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European Investors Await Fed Rate Decision

Summary

The upcoming two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve is at the forefront of European investors’ minds this week amid strong expectation that the regulator will keep rates at their.

The upcoming two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve is at the forefront of European investors’ minds this week amid strong expectation that the regulator will keep rates at their current level of 2.25-2.5%. Investors are also keen to hear the Fed’s rate forecast, with many predicting a majority of the bank’s board will argue in favour of a July reduction in light of the deteriorating world economy. Elsewhere, European markets are still weighing up the prospects of a no deal Brexit as the UK’s internal political turmoil continues. Former Foreign Minister and bookies’ favourite for PM Boris Johnson has stated that the UK will not pay the country’s 39 billion Brexit bill until the EU agrees to a deal that is acceptable to Britain. This comes after current PM Theresa May officially stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party. She has pledged to stay on as the country’s Prime Minister until her successor has been chosen. The name of the new head of government is expected to be made public at some point during the second half of July. In regional news, one positive development for European markets was the announcement from international ratings agency Fitch that it has affirmed France's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “AA” with stable outlook. According to the agency, the country’s rating is supported by its big, strong and diversified economy, its robust, effective civil and social institutions, as well as its record of macroeconomic stability.

Andrey Voytkiv, Financial Scout at Libertex