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British Pound Braces for Bank of England Information Overload

British Pound Braces for Bank of England Information Overload

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

Talking Points:

  • BOE to Unleash Rate Decision, MPC Minutes, Inflation ReportSimultaneously
  • British Pound Post-BOE Bias May Favor Upside on Hawkish Turn in Guidance
  • See Economic News-Flow Directly on Your Charts with the DailyFX News App

The Bank of England is firmly in focus in European trading hours. Policymakers will debut their new policy reporting scheme, simultaneously delivering a rate decision along with minutes from the accompanying meeting of the MPC policy-setting committee as well as the Quarterly Inflation Report (QIR). To cap things off, Governor Mark Carney will hold a press conference.

Needless to say, the sheer volume of information on offer in and of itself is likely to make for British Pound volatility. Equally obviously, the directional bias prevailing after the dust has settled will be driven by whatever the day’s revelations will mean for the likely timing of the first post-crisis BOE interest rate hike.

Conflicting forces pulling on inflation expectations are likely to be at the heart of the MPC’s thinking. On one hand, accelerating wage growth is putting upward pressure on prices. On the other, renewed weakness in energy and other commodity prices along with a fourth-month Pound rally are working in the opposite direction.

While an outright rate hike seems overwhelmingly unlikely, a hawkish minority voting to err on the side of tightening is expected to emerge. In fact, a unanimous decision to keep rates on hold may be seen as a somewhat dovish outcome. Alternatively, a hawkish contingent of greater than two votes may be seen as putting a rate-hike majority close within reach and amount to a hawkish result.

The QIR inflation forecast may likewise prove pivotal. In May, the BOE envisioned getting back to 2 percent inflation within three years assuming the first rate hike by mid-2016. Changes to this time frame as well as the underlying assumption for the onset of normalization may emerge as top takeaways for the day.

Recent comments from BOE officials including Mr Carney suggest the MPC is leaning toward overlooking near-term disinflationary forces to focus on longer-term upward pressure. This narrowly puts surprise risk on the upside for the UK currency. With that said, it seems foolish to try to pre-judge which among the deluge of on-coming catalysts will emerge as formative, much less which way it will nudge markets.


Asia Session

01:30AUDEmployment Change (JUL)38.5K10.0K7.0K
01:30AUDUnemployment Rate (JUL)6.3%6.1%6.1%
01:30AUDFull Time Employment Change (JUL)12.4K-24.9K
01:30AUDPart Time Employment Change (JUL)26.1K--17.9K
01:30AUDParticipation Rate (JUL)65.1%64.8%64.8%
02:00JPYTokyo Avg Office Vacancies (JUL)4.89-5.12
05:00JPYLeading Index CI (JUN P)107.2106.9106.2
05:00JPYCoincident Index (JUN P)112.0110.2109.0

European Session

05:45CHFSECO Consumer Confidence (JUL)-19 (A)-6Low
06:00EURGerman Factory Orders (MoM) (JUN)2.0% (A)-0.3%Medium
06:00EURGerman Factory Orders (YoY) (JUN)7.2% (A)4.5%Medium
07:00GBPHalifax House Prices (MoM) (JUL)-0.6% (A)1.6%Medium
07:00GBPHalifax House Price (3Mths/Year) (JUL)7.9% (A)9.6%Medium
07:30EURMarkit Germany Construction PMI (JUL)50.6 (A)50.7Medium
08:10EURMarkit Germany Retail PMI (JUL)-54.0Medium
08:10EURMarkit Eurozone Retail PMI (JUL)-50.4Medium
08:10EURMarkit France Retail PMI (JUL)-48.9Low
08:10EURMarkit Italy Retail PMI (JUL)-46.7Low
08:30GBPIndustrial Production (MoM) (JUN)0.1%0.4%Medium
08:30GBPIndustrial Production (YoY) (JUN)2.2%2.1%Medium
08:30GBPManufacturing Production (MoM) (JUN)0.1%-0.6%Medium
08:30GBPManufacturing Production (YoY) (JUN)0.4%1.0%Medium
11:00GBPBOE Asset Purchase Target (AUG)375B375BHigh
11:00GBPBank of England Bank Rate (AUG 6)0.5%0.5%High
11:00GBPBank of England Inflation Report --High
11:45GBPBOE’s Carney Holds Press Conference--High
14:00GBPNIESR GDP Estimate (JUL)-0.7%Low

Critical Levels

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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