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How will the UK US GDP and Trump-May Meeting Affect the Markets ?

This Thursday and Friday, 26th and 27th January, will see the release of the two sets of crucial economic figures: the initial estimates of the UK and US Q4 GDP.

The UK Q4 GDP (YoY and QoQ) will be released at 11:30 GMT on Thursday, while the US Q4 GDP (QoQ annualized) will be released at 15:30 GMT on Friday.

The quarter-on-quarter Q1 to Q3 UK GDP final readings were 0.4%, 0.7% and 0.6%, showing a modest fall post the Brexit vote. The year-on-year final GDP readings were 2%, 2.1% and 2.2%, showing a moderate uptrend.

The market expectations on the UK Q4 GDP show a further decline of 0.5% (QoQ) and 2.1% (YoY) respectively, as a result of Brexit uncertainty.

Continued Brexit uncertainty over Britain’s prospect economic prospects has influenced the business climate. Some corporations have moved or are moving their headquarters, and are cutting the number of their employees based in the UK.

It will take an extended period to identify, as a whole, whether Brexit will bring more benefits or adversity to the UK.

Despite the market consensus of 2.1% for the US Q4 GDP (QoQ). The quarter-on-quarter Q1 to Q3 US GDP final readings were 1.1%, 1.4% and 3.5%, showing a robust economic recovery.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit President Trump on Friday in Washington – she will be the first foreign leader to visit the new US president.

The discussion will, most likely, be comprised of the improvements in the trade and financial relations between the two countries, cuts of bilateral trade taxes, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Syria.

Theresa May expressed in a recent interview with the BBC that Trump would like to build a strong relationship with the UK.


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