Fed Chair Jerome Powell will testify today at 19:05 MT time. This event is crucial for traders as the tone of the speech may set the risk tone for the markets for the next two weeks.
How to trade GBP after BOE statement?
Keep an eye on the UK monetary policy statement on September 17 at 14:00 MT time!
Instruments to trade: EUR/GBP, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, GBP/CHF
The last time the Bank of England maintained the bank rate at a record low of 0.1% and the number of its asset purchases at 745 billion pounds. Officials warned that the British economy will take more time to rebound after the coronavirus damage than it was expected before. The central bank also mentioned a probability of negative interest rates. As for the British pound itself, it has been performing really great since late July amid the risk-on sentiment and hopes for a soon Brexit agreement. However, those expectations erased as EU-UK negotiators had failed to make any progress so far. The further prolongation of the Brexit deal will weigh more on the pound. That’s why this meeting is widely watched by all investors as it will unveil further BOE’s actions to cope with all the problems.
- If the bank is hawkish, the GBP appreciates;
- If the bank is dovish, the GBP drops.
Non-farm payrolls, the most awaited economic report, will be out on March 5 at 15:30 MT time.
Australian GDP rose by 3.1%, exceeding analysts’ forecasts of 2.5%. The Australian dollar climbed after the release, but then joined its peers in falling against the USD.
Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.