On Tuesday July 30, sterling dropped to $1.21 against US dollar, the lowest level over two years, due to the further increased worries on a no-deal Brexit after the new Finance Minister Sajid Javid announced spending extra £1bn for no-deal preparations.
On Wednesday July 31, the US Fed announced a rate cut on its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%, considering the “muted inflationary pressures” and “the implications of global developments”. The rate cut took the federal funds target range down to 2.00% – 2.25%.
On Thursday August 1, the Bank of England voted unanimously to keep the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.75% and lowered the annual economic growth forecast to 1.3% for both 2019 and 2020.
The US-China trade talks ended on Wednesday July 31. On Thursday, Trump said in his tweets that the US will place 10% tariffs on another $300bn of Chinese goods from September 1.
China CPI for July will be announced on Friday August 9, with an expectation of 2.7% YoY.
Also on Friday, UK GDP growth rate for Q2 will be published, at an expected rate of 1.4% YoY.
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*as at latest realignment 30/07/19
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