Pound plunges below $1.11, FTSE 100 slides and UK bonds tumble as mini-budget spooks markets – business live | Business

Sterling is now tumbling against the euro too, as UK assets are hammered by the huge borrowing needed to fund the tax cuts announced today.

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The pound has dropped by more than a euro cent to €1.132, its weakest level since February 2021.

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Sterling is plumbing new depths against the dollar too – now down almost two cents at $1.106.

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Neil Wilson of Markets.com says:

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Sterling reacting with sub-optimal pessimism to the fiscal event with a fresh 37-year low with a 1.10 handle. And it’s not just a dollar move – see EURGBP.

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The domestically-focused FTSE 250 share index has tumbled by 1.6% to its lowest since November 2020.

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And government bonds continued to be hammered, as investors brace for the flood of debt sales to fund tax cuts and energy subsidies.

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Wilson says there is a “fire sale of UK assets” which is “absolutely horrible to watch”.

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The reaction in the bond market to the misnamed mini-Budget (it was anything but mini!) is striking with yields surging after the chancellor unveiled sweeping tax cuts that abandon any semblance of fiscal discipline. It means more borrowing and more borrowing costs. This is not the reaction any chancellor wants from a budget but what else could he expect?

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Of course it’s not just vigilantism, per se – traders are now betting the fiscal easing will drive the Bank of England to take a much more forceful approach to tightening. Markets now indicate a 50% chance the BoE goes for a jumbo 100bps hike in November.

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Sterling is tumbling more sharply, as the financial markets give their verdict to the swathe of unfunded tax cuts announced by Kwasi Kwarteng this morning.

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The pound has dropped below $1.11 against the US dollar, for the first time since 1985, as investors baulk at the huge extra borrowing needed to fund today’s plans.

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Rachel Winter, Partner and Investment Manager at Killik & Co, says the recent weakness of sterling illustrates a lack of confidence in the government’s plans.

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The pound is down 15% against the dollar over the last six months, and this morning’s budget has sent it down further.

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Over in Parliament, Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a staggering swathe of tax changes – in what appears to be biggest tax event since the early 1970s,

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The chancellor has produced a huge rabbit from his hat – scrapping the 45% higher rate of income tax entirely, and cutting the basic rate from April 2023 from 20% to 19%.

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Kwarteng also cancelled next year’s increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, scrapped planned increases in duty rates for beer, wine and cider, abolished stamp duty below £250,000 – and £435,000 for first-time buyers – and is winding down the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS).

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The chancellor confirms almost 40 investment zones will be created with tax breaks for businesses, ditched the bankers bonus cap, and will bring forward measures to streamline regulations and remove EU-derived laws.

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He also announced the government will legislate to tackle “militant trade unions” from closing down key infrastructure through strikes.

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The laws will require unions to put pay offers to a member vote, to ensure strikes can only be called once pay talks have genuinely broken down.

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Here are all the key points:

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Another worrying sign – UK business optimism about the year ahead has hit its lowest level since the start of the pandemic in May 2020.

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Bosses are increasingly anxious about the fall in business, and the surge in costs.

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Dr John Glen, CIPS Chief Economist, explains why they are so worried:

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“Business activity across the UK private sector fell at the fastest pace since January 2021 in September, with the headline index posting in contraction territory for the second month in a row.

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Nerves about the strength of the UK economy impacted on new client wins as customers affected by cost of living pressures scaled back spend. Costs and prices charged remained elevated, and even with rates of inflation moderating since August, they were among the highest since the survey began in 1998.

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And with interest rates at a 14-year high fo 2.25%, there’s little to cheer businesses.

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The highest rise in interest rates for 14 years also means borrowing costs are now the highest since 2008, so there’s too little in the reserves to make private sector businesses look on the bright side as UK recession fears grow.”

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Britain’s private sector is shrinking at the fastest pace since the Covid-19 lockdowns of January 2021, data just released shows.

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The Flash UK PMI Composite Output Index, which tracks activity across the economy, has dropped to 48.4 this month, which is a 20- month low.

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That’s down on August’s 49.6 – any reading below 50 points shows the economy contracted. It’s another sign that the UK economy is in recession.

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The report shows that cost pressures remain high and demand waned. Services sector firms contracted this month, for the first time since February 2021, while manufacturing continued to shrink.

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Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, explains:

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UK economic woes deepened in September as falling business activity indicates that the economy is likely in recession.

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Companies report that the rising cost of living, linked to the energy crisis, and growing concerns about the outlook are subduing demand and hitting output levels to an extent not seen since 2009, barring the pandemic lockdowns and initial 2016 Brexit referendum shock.

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Firms were hit by the fastest fall in new business in 20 months (again, since the winter lockdowns of 2021).

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Export orders fell at a “sharp and accelerated rate”. Goods producers suffered the sharpest drop in foreign demand for 28 months and services companies were hit by the first reduction since December 2021.

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The PMI survey also shows that inflationary pressures are running hotter than at any time in the survey’s history, before the pandemic.

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Those cost pressures are being driven by the weaker pound – which pushes up import costs, as well as ongoing supply chain problems and soaring energy prices.

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With UK consumer confidence at record lows, and the pound at its weakest since 1985, the economic outlook is darkening almost by the hour….

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Kwasi Kwarteng is about to deliver the mini-budget – my colleague Andew Sparrow is live-blogging all the details here:

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Germany’s economic downturn has deepened this month, as businesses were hit by soaring energy costs and a drop in new business.

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Germany’s services firm, and its manufacturing sector, both contracted this month according to a ‘flash’ reading from data provider S&P Global.

