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Pound stabilises above post-election lows, political uncertainty reigns supreme

After falling in reaction to the outcome of Thursday’s general election, the pound is beginning the week in a more stable position.

After falling in reaction to the outcome of Thursday’s general election, the pound is beginning the week in a more stable position.

The GBP/USD exchange rate is also likely to stumble on Wednesday, with the Federal Reserve expected to increase interest rates at its latest policy gathering.

When PM Theresa May called for a snap election back in April her campaign hinged on the promise of maintaining strength and stability during the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

However, it’s fairly safe to say that her ability to deliver on that promise is now in question, with Thursday’s vote leaving the nation more mired in uncertainty than ever.

The Conservatives succeeded in losing their majority, a result which is unlikely to strengthen Theresa May’s hand in exit talks.

May has so far resisted calls for her resignation but the prospect of a minority government backed by the DUP is currently failing to excite much confidence in the government’s ability to secure a good deal for Britain.

While the pound has now stabilised following Friday’s sell off, it remains at multi-week and multi-month lows against the major currencies.

Wise Money markets ahead

With no potentially exciting economic reports on the calendar for today, the fallout from last week’s vote will remain the main driver of GBP exchange rate movement.

If the outcome of the election leads to the pursuit of a ‘soft Brexit’ (where the UK retains access to the single market) the pound could ultimately benefit.

However, if it appears that those members of the Conservative party pushing for a complete severing of the UK’s relationship with the EU are more likely to get their way now that May has lost her majority, the pound could be headed for new lows over the next few weeks.

In light of everything that has happened/is happening, tomorrow’s UK inflation stats may prove less influential than usual.

That being said, the pound could come under further pressure if the rate of inflation eases.

Although the odds of the Bank of England (BoE) reconsidering its current stance on interest rates are minimal (especially in the face of such political uncertainty) easing consumer price pressures would certainly add to the argument in favour of keeping borrowing costs lower for longer.

The GBP/USD exchange rate is also likely to stumble on Wednesday, with the Federal Reserve expected to increase interest rates at its latest policy gathering.

 

 

 

Pound reels as UK left with hung parliament

Is there further for the pound to fall?

Is there further for the pound to fall?

The UK took to the polls yesterday in GE2017 and it is fairly safe to say that Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t get the result she was hoping for.

The pound was left reeling as the votes were calculated and the Conservatives fell short of the 326 seats required for a majority.

The fallout from the election will be the driving force behind GBP exchange rate movement over the rest of the day.

The pound surged back in April when PM Theresa May called the snap election on the widely held belief that the Conservatives would storm their way to an increased majority.

Bets that a landslide victory would strengthen Theresa May’s hand in Brexit negotiations initially kept the pound elevated, but the currency started losing ground as a rocky campaign left her victory in doubt.

GBP exchange rates dropped 2% as last night’s exit polls pointed to a hung parliament, and this time the polls proved accurate.

While these movements are hardly as dramatic as seen following the EU referendum last year, there could be further shifts on the horizon.

With the Conservatives failing to secure the required majority, the UK’s political landscape looks murkier than ever.

If Theresa May listens to calls for her resignation the situation will be even more tenuous with only days left until Brexit negotiations are due to commence.

Wise Money markets ahead

The fallout from the election will be the driving force behind GBP exchange rate movement over the rest of the day, with any shocking announcements (like Theresa May’s resignation) having the potential to extend the pound’s losses.

However, a rapid turnaround in coalition talks and the quick establishment of a working government could help the pound recover.

Although the UK is set to publish industrial/manufacturing production, construction output, trade and growth figures, the data is unlikely to have an impact with eyes so firmly focused on the outcome of yesterday’s historic vote.

 

 

 

Election jitters continue to grip pound

Unsurprisingly, the pound had election poll results to contend with yesterday.

 

Unsurprisingly, the pound had election poll results to contend with yesterday.

The pound has once again become a politically-correlated currency, following developments in election polls over economic data.

As a result, sterling continued to trend around its multi-week lows yesterday against many of its peers.

While the currency markets are scared by the latest UK election surveys, they’re not necessarily convinced.

According to a poll by Survation, the Conservative Party were only one point ahead of the Labour Party, while YouGov’s seat-by-seat projections were now indicating the Tories could end up 22 seats short of a majority.

The polls are causing much confusion.

