By Tom Lydon:
With the British economy teetering on another recession, market observers are anticipating new stimulus measures from the Bank of England, driving the British pound currency, along with a related exchange traded fund, to a three-year low.The CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB) dropped 4.4% over the past three months.
LONDON: Sterling powered to its strongest in 7-1/2 years against a trade-weighted basket of currencies on Tuesday, as better-than expected UK inflation data bolstered bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates in the coming months. The numbers from the Office for National Statistics showed consumer prices rose 0.1 per cent in July, beating expectations that inflation would remain stuck at zero. Core inflation, which strips out food, energy, alcohol and tobacco prices, hit a five-month peak of 1.2 per cent, up from 0.8 per cent in June.
Tokyo (AFP) - The British pound surged to a more than two-year high against the euro Friday, while it also rallied against the dollar as early results suggested Scotland will vote against independence from the United Kingdom.
LONDON: Sterling rose against the euro on Monday, buoyed by comments from Bank of England policymaker Kristin Forbes that reinforced expectations British interest rates will rise in coming months. Forbes, a US academic on the BoE's nine-member monetary policy committee, wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "Interest rates will need to be increased well before inflation hits our 2 per cent target.
LONDON: Sterling fell to a one-month trough against a broadly stronger euro on Wednesday after data showed British wage growth slowed more than expected in June, taking some pressure off the Bank of England to raise interest rates. The BoE is closely watching the labour market as it judges when to raise rates for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.
LONDON: Sterling fell to a three-week low Friday, on track for its biggest weekly loss against the dollar since late May, as expectations of an interest rate hike by the Bank of England were pushed back to the first quarter of 2016. The dollar was also buoyed by US jobs data, which more or less came in line with expectations, and kept alive the chances of an interest rate rise by the Federal Reserve in September. The dollar index hit its highest in nearly four months at 98.334 after the data.
With the euro already weakened by the Greek debt crisis, comments on Thursday by the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, pointing to dearer borrowing around the New Year pushed sterling to levels last seen in the month following the collapse of Northern Rock in the autumn of 2007.
The pound sterling was worth just 1.1526 euros in London trade on Thursday, its lowest since the 1999 creation of the European single currency. The Bank of England is expected to lower its interest rate later in the day.