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09/03/2021

Positive sentiment continues to prop up Sterling

GBP Investors have ramped up bets for further gains on Sterling, with the net long position of the pound increasing to the highest level since April 2018. This increase in the net long position is a reflection of the optimism that currently surrounds the UK thanks to the rapid roll-out of the vaccine program that […]

08/03/2021

Dollar Continues Recent Resurgence

GBP Sterling remains strong against most G10 currencies, however the currency is currently unable to stop the US Dollar regaining ground lost at the start of the year. Sterling does however remain strongly supported and will look towards Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey’s speech today to see if there are any further developments with […]

05/03/2021

Spring Budget 2021: What’s in it for businesses and the pound?

The economic blow dealt by the pandemic forced chancellor Rishi Sunak to deliver a spend now, tax later Budget. Outlining the government’s plans to drag the economy out of the Covid-19 crisis, he announced measures designed to deliver a short-term boost to businesses and jobs and significant tax rises to help rebalance the public finances. […]

05/03/2021

Dollar strengthens on US economic recovery

USD The US dollar strengthened on Thursday after Jerome Powell indicated that inflation is likely to rise as the economy recovers in the coming months. Powell stated that interest rates are unlikely to rise unless the economy is running back to full capacity with full employment and more durable inflation. Powell believes that rise in […]

04/03/2021

Sterling remains stable after the Budget was announced

GBP Yesterday saw the announcement of Rishi Sunak’s highly anticipated Spring Budget. Almost one year on from his first budget, circumstances have most definitely changed. This year’s budget was largely split into two. The first part was a large extension of the support already in place. The focal point was an extension of the furlough […]

03/03/2021

Sterling remains supported ahead of Spring budget statement

GBP Sterling erased early losses against the dollar on Tuesday as the pound benefited from global investors purchasing UK assets amid fresh optimism that the UK economy is on track to show a post-Covid economic recovery. During early trade, sterling traded close to its lowest level for two and a half weeks as the increase […]

02/03/2021

Dollar gains as US treasury yields rise

USD The dollar has gained in the past couple of days as U.S. government bond yields jump on expectations that growth and inflation will increase as the administration prepares new fiscal stimulus and vaccinations against COVID-19 become more widespread. This saw the dollar index rise to a three-week high as investors bet on faster growth […]

01/03/2021

Sterling Falls as Risk Off

GBP Sterling fell against a basket of currencies on Friday as market sentiment shifted to risk-off following an aggressive sell-off in global stock markets. Volatility in global stock markets has significantly influenced the value of sterling since the outset of the pandemic in March 2020 with sterling trading in close alignment with stock market swings. […]

26/02/2021

Sterling suffers its sharpest decline of the year

GBP The pound has been the best  performing currency of 2021 but it has suffered its sharpest decline of the year in response to a shift in risk status. As demonstrated by the pound’s performance in the last few months, it has adopted a ‘risk on’ status and is susceptible to risk reversals if the […]

26/02/2021

Spring Budget 2021: When is it, and what can the pound expect?

The 2020 Spring Budget was the first in more than fourty years as a non-EU member state – but it was not Brexit that defined it. A strange new virus was becoming a major concern, forcing the UK’s new Chancellor Rishi Sunak to implement sweeping measures to shield the economy – leading to it being […]

25/02/2021

Dollar struggles after dovish tone from FED chair Jerome Powell

USD On Wednesday the dollar continued to struggle in early trading after dovish comments from the fed chair Jerome Powell raising fears of rising inflation. The comments helped to push the USD to multi year lows against the sterling and commodity linked currencies. Powell confirmed that interest rates will remain low whilst the Fed continues […]

24/02/2021

Sterling posts fresh highs against EUR and USD

GBP Sterling experienced yet another day of forward momentum as fresh highs were posted against both the EUR and USD. The reason for this positivity largely remains the same, case numbers continue to fall as vaccination numbers rise. Yesterday, the UK recorded its lowest daily infections of the year at 8,489, compared to 10,641 the […]

22/02/2021

Sterling remains stable ahead of the UK’s lock-down exit plan

GBP Today see’s the eagerly anticipated announcement of the UK’s lockdown exit plan, with investors awaiting to see whether the details will be overly cautious or if the economy will reopen in large chunks. This follows on from last week, where the pound was yet again the best performing major, hitting three year highs against […]

19/02/2021

Sterling Reaches Uncharted Territory

GBP The pound raced ahead again to start Thursday against the € and $ and has attracted more market participants such as pension funds, insurance funds, real estate investment trusts, asset managers and other finance houses as cited by market analysts. The pound appears to still be benefiting from the so far successful vaccine rollout […]

18/02/2021

Sterling’s run of strength continues

GBP Sterling’s run of strength continued as inflation data beat expectations yesterday further pushing the already surging currency supported by very positive numbers regarding the vaccine rollout. Inflation figures being higher than expected also again reduces the likelihood of negative interest rates. Sterling is currently on a run of 6 straight week of gains against […]

17/02/2021

Vaccine rollout continues to push Sterling higher

GBP Sterling continues to strengthen as the impressive vaccine rollout edges the pound higher against major currencies. The pound hit a 9 month high against the Euro on Monday and there is growing expectation that the pound could surge further against the Euro and other major currencies. The pound is also being boosted by an […]

16/02/2021

Positive vaccine sentiment lifts Sterling

GBP Sterling posted fresh highs against both the euro and dollar yesterday as positive vaccine sentiment and optimism for an end to the third national lockdown helped boost the pound. The move higher which saw GBP-USD trading at 34 month highs and GBP-EUR at 9 month highs follows comments over the weekend from British Prime […]

15/02/2021

Sterling outperforms G10 currencies

GBP Last week the pound continued to be the best performing currency of its G10 counterparts and has remained at multi month high against the USD and Euro. This was positive news given the backdrop of not so perfect economic data. The pound continues to be supported by the so far successful vaccine rollout which […]

12/02/2021

Sterling hesitant to push high against Euro and Dollar

GBP Currency markets look hesitant to push GBP further than its recent highs against both Euro and Dollar. Sterling still looks an attractive buy with continued hopes on the success of the UK vaccination program. The Euro is also benefiting heavily from this period of US Dollar weakness. Some potential worry for Sterling are the […]

11/02/2021

Sterling maintains position as top performing G10 currency of 2021

GBP The pound has retained its position as the 2021’s top performing G10 currencies, despite fears around the impact of trade disruption caused by Brexit. Support has come from the UK’s successful vaccine rollout, the greater chances of an economic recovery as a result and last week’s Bank of England meeting where it was realised […]


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