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Market Comment - 25th August 2022

Posted by Stuart PritchardAugust 25, 2022

Good morning,

The German GDP numbers this morning were slightly stronger than expected. Quarter on quarter was expected to be zero, and actually came in at 0.1% growth. A positive is a positive which staves off the potential for a technical recession for now. It had little effect on EUR rates where the Pound is still relatively dominant although off yesterdays highs.

Today it's all about the US...with a smattering of Euro data in the mix. There's the ECB's monetary policy meeting accounts out first, but that's closely followed by the US's preliminary GDP numbers. Analysts are expecting contraction of -0.8% for Q2. Anything outside of that could cause fluctuations in the Dollar.

However the main US news today is the annual symposium at Jackson Hole. This is where central bankers, economists and academics meet up to discuss global financial matters and can pave the way for a generalised approach to certain topics.

There's not much in the business news today. Centrica (British Gas to most) are making a token offering to help with energy bills for the most in need, but analysts believe this is a drop in ocean compared to what's coming in October.

Today’s Economic Calendar

EUR: 12:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes

US: 13:30 Preliminary GDP Data

US: 13:30 Initial Jobless Claims

US: 15:00 Jackson Hole Symposium

JPN: Friday 00:30 Inflation Data

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