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Pound Dips as UK Growth Falters Pre-FOMC Meeting

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In a significant turn of events, the United Kingdom’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has fallen short of forecasts, causing a dip in the pound sterling just ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

The latest GDP figures for the UK have unveiled growing concerns about the country’s economic health, indicating a meager 0.3% growth compared to the same period last year and remaining flat on average over the past three months. The struggle for economic growth has been a focal point for the UK government, evident in its recent Autumn Statement outlining strategies to revitalize the economy.

Pound Dips as UK Growth Falters Pre-Federal Meeting

However, with expectations of interest rates staying at restrictive levels for an extended duration, economic strain was deemed inevitable. As the Bank of England prepares to convene tomorrow to determine monetary policy, the spotlight is on whether the central bank will acknowledge the weaker growth data and significant strides in inflation or adopt a hawkish stance to stabilize the pound.

In October, inflation witnessed a substantial improvement, marking the first significant drop since the Bank of England anticipated substantial price declines earlier in the year. The challenge now lies in assessing whether the determinants of price pressures, particularly in the services sector, are decreasing satisfactorily to warrant a shift in the bank’s hawkish tone.

The EUR/GBP pair, experiencing a second day of gains, reflects the immediate market response to the GDP disappointment. This upward trend follows a substantial sell-off amid market expectations of imminent interest rate cuts in the euro area due to a deteriorating economic outlook. A marginal recovery in European sentiment data and German manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data hints at potential support for the euro if the worst is behind.

Meanwhile, GBP/USD eased after the GDP release, heading towards the significant 200-day simple moving average as a dynamic level of support. All eyes are now on the upcoming FOMC statement and press conference, with a fair amount of repricing risk looming. The Federal Reserve’s adherence to its prior forecast of only 50 basis points worth of cuts in 2024 could trigger USD strength and further downward movement in GBP/USD. Investors and analysts closely monitor these developments as central banks grapple with economic uncertainties.

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