Sterling Digest, March 4 2013: more stimulus possible

Financial Times front page on September 17 1992

Could history repeat?

As expected, sterling continued its descent and dropped to new lows last week as traders began to short GBP en masse. However, when much-lower-than-expected UK manufacturing PMI failed to produce a selloff on Friday, it became clear to me that perhaps sterling may be due for a bit of a correction. This week, traders are treated to rate decisions from the Reserve Bank of Australia, Bank of Japan, Bank of Canada, Bank of England and the European Central Bank. With poor economic data in the UK and the revelation of more MPC members in favor of additional monetary stimulus, the BoE could surprise the market with more accommodative policies. Any dovish announcement will see sterling break to new lows while a hold on policy could fuel a GBP corrective rally. It should be an interesting week.

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