GBP/USD ignores UK PM Truss’ push for prosperity below 1.1400, focus on central banks, politics

  • GBP/USD remains pressured around multi-year low as traders brace for FOMC.
  • UK PM Truss unveiled policies to achieve higher growth, stamp duty cut gains a major attention.
  • US-UK talks appear ‘uninteresting’ amid no trade deal prospects, Brexit talks appear lucrative.
  • Fed’s 0.75% rate hike, fresh economic projections and Chairman Powell’s speech will be crucial.

GBP/USD holds lower ground near the 37-year bottom, close to 1.1375, as market braces for the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) monetary policy announcement during early Wednesday in Asia. In doing so, the Cable pair ignores recently positive updates from the UK’s political frontier, as well as Brexit, amid fears that the divergence between the Fed and the Bank of England (BOE) is likely to remain wider.

UK PM Lizz Truss unveiled a slew of policy measures, including a cut in the stamp duty as she pushes for ‘prosperity’, per The Times. UK PM Truss says, per The Guardian, “Chancellor will explain how tax cuts will be paid for on Friday.”

It should be noted that UK PM Truss also rejected the chatters that her policies would encourage the Bank of England to raise interest rates, reported The Guardian. This is something which might have exerted more downside pressure on the GBP/USD prices ahead of the BOE meeting, up for publishing on Thursday.

Elsewhere, UK PM Truss and US President Joe Biden will have a bilateral meeting on Wednesday but the former has already turned down any scope for a trade deal with the US, which in turn pours cold water on the face of the GBP/USD optimists.

Alternatively, expectations that the UK and Northern Ireland (NI) will fasten Brexit process, even at the cost of more aggressive measures, seemed to be a positive catalyst for the Cable pair. On the same line are the hawkish hopes from the “Old Lady”, as the BOE is popularly known.

The chatters that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) may surprise markets by a 1.0% rate hike, per the latest talks from global economist Nouriel Roubini, also weighed on the risk-off mood and the GBP/USD prices.

It should be noted that the nine-month downtrend in the US NAHB Housing Market Index precedes the Building Permits to 1.517M in August versus 1.61M forecast and 1.685M prior. However, Housing Starts improved to 1.575M compared to 1.445M market consensus and 1.404M previous readings.

Against this backdrop, US 10-year Treasury yields rose to the highest level since February 2011, around 3.567% by the press time, whereas Wall Street closed in the red.

Looking forward, the Biden-Truss meeting and the UK’s political/Brexit updates may entertain traders ahead of the Fed’s announcements. While the 0.75% rate hike is already given, any surprises will be taken seriously and can move the GBP/USD prices.

Also read: Fed September Preview: Terminal rate projection is key

Technical analysis

A three-month-old support line, near 1.1330 by the press time, keeps offering bounce to the GBP/USD pair. The recovery moves, however, remains capped by the 5-DMA hurdle, around 1.1415 at the latest.

Additional important levels

Today last price 1.1376
Today Daily Change -0.0048
Today Daily Change % -0.42%
Today daily open 1.1424
Daily SMA20 1.1597
Daily SMA50 1.1862
Daily SMA100 1.2096
Daily SMA200 1.2695
Previous Daily High 1.1442
Previous Daily Low 1.1355
Previous Weekly High 1.1738
Previous Weekly Low 1.1351
Previous Monthly High 1.2294
Previous Monthly Low 1.1599
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.1409
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.1389
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.1372
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.132
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.1285
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.146
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.1495
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.1547



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