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ECB Members’ Speeches in Focus as EUR/GBP Awaits Policy Cues

ECB Members' Speeches in Focus as EUR/GBP Awaits Policy Cues

The EUR/GBP currency pair is trading in a tight range around 0.8580, with market participants keenly awaiting upcoming ECB Members’ Speeches on Wednesday. These speeches are expected to shed light on the central bank’s monetary policy stance and potentially influence the direction of the Euro.

Speculation of ECB Rate Cut Weighs on Euro

The Euro is facing downward pressure due to growing market chatter about a potential rate cut by the ECB in June. This speculation gained traction following comments from ECB policymaker Madis Muller on Tuesday. Muller indicated that the central bank is approaching a point where it might consider lowering interest rates. Additionally, ECB official Yannis Stoumaras echoed this sentiment, suggesting a consensus within the central bank for a June rate cut.

Investors are closely monitoring these developments, as an ECB rate cut could weaken the Euro relative to currencies pegged to higher interest rates. The prospect of a dovish shift by the ECB stands in contrast to the Bank of England’s (BoE) recent stance.

BoE Leans Hawkish, Capping GBP Gains

The EUR/GBP cross received some upward support earlier in the week following the release of softer-than-expected inflation data for February in the United Kingdom. This data point fueled market expectations for the BoE to potentially adopt a more accommodative monetary policy, with some speculating about a rate cut as early as June.

However, BoE MPC Member Catherine Mann’s comments on Thursday acted as a counterweight to these expectations. Mann, who voted to hold interest rates steady at the last MPC meeting, cautioned that financial markets are pricing in too many rate cuts this year. She suggested that the BoE is unlikely to act before the US Federal Reserve, effectively tempering dovish bets on the BoE’s behalf.

Key Events to Watch: ECB Members’ Speeches and BoC Minutes

Market participants will be glued to the upcoming ECB Members’ Speeches from ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane and ECB Executive Board member Piero Cipollone on Wednesday. Their comments will be scrutinized for any hints about the ECB’s monetary policy trajectory, particularly regarding the possibility of a rate cut in June.

Adding to the data flow, the European Commission’s Business Climate and Consumer Confidence data for March is also due for release on Wednesday. This data could provide further insights into the health of the Eurozone economy and potentially influence ECB policy considerations.

On the UK front, the release of the BoC Financial Policy Committee (FPC) Minutes and Statement later in the day will be closely watched for any indications of the central bank’s future policy direction.

The interplay between these upcoming events, particularly the ECB members’ speeches and the BoC minutes, is likely to dictate the near-term direction of the EUR/GBP currency pair.


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