating market expectations of … Read more


US Fed to take a less hawkish stance on interest rates

USD The dollar ended the week lower against a basket of currencies as investors placed bets that the Federal Reserve will adopt a less hawkish stance following weaker data and last week’s collapse of two mid-sized banks. Focus on Friday turned to the March release of the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index which showed a deterioration … Read more


ECB raises interest rates by 50 bps to 3.5%

EUR The euro rose against the US dollar as the European Central Bank raised interest rates as planned by 50 basis points despite the current banking crisis. The ECB raised interest rates to 3.5% from a previous 3% in a bid to cool inflation. The central bank has raised rates at the fastest pace on record … Read more


Sterling gets a boost after Windsor Framework announcement

GBP The pound rallied on Monday after an agreement had been reached on the Northern Ireland protocol between the UK and the EU. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reported that a breakthrough had been made and EU Commissioner Ursula Von Der Leyen stated that they “have removed any sense of a border in the Irish Sea”. The … Read more


US personal consumption increases, positive sign for the economy

USD The dollar traded close to seven week highs on Friday as the latest data showed US inflation remained persistent, reinforcing expectations US interest rates could remain higher for longer. Fuelling Friday’s rally in the dollar was the release of personal consumption expenditure (PCE) price index which measures the average amount of money consumers are … Read more


Slowdown in UK inflation eases pressure on Bank of England

GBP The pound fell on Wednesday after the release of UK inflation data. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 10.1% in the twelve months to January 2023, down from 10.5% in December 2022. This reading also came in lower than what the market had predicted at 10.3%. The decline of CPI saw Sterling fall and bond yields … Read more


UK wages grow faster than expected but are still behind inflation

GBP Sterling appreciated this morning as wage data in the UK grew more than expected, placing further pressure on the Bank of England to hike interest rates further next month. The data released by the Office for National Statistics, showed earnings grew at their fastest pace outside of the Covid pandemic period at 6.7% in the year … Read more


UK GDP data disappoints currency markets

GBP The pound fell after disappointing GDP data released on Friday. UK GDP declined by 0.5% in December which was more than the 0.3% forecast the market hoped for. The Office for National Statistics stated that the overall economy grew by 0% in the final quarter of the year, meaning the UK has avoided a technical recession. … Read more


US jobs data stronger than expected

USD The dollar strengthened against all major currencies on Friday after the release of strong labour market data. Non-Farm payrolls data came in well above expectations and showed that the US economy created 517,000 new jobs, higher than market consensus, and giving further leeway for the Federal Reserve to continue to hike interest rates. The forecast … Read more


UK economy slowed faster than expected this month

GBP The pound fell across the board after PMI services data showed in January the UK economy slowed faster than expected. UK services PMI read at 48, well below market expectations of 49.7 and slagging behind a previous reading of 49.9. A reading below 50 means that the economy is contracting and economic activity is … Read more


Markets focus on next week’s central banks’ interest rates decision

EUR The euro had a strong start to the week on Monday as European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde reaffirmed the Eurozone’s commitment to tackling record high inflation. Speaking yesterday afternoon, Lagarde admitted that the ECB will keep raising interest rates quickly to slow inflation which remains far too high. Lagarde added that rates will … Read more


UK wages grew 6.4% in the autumn said ONS

GBP Yesterday Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said that inflation looks set to fall this year as energy prices decrease. However, he also stated that a shortage of workers in the labour market poses a “major risk” to this scenario: “I think that going forwards the major risk to inflation coming down… is the … Read more


Inflation data causing USD weakness

USD The dollar fell to nine-month lows against the euro after data showed inflation is easing. As inflation is starting to fall this indicates that the Federal Reserve is less likely to increase interest rates as aggressively moving forward. Markets are now pricing in a 25 basis points interest rates rise at the next policy meeting. Inflation year-on-year … Read more


USD strengthened against all major currencies on Tuesday

GBP The pound fell against the US dollar as demand for the greenback picked up and edged higher across the board. The pound fell more than 1%, its biggest drop since mid-December. The downtrend in Sterling is more to do with the dollar strengthening as risk sentiment increased. Furthermore, Sterling could see a bumpy road ahead … Read more


US Fed raises interest rates by 50 basis points

USD The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 50 basis points and signaled its intention to keep squeezing the US economy next year as the bank enters a new phase in tackling inflation. The federal open market committee voted unanimously to increase the federal funds rate to a target range of 4.25% to 4.5%. It was … Read more


UK inflation at 10.7%, lower than expectations and previous month

GBP The pound eased back from recent highs after headline CPI inflation rose by 10.7% year-on-year in November says the Office for National Statistics, which was less than the 10.9% expected by markets and lower than October’s 11.1%. Inflation increased 0.4% over the month, which was below the 0.6% consensus was looking for and represents … Read more