While Survation’s poll puts the candidates neck-and-neck, the results are weighted according to whether or not the voters themselves say they are likely to actually go to the ballots.

Other surveys, which weight their findings based upon average turnouts for the respondent’s age or social group, for example, find differently.

So, while the currency markets are scared by the latest UK election surveys, they’re not necessarily convinced.

GBP/EUR declined even though, from a broader point of view, the euro wasn’t doing particularly well itself.

Data from the Eurozone was mixed, with retail PMIs weakening for Germany, Italy and the Eurozone as a whole, but strengthening in France. The German construction PMI also rose, while the Sentix investor confidence index beat predictions for June and Eurozone retail sales volumes outpaced estimates at 2.5%.

Weakness in the pound was the only thing that allowed the US dollar to make any gains, pushing GBP/USD marginally lower. Big things are happening in the US as well as the UK, so the currency markets were holding their breath for Thursday’s developments.

Today is the calm before a triple-whammy storm on Thursday, which is likely to see the pound stagnating against most of the major currencies.

An approaching election might be dragging force on sterling, but with other high-profile global happenings on the calendar, GBP could be afforded something of a reprieve.

 

 

 

 

Little on European markets but potential big day for the GBPUSD pair

The key event of yesterday the June ECB meeting had little effect on wise money markets.

The key event of yesterday the June ECB meeting had little effect on wise money markets.

Mario Draghi continued to put emphasis on the ECB standing ready to input more Quantitative easing, if deemed necessary.

Markets had little reaction as this is considered old news at this stage and as a result, there was no major direct influence on the Euro. Most of yesterday was generally fairly quiet in terms of other Euro data, or rather lack of.

Looking at the main Euro pairs over the last 24 hours, they’ve been trading in tight ranges and only differ slightly from yesterday’s open.

This is relatively calming following the yoyo-like movements we’ve previously been seeing due to Brexit uncertainty and the changing sentiment polls.

It looks like EURUSD is on its way back down from its early May rally and most of the majors are looking a little worse off than a couple of weeks ago.

 

Wise Money awaiting US Non-Farm Payroll figures

 

Looking ahead at the dollar, today we have the US Non-Farm Payroll figures for May due for release at 13:30.

Following the Fed’s preconditions of a rate hike being dependent on a continuing improvement in the labour market, these figures are likely to be watched very closely.

If today’s figure is close to the forecast (164,000), it should strengthen expectation for a Fed rate hike through the coming summer months.

This could provide us with some upwards movement as we move into this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

UK confidence improves but the pound’s struggles continue

Can the Conservatives still emerge from the election with a greater majority? Or will the UK end up with a Labour-led coalition? As it stands the result is getting too close to call, and all the uncertainty certainly isn’t doing the pound any favours.

Can the Conservatives still emerge from the election with a greater majority? Or will the UK end up with a Labour-led coalition? As it stands the result is getting too close to call, and all the uncertainty certainly isn’t doing the pound any favours.

GBP/EUR fluctuated between €1.1543 and €1.1442, GBP/USD dropped from a high of $1.2877 to $1.2795, GBP/AUD gradually eased to AU$1.7146, GBP/NZD hit a worst level of NZ$1.8026 and GBP/CAD bottomed out at C$1.7201, down from C$1.7359.

Although a report published by analysts at JP Morgan indicated that a hung parliament could actually be good for the pound, GBP exchange rates failed to derive much benefit.

 

 

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Although a report published by analysts at JP Morgan indicated that a hung parliament could actually be good for the pound, GBP exchange rates failed to derive much benefit.

Up until now it has been argued that an outright win for the Conservatives, which would see the party increase its majority, would be the best outcome in terms of facilitating smoother Brexit negotiations. That assumption saw the pound drop when Conservative’s lead against Labour was dramatically slashed.

Now, however, JP Morgan has asserted; ‘In the post-referendum world, all political developments need to be viewed through a Brexit prism and an argument can be made that a hung parliament which delivered or held out the prospect of a softer-Brexit coalition of the left-of-centre parties … might actually be GBP positive.’

The pound still closed Tuesday weaker in spite of this assumption, and extended some of these losses on Wednesday.

The euro did come under a bit of pressure of its own however as German inflation fell short of forecasts and rumours that Greece intends to default on upcoming bond repayments emerged.

 

What’s coming up money wise?

This morning’s UK reports were on the mixed side. The GfK consumer confidence index actually improved unexpectedly, rising from -7 to -5 rather than falling to -8.