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Demand for goods and services deteriorated rapidly this month, due to surging energy costs and an increasingly uncertain outlook.

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The data suggests Germany is heading towards recession – and has knocked the euro to a new 20-year low against the dollar, further below parity.

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Phil Smith, economics associate director at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said:

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“The German economy looks set to contract in the third quarter, and with PMI showing the downturn gathering in September and the survey’s forward-looking indicators also deteriorating, the prospects for the fourth quarter are not looking good either.

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The deepening decline in business activity in September was led by the service sector, which has seen demand weaken rapidly as customers pull back on spending due tightening budgets and heightened uncertainty about the outlook.

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Kwasi Kwarteng’s (expected) pledge to “turn the vicious cycle of stagnation into a virtuous cycle of growth” hasn’t sparked much excitement in the City.

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The blue-chip FTSE 100 index has lost 0.6% this morning, dropping to its lowest since mid-July.

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The smaller FTSE 250 index – which is more domestically-focused – is 0.2% lower. It’s seen as a better barometer for UK trading and prospects – and has shed a fifth of its value so far this year.

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Richard J Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, explains:

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The FTSE 250 index has lost 22% so far this year, with the latest 0.5% rate hike from the Bank of England adding to tightening concerns at a time when growth is flat to non-existent.

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It is expected that the government will unveil a new “fiscal event” later in a mini-budget which should involve tax cuts and increased spending in an attempt to stimulate growth. It remains to be seen how effective such moves might be, given the wider pressures affecting economies globally.”

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Sterling has dropped to a fresh 37-year low against the US dollar – an unwelcome backdrop to Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget this morning.

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The pound has fallen below $1.12, the weakest point since 1985, and has now shed 17% against the dollar so far this year.

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The decline is partly attributable to greenback power – the buck is at 20-year highs towards a basket of currencies, attributable to worries concerning the international financial system and the sequence of enormous rates of interest by the US Federal Reserve.

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But it surely’s additionally attributable to considerations over the UK financial system because it teeters in the direction of recession.

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Traders are anxious that Kwarteng’s mini-budget will drive up borrowing – particularly as the Workplace for Funds Accountability has not been allowed to offer forecasts for in the present day’s occasion.

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RBC Capital Markets say markets are left to take a position on “who has the urge for food for gilts when the BoE is promoting and the government is ramping up borrowing at a dizzying tempo”.

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They forecast that the pound may fall even decrease, to beneath $1.05 – which might be an all-time low.

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For us, it leaves weaker GBP [the pound] because the clearest escape valve to maintain financing a big present account deficit.

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Our forecast is at present sub-1.05 for GBP/USD. If the Chancellor’s gamble to spice up development fails to repay, it should depart GBP in a good greater gap.

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Simon Clarke, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, has denied that the government’s fiscal plans are a gamble.

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On this morning’s media rounds, Clarke told the BBC that tax cuts will spur economic growth that outstrips rising national debt.

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“The evidence of the 1980s and the 1990s is that a dynamic low tax economy is what delivers the best growth rates – this isn’t a gamble, the weight of history and evidence is with us.”

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Clarke also told Sky News that the budget will be a game-changer, and that growth will pay for the UK’s government spending plans

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Asked if his view last year that some tax increases would be needed to repair government finances still applied, Clarke said:

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“No, because what you’re doing now is that you’re going for growth…

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The critical thing is we need to get the economy growing so that, frankly, the economic growth trajectory outstrips that of our debt.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng will on Friday announce 30 separate measures – including tax cuts, new investment zones and an acceleration of infrastructure projects – in an effort to raise the economy’s growth rate to his stated target of 2.5% a year.

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One of the main elements of the package – the £13bn reversal of the increase in national insurance contributions, introduced in April to fund the health and social care levy – will come into force on 6 November.

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While almost 28 million people will keep more of their earnings as a result of the move, the Resolution Foundation thinktank said on average the poorest 10% of households would gain £11.41 in 2022-23, while the richest 10% of households would gain £682.

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The mini-budget is expected to contain significant further interventions to boost growth beyond the reversal of the NICs rise and next April’s planned increase in corporation tax, Treasury sources have confirmed, with one Whitehall source describing the package as having “more rabbits than Watership Down”.

One key plank of the fiscal event will be new investment zones for 38 local and mayoral authorities in England – including West Midlands, Tees Valley, Somerset and Hull – which will have major planning deregulation to release more land for housing and commercial development, and tax cuts for businesses.

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Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of business, the world economy and the financial markets.

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Consumers across the UK are the gloomiest on record as the economic picture darkens… as the government announces its plan to kick-start UK economic growth with a flurry of tax cuts that will drive up borrowing.

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People are increasingly worried about their personal finances, and anxious that the economy is turning sour, research body GfK warns, a day after the Bank of England said the UK has probably entered recession this quarter.

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GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has fallen another five points this month to a new low of -49.

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That’s the worst since records began in 1974, as the tightening squeeze on living costs made people much more pessimistic about their own finances.

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This is the fourth new low in five months, as the economy has been battered by rising prices and weakening activity.

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Confidence in personal finances over the coming year shed nine points to -40, while confidence in the economy over the next 12 months lost eight points to -68, a really grim reading.

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People are also very unwilling to buy big ticket items, as soaring inflation forces households to cut back.

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GfK client strategy director Joe Staton said:

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“Consumers are buckling under the pressure of the UK’s growing cost-of-living crisis driven by rapidly rising food prices, domestic fuel bills and mortgage payments.

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“They are asking themselves when and how the situation will improve.

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Kwasi Kwarteng will vow to break the UK’s “cycle of stagnation” today, by lowering the tax burden in a hotly awaited mini budget..

