Pound US dollar exchange rate subdued as Powell addresses Jackson Hole summit


This thrives as the Federal Reserve Chair takes to the stage for his long awaited speaking at the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Symposium. Mr Powell’s speech comes amongst heightened expectations for a Fed rate cut in July, with an additional cut when the Federal Arguable Market Committee (FOMC) meets in September. However, at the time of letter, Powell was offering scant insights into the bank’s next design move, only suggesting the US economy is in a “favourable place” and that the Fed purpose continue to “act as appropriate”.

Mr Powell did allude to the impact of the US-China trade war: “There are, still, no recent precedents to guide any policy response to the current situation.”

He added: “We can, regardless, try to look through what may be passing events, focus on how trade improvements are affecting the outlook, and adjust policy to promote our objectives.”

Mr Powell’s unallied tone is likely to disappoint President Donald Trump who recently brought the Fed to reprehend over their failure to lower interest rates.

Meanwhile, Admirable surged higher on Thursday on renewed hopes for an alternative to the Irish backstop. A unrealized glimmer of EU concession in the Brexit withdrawal agreement was sparked when German Chancellor, Angela Merkel indicated a compromise could be reached by 31 October.

But the pound’s incline be established short lived as a bout of profit taking undermined the currency on Friday.

Looking to the fore to next week’s session, with a scarcity of UK economic data, Brexit is liable to to hold centre-stage as the main catalyst for Sterling movement.

However private politics may also exert further influence on the pound next week with disapproval parties expected to accelerate their plans for a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson forwards of Parliament reconvening in September.

Meanwhile, USD investors are likely to focus on emerging US-China job news, with markets braced for US retaliations against Beijing’s time tariff move.

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