BoE is widely expected to keep monetary policy unchanged today. Bank rate will be held at 0.10%. Government bond purchase target will be kept at GBP 876B, corporate debts target at GBP 20B. Focuses will be on new economic projections, as well as any hints on tapering.
GDP growth forecast for 2021 could be upgraded from February’s 5% to 6-8%. Unemployment rate could be seen as peaking at just above 6% in Q2, comparing to 7.8% as estimated in February.
BoE could hold their cards to chest on tapering, and wait for more information regarding reopening of the economy and developments. There could be some form of communications at June meeting, while tapering might begin in August. Still, the BoE would still use up the entire target of GBP 875B to purchase government bonds.
Some previews here:
- BOE Preview: Economic Forecasts to be Upgraded, while QE Tapering to Begin in August
- Bank of England: Taper Time?
- BOE Preview: Are We Nearing The End Of Story?
GBP/CHF’s pull back from 1.3070 has been clearly losing downside momentum in the past two weeks, as seen in 4 hour MACD. But there is no clear sign of a sustainable rebound yet. It could still take some more time to form a base.
Nevertheless, we’d continue to expect strong support from 38.2% retracement of 1.1683 to 1.3070 at 1.2540 to complete the correction. Break of 1.2814 minor resistance will turn bias to the upside for retesting 1.3070. Break there will resume larger up trend from 1.1102, for 1.3310 resistance.