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UK Inflation Rocks The Pound - MI201223

UK inflation came in at 3.9% against an anticipated 4.4%.

This caused an immediate softening in Sterling rates as the pressure drops on the Bank of England to hike the base rate further.

The interesting tightrope for the Bank of England kicks in even further now. Hold or lower the base rate. The risk on the table is a move past the target of 2% inflation and even possible deflation.

It will be an interesting January.

The rest of the day is Dollar related news. US consumer confidence is the main headline just after lunch.

From a UK perspective eyes will be on the public sector net borrowing figure at breakfast tomorrow to see if the Pound can get any form of strength in the next 24 hours.

As expected business news centres on the surprise inflation figure with the reasons being cited as recent drops in fuel and food prices.

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Economic calendar

US: 15:00 Consumer Confidence

EUR: 15:00 Consumer Confidence

UK: Thursday 07:00 Public Sector Net Borrowing

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