Currency Insights & Analysis

UK Financial Services Optimism

Financial services optimism rebounds and job vacancies rise

Financial institutions' sentiment surged to 52% in March - its fastest month-on-month rise since December 2013. Growth in job vacancies also reflects changing attitudes towards Brexit concerns as uncertainty over businesses post-Brexit futures begins to fade. With more financial services companies in the UK becoming increasingly optimistic...
Cryptocurrency platform Coinbase launches

Crypto exchange platform Coinbase makes its market debut

The cryptocurrency firm, Coinbase, made its stock market debut, triggering a listing frenzy that drove up the likes of Bitcoin and XRP.
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UK manufacturing sector still optimistic despite slowing growth

Despite the struggles the UK manufacturing sector has experienced over the past year, companies are hopeful for strong output during the second half of 2021.
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Rishi Sunak extends financial support for struggling businesses

As the UK economy reopens this week, the announcement of Rishi Sunak’s extended financial support will help many businesses to get back on their feet.
Coronavirus costs for hospitality businesses

Business groups urge for extended support after GDP release

UK hospitality, hair and beauty businesses facing significant annual losses. UK business groups urge ministers to extend coronavirus support. While many hospitality firms are optimistic about their post-lockdown prospects, the consequences of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, which forced businesses...
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IMF Raises forecast for global economic outlook

Following a financially devastating year for major economies, the IMF has raised their outlook for 2021 as vaccines and stimulus measures help buoy major economies.
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How Do Global Retailers Manage Business Uncertainty Amid Coronavirus?

Halo Financial discusses the best way for businesses to navigate during times of uncertainty as non-essential businesses prepare to reopen in April.
UK Business Confidence

CFO survey: UK business leader confidence hits all-time high

Confidence amongst Britain’s chief financial officers soars to an all-time high as UK lockdown restrictions ease and more people get vaccinated.
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How will Brexit impact overseas property owners and buyers in 2021?

If you’re thinking about buying a property within an EU country post-Brexit, here are some potential restrictions to be aware of.
Phase two of Boris Johnson's lockdown easing strategy

British pound gains as shops reopen and NZ trade deal likely

Pound Sterling advances against all major trading rivals, including the US dollar and euro as the next stage of UK lockdown easing gets underway. The reopening of shops, pubs and other non-essential stores in England has already driven pound Sterling (GBP) higher against trading rivals...
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Is the EU crumbling – Brexit, vaccine and trade rules chaos

EU vaccine chaos appears to be chipping away at the bloc’s strength and many European countries have made threats to follow the UK with an EU exit.
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Pound Sterling trades on a softer note amid vaccine concerns

Pound Sterling (GBP) has erased some of its 2021 gains in April - a month which historically sees the currency appreciate due to some profit-taking and the recent mixed vaccine news. The British pound has fallen lower against a host of rivals this week, including...