Sterling remains flat as Osborne delivered Budget 2016

It was a big day for the UK yesterday as George Osborne released the Government’s budget for 2016.

It was a big day for the UK yesterday as George Osborne released the Government's budget for 2016.In a coup for small businesses, middle class workers, savers and energy companies, Mr Osborne’s tax cuts have been widely criticised as an attempt to woo UK voters in his last statement ahead of the EU referendum in June.

The UK economy’s growth and productivity forecasts were downgraded disguising a £56 billion ‘’black hole’’ in the Government’s finances as Osbourne favoured the more crowd pleasing approach.

Osborne warned that amidst a backdrop of slowing global growth and turbulence in financial markets, a possible Brexit would only hurt UK business and consumer confidence further.

Despite the budget receiving much attention here in the UK, foreign exchange markets refused to take notice and Sterling remained steady against all major currencies over the course of the day.

Yellen ends US interest rate rise speculation

Last night the Federal Reserve’s FOMC met in the US. Janet Yellen’s resulting speech stated that interest rates would remain unchanged for the time being and was much more dovish in tone than expected.

With all the clues suggesting that, the Fed won’t be discussing interest rates again now until June, the US dollar came under pressure. However, despite dollar weakness and the worrying state of the global economy, Yellen suggested that US economic activity had been expanding at a moderate pace.

Today markets will be spending the majority of the day deciphering Janet Yellen’s press conference from last night.

Later in the trading session, we will receive EU CPI data and an interest rate decision from the Bank of England. From the US, the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey and weekly Jobless Claims will be of interest.

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