Sterling is stronger versus most major currencies this morning. Restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic preventing businesses serving winding-up petitions against debtors will ease from the end of September, the UK government said on Thursday. Companies can start using the legal instrument to pursue unpaid bills from next month but only for debts of more than £10,000 compared with the pre-pandemic threshold of £750. Elsewhere, FCA and PRA wrote to banks ordering them to conduct a full financial crime risk assessment of their trade finance businesses.
The euro is higher against the dollar and lower against the pound overnight. After a two-day meeting of its governing council, the ECB said on Thursday it had decided to move to “a moderately lower pace” in its €1.85tn pandemic emergency purchase programme from the €80bn-a-month level it has run at since March. Christine Lagarde said “the lady isn’t tapering” to reassure bond investors. Germany’s ruling centre-right has stepped up its election campaign rhetoric against opponent Olaf Scholz, attacking the frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor over his policies on Europe.
The dollar is weaker against most majors in the early morning trade. Democrats have included a provision in their $3.5 trillion healthcare, education and climate bill that would require companies without retirement plans to automatically enroll workers in individual retirement accounts. The Justice Department sued Texas Thursday to block a new state law banning most abortions, saying it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.” Joe Biden has held his second call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since becoming president in an effort to break an impasse in the Sino-US relationship after previous top-level meetings produced little progress.
Ballinger & Co. Morning Report–10th September 2021
GBP>EUR – 1.1715
GBP>USD – 1.3883
EUR>USD – 1.1849
GBP>CAD – 1.7495
GBP>AUD – 1.8748
GBP>SEK – 11.932
GBP>AED – 5.0981
GBP>HKD – 10.792
GBP>ZAR – 19.551
GBP>CHF – 1.2712
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