The volatility that the markets experienced last week promises the second tidal wave! What should your favorite assets anticipate during the first week of February?
Lending to UK customers rallies at its slowest tempo for four years
In December, lending to UK customers tacked on at its slowest tempo for four years. That’s what follows from the Bank of England report uncovered on Wednesday. It definitely underscored the loss of momentum in the British economy ahead of Brexit.
In unsecured consumer lending, the annual surge rate decreased to 6.6% from November’s reading of 7.2%. That’s the smallest leap since December 2014.
What’s more, there have been a number of signs from numerous retailers that UK households cut their spending at the end of 2018, having stumbled on the possibility of Britain departing from the European bloc even without a deal to soothe the economic shock.
The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May told that she’s going to look for changes to the Brexit agreement she made with other EU officials in 2018, although they’ve excluded major alterations, thus leaving open the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit in less than two months' time.
Britain’s major bank informed that in December the overall number of mortgages approved for house purchase slumped to 63,793, which appears to be the lowest result since April. However, it beat a median estimate of 63,000 in a Reuters survey of financial analysts.
Last year the UK housing market headed south and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors told its members had the most downbeat outlook for home sales for the coming three months since 1999.
Mark Carney, BoE Governor warned that in case of a disorderly departure from the European bloc home prices could dive by nearly 30% as part of a broader economic shock.
According to the BoE data, in December, net mortgage lending accounted for 4.112 billion pounds in contrast with November’s outcome of 3.631 billion pounds.
As for credit card lending, it tacked on by 92 million pounds that appears to be the smallest ascend since September 2014.
The Bank of England will announce its policy statement on December 16, Thursday, at 14:00 GMT+2 (MetaTrader time). It will affect all the pairs with the British pound.
The Eurozone will publish the Indicator of GfK Consumer Confidence on November 25, at 09:00 GMT+2.
As Europe moves into recession, next week may provide us with some amazing trading opportunities. Here they are!
Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.