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He’s expected to tell MPs that Britain needs a new approach, ‘focused on growth’, by saying:

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“Growth is not as high as it needs to be, which has made it harder to pay for public services, requiring taxes to rise.

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“This cycle of stagnation has led to the tax burden being forecast to reach the highest levels since the late 1940s.

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Even though today’s statement is officially only a ‘fiscal event’, it’s expected to include a 30-point growth package, including scrapping a planned increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, plus reforms to the City of London, ending the cap on bankers’ bonuses, and plans to create up 38 new Investment Zones across England.

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Yesterday Kwarteng said the national insurance increase introduced earlier this year will be reversed from 6 November.

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But economists are warning tht the plan will drive UK borrowing sharply higher, just as government borrowing costs are rising in the bond markets.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned this week that Britain’s mounting debts will be unsustainable if the government presses ahead with sweeping tax cuts.

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GfK’s Staton factors out that in the present day’s mini-budget, and the longer-term agenda to drive the financial system, are a serious alternative to enhance the financial outlook.

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It is going to even be a serious take a look at for the recognition of Liz Truss’s new Authorities.”

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We additionally discover out in the present day how manufacturing and providers corporations within the UK, the US, and throughout the eurozone, are faring this month – and get a healthcheck on Britain’s retail sector.

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Monetary markets are subdued, as buyers fear that rate of interest hikes by central bankers are pushing main economies in the direction of recession.

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The agenda

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  • 9am BST: Eurozone flash PMIs for September

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  • 9.30am BST: UK flash PMIs for September

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  • 9.30am BST: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng presents mini-budget

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  • 11am BST: CBI Distributive developments survey of UK retailers

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Sterling is now tumbling against the euro too, as UK assets are hammered by the huge borrowing needed to fund the tax cuts announced today.

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The pound has dropped by more than a euro cent to €1.132, its weakest level since February 2021.

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Sterling is plumbing new depths against the dollar too – now down almost two cents at $1.106.

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Neil Wilson of Markets.com says:

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Sterling reacting with sub-optimal pessimism to the fiscal event with a fresh 37-year low with a 1.10 handle. And it’s not just a dollar move – see EURGBP.

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The domestically-focused FTSE 250 share index has tumbled by 1.6% to its lowest since November 2020.

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And government bonds continued to be hammered, as investors brace for the flood of debt sales to fund tax cuts and energy subsidies.

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Wilson says there is a “fire sale of UK assets” which is “absolutely horrible to watch”.

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The reaction in the bond market to the misnamed mini-Budget (it was anything but mini!) is striking with yields surging after the chancellor unveiled sweeping tax cuts that abandon any semblance of fiscal discipline. It means more borrowing and more borrowing costs. This is not the reaction any chancellor wants from a budget but what else could he expect?

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Of course it’s not just vigilantism, per se – traders are now betting the fiscal easing will drive the Bank of England to take a much more forceful approach to tightening. Markets now indicate a 50% chance the BoE goes for a jumbo 100bps hike in November.

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Sterling is tumbling more sharply, as the financial markets give their verdict to the swathe of unfunded tax cuts announced by Kwasi Kwarteng this morning.

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The pound has dropped below $1.11 against the US dollar, for the first time since 1985, as investors baulk at the huge extra borrowing needed to fund today’s plans.

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Rachel Winter, Partner and Investment Manager at Killik & Co, says the recent weakness of sterling illustrates a lack of confidence in the government’s plans.

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The pound is down 15% against the dollar over the last six months, and this morning’s budget has sent it down further.

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Over in Parliament, Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a staggering swathe of tax changes – in what appears to be biggest tax event since the early 1970s,

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The chancellor has produced a huge rabbit from his hat – scrapping the 45% higher rate of income tax entirely, and cutting the basic rate from April 2023 from 20% to 19%.

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Kwarteng also cancelled next year’s increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, scrapped planned increases in duty rates for beer, wine and cider, abolished stamp duty below £250,000 – and £435,000 for first-time buyers – and is winding down the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS).

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The chancellor confirms almost 40 investment zones will be created with tax breaks for businesses, ditched the bankers bonus cap, and will bring forward measures to streamline regulations and remove EU-derived laws.

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He also announced the government will legislate to tackle “militant trade unions” from closing down key infrastructure through strikes.

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The laws will require unions to put pay offers to a member vote, to ensure strikes can only be called once pay talks have genuinely broken down.

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Here are all the key points:

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Another worrying sign – UK business optimism about the year ahead has hit its lowest level since the start of the pandemic in May 2020.

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Bosses are increasingly anxious about the fall in business, and the surge in costs.

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Dr John Glen, CIPS Chief Economist, explains why they are so worried:

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“Business activity across the UK private sector fell at the fastest pace since January 2021 in September, with the headline index posting in contraction territory for the second month in a row.

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Nerves about the strength of the UK economy impacted on new client wins as customers affected by cost of living pressures scaled back spend. Costs and prices charged remained elevated, and even with rates of inflation moderating since August, they were among the highest since the survey began in 1998.

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And with interest rates at a 14-year high fo 2.25%, there’s little to cheer businesses.

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The highest rise in interest rates for 14 years also means borrowing costs are now the highest since 2008, so there’s too little in the reserves to make private sector businesses look on the bright side as UK recession fears grow.”

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Britain’s private sector is shrinking at the fastest pace since the Covid-19 lockdowns of January 2021, data just released shows.

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The Flash UK PMI Composite Output Index, which tracks activity across the economy, has dropped to 48.4 this month, which is a 20- month low.

