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Pound rises as Bank of England suggests it may increase interest rates “over the coming months”

By HiFX  /     Sep 14, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Minutes of today’s Bank of England meeting showed that members voted 7-2 to keep rates on hold. Michael Saunders and Ian McCafferty maintained their vote to increase rates, while the newest member to the committee voted to keep rates on hold. However, the minutes show that the Bank of England appears to be considering raising […]

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Euro jumps as ECB signals QE decision in October

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

The Euro strengthened over one percentage point against the Dollar, hitting its highest level since January 2015, following yesterday’s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, despite them leaving monetary policy on hold. The Euro also strengthened against the Pound, as ECB President Mario Draghi signalled a decision on their quantitative easing (QE) programme would likely come […]

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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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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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What could a stronger Conservative mandate mean for Brexit negotiations?

By HiFX  /     Jun 01, 2017  /     Money Matters  /     0 Comment

When Theresa May announced a snap General Election on 18th April, less than a month after triggering Article 50, it was assumed that the forthcoming Brexit negotiations would form a large part of the discussion. The outcome of the General Election on 8th June will determine who will be representing the UK at the negotiating […]

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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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