Bank of England:
The British Pound was the big story overnight, experiencing a wild 100 pip V shaped swing as Cable first fell on the Bank of England decision and then gained it all back as the FOMC minutes came into play.
The Bank of England held UK interest rates at a record low level of 0.5%, with the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voting 1-0-8 (increase-decrease-hold) in favour of keeping rates unchanged for another month.
Along with the now standard risk of turmoil in emerging markets, the BoE focused its attention on cost pressures in the UK labour market not rising at the rate required for inflation to return to the bank’s 2% target. This means that UK inflation levels would likely stay below 1% until the spring of 2016 which is longer than expected, and therefore pushed down the Pound as rate hike bets were redrawn.
Rate hikes are still on the cards for early next year but the Fed pushing things back has muddied the waters slightly, with some now predicting that the BoE move will be delayed too.
The September meeting FOMC minutes were also released overnight, showing that the committee was unsettled by signs of a global economic slowdown but still upbeat on the domestic economic outlook, stating that they thought things hadn’t “materially altered” the outlook for the economy.
“Nevertheless, in part because of the risks to the outlook for economic activity and inflation, the committee decided that it was prudent to wait for additional information.”
Just be aware that for markets, this is all old news. A lot has changed even in the short time since the FOMC meeting, most notably the September NFP Miss which showed far fewer jobs were created during the month than had been anticipated.
My favourite narrative around all this liftoff chatter is how the Fed likes to talk about keeping credibility. They most recently have stated that a premature rate rise would negatively affect their credibility but in reality they’ve put themselves in a lose/lose situation. Contradicting Fed speakers who chop and change dovish to hawkish from week to week and not following through on the stated plan at the first sign of a speed bump is what hurts credibility.
On the Calendar Friday:
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CAD Employment Change
CAD Unemployment Rate
Chart of the Day:
We’ve looked at the EUR/GBP Channel in a technical analysis post a few weeks ago and we re-visit the pair in today’s chart of the day.
As you can see, the setup from weeks ago is still basically in tact. We are still at the top of the daily range and the path of least resistance still looks to the downside.
Pound strength in the fallout after the most recent BoE guidance should dictate the trade from here.
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Dane Williams – @VantageFX
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