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Market Reports

8:41am, March 20th 2019

All eyes on the Federal Reserve…

Today’s trading session is all about the Fed and the guidance they offer in relation to interest rates and quantitative tightening. The announcement will be at 18:00, followed by a press conference with Fed chairman, Powell, at 18:30.

This evening could provide a new catalyst for the direction of the US dollar depending on the message the Federal Reserve deliver. This month’s announcement will see a new set of growth and inflation forecasts and a statement where many investors will be looking for one key word – patience. If the Fed do choose to reinforce a message of patience we could well see a softening of the greenback. Such a move would be exacerbated if the central bank decided to reign in expectations for 2 rate increases this year and/or maintain their plans to end quantitative tightening (selling bonds accrued during the period following the financial crisis) by year end. On the other hand, if the chairman opts for a positive tone and maintains rate guidance, the buck may have some bite left.

From a UK perspective, yesterday saw another stellar jobs report, with employment at the best levels since 1970 as the unemployment rate nudged lower to 3.9%. In addition, wages saw a healthy boost, reconfirming the impressive and robust nature of the UK labour market. As mentioned in Monday’s report, this week’s a busy one for UK data, sterling faces another test this morning. The latest set of inflation numbers are due for release at 9:30. Should price pressures pick up once again we could have a Bank of England which may well opt for another rate rise at the end of the Summer.

Written by Viv Savani. 8:41am, March 20th 2019

The details expressed in this market report are for information purposes only and are not intended as a solicitation for funds or a recommendation to trade. Cornhill International Payments limited accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damages suffered through any act or omission taken as a result of reading or interpreting any of the above information.

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