The pound suffered at the hands of the Bank of England today after the minutes from their January meeting showed all nine MPC members voted in favour of keeping interest rates on hold. The minutes had an immediate impact on the pounds value with the GBP/USD cross falling around a cent from $1.5180 to $1.5080.
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An interest rate hike in 2015 now looks even less likely for the UK and leaves the U.S in pole position to act first. This doesn't necessarily mean the dollar will have everything its own way this year though. The UK economy could actually benefit in the long term as people continue to take advantage of cheap borrowing, which in turn boosts the housing and retail sectors, which in turn increases the value of the pound.
Big day for the European Central Bank.
Tomorrow will see the European Central Bank hold a press conference where it is widely anticipated Mario Draghi will announce a hefty stimulus package. It is rumoured we could see a U.S style stimulus programme which will see the ECB purchase €50 billion worth of bonds every month for the next two years.
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