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In the latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Chief Investment Officer and Director of LPL Research Marc Zabicki and Chief Economist Jeffrey Roach discuss historic moves in the currency markets, aggressive central bank actions, and updates on consumer confidence.

Pound Sterling Hits New Lows

The British pound fell to a near four-decade low relative to the U.S. dollar following the announcement of significant tax cuts. The pound remains above parity with the dollar, but the probability of the two currencies reaching parity has increased as the U.K.’s current account deficit widens due to rising energy costs. The Bank of England (BOE) is projected to continue raising interest rates to slow inflation, which would put fiscal and monetary policies at odds with each other.  

Markets Show Extreme Bearish Sentiment

The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) bull-bear spread reading is the sixth most negative in survey’s history as the Bank of America’s Bull and Bear indicator is at “max bearish” levels.

Confidence Improves in September

In a word: “Defiance.” Consumer confidence in September defied investor sentiment. The three-month average jumped back up to triple digits. Inflation expectations fell for the third consecutive month. The Federal Reserve (Fed) will be pleased to see well-anchored inflation expectations. Consumers see a plentiful amount of jobs available, and plenty of job openings should induce sidelined workers to re-enter the labor market. Tight labor markets and resilient consumers provide margin for the Fed to continue its aggressive tightening in November.

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