Date: 17 Apr 2020
The pound is down versus all other major currencies as European trading warms up on Friday. Despite the slight drift in market sentiment towards a greater appetite for risk, sterling appears to have missed that train, on concerns about the country’s economic prospects. Yesterday the UK government extended the lockdown for another three weeks, as the coronavirus infection and fatality rates haven’t yet reached their peak while the Office for Budget Responsibility warned of a drop in GDP in the order of 35% during the second quarter of 2020. Then there is the ‘small matter’ of Brexit which, with time running out, is still there to be dealt with. All in all, today’s drop may just be the forerunner to more testing times ahead for the pound.
Ricardo Evangelista – Senior Analyst, ActivTrades
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