Bank of England indicates interest rates to remain above zero while Fed says bond buying to continue

Bank of England indicates interest rates to remain above zero while Fed says bond buying to continue

The dollar is slightly stronger this morning after US inflation data for December comes in as expected. The British pound reaches new highs and strong oil prices lift the Canadian dollar. The Israeli shekel extends its strengthening trend from last year - continuing its reign as the strongest currency against the EUR and USD (2019-2020 ILS gained 16.4% against the dollar). USD/ILS trades around the 3.14 level.

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    Federal Reserve officials played down the idea of cutting asset purchases stating that is was too early to discuss changes in balance sheet policy as the country needs to get through the pandemic first. Asset purchases are likely to continue until the country is on stronger footing.
    The British pound briefly traded at 1.37 overnight - the strongest level since Q2 2018. The strength in the pound comes from some relief the Bank of England may not cut interest rates to levels below zero. FX traders will now turn to the impact of the Covid-related lockdown and its longer-term impact on the UK economy.
    The euro is weaker this morning as Italy's government is at risk of collapsing as the former PM threatens to withdraw his support. Ex-PM Renzi said his group will decide today whether to upset Conte’s government – Renzi’s party threatened “if you want us to be in government, listen to our ideas.”

    The Canadian dollar is stronger again today as FX traders see the price of oil stabilizing at higher levels. 


    The Australian dollar weakened after Japan and China both announced more virus-related curbs.

    Chinese authorities set the daily renminbi fixing at a level only slightly stronger than yesterday in an attempt to slow their currency's appreciation. The renminbi is up 8% vs. the US dollar over the past 6 months.

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