The result, while in the negative range, was actually still a four-month high.

According to GfK’s Joe Staton; ‘Perhaps the real squeeze in living standards is yet to hit home. We haven’t seen any significant fall (in consumer confidence) of the kind we might expect during such periods of pre-election and pre-Brexit uncertainty.’

However, while that result surprised to the upside the Lloyds Business Barometer was far less impressive, plummeting from 47 to 27. The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) shop price index also eased -0.4% rather than the -0.3% projected.

This mishmash of figures left the pound little changed against most the majors, although GBP/EUR did edge slightly lower in spite of Germany’s retail sales data falling short. Consumer spending in the Eurozone’s largest economy fell -0.2% on the month in April (an increase of 0.4% was expected) with the annual figure printing at -0.9% rather than 2.2%.

Later today the UK’s mortgage approvals and lending data could spark a bit of movement, but attention is likely to remain fairly focused on political developments now that the general election is within touching distance.

The Eurozone’s unemployment numbers and inflation data could give the pound a bit of respite mid-morning as inflation is expected to ease in May. If inflation does fall to 1.5% on the year it would reduce the odds of the European Central Bank (ECB) making any attempt to adjust stimulus in the near future, reducing demand for the euro.

Meanwhile, Canadian growth data is likely to impact CAD exchange rates, while USD movement could follow the release of US pending home sales numbers.

Weaker UK growth, slashed Tory lead leaves pound struggling

The pound fell to new lows at the close of the week following the release of worse-than-expected UK growth data and the latest election poll results.

The pound fell to new lows at the close of the week following the release of worse-than-expected UK growth data and the latest election poll results.

GBP/EUR plummeted to €1.1465 from €1.1534, GBP/USD dropped below $1.2900 to trade in the region of $1.2859, GBP/AUD struggled to hold AU$1.7300, GBP/NZD lost 0.7% to hit a low of NZ$1.8264 and GBP/CAD shed 0.6% to trade in the region of C$1.7333.

What impact has the latest election news had on the pound? GBP exchange rates could keep falling if the gap between Labour and the Conservatives narrows further.

 

 

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All in all, it’s fairly safe to say that it hasn’t exactly been the best week for pound exchange rates.

After stagnating for the first half of the week, Sterling tumbled on Thursday on the news that the UK economy juddered almost to a standstill in the first quarter of 2017. An initial estimate of 0.3% growth quarter-on-quarter was negatively revised to 0.2%.

A 1.4% drop in net exports was of particular concern as the post-EU referendum slide in Sterling was expected to support the sector.

The pound-negative news continued on Friday as election campaigning resumed following Monday’s tragic terror attack in Manchester.

The latest election poll published by YouGov/Times revealed that the Conservative’s lead against Labour now sits at just 5 points, down from a lead of 20 points only a couple of weeks ago.

The Conservatives are now commanding 43%, with Labour at 38%.

Given the prevailing belief that a stronger majority for the Conservatives would improve the government’s hand during Brexit negotiations, this latest twist left the pound reeling.

What’s coming up money wise?

The GBP/USD exchange rate could experience further volatility before markets close for the weekend as the US publishes its own growth data for the first quarter.

The Federal Reserve recently indicated that it would need to see signs that the US economy is bouncing back after its earlier slowdown before it would progress much further down its rate hiking path.

Consequently, if the data reveals a slowing in output the pound could recoup some of its recent losses. However, GDP is believed to have come in at 0.9% (up from a previous figure of 0.7%) so GBP/USD could instead approach the Bank Holiday trading at new lows.

Looking ahead to next week and the biggest UK reports to look out for include the nation’s GfK consumer confidence index and Markit’s manufacturing/construction PMIs.

However, with the election within touching distance, political motivations are likely to be the main cause of pound movement. GBP exchange rates could keep falling if the gap between Labour and the Conservatives narrows further.

 

 

 

GBP recovers despite threat of hard Brexit

After a more than sluggish start to the week, the pound finally managed to recoup some losses on Tuesday.

After a more than sluggish start to the week, the pound finally managed to recoup some losses on Tuesday.

GBP/EUR advanced from €1.1529 to €1.1614, GBP/USD peaked at $1.3021 (up from lows of $1.2956), GBP/AUD marched from AU$1.7265 to AU$1.7431 and GBP/NZD improved from NZ$1.8418 to NZ$1.8563.

