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23/03/2021

GBP falls on EU threat to block vaccines

GBP Sterling fell against both the euro and dollar on Monday as investors sold the British currency following news the European Union could block AstraZeneca vaccine exports to the UK. This follows supply issues in Europe and concerns among EU officials that it won’t reach its vaccination target. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen […]

15/12/2020

Sterling gains as Brexit talks are extended

GBP Sterling rallied against the euro and dollar during early trade on Monday, benefitting from news that Britain and the European Union had agreed to extend trade talks past Sunday’s deadline. The news injected fresh optimism back into markets that a deal could be achieved as early as this week after a demoralising previous week […]

14/12/2020

UK and EU leaders agree to continue Brexit talks

GBP Traders were relieved that a no-deal was avoided, all be it temporarily on Sunday as the UK and European Union agreed to continue negotiations beyond the latest deadline. The jump was felt most within the pound, which clearly demonstrates investor relief and hope that a post-Brexit trade deal can be reached. Until last week, […]

11/12/2020

Sterling Drops Ahead of Sunday

GBP The pound took further losses against the US Dollar and the Euro yesterday, as currency markets became more cautious around the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Sterling has been volatile on Brexit headlines, dropping in response to news suggesting a deal is unlikely and rising when hopes are raised. Britain has once again told […]

08/12/2020

Sterling falls as investors re-evaluate no-deal risk

GBP Sterling fell to six week lows against the Euro and fell against the dollar as little progress in Brexit talks have led investors to re-evaluate the risk of a no-deal. Michael Barnier speaking on Monday said that he was ‘rather downbeat’ about chances of a deal, the pound is very sensitive to Brexit headlines […]

07/12/2020

Brexit talks hang in the balance

GBP Sterling retracted from a 2 and a half year high against the US dollar at the end of last week after Britain and the European Union failed to strike a trade agreement, with discussions being temporarily paused to allow negotiators to talk to politicians for guidance. The euro also moved higher against sterling after […]

16/10/2020

Sterling falls due to concerns over a timely trade deal

GBP Sterling fell yesterday after concerns mounted about the obstacles that are keeping the European Union and Britain from reaching a timely trade deal. Boris Johnson had previously proposed that the October 15th deadline be the conclusion for talks and we await for a confirmation on the scope of a new extension. Fisheries, competition and […]

12/10/2020

Market sentiment shifts

GBP Sterling traded close to month highs against both the euro and dollar on Friday. Market sentiment shifted to risk on due to rising hopes that a Brexit trade deal and US stimulus package can be agreed. Despite the move higher, sterling has found difficulty in breaking through its current trading range and the headline […]

05/10/2020

Sterling higher on Brexit deal hopes

GBP Sterling opened higher on Friday buoyed by investor optimism that the U.K. and EU will solve their differences to achieve a Brexit trade deal before the end of the year. Comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflected the optimism in the market on Friday. Whilst admitting that a breakthrough hasn’t been reached, Merkel admitted […]

14/09/2020

Sterling falls to five month lows

GBP Sterling fell to five month lows on Friday as fears of the UK leaving without a trade deal weighed on the pound. The pound had its worst week against both the euro and dollar since March when the initial outbreak of Covid occurred. Positive data release showing the economy grew by 6.6% in July […]


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