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That’s down on August’s 49.6 – any reading below 50 points shows the economy contracted. It’s another sign that the UK economy is in recession.

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The report shows that cost pressures remain high and demand waned. Services sector firms contracted this month, for the first time since February 2021, while manufacturing continued to shrink.

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Chris Williamson, chief business economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, explains:

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UK economic woes deepened in September as falling business activity indicates that the economy is likely in recession.

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Companies report that the rising cost of living, linked to the energy crisis, and growing concerns about the outlook are subduing demand and hitting output levels to an extent not seen since 2009, barring the pandemic lockdowns and initial 2016 Brexit referendum shock.

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Firms were hit by the fastest fall in new business in 20 months (again, since the winter lockdowns of 2021).

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Export orders fell at a “sharp and accelerated rate”. Goods producers suffered the sharpest drop in foreign demand for 28 months and services companies were hit by the first reduction since December 2021.

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The PMI survey also shows that inflationary pressures are running hotter than at any time in the survey’s history, before the pandemic.

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Those cost pressures are being driven by the weaker pound – which pushes up import costs, as well as ongoing supply chain problems and soaring energy prices.

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With UK consumer confidence at record lows, and the pound at its weakest since 1985, the economic outlook is darkening almost by the hour….

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Kwasi Kwarteng is about to deliver the mini-budget – my colleague Andew Sparrow is live-blogging all the details here:

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Germany’s economic downturn has deepened this month, as businesses were hit by soaring energy costs and a drop in new business.

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Germany’s services firm, and its manufacturing sector, both contracted this month according to a ‘flash’ reading from data provider S&P Global.

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Demand for goods and services deteriorated rapidly this month, due to surging energy costs and an increasingly uncertain outlook.

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The data suggests Germany is heading towards recession – and has knocked the euro to a new 20-year low against the dollar, further below parity.

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Phil Smith, economics associate director at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said:

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“The German economy looks set to contract in the third quarter, and with PMI showing the downturn gathering in September and the survey’s forward-looking indicators also deteriorating, the prospects for the fourth quarter are not looking good either.

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The deepening decline in business activity in September was led by the service sector, which has seen demand weaken rapidly as customers pull back on spending due tightening budgets and heightened uncertainty about the outlook.

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Kwasi Kwarteng’s (expected) pledge to “turn the vicious cycle of stagnation into a virtuous cycle of growth” hasn’t sparked much excitement in the City.

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The blue-chip FTSE 100 index has lost 0.6% this morning, dropping to its lowest since mid-July.

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The smaller FTSE 250 index – which is more domestically-focused – is 0.2% lower. It’s seen as a better barometer for UK trading and prospects – and has shed a fifth of its value so far this year.

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Richard J Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, explains:

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The FTSE 250 index has lost 22% so far this year, with the latest 0.5% rate hike from the Bank of England adding to tightening concerns at a time when growth is flat to non-existent.

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It is expected that the government will unveil a new “fiscal event” later in a mini-budget which should involve tax cuts and increased spending in an attempt to stimulate growth. It remains to be seen how effective such moves might be, given the wider pressures affecting economies globally.”

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Sterling has dropped to a fresh 37-year low against the US dollar – an unwelcome backdrop to Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget this morning.

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The pound has fallen below $1.12, the weakest point since 1985, and has now shed 17% against the dollar so far this year.

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The decline is partly attributable to greenback power – the buck is at 20-year highs towards a basket of currencies, attributable to worries concerning the international financial system and the sequence of enormous rates of interest by the US Federal Reserve.

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But it surely’s additionally attributable to considerations over the UK financial system because it teeters in the direction of recession.

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Traders are anxious that Kwarteng’s mini-budget will drive up borrowing – particularly as the Workplace for Funds Accountability has not been allowed to offer forecasts for in the present day’s occasion.

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RBC Capital Markets say markets are left to take a position on “who has the urge for food for gilts when the BoE is promoting and the government is ramping up borrowing at a dizzying tempo”.

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They forecast that the pound may fall even decrease, to beneath $1.05 – which might be an all-time low.

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For us, it leaves weaker GBP [the pound] because the clearest escape valve to maintain financing a big present account deficit.

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Our forecast is at present sub-1.05 for GBP/USD. If the Chancellor’s gamble to spice up development fails to repay, it should depart GBP in a good greater gap.

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Simon Clarke, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, has denied that the government’s fiscal plans are a gamble.

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On this morning’s media rounds, Clarke told the BBC that tax cuts will spur economic growth that outstrips rising national debt.

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“The evidence of the 1980s and the 1990s is that a dynamic low tax economy is what delivers the best growth rates – this isn’t a gamble, the weight of history and evidence is with us.”

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Clarke also told Sky News that the budget will be a game-changer, and that growth will pay for the UK’s government spending plans

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Asked if his view last year that some tax increases would be needed to repair government finances still applied, Clarke said:

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“No, because what you’re doing now is that you’re going for growth…

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The critical thing is we need to get the economy growing so that, frankly, the economic growth trajectory outstrips that of our debt.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng will on Friday announce 30 separate measures – including tax cuts, new investment zones and an acceleration of infrastructure projects – in an effort to raise the economy’s growth rate to his stated target of 2.5% a year.

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One of the main elements of the package – the £13bn reversal of the increase in national insurance contributions, introduced in April to fund the health and social care levy – will come into force on 6 November.

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While almost 28 million people will keep more of their earnings as a result of the move, the Resolution Foundation thinktank said on average the poorest 10% of households would gain £11.41 in 2022-23, while the richest 10% of households would gain £682.

