BoE Preview: Rising Risks More, Easing In November
Fiona Cincotta September 16, 2020 9:03 AM
No change in policy expected but BoE could highlight growing downside risks and point to further easing in November.
Thursday 17th September
The Bank of England are not expected to adjust monetary policy this month. With interest rates at historically low levels of 0.1% and £100,00 additional monetary stimulus added in June, this considered sufficient ammunition for now.
The Chancellors job retention scheme also concludes next month. Labour market data this week already shows the strains building and that is with 5 million people still on furlough. The unemployment rate is only at 4.2% currently as the furlough scheme masks the reality but that is set to climb to around 7.5% over the coming months. Although this number could increase under a no trade deal exit from the transition period
Given the how the situation is expected to deteriorate over the coming months, the BoE could acknowledge downside risks are growing. This seems likely given the cautious tone adopted by BoE policymakers lately and could weigh on demand for sterling.
Additionally, stimulus in November is looking increasingly certain, the question is which tools will the BoE be pulling out of the toolbox? We know that BoE Governor Andrew Bailey considers QE more useful.
Finally, the discussion surrounding negative rates is set to continue. The BoE has been evaluating the pros and cons of negative rates for some time and still appears to be on the fence. The markets will be watching to see whether negative rates are moving closer to becoming a reality given the rising headwinds that the UK economy is facing. Any hints that negative rates are coming could drag on the Pound and the financial sector.
The pair is trading -0.5% as rare Brexit optimism is giving GBP a boost. The pair still trades comfortably above its 50, 100 and 200 sma on the 4 hour chart and above its ascending trendline, suggesting more upside could be on the cards. A break through the 50 sma could bring into question the current near term trend
Immediate support can be seen at 0.9120 (50 sma), prior to 0.9070 (horizontal support). On the upside resistance at 0.91 (today’s high)
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