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British Pound Mixed on Sliding Inflation, First-Ever Negative-Yielding Bond

The British pound is trading mixed against its G10 currency competitors midweek as investors comb through the influx of April inflation data. For the first time in the nation’s history, the United Kingdom sold a negative-yielding bond, meaning that the government is being paid to borrow. In the post-Coronavirus economy, this might be the new norm for a myriad of nations around the world.

Pound Recovers As Boris Johnson Becomes PM, Capped by Bearish Data

The British pound is rallying on Tuesday after it was confirmed that former London Mayor Boris Johnson would become Britain’s new prime minister. In addition to a higher pound, European markets appeared to cheer on the pro-Brexit politician as leading indexes recorded 1% gains. But that did not prevent disappointing data from capping the currency’s ascent.

US Dollar Strengthens on Initial Jobless Claims, Fed Minutes

The US dollar is strengthening against a few currencies at the end of the trading week, buoyed by another decline in initial jobless claims and a central bank that is unlikely to do anything on interest rates. But disappointing housing numbers put a cap on the buck’s ascent.

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