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The mini-budget is expected to contain significant further interventions to boost growth beyond the reversal of the NICs rise and next April’s planned increase in corporation tax, Treasury sources have confirmed, with one Whitehall source describing the package as having “more rabbits than Watership Down”.

One key plank of the fiscal event will be new investment zones for 38 local and mayoral authorities in England – including West Midlands, Tees Valley, Somerset and Hull – which will have major planning deregulation to release more land for housing and commercial development, and tax cuts for businesses.

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Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of business, the world economy and the financial markets.

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Consumers across the UK are the gloomiest on record as the economic picture darkens… as the government announces its plan to kick-start UK economic growth with a flurry of tax cuts that will drive up borrowing.

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People are increasingly worried about their personal finances, and anxious that the economy is turning sour, research body GfK warns, a day after the Bank of England said the UK has probably entered recession this quarter.

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GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index has fallen another five points this month to a new low of -49.

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That’s the worst since records began in 1974, as the tightening squeeze on living costs made people much more pessimistic about their own finances.

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This is the fourth new low in five months, as the economy has been battered by rising prices and weakening activity.

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Confidence in personal finances over the coming year shed nine points to -40, while confidence in the economy over the next 12 months lost eight points to -68, a really grim reading.

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People are also very unwilling to buy big ticket items, as soaring inflation forces households to cut back.

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GfK client strategy director Joe Staton said:

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“Consumers are buckling under the pressure of the UK’s growing cost-of-living crisis driven by rapidly rising food prices, domestic fuel bills and mortgage payments.

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“They are asking themselves when and how the situation will improve.

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Kwasi Kwarteng will vow to break the UK’s “cycle of stagnation” today, by lowering the tax burden in a hotly awaited mini budget..

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He’s expected to tell MPs that Britain needs a new approach, ‘focused on growth’, by saying:

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“Growth is not as high as it needs to be, which has made it harder to pay for public services, requiring taxes to rise.

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“This cycle of stagnation has led to the tax burden being forecast to reach the highest levels since the late 1940s.

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Even though today’s statement is officially only a ‘fiscal event’, it’s expected to include a 30-point growth package, including scrapping a planned increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, plus reforms to the City of London, ending the cap on bankers’ bonuses, and plans to create up 38 new Investment Zones across England.

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Yesterday Kwarteng said the national insurance increase introduced earlier this year will be reversed from 6 November.

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But economists are warning tht the plan will drive UK borrowing sharply higher, just as government borrowing costs are rising in the bond markets.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned this week that Britain’s mounting debts will be unsustainable if the government presses ahead with sweeping tax cuts.

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GfK’s Staton factors out that in the present day’s mini-budget, and the longer-term agenda to drive the financial system, are a serious alternative to enhance the financial outlook.

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It is going to even be a serious take a look at for the recognition of Liz Truss’s new Authorities.”

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We additionally discover out in the present day how manufacturing and providers corporations within the UK, the US, and throughout the eurozone, are faring this month – and get a healthcheck on Britain’s retail sector.

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Monetary markets are subdued, as buyers fear that rate of interest hikes by central bankers are pushing main economies in the direction of recession.

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The agenda

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  • 9am BST: Eurozone flash PMIs for September

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  • 9.30am BST: UK flash PMIs for September

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  • 9.30am BST: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng presents mini-budget

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  • 11am BST: CBI Distributive developments survey of UK retailers

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Emma Mogford, Fund Supervisor at Premier Miton Traders, says:

“I think markets will fear that these tax cuts will maintain demand for items excessive, boosting inflation and therefore placing upward stress on rates of interest. That’s dangerous information for corporations with plenty of debt.”

Pound vs the US greenback

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index has simply fallen via the 7,000 level mark for the primary time since June.

The Footsie has shed 2.4%, or 170 factors, to 6990 – the weakest stage since March 2022.

Almost each share is within the crimson, with warehouse group Segro, North Sea oil and fuel producer Harbour Vitality, and property developer Land Securities the highest fallers, all down over 5%.

There’s no restoration within the pound but both:

To date the pound is tanking and is beneath $1.11, a 37 yr low on the change price. This can add to inflation if it doesn’t get better. #torychaos #MiniBudget pic.twitter.com/GMiu0RstAO

— Cllr Andrew Morgan OBE (@AndrewMorganRCT) September 23, 2022

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Markets throughout Europe are additionally closely within the crimson, after this morning’s flash PMI surveys confirmed the Eurozone financial downturn deepened in September, with enterprise exercise contracting for a 3rd consecutive month.

‘Fireplace sale’ of UK belongings as markets are spooked by mini-budget

Sterling is now tumbling towards the euro too, as UK belongings are hammered by the large borrowing wanted to fund the tax cuts introduced in the present day.

The pound has dropped by greater than a euro cent to €1.132, its weakest stage since February 2021.

Sterling is plumbing new depths towards the greenback too – now down virtually two cents at $1.106.

Neil Wilson of Markets.com says:

Sterling reacting with sub-optimal pessimism to the fiscal occasion with a recent 37-year low with a 1.10 deal with. And it’s not only a greenback transfer – see EURGBP.

The domestically-focused FTSE 250 share index has tumbled by 1.6% to its lowest since November 2020.

And authorities bonds continued to be hammered, as buyers brace for the flood of debt gross sales to fund tax cuts and vitality subsidies.

