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EUR/USD: At risk of extending its slide

The greenback closed the week appreciating against most major rivals, although EUR/USD settled in the 1.1780 price zone, holding on to modest weekly gains. EUR/USD decline corrective on the broader view but could extend its slump in the shorter-term.

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GBP/USD: Limited bearish potential

The GBP/USD pair finished the week with modest losses at 1.3050, giving up to the dollar’s demand at the end of the week. The Cable is trading above the 1.3000 level, which limits the bearish potential.

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Gold: Acceptance above $2050 critical to revive the uptrend

Gold’s record-breaking rally could resume on a sustained move above $2050. RSI on 4H chart stays in the bullish territory, pointing to the upside. XAU bulls to buy the dips around $2010 in the week ahead?

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Bitcoin may extend the recovery once Gold resumes the rally

Gold retreated from the recent highs, but the sentiments are still bullish. Cryptocurrencies resumed the upside, some altcoins are demonstrating strong gains. ETH/BTC stopped the downside correction and settled at $0.03300.

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WTI extends slide toward $41, on track to post weekly gains

Crude oil prices continued to fall on Friday and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) touched a daily low of $41.05 before recovering modestly.

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GBP/USD, THE CABLE

The GBP/USD (British Pound/U.S. Dollar) is the abbreviation for the British pound and U.S. dollar currency pair. Also called “the cable”, this cross belongs to the group of Majors. The GBP/USD tends to have a negative correlation with the USD/CHF and a positive correlation to the EUR/USD currency pairs. The Sterling is one of the four most liquid currencies in Forex and one of the reasons is the highly developed capital market. While 60% of the volume of foreign exchange are made via London, the GBP is not the most traded currency but is quite popular due to the good reputation of the UK monetary policy and a high interest rate.

The GBP/USD reached an all time high of 2.4546 in November 1980 and a record low of 1.042 in February 1985.


GBP/USD FORECAST 2020

Brexit uncertainty prevails on the GBP/USD Forecast.

The UK will leave the EU on January 31 but will remain in the single market and customs union until December 31, 2020. Expected modest weakness in the US dollar may further limit the downside.

Apart from renewed Brexit uncertainty, investors will also take a closer look at UK economic fundamentals. The incoming data has been indicating that the UK economy is slowing down and if the recent doldrums continue or deepen further, it would set the stage for rate cut speculations and might exert some additional pressure on the pound.

Read the GBP/USD Forecast 2020 by Haresh Menghani.


MOST INFLUENTIAL CURRENCIES FOR GBP/USD

Other currencies relate to the GBP/USD pair and can have influence on it as well: USD, EUR,CAD and YEN. This group also includes the following currency pairs: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, NZD/USD, USD/CAD, GBP/JPY and EUR/JPY

MOST INFLUENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR GBP/USD

The Bank of England is probably the organization that impacts the most the GBP/USD. It has a wide range of responsibilities, similar to those of most central banks around the world. It acts as the government's bank and the lender of last resort. It issues currency and, most importantly, it oversees monetary policy. Andrew Bailey is the new Governor of the Bank of England since 16 March 2020. Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment. He is widely and deeply respected for his leadership managing the financial crisis, developing the new regulatory frameworks, and supporting financial innovation to better serve UK households and businesses.

The US Central bank, the Federal Reserve of the United States, is also closely related to the pair. Inside that institution, the Board of Governors (also known as the Federal Reserve Board) is carefully observed. The board meets several times per year and announces the interest rates. If rates remain unchanged, attention turns to the tone of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) statement, and whether the tone is hawkish, or dovish over future developments of inflation.

The City of London includes a lot of organizations and institutions that might impact the cable, in particular the London Stock Exchange, the third-largest stock exchange in the world. The LSE allows companies to raise money, increase their profile and obtain a market valuation through a variety of routes, thus following the firms throughout the whole IPO process.

The European Central Bank also has influence on the cable due to the importance of business and trade between the UE and the UK. Any assessment of possible scenarios linked to a macroeconomic decision taken by the ECB has impact on the commercial partners of the Eurozone. The Euro is the second reference currency in the world (after the US Dollar) and any move by its central bank, the ECB, has consequences on the assessment of its partners.