By Marc Jones
LONDON, Sept 8 (.) – The euro and the dollar kept their movements to a minimum on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of the European Central Bank this week, as threats of a no-deal Brexit brought the pound down.
* The euro weakened below $ 1.18 but the pound sank nearly 1% to $ 1.3050 and the yuan also depreciated after President Donald Trump again raised the idea of decoupling economies from United States and China.
* Britain started a new round of Brexit trade talks warning the European Union that it was speeding up preparations to leave the bloc without a deal.
* Movements between the other major currencies were generally moderate, with the dollar rising slightly on lower interest in risk among equity markets.
* The main focus of attention this week is the ECB’s monetary policy meeting on Thursday.
* Most analysts do not expect a change in the central bank’s policy stance but anticipate its inflation forecasts and see if the entity is concerned about the strength of the euro.
* Against the yen, the dollar was strengthening amid rumors of an early election in Japan, something that Yoshihide Suga, the favorite to succeed Shinzo Abe, pointed out in a newspaper interview.
(Additional reporting by Tom Westbrook in Singapore and Eimi Yamamitsu in Tokyo; Edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)