From the Debt Administration Workplace – “The DMO’s Web Financing Requirement (NFR) for 2022-23 is rising by £72.4 billion to £234.1 billion following the publication in the present day of the Authorities’s Progress Plan. “

— Ann Pettifor (@AnnPettifor) September 23, 2022

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From the Debt Administration Workplace – “The DMO’s Web Financing Requirement (NFR) for 2022-23 is rising by £72.4 billion to £234.1 billion following the publication in the present day of the Authorities’s Progress Plan. “

— Ann Pettifor (@AnnPettifor) September 23, 2022

Wilson says there’s a “hearth sale of UK belongings” which is “completely horrible to observe”.

The response within the bond market to the misnamed mini-Funds (it was something however mini!) is placing with yields surging after the chancellor unveiled sweeping tax cuts that abandon any semblance of fiscal self-discipline. It means extra borrowing and extra borrowing prices. This isn’t the response any chancellor needs from a finances however what else may he count on?

After all it’s not simply vigilantism, per se – merchants at the moment are betting the fiscal easing will drive the Financial institution of England to take a way more forceful strategy to tightening. Markets now point out a 50% probability the BoE goes for a jumbo 100bps hike in November.

The UK Debt Administration Workplace is elevating its debt issuance plans for the present monetary yr by £72.4bn, to £234.1bn, to cowl the price of the unfunded tax cuts in in the present day’s mini-budget.

The DMO might want to difficulty an additional £62.4bn of gilts – taking the overall to £193.9bn – plus one other further £10bn of short-term Treasury payments (to cowl debt administration wants).

That’s fuelling the selloff in authorities bonds, as buyers will demand the next price of return to purchase this debt.

Borrowing this fiscal yr (2022/23) up £72bn from £162bn to £234bn https://t.co/HTY1cjJrsz pic.twitter.com/SvP7F5OOv8

— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) September 23, 2022

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Large new UK authorities debt issuance remit simply introduced – short-dated gilts are dropping like a stone pic.twitter.com/TICWSvIwxK

— Andy Bruce (@BruceReuters) September 23, 2022

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Pound tumbles beneath $1.11 to recent 37-year low

Sterling is tumbling extra sharply, because the monetary markets give their verdict to the swathe of unfunded tax cuts introduced by Kwasi Kwarteng this morning.

The pound has dropped beneath $1.11 towards the US greenback, for the primary time since 1985, as buyers baulk on the enormous further borrowing wanted to fund in the present day’s plans.

There have been occasions earlier than the place there was of lack of confidence within the pound.
The pandemic £/$ 1.145
The beginning of the 🇷🇺 / 🇺🇦 battle 1.14
Confidence now’s decrease nonetheless as we dip into 1.11’s to the greenback. pic.twitter.com/ZFdrqUL3vX

— Simon Dalling #FBPE #ResistOrganise 🐟🇺🇦🌻🇪🇺🌱 (@SimonDalling) September 23, 2022

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There have been occasions earlier than the place there was of lack of confidence within the pound.
The pandemic £/$ 1.145
The beginning of the 🇷🇺 / 🇺🇦 battle 1.14
Confidence now’s decrease nonetheless as we dip into 1.11’s to the greenback. pic.twitter.com/ZFdrqUL3vX

— Simon Dalling #FBPE #ResistOrganise 🐟🇺🇦🌻🇪🇺🌱 (@SimonDalling) September 23, 2022

Rachel Winter, Associate and Funding Supervisor at Killik & Co, says the latest weak spot of sterling illustrates a insecurity within the authorities’s plans.

The pound is down 15% towards the greenback during the last six months, and this morning’s finances has despatched it down additional.

This chart exhibits how UK bonds are slumping (pushing up yields) whereas different sovereign debt costs are far more steady:

You may need to take a look at what Gilt yields are having to do to maintain £ up 🧐 pic.twitter.com/vjSbJjSOwy

— Sunil Krishnan (@sunnyk100) September 23, 2022

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UK authorities bonds have been hammeded by considerations concerning the further borrowing wanted to fund chancellor Kwarteng’s enormous tax cuts.

The yield, or rate of interest, on two-year UK gilts is surging, hitting to its highest stage because the monetary disaster of 2008.

Two-year gilt yields have jumped by 37 foundation factors, a large one-day transfer, to over 3.8%.

Benchmark 10-year gilt costs have additionally weakened, pushing up their yield to the very best since 2011.

Two yr Authorities borrowing gilt charges has shot up 30 foundation factors to three.9%.. lower than 3.5 this morning… an enormous transfer in the present day. was 3.1 on Tuesday, was 1.7 when Truss took lead over Sunak in August pic.twitter.com/6bSM9x20GZ

— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) September 23, 2022

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Two yr Authorities borrowing gilt charges has shot up 30 foundation factors to three.9%.. lower than 3.5 this morning… an enormous transfer in the present day. was 3.1 on Tuesday, was 1.7 when Truss took lead over Sunak in August pic.twitter.com/6bSM9x20GZ

— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) September 23, 2022

2Y gilt yields tearing larger as Kwarteng lastly will get into the tax lower measures pic.twitter.com/JyQO4sg0vs

— Simon Harvey (@_SimonHarvey) September 23, 2022

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RLAM Head of Multi Asset Trevor Greetham says Kwarteng’s package deal would have made extra sense after the monetary disaster of 2008 – fairly than in the present day.

“Motion to assist struggling households and companies pay their heating payments this winter was important, however the scale of the tax cuts and spending will increase on this announcement is breath-taking.

Arguably, a big, unfunded fiscal stimulus package deal like this could have made financial sense after the deflationary World Monetary Disaster, when borrowing prices had been low and personal sector steadiness sheets had been deleveraging. Now with spare capability non-existent, inflation at a forty yr excessive and the Financial institution of England attempting to chill issues down, we’re prone to see a coverage tug of battle harking back to the stop-go Seventies. Traders needs to be ready for a bumpy trip.”

