Market Report: the current currency climate and May 2019 considerationsThursday, 2nd May 2019
Guest blog by Ian Ledgerton, Currency Matters
Current Currency Climate
As Theresa May’s leadership is being called into question once more, the news circulating around positive cross party talks is proving positive for sterling.
At the close of business yesterday GBP was the highest performing currency. GBP/EUR was seen half a percent higher at 1.1612 while the GBP/USD exchange rate was seen 0.82% higher at 1.3037.
GBP gained support during Tuesday following speculation that the talks between the government and the labour party were making progress. There was however no substantive developments with reports that the talks needed to conclude by the middle of next week. The government will be under increasing pressure to take action to avoid holding European elections later this month. However the talks do appear to have life in them, and GBP likes this.
The advance in the Pound comes as markets have appeared to set aside news Prime Minister Theresa May is to appear before an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of all 800 Conservative constituency chairs and senior activists in June, who will decide whether to demand her resignation for failing to deliver Brexit.
On Monday Night Theresa May was informed that a total of 70 constituency Chairmen have signed a petition to enforce an EGM to vote on her leadership and therefore crossing the required 10% threshold.
The news confirms to us the prospect of a change in Prime Minister over the summer period is likely and therefore expect further politically-induced volatility in the GBP.
May 2019 Considerations
Two political triggers to watch which could hasten a leadership change over the summer period are the local government elections scheduled for Thursday, May 2 and the European elections on May 26.
A defeat in both and we should see the Conservatives heap more pressure on May for her resignation.
If May steps down, the UK will enter into a prolonged period of potential uncertainty, perhaps another deadline extension and therefore increased volatility in GBP.
Attention now turns to the BoE super Thursday.
The Bank of England will announce its interest rate decision in Thursday, the market is searching for indicators that BoE will raise interest rates to counter inflationary pressure, however few expect an increase before Brexit is made clear.