Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
London is still the world's top finance center notwithstanding Brexit
London is still the world’s leading financial center. It extended its lead over New York notwithstanding Britain’s looming departure from the EU, as a poll disclosed on Monday.
The UK’s departure from the EU bloc has given grounds to predict London might lose its pre-eminent status as a leading financial center. Nevertheless, there’re few signs of it taking place yet.
London has been successfully holding the first position, followed by New York, Hong Kong as well as Singapore in the Z/Yen global financial centers index, ranking up to 92 financial centers on such factors as infrastructure as well as access to high quality staff. As for New York, it found itself just 24 points behind London, the greatest gap between the two since the poll started in 2007.
Evidently, New York's ranking edged down 24 points from 2016, which is the largest dip among the top contenders, a sag the survey's authors told turned to be presumably due to concerns over US trade.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.
We are now past the middle of January, and this means that the largest US companies will report their earnings for the fourth quarter and many of them will provide the results of the entire 2020.