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What’s next for UK interest rates?

By HiFX  /     Aug 02, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

There has been much speculation in recent months about the prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates. The US central bank raised rates recently and concerns remain about rising UK inflation, so could the next meeting of the UK’s Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday 3rd August see a rate rise? The short answer […]

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Second round of Brexit talks: “points of convergence and points of divergence”

By HiFX  /     Jul 21, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

After the pleasantries of the first round of Brexit talks in June, both sides stated that the second meeting this week is where the real work would begin. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, stated on Monday morning that the talks would “now delve into the heart of the matter”, while his UK opposite, David […]

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Pound fluctuates on interest rate speculation

By HiFX  /     Jun 23, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

One year on from the EU Referendum, UK politics remain eventful, with the start of Brexit negotiations and the opening of Parliament with the Queen’s Speech both taking place this week. But while headlines have mostly focused on political events, currency markets have been more interested in a number of comments from the Bank of […]

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Could a Tory-DUP deal settle nerves on the currency markets?

By HiFX  /     Jun 16, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

When Theresa May announced she was calling a snap General Election, most analysts predicted a Conservative landslide and a possible wipe-out for the Labour party. Instead, the Tories lost their parliamentary majority and the country is coming to terms with a hung parliament. With 318 seats, the Conservatives are still the largest party in the […]

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Pound under pressure on possibility of a hung parliament

By HiFX  /     Jun 06, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

When Theresa May called a snap General Election on 18th April, a huge Conservative victory seemed almost a certainty. At the time, numerous polls gave the Conservative party a 20-point lead over Labour, which would translate into a substantial increase in their working majority in the House of Commons. However, with just a couple of […]

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In Conversation: Introducing the HiFX General Election Seatometer

By HiFX  /     May 18, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Welcome to In Conversation, foreign exchange insights and discussions from HiFX to support businesses that send or receive international payments.   This time last year, the currency markets were focusing on what was likely to happen in the EU Referendum and we were using our Brexit Barometer to take a look at the potential impact […]

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Macron wins French election; Euro breathes a (small) sigh of relief

By HiFX  /     May 08, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Emmanuel Macron has emerged triumphant after one of the most closely fought French presidential elections ever. The official result shows that Macron beat his far right opponent, Marine Le Pen, by 66.06% to 33.94%. At 39, he now becomes the country’s youngest president. Euro stable after ‘Frexit’ risk averted After weeks of political uncertainty in France, […]

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How are elections in the UK and France influencing exchange rates?

By HiFX  /     May 03, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

The conclusion of the French elections is fast approaching. Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will face each other in a second round run-off on 7 May as part of a very unpredictable French election. Meanwhile, Theresa May surprised the markets on 18 April when she announced a snap election to be held three years ahead of […]

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