GBP/USD: Boris’ bodies’ remarks make the pound powerless ahead of Powell
“Let the bodies pile high” is better than having another lockdown – these insensitive comments attributed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuse to die down. Downing Street’s denials were rebuffed by additional sources and they put the PM in a pickle.Having to deal with scandals may hobble the government’s efforts to push the economy forward despite the impressive vaccination campaign. That is weighing on the pound.Johnson’s issues fill the gap for traders, who are anxious ahead of the Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday. The world’s most powerful central bank could be forced to acknowledge that America’s economic boom may force it to taper its bond-buying scheme as soon as this year. That is the prerequisite for raising rates.See Speculation is causing some tensions and somewhat keeping currencies in range, but other events could still move markets. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence gauge is set to show an improving sentiment, yet Monday’s disappointing Durable Goods Orders statistics for March may show that economists’ enthusiasm could be exaggerated.Brexit is also an issue that could come to haunt the pound. Despite new EU offers on the Northern Irish protocol, progress has yet to be made. While covid overwhelms almost everything, leftovers from the Brexit deal still lurk in the shadows.GBP/USD Technical AnalysisPound/dollar is suffering from downside momentum on the four-hour chart and has recently slipped below the 50 Simple Moving Average – a bearish sign.Initial support awaits at the daily low of 1.3680, followed by 1.3820 and 1.3810. Further down, 1.3740 is the next level to watch.Resistance is at 1.3925, the weekly peak, followed by 1.3950 and the all-important double-top of 1.4010.