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New UK Leader: British pound shows strength against naira and U.S dollar

The global currency market got the much-needed reassurance after years of market volatility under the Conservatives when Keir Starmer’s centre-left Labour Party gained a substantial majority in the UK general election.

The British pound maintained most of its gains versus the naira this year and held its turf against the haven currency.

Even though there were still a lot of election results to be announced, Labour had won more than 326 of the 650 seats in parliament, more than 410 of which were predicted by an exit poll, and Conservative Party Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had conceded defeat.

More details are still needed regarding Sir Keir Starmer’s proposed tax and spending policies, and most importantly, how he plans to grow the economy.

The Nigerian currency was bearish d against the British pound and other major currencies on both the official and underground markets, partly due to increasing demand.

On the black market, the British pound sterling sold for N1,905 versus the naira, even though conditions in the official market had improved.

The pound has appreciated 1% against the US dollar this week, marking the best weekly performance since mid-May. The pound also outperformed major currencies this year when compared to the dollar, having gained more than 100 basis points

Sterling was last spotted at $1.276 bandwidth at the London trading session, slightly below the three-week high of $1.27765 reached on Wednesday,

Labour inherits economic stability

The British pound and UK bond yields showed a high sense of stability in the UK election campaign because markets believe that Labour will maintain the UK’s budgetary stability.

Now, attention will swiftly turn to Starmer’s first 100 days in office and his economic blueprint, which aims to improve public services while simultaneously spurring growth.

Investors keep a close eye on Keir Starmer if he sticks to his fiscal restraint and “stability” agenda. The Bank of England is set to lower interest rates from 5.25%, as inflation returned to the target of 2%.

The market anticipates the U K’s GDP growth will accelerate to 1.2% this year and 1.5% in both 2025 and 2026, which is explained by our projections that inflation will decline somewhat more, and the Bank will lower rates to 3% next year.

Furthermore, the Budget Responsibility will provide Labour fiscal headroom of approximately £16 billion (0.6% of GDP) at the first fiscal event following the election (likely in September), up from £8.9 billion (0.3%) in the March budget.

U.S. job payroll in sight

Currency trader’s attention is now firmly on non-farm payrolls, expected later today, when U.S. traders return from their July 4th holiday.

Markets predict that the data will reveal a gain of 190,000 jobs in June following a gain of 272,000 in May.

Many economic indicators pointing to a slowing U.S. economy have raised anticipation that the data-sensitive Federal Reserve may soon lower interest rates. Based on the CME FedWatch tool, traders are pricing in a 73% chance of a decrease in September.

Although the Fed only predicted one rate cut for 2024 last month, markets factor in the possibility of two rate cuts this year. A lot will depend on newly released data.


Source: TheTimes.com.ng.

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