Pound falls again on General Election speculation and John McDonald will give private tenants the Right-to-Buy their rented property at a discount!

Pound falls again on General Election speculation and John McDonald will give private tenants the Right-to-Buy their rented property at a discount!

The pound has continued to fall on currency markets amid intensified political uncertainty over Brexit, the BBC reports today, although a couple of cents against the dollar is hardly a catastrophe.


Rumours of a possible snap general election dragged sterling further down, as MPs pushed for a further three-month Brexit extension.


Against the dollar, the British pound fell more than a cent to $1.2050, while against the euro, it fell below the €1.10 mark.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who last week said he will suspend parliament, has repeatedly insisted that the UK is ready to leave the EU without a deal, despite his own MP’s threatening to revolt against the government.


Over the weekend, government whips were summoned to the Prime Minister’s Chequers residence where they were given orders to warn Tory MPs that they face deselection at the next election (which could be in a matter of weeks) if they rebel against the party line.


Brexit, currently scheduled to happen on 31 October, is causing uncertainty business and needs to be settled one way or the other.


If he calls a general election this year, it will be the third one in four years and the fourth election if you include the 2016 EU referendum vote.


Despite petitions and mass demonstrations against the suspension of parliament, Johnson’s rating actually increased, intensifying speculation that he may call for an early election to strengthen his wafer-thin DUP-backed majority and scupper opposition attempts to block brexit.


Finally, the Sunday Mail reported yesterday that Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonald, plans to put the brakes firmly on the buy-to-let market and give private tenants the ‘right-buy-buy’ their rented property at a discount.


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Commodity Markets


A commodity market trades in the primary economic sector in commodities, such as cocoa, fruit and sugar. Hard commodities are mined, such as gold and oil. Investors access about 50 major commodity markets worldwide with purely financial transactions increasingly outnumbering physical trades in which goods are delivered. Futures contracts are the oldest way of investing in commodities. Futures are secured by physical assets. Commodity markets can include physical trading and derivatives trading using spot prices, forwards, futures, and options on futures. Farmers have used a simple form of derivative trading in the commodity market for centuries for price risk management.


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