Sterling Digest, 30 July 2013: forward guidance

Mark Carney as Buzz Lightyear cartoon

The new fancy buzzword in sterling markets is forward guidance and Carney is supposed to deliver a hardline version of it after the Bank of England (BoE) announces its decision on monetary policy on Thursday. However, there are mixed views on how markets will react. Some expect $GBPUSD to move higher to challenge to the 2013 highs. Many others, on the other hand, believe the $GBPUSD to move back below 1.50 in reaction to forward guidance. Given sterling’s reaction to the soft forward guidance delivered after last month’s BoE meeting and in light of a progressing economic recovery in the UK, it appears that anything is possible. It quite likely sterling satisfies both bears and bulls in the 2nd half of this year.

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