Reuters – The British pound has soared past $1.27, showcasing the UK’s economic resilience amidst rising interest rates. Surprisingly, in November, consumer borrowing in the UK saw a significant boost, amounting to a net increase of £2.0 billion – the highest since March 2017 and well above the anticipated £1.4 billion. This growth indicates robust consumer confidence.
Moreover, the housing market reflected a similar trend, with home loan approvals reaching a remarkable 50.1K, outperforming expectations. The final PMI survey further supports this positive shift, revealing an unexpected strength in Britain’s services sector in December. The survey highlighted a surge in optimism, the most in seven months, reinforcing the resilience of the UK economy.
Contrastingly, the US dollar is facing challenges. The latest FOMC minutes did not shed light on potential rate cuts, and concerns were raised about the Federal Reserve’s current stringent monetary policies potentially hindering economic growth. This uncertainty has left market participants in anticipation, particularly with the upcoming US jobs report on Friday, which is expected to be a significant market mover.