No new surprises for the Pound and a fairly flat week for exchange rates

By Grace Smyth

GBP-EUR and GBP-USD have been trading tightly within a 1 cent range this past week. Not offering much in the way of any exciting movements to cause a stir. Making it difficult for those looking to catch the rate at its best.

Data releases for the UK have been fairly positive with no scary results to cause huge concern for the Pound, however just as the UK is set to come out of a lockdown, fears over the new virus variant sparks new risks which may alter the plans to ease restrictions come the 21st of June. A limited re-opening of the UK could result in lesser economic activity and in turn alter the previously positive forecasts for the UK. Although the news hasn’t had much effect on the market it is certainly cause for concern, especially if our neighbours do not follow suit and continue with a successful re-opening. Sterling backers at Deutsche Bank have reported a change of tune in terms of the Pounds successful future. Having previously backed the pound, are now suggesting that a lot of Sterling’s good fortune has already been priced in and the economic rebound expected in 2021 could be staled if the new variant causes problems.

Across the water, the US Dollar gained off the back of the FOMC minutes release in where a number of Fed members hinted that adjustment to tapering could be a topic of discussion for upcoming meetings. The comments gave the Dollar a small short term boost pushing GBP-USD rates lower, however the drop was soon been reclaimed over the course of the day yesterday.

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