INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ
Forex – Lira Gains as Signs of Economic Cooling Boost Investor Sentiment
Forex – Sterling Jumps on News of Irish Border Deal
Forex – Euroclear to offer dollar settlement in central bank money for the first time
Post-trade services provider Euroclear said on Monday its UK and Ireland arm had linked to the U.S. Federal Reserve settlement service, enabling it to settle dollar transactions via a central bank payment model for the first time. The group said it was the first non-U.S. financial services infrastructure to connect to the Fed’s National Settlement Service. While Euroclear UK and Ireland (EUI) already offers a settlement in “central bank money” for sterling and euro transactions, hooking up with the Fed allows it to expand the service to dollars. The central bank or sovereign money refers to money issued by a central bank. EUI’s existing dollar settlement was based on commercial bank money, which is generated when banks issue loans or conduct transactions in excess of their actual currency holdings. Euroclear said customers would now get dollar cash proceeds from a sale of securities from the moment each transaction settled.
Sterling surged on Monday amid news that the UK plans to compromise on the Irish border issue to move forward with a Brexit deal. GBP/USD jumped 0.28% to 1.3066 as of 9:05 AM ET (13:05 GMT), not far from an earlier high of 1.3078. UK Prime Minister Theresa May plans to make a new Brexit deal with the European Union, Bloomberg reported. A senior British government official told Bloomberg that the country sees a way to reach an agreement on the border issue. The compromise would only apply as a last resort if a deal is not reached and would be conditional on the UK having full access to the EU customs union. The EU has already proposed allowing Northern Ireland to trade with Ireland without full checks, which May has rejected on the grounds that it would break up the UK. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, inched down 0.05% to 94.75 as trade tensions eased and investors moved to riskier assets.
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