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    You can't actually buy any at the minute but the dollar has gone through the $1.40 mark against the pound, things are looking up.

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    This is very good news. Not sure why it is surging like this at the moment, but it's very encouraging. Anyone know why?

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    Possibly because it appears at the minute that Brexit isn't the nightmare everyone thought it would be and things are pretty stable. It was the initial Europe referendum that sent the pound plummiting in the first place.

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    This was the view this morning from the FX compamy I get emails from with regard to the £ v $

    Sterling

    The news that the UK economy should be fully open and operational by June 21st helped lift sterling yesterday although fears remain as to the governmentís ability to stick to such an ambitious timetable given the chances of challenges to the vaccine supply and the of further mutations in the virus that enable the spread within a vaccinated population.

    UK jobs numbers this morning were characteristically poor with unemployment rising to its highest level in five years. With Johnsonís grand plan now out in the open, focus now shifts to the budget next week from Chancellor Sunak and extensions of both furlough and business rates relief packages up to and beyond June.

    Thereís a decent case for making such a decision clear now as opposed to waiting until the Budget but Iím sure there are political reasons for the delay.

    Such news should allow for continued sterling strength; an extension of the furlough scheme kicks the can a little further down the road and the UK will have to deal with a profound level of business reorganisation and redundancies once support is withdrawn. For the poundís sake we have to hope that it comes at a time wherein all other economies are making similar moves.


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    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks later today and the dollar has tipped its hand by weakening ahead of his appearance.

    His speech this afternoon is a difficult one but we expect him to take the path of least resistance; urging markets to remember that any sign of the inflation monster under the bed is just a pile of clothes and an old hockey stick, transitory and not to be feared.

    That may acquiesce some of the market concerns for a week or so Ė last nightís sell-off in some US stocks suggests investors are getting a little skittish Ė but anything suggesting hawkishness and rate rises from the Federal Reserve would blow a hole in risk faster than you can say Ďtantrumí; USD would spike higher with US bond yields across the board.

    We donít think Powell will throw that grenade today nor anytime soon but we have to be mindful that a communications misunderstanding from a Fed member could be enough to torpedo the current sentiment driven expansion.

    The other issue, not mentioned today, is the lack of progress on the Federal aid budget, especially as it may stall going through the Senate.
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