GBP pushed on yesterday finishing broadly higher as per the GBP index, with the EUR lower and USD unchanged overall. Markets were generally quieter with US markets closed, but we should see an increase in volatility for the rest of the week.
China’s economy continues to show signs of cooling, with the services PMI index dropping to 53.9 in June from 57.1 in May.
* Daily move - against G10 rates at 7:30am, 05.07.23
** Indicative rates - interbank rates at 7:30am, 05.07.23
To kick things off we have the final services PMI number from Europe and the UK for the month of June, followed by producer price inflation numbers from Europe. Signs of this easing would suggest signs that overall inflation could be easing in the eurozone. Whether this influences money markets' pricing on interest rate expectations is another thing though, as the hawkish ECB narrative continues to support the EUR.
The Fed minutes will be in focus in the evening to assess how hawkish Fed members continue to be, after electing to hold interest rates in their recent meeting.
The China growth story was one of the talking points towards the end of last year, and whilst activity has picked up, recent data has been disappointing with the performance of the economy not matching expectations. What does this mean for markets? Ultimately, we could see a dip in risk appetite going into the second half of the year and flight to safe havens. Early doors but nonetheless worth noting and it will be interesting to see if there is a flight to safety, what the markets seek. USD, JPY, CHF?
Our team of currency experts are here to help you get more from your money when making international payments. We will work with you to understand your payment needs and offer specialised guidance on the best options available to you. Over the last 17 years we’ve helped over a million customers and last year alone processed over £9.1bn. We’re tried and trusted, and we’re ready to help you.
Have a great day.