Kwarteng scraps 45% high price of earnings tax – in greatest package deal in half a century

Over in Parliament, Kwasi Kwarteng has introduced a staggering swathe of tax adjustments – in what seems to be greatest tax occasion because the early Seventies,

The chancellor has produced an enormous rabbit from his hat – scrapping the 45% larger price of earnings tax solely, and chopping the fundamental price from April 2023 from 20% to 19%.

Kwarteng additionally cancelled subsequent yr’s enhance in company tax from 19% to 25%, scrapped deliberate will increase in obligation charges for beer, wine and cider, abolished stamp obligation beneath £250,000 – and £435,000 for first-time consumers – and is winding down the Workplace of Tax Simplification (OTS).

RECAP OF TAX CUTS

Revenue tax:
Prime price lower – 45p to 40p
Primary price lower – 20p to 19p

Nationwide insurance coverage:
Rise reversed

Stamp obligation:
Abolished beneath £250k
Abolished beneath £435k for first consumers

Huge biz:
Cancelled rise to company tax
No cap on bankers bonuses#minibudget

— Paul Model (@PaulBrandITV) September 23, 2022

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RECAP OF TAX CUTS

Revenue tax:
Prime price lower – 45p to 40p
Primary price lower – 20p to 19p

Nationwide insurance coverage:
Rise reversed

Stamp obligation:
Abolished beneath £250k
Abolished beneath £435k for first consumers

Huge biz:
Cancelled rise to company tax
No cap on bankers bonuses#minibudget

— Paul Model (@PaulBrandITV) September 23, 2022

.@PJtheEconomist on #politicslive: “It’s like having a completely new authorities.”

“This was the most important tax occasion since 1972 – it's not very mini.”#miniBudget pic.twitter.com/nybGhBwS2L

— Institute for Fiscal Research (@TheIFS) September 23, 2022

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The chancellor confirms virtually 40 funding zones might be created with tax breaks for companies, ditched the bankers bonus cap, and can convey ahead measures to streamline laws and take away EU-derived legal guidelines.

He additionally introduced the federal government will legislate to sort out “militant commerce unions” from closing down key infrastructure via strikes.

The legal guidelines would require unions to place pay affords to a member vote, to make sure strikes can solely be referred to as as soon as pay talks have genuinely damaged down.

Listed here are all the important thing factors:

Companies gloomiest since Could 2020.

One other worrying signal – UK enterprise optimism concerning the yr forward has hit its lowest stage because the begin of the pandemic in Could 2020.

Bosses are more and more anxious concerning the fall in enterprise, and the surge in prices.

Dr John Glen, CIPS Chief Economist, explains why they’re so anxious:

“Enterprise exercise throughout the UK personal sector fell on the quickest tempo since January 2021 in September, with the headline index posting in contraction territory for the second month in a row.

Nerves concerning the power of the UK financial system impacted on new consumer wins as prospects affected by value of dwelling pressures scaled again spend. Prices and costs charged remained elevated, and even with charges of inflation moderating since August, they had been among the many highest because the survey started in 1998.

And with rates of interest at a 14-year excessive fo 2.25%, there’s little to cheer companies.

The best rise in rates of interest for 14 years additionally means borrowing prices at the moment are the very best since 2008, so there’s too little within the reserves to make personal sector companies look on the intense facet as UK recession fears develop.”

The UK downturn is prone to intensify as we head into winter, Chris Williamson of S&P World Market Intelligence provides, because the Financial institution of England continues to carry rates of interest as Britain enter recession.

UK downturn deepens as companies battle hovering prices and falling demand

Britain’s personal sector is shrinking on the quickest tempo because the Covid-19 lockdowns of January 2021, knowledge simply launched exhibits.

The Flash UK PMI Composite Output Index, which tracks exercise throughout the financial system, has dropped to 48.4 this month, which is a 20- month low.

That’s down on August’s 49.6 – any studying beneath 50 factors exhibits the financial system contracted. It’s one other signal that the UK financial system is in recession.

September knowledge pointed to a faster decline in enterprise exercise within the UK with the flash #PMI at a 20-month low of 48.4 (Aug: 49.6). Excessive prices and a weaker financial outlook weighed on consumer spending and output. Learn extra: https://t.co/63XVhkn9Cx pic.twitter.com/k0pqK9B9kq

— S&P World PMI™ (@SPGlobalPMI) September 23, 2022

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The report exhibits that value pressures stay excessive and demand waned. Companies sector companies contracted this month, for the primary time since February 2021, whereas manufacturing continued to shrink.

Chris Williamson, chief enterprise economist at S&P World Market Intelligence, explains:

UK financial woes deepened in September as falling enterprise exercise signifies that the financial system is probably going in recession.

Corporations report that the rising value of dwelling, linked to the vitality disaster, and rising considerations concerning the outlook are subduing demand and hitting output ranges to an extent not seen since 2009, barring the pandemic lockdowns and preliminary 2016 Brexit referendum shock.

UK flash Manufacturing PMI Sep act: 48.5, exp: 47.5; prev 47.3

UK flash Companies PMI Sep act: 49.2, exp: 50, prev 50.9

— Michael Hewson 🇬🇧 (@mhewson_CMC) September 23, 2022

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UK flash Manufacturing PMI Sep act: 48.5, exp: 47.5; prev 47.3

UK flash Companies PMI Sep act: 49.2, exp: 50, prev 50.9

— Michael Hewson 🇬🇧 (@mhewson_CMC) September 23, 2022

Corporations had been hit by the quickest fall in new enterprise in 20 months (once more, because the winter lockdowns of 2021).

