- ECB turns hawkish in the wake of high eurozone inflation.
- Pound sterling appears poised to test new lows against the euro, the dollar, and other major currencies.
Euro supported by hawkish ECB
The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. August saw a new high for inflation in the eurozone, and future months are predicted to see an increase. According to data from Eurostat, the increase in inflation in August was caused by a faster increase in the cost of food, alcohol, and cigarettes, which increased by 10.6% on a yearly basis compared to a 9.8% increase in July. Given the continuing rise in natural gas costs, it is anticipated that inflation in the Eurozone would rise further in the upcoming months, possibly reaching double digits. The reversal of several German subsidies and skyrocketing energy prices even before the start of the heating season indicate that inflation will continue to rise and surpass 10% before peaking around the turn of the year.
Since US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's aggressive address at the Jackson Hole Symposium last Friday, there has been a noticeable change in tone among many European Central Bank (ECB) Members. The figures released today will undoubtedly strengthen arguments in favor of raising jumbo interest rates at the European Central Bank meeting next week. The central bank meeting next week is crucial since markets are heavily pricing in hawkishness; now, 70 bps are put in for September and 160 bps by year's end.
EUR/USD Price Chart
GBP is quickly becoming the worst performing currency of 2022
The market is reflecting bullish signals for this currency pair. Despite the fact that the money markets have upped their interest rate bets for the September meeting by about 4 basis points since Monday, the Bank of England (BoE) still confronts a difficult struggle as Q4 recession fears build. Since I don't see the BoE acting aggressively over the winter, front-loading now might be essential, thus a 75bps hike is still an option. The hawkish attitude from the ECB offers the Euro support.
EUR/GBP Price Chart
GBP testing new lows against USD and Euro
The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. In light of the negative investor sentiment toward the UK and the ongoing weakness in the global equity markets, the pound sterling appears poised to test new lows against the euro, the dollar, and other major currencies. The Pound has already lost 1.33% of its value against the Euro this week, and if these declines continue, it will experience its biggest weekly decline against the euro since May. The UK pound is still losing ground versus the US dollar, having dropped another 0.83% since the week's beginning. The current loss for 2022 is 14%. As August draws to a close, it is clear that the British pound had the worst month of any major currency, losing value relative to all of its G10 competitors. Further losses are likely since the drop of the pound indicates a pervasive and unshakeable unfavorable attitude among investors worldwide.
The UK currency is on track to become the worst performing major currency of 2022 within a matter of weeks given its present performance and tendencies.
GBP/USD Price Chart
Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com