Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
Trading GBP on the news
The British yearly CPI will be released at 11:30 MT on January 15
Since July 2019, the UK inflation has been consistently falling from the high of 2.1% to the low of 1.5% in October and November. This tendency puts additional pressure on the GBP which already suffers from the domestic economic weakness and the upcoming divorce with the European Union. In addition, the fears of the no-deal Brexit are getting stronger as the possibility that the UK and the EU will manage to negotiate all important things on time slowly turns into an impossibility. In this context, another indication of the slowdown in the British economy may drive the pound further down.
- If the CPI outperforms the forecasts, the GBP will be supported;
- If the CPI comes lower than the forecasts, the GBP will decline.
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 US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.
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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.