Pound gains slow due to COVID-19 concerns
Wednesday 25 August, 2021
Daily Currency UpdateEconomists have expressed concern that the UK's post-lockdown rebound has been running out of steam during the summer months, owing to a string of underwhelming economic data releases.
With no high impact UK data releases today, the focus will be on COVID-19 figures, and should it continue to rise, it could leave the pound vulnerable to losses.
Key MoversThis morning's German Ifo index signalled a loss of momentum for Germany in the second half of the year. The Ifo index dropped for the second month in a row in August and came in at 99.4.
Earlier in the week, we saw a decline in Germany’s PMI data and at the beginning of the month, the ZEW survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment.
According to the reports, Germany’s economy is recovering, however concerns of a fourth COVID-19 wave remain which could limit any EUR gains.
- GBP/USD: 1.3715 - 1.3765 ▲
- GBP/EUR: 1.1665 - 1.1705 ▲
- EUR/USD: 1.1735 - 1.1775 ▲
- GBP/AUD: 1.8885 - 1.8955 ▼