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FX Headlines: SNB Rate Decision, UK Sales to Stoke Post-FOMC Moves

FX Headlines: SNB Rate Decision, UK Sales to Stoke Post-FOMC Moves

Christopher Vecchio, CFA, Senior Strategist

Talking Points

- SNB Rate Decision expected to go off without a hitch.

- Will higher rates hurt UK consumption just like in US?

- UK policymakers unlikely to address higher rates with QE per the September Minutes.

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There is no data on the Euro economic calendar for Thursday, September 19.

See the Euro economic calendar for the week of September 15 to 20.

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FX_Headlines_SNB_Rate_Decision_UK_Retail_Sales_to_Stoke_Post_FOMC_Moves_body_Picture_1.png, FX Headlines: SNB Rate Decision, UK Sales to Stoke Post-FOMC Moves

UK Retail Sales data for August will stoke further volatility in the British Pound on Thursday, and it appears that estimates may be too tepid, leading to an opportunity to look for additional strength in the best performing major over the past six months.

Of note, the UK PMI Services index saw a +0.53 rolling 12-month correlation with yearly Retail Sales figures amid the July set of data. This trend has strengthened in 2013, as the 12-month rolling correlation was +0.03 in January. Accordingly, should Retail Sales follow the index’s surge to 60.5, seeing a retail sales figure above +3.5% wouldn’t be a surprise.

The downside risk here is that higher UK interest rates may have started to shift consumer preferences; and with wage growth low, the opportunity cost of paying higher funding costs (auto loans, home mortgage, etc.) necessarily translates into reduced consumption elsewhere (unless debt levels rise). We have seen this happen in the US in August; a soft consumption print out of the UK will stall any GBP momentum.

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FX_Headlines_SNB_Rate_Decision_UK_Retail_Sales_to_Stoke_Post_FOMC_Moves_body_x0000_i1028.png, FX Headlines: SNB Rate Decision, UK Sales to Stoke Post-FOMC Moves

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--- Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Analyst

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