If Draghi holds with the view that the current level of stimulus is appropriate the euro could slide.

 

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The pound’s Tuesday gains came in spite of fairly damning comments from German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

The German official warned that Britain ‘will learn Brexit was a mistake’ – indicating that the Eurozone’s largest economy has no intention of making the negotiations easy for the UK.

Other UK news was also less-than-inspiring, with data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that the UK borrowed significantly more than anticipated in April.

Elsewhere, the euro was supported by upbeat data for the Eurozone, including an impressive manufacturing report for the currency bloc.

The US dollar, meanwhile, fluctuated as the US services index impressed but the nation’s manufacturing equivalent fell short.

What’s coming up money wise?

The pound crept higher on Wednesday, recording modest gains against most the main currencies.

There’s nothing notable on the calendar in terms of UK data today, so any further pound movement is likely to be the result of either political developments or influence from elsewhere.

This morning’s German GfK consumer confidence result beat forecasts, edging up from 10.2 to 10.4, but its impact on the euro was minimal.

However, GBP/EUR volatility may follow today’s speech from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. Earlier in the week German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed the ECB’s quantitative easing scheme for the relative weakness of the euro.

Any response Draghi makes to those remarks will be closely attended to. If Draghi holds with the view that the current level of stimulus is appropriate the euro could slide.

We also have the Bank of Canada (BOC) interest rate decision, with a cautious tone from the central bank liable to boost the GBP/CAD exchange rate.

Of course we may also see GBP/USD movement following the publication of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting. Support for a rate increase in June would benefit the US dollar.

 

 

Pound exchange rates dip as Conservative lead narrows

With the Conservative’s lead over labour falling in the latest polls, the pound edged lower as a new week of trading began.

With the Conservative’s lead over labour falling in the latest polls, the pound edged lower as a new week of trading began.

GBP/EUR hit a low of €1.1587 (down from opening levels of €1.1611), GBP/USD eased from a high of $1.3010 to $1.2973, GBP/AUD lost 0.3% to trade in the region of AU$1.7412 and GBP/NZD plummeted over 0.7% to hit a low of NZ$1.8667.

How did the latest election news weaken the pound? Additional pound losses are likely if the Conservative lead narrows further over the next couple of weeks.

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Monday’s pound losses were largely due to the news that the latest polls relating to the fast-approaching UK general election revealed a decline in the Conservative lead following the publication of the party manifestos.

According to Reuters; ‘May had been on course for a landslide with a majority of up to 150 seats, opinion polls had indicated in the early stages of campaigning ahead of the June 8 national vote.

Four polls on Saturday however showed the Conservatives with an expected vote share of between 44 and 46 percent, still easily ahead of the Labour Party on 33 to 35 percent, but pointing to a smaller projected majority of about 40 seats.’

As a greater Conservative majority is expected to improve the UK’s hand in Brexit negotiations, the news that the outcome might be tighter than previously projected left Sterling struggling.

The pound recorded losses against all the majors and fell back below $1.30 against the US dollar after previously benefiting from dovish interest rate related comments from a Federal Reserve official.

GBP/EUR was also floundering thanks to the news that Greek MPs had supported the introduction of more austerity in order to receive the nation’s next batch of financial aid.

Additional pound losses are likely if the Conservative lead narrows further over the next couple of weeks.

What’s coming up money wise?

There isn’t much on the calendar today with the potential to inspire currency movement.

However, tomorrow is looking more interesting in terms of influential releases.

GBP/EUR could experience volatility in response to Germany’s final Q1 GDP data and the publication of manufacturing, services and composite PMIs for the Eurozone and its largest economies.

If the PMI releases point to slowing output it would reduce the likelihood of the European Central Bank (ECB) changing its current stance on monetary policy, potentially weakening the euro.

The UK, meanwhile, will be publishing its public finance figures while the US has Markit manufacturing, services and composite PMIs scheduled for release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBP set for volatility with inflation, wage data and election manifestos ahead

The pound flopped towards the end of last week as the Bank of England (BoE) soundly squashed hopes of a near term interest rate increase.

The pound flopped towards the end of last week as the Bank of England (BoE) soundly squashed hopes of a near term interest rate increase.

