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Pound Update: GBP/USD Hanging on, but Breakdown Threat Looms

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Sterling Pound Update: GBP/USD faces uncertainty amid MPC testimony and bearish threats, highlighting potential breakdown risks.

Monetary Policy Committee Set to Testify in Parliament

Today, members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) are gearing up to provide crucial testimony to Parliament’s Treasury Committee regarding their perspectives on the economy and inflation, pivotal factors that influenced their decision to maintain interest rates in January.

Following the release of the votes, a notable divergence of opinions emerged, revealing a three-way split within the committee. While two members advocated for interest rate hikes, six opted for the status quo, and one dove, Swati Dhingra, favored a 25 basis point cut.

The upcoming hearing is poised to offer deeper insights into the rationale of MPC members. With the UK economy slipping into recession in Q4 of the previous year, Analysts expect the committee to field questions about persisting in maintaining interest rates at levels that potentially stifle economic growth.

During the January meeting, the Bank of England’s projections indicated a significant drop in inflation towards its 2% target by mid-year, alongside more moderate declines in wage growth and inflation within the services sector. As major central banks edge closer to the first-rate cut of the cycle, bankers underscore the necessity for a higher degree of conviction before embarking on such a significant policy shift.

Pound Update: GBP/USD Hanging on, but Breakdown Threat Looms

GBP/USD Appears Vulnerable to Bearish Threat

The GBP/USD pair, also known as Cable, has exhibited susceptibility to further downward momentum since its recent attempt to breach lower levels earlier this month. Initially propelled by the resilient US labor market, the downward movement failed to gain traction below the 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA).

Subsequently, price action has hovered around channel support and the pivotal 200-day SMA. Bullish catalysts for the pound remain scarce, particularly amidst the economic downturn and market expectations for increased support from the Bank of England, primarily in rate cuts.

Examining the weekly chart provides insights into the diminishing bullish momentum and the resistance zone near the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the significant decline witnessed between 2021 and 2022. Notably, a succession of elongated upper wicks on the weekly candlesticks underscores bullish reluctance, hinting at a potential downward trajectory.

This week, the spotlight falls on several Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members appearing and releasing the FOMC minutes from the January meeting. Anticipate heightened intra-day volatility in US-related pairs in response to these developments.

In conclusion, amidst evolving economic landscapes and policy deliberations, the GBP/USD pair faces an uncertain path ahead, with the specter of a breakdown looming amidst ongoing market dynamics and central bank actions.

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