The market is resilient ahead of the speeches of Fed’s Powell and ECB President Lagarde, but there are still interesting movements.
Will the Bank of England make the GBP stronger?
The Bank of England will release its monetary policy summary on February 7 at 14:00 MT time.
The bank will hold its interest rate unchanged at 0.75%. We anticipate the Bank of England to provide the comments on the possible rate hikes in 2019. Last time, the BOE mentioned the Brexit uncertainty as the key problem for the UK economy and lowered the economic growth and CPI projections for the fourth quarter of 2018. As a result, the GBP fell. Let’s see if this time the central bank succeeds to support the British currency.
• If the BOE is confident, the GBP will rise;
• If the BOE is unconfident, the GBP will fall.
The uncertainty over US fiscal stimulus and Brexit, and also rising new virus cases deteriorated the market mood. That’s why we can expect the further rally of the US dollar and the fall of riskier assets today.
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