GBP/EUR fell from a high of €1.1923 to a low of €1.1781 last week, GBP/USD eased from $1.2983 to $1.2848, GBP/AUD dipped from AU$1.7643 to AU$1.7362, GBP/NZD fluctuated between NZ$1.8614 and NZ$1.8949 and GBP/CAD slid from C$1.7805 to C$1.7606.

Pound volatility can be expected if the manifestos have any impact on which party dominates in the latest polls.

 

 

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Comparatively sturdy UK growth and climbing inflation had supported the hope that the BoE might be contemplating raising borrowing costs sooner than previously expected. However, Thursday’s BoE interest rate decision soundly kicked such projections into touch.

While the central bank was relatively optimistic about the UK’s outlook, the odds of any changes being made to interest rates before 2019 appears slim. Demand for the pound fell as only one member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to increase interest rates and Sterling failed to recover before the weekend.

The euro, meanwhile, received a shot in the arm from Germany’s Q1 growth data. GDP in the Eurozone’s largest economy came in at 0.6% in the first three months of 2017 – making it the best performing G7 economy.

It wasn’t such good news from the US however, with disappointing retail sales figures limiting Sterling’s losses against the US dollar.

What’s coming up money wise?

Whether or not the pound is able to recoup last week’s losses largely depends on how some of this week’s high-ticket items on the UK’s economic calendar turn out.

With inflation, employment, wage growth and retail sales stats all due for release over the next few days, GBP exchange rates could be in for a rocky ride.

The pound may fall if the reports show spiking consumer price pressures and stagnant wage growth as such a scenario is likely to inhibit spending and weigh on the UK’s all-important services sector in the months ahead.

However, economic news will be vying for attention with political developments this week as party manifestos are published ahead of the 8th June general election.

Labour’s manifesto was leaked last week and the Conservatives’ own plans are likely to come under equal scrutiny. Pound volatility can be expected if the manifestos have any impact on which party dominates in the latest polls. GBP exchange rates could fall if Conservative support falters as the prospect of a Labour or coalition victory would increase the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

 

 

Pound tumbles as BoE hints that interest rates won’t climb until 2019

Yesterday wasn’t too super for the pound, with GBP exchange rates broadly declining in the wake of the BoE’s latest interest rate decision.

Yesterday wasn’t too super for the pound, with GBP exchange rates broadly declining in the wake of the BoE’s latest interest rate decision.

GBP/EUR dropped to a low of €1.1838, GBP/USD fell from $1.2944 to $1.2853, GBP/AUD edged from AU$1.7570 to AU$1.7439, GBP/NZD closed the day at NZ$1.8839 (up from a low of NZ$1.8774) and GBP/CAD dropped from C$1.7754 to C$1.7620.

Rising inflation could pressure the BoE into reconsidering its current stance on interest rates, so a stronger-than-anticipated result may boost GBP.

 

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Given that there wasn’t much going on for most of the week, the spotlight was really on Thursday’s trio of Bank of England (BoE) announcements.

Although ‘Super Thursday’ is the name applied when the BoE makes its interest rate decision, releases meeting minutes and publishes its inflation report, there wasn’t much super about yesterday.

Hopes that the central bank might vote for an increase in borrowing costs in the near future were quashed when only one member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted for an immediate adjustment.

BoE Governor Mark Carney added to the pound’s woes. When asked if the current level of stimulus being employed by the central bank is excessive, he replied; ‘The stimulus isn’t excessive, it’s appropriate, first point, and that’s the judgement of the committee.’

Bets that borrowing costs won’t change until 2019 saw the pound fall away from its recent multi-month highs against the US, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars.

The day’s other UK news wasn’t so hot either, with industrial output slowing in March and the nation’s trade deficit widening.

What’s coming up money wise?

With no UK news on the calendar for today, the pound may struggle to recover yesterday’s losses before the weekend.

Today’s Eurozone news (German growth and inflation numbers) came in largely as expected, although non-seasonally adjusted Q1 year-on-year growth beat forecasts and rose to 2.9%.

The GBP/USD exchange rate could slide further this afternoon if the US inflation report shows that consumer price pressures remained above target in April.

Looking ahead to next week and the main UK news to focus on includes the nation’s inflation, employment and retail sales data.

Rising inflation could pressure the BoE into reconsidering its current stance on interest rates, so a stronger-than-anticipated result may boost GBP.

A decent uptick in average earnings would also bolster the pound, as would signs that consumer spending remained strong in April.