Export orders fell at a “sharp and accelerated price”. Items producers suffered the sharpest drop in international demand for 28 months and providers corporations had been hit by the primary discount since December 2021.

The PMI survey additionally exhibits that inflationary pressures are operating hotter than at any time within the survey’s historical past, earlier than the pandemic.

These value pressures are being pushed by the weaker pound – which pushes up import prices, in addition to ongoing provide chain issues and hovering vitality costs.

With UK shopper confidence at document lows, and the pound at its weakest since 1985, the financial outlook is darkening virtually by the hour….

Observe the mini-budget reside right here

Kwasi Kwarteng is about to ship the mini-budget – my colleague Andew Sparrow is live-blogging all the small print right here:

Sterling is continuous to hit new lows towards the greenback (which is strengthening towards different currencies too this morning).

The pound has now dropped by a cent this morning, to as little as $1.1165.

Steve Clayton, fund supervisor at HL Choose, explains:

The US greenback continues to climb as buyers look to the secure haven of the world’s most liquid asset at a time of financial and political turmoil. The flip facet of that’s weak spot in different currencies.

This morning a euro buys you simply 98USc, a decisive break beneath parity with the greenback. Brits considering transatlantic journeys may need to run the numbers another time, as a result of a pound sterling now buys simply $1.12, virtually 20% lower than it did a yr in the past.”

Sterling at new 37 yr low towards the greenback, now beneath $1.12 – at $1.116… put along with the surge in gilt borrowing charges yesterday, not probably the most welcome backdrop for a fiscal assertion pic.twitter.com/qhg3i4bJVn

— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) September 23, 2022

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Sterling at new 37 yr low towards the greenback, now beneath $1.12 – at $1.116… put along with the surge in gilt borrowing charges yesterday, not probably the most welcome backdrop for a fiscal assertion pic.twitter.com/qhg3i4bJVn

— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) September 23, 2022

The downturn within the wider eurozone has additionally deepensed this month, as worth pressures intensify.

Enterprise exercise within the euro space is contracting for a 3rd consecutive month, the flash PMI survey from S&P World exhibits.

They warn:

Though solely modest, the speed of decline accelerated to a tempo which, barring pandemic lockdowns, was the steepest since 2013.

Ahead-looking indicators, resembling new order inflows, backlogs of labor and future output expectations, level to the decline gathering additional momentum in coming months.

Germany’s financial droop deepens

Germany’s financial downturn has deepened this month, as companies had been hit by hovering vitality prices and a drop in new enterprise.

Germany’s providers agency, and its manufacturing sector, each contracted this month in response to a ‘flash’ studying from knowledge supplier S&P World.

Demand for items and providers deteriorated quickly this month, attributable to surging vitality prices and an more and more unsure outlook.

Germany’s personal sector got here beneath additional pressure in September, in response to the newest #PMI which fell to 45.9 in September (Aug: 46.9). Inflationary pressures intensified amid surging vitality prices. Learn extra: https://t.co/KN27fdDyFT pic.twitter.com/LtpfVWFWvP

— S&P World PMI™ (@SPGlobalPMI) September 23, 2022

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The information suggests Germany is heading in the direction of recession – and has knocked the euro to a brand new 20-year low towards the greenback, additional beneath parity.

Phil Smith, economics affiliate director at S&P World Market Intelligence, stated:

“The German financial system seems to be set to contract within the third quarter, and with PMI exhibiting the downturn gathering in September and the survey’s forward-looking indicators additionally deteriorating, the prospects for the fourth quarter should not trying good both.

The deepening decline in enterprise exercise in September was led by the service sector, which has seen demand weaken quickly as prospects pull again on spending due tightening budgets and heightened uncertainty concerning the outlook.

ING predict the pound will proceed to lose floor towards the US greenback, and will hit $1.10 within the subsequent month (it’s at present $1.119 after this morning’s drop).

ING’s international head of markets, Chris Turner, says buyers have doubts concerning the authorities’s plans:

“Sterling net-net was a bit of decrease after yesterday’s divided Financial institution of England hike.

Immediately sees the massive reveal of Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ‘fiscal occasion’. As famous lately, usually looser fiscal and tighter financial coverage is a constructive combine for a forex – if it may be confidently funded. Right here is the rub – buyers have doubts concerning the UK’s capability to fund this package deal, therefore the Gilt underperformance.

“With the BoE dedicated to lowering its Gilt portfolio, the prospect of indigestion within the Gilt market is an actual one and one which ought to maintain sterling susceptible.

Sterling isn’t very impressed by Kwasi Kwarteng’s plans, says Neil Wilson of Markets.com.

The widening commerce deficit, which rose to virtually an all-time excessive £27bn within the three months to July, is one half of a twin deficit that leaves merchants bearish on the pound.

And all these tax cuts received’t assist the opposite half of the UK’s twin deficit – the finances deficit – and it may result in additional re-pricing for sterling.

Wilson provides that “abandoning any semblance of fiscal self-discipline” is just not normally a recipe for long-term confidence within the nation’s belongings.

The pound vs the US dollar
The pound vs the US greenback {Photograph}: Markets.com

Derek Halpenny, head of analysis at MUFG, stated in a be aware he sees dangers the pound may fall additional over UK authorities insurance policies that might probably “lack credibility”.

Halpenny provides that the mini-budget may elevate considerations over exterior financing pressures as “the finances and present account deficit mixed seems to be to be heading to round 15% of GDP.”

Of the worldwide banks and analysis consultancies polled by Reuters final week, 55% stated there was a excessive danger confidence in British belongings would deteriorate sharply within the coming three months.