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Market Questions is the FT’s guide to the week ahead
Fears of poor growth and higher inflation as currency falls while bond yields rise
UK government bonds fall in price as concerns over Scottish independence referendum fade
The Bank of England enters into a swap facility with the BIS to ease a potential currency shortage that nobody would usually be worried about.
Sterling slips after posting sharp gains early in 2021
Rapid pace of Covid-19 vaccines rollout bolsters outlook for growth and inflation
Receding expectations for negative interest rates also supports sterling
Hopes for reopening UK’s services-biased economy sends sterling up 1% so far this week
Inflation figures and speedy vaccine rollout expected to reduce pressure on BoE to cut rates
Sterling has lagged behind some other currencies in gains against dollar, but EU trade deal lends support
Currency hovers around $1.35 and domestic-focused equities rise as ‘no-deal’ risk dissolves
UK bond yields and stocks push higher with news of progress in trade negotiations
UK currency drops as traders warn of ‘amplified’ volatility on horizon
Sterling trades at its strongest since May 2018 after market moves to price in agreement
Optimism that UK and EU negotiators will forge Brexit trade pact and weaker greenback lift sterling
UK bonds under pressure as investors grow more optimistic negotiators will forge pact
Political turmoil in Europe and record coronavirus cases in US weigh on Wall Street
Downbeat assessment of talks from Brussels also hits UK banking stocks
Current level still suggests investors think a deal is likely, say analysts
Investors weigh up risks of failing to reach deals on stimulus in Washington and on Brexit
Pound softens as traders stay focused on Brexit deal talks
Investors rush to buy protection against big moves in exchange rate
Stand-off over rules governing future competition between UK and EU have shaken confidence, say strategists