This Pound Sterling update discusses the currenct situation with the Pound as well as factors that could affect GBP exchange rates this week. The table below shows the market movements for a number of currency pairings in the last 30 days:
|Currency Pair||% Change||Difference on £200,000|
Sterling has found some much needed support over recent days, halting last week’s slide against the EUR, USD & AUD.
At yesterday’s highs, GBP/EUR rates hit 1.12, GBP/USD recovered to 1.32 and GBP/AUD closed in on 1.70.
Despite the Pound retracting slightly against all three currencies towards close of European trading, investors holding Sterling positions will be at least somewhat buoyed by the improvement.
Whilst an aggressive spike for Sterling seems unlikely under current market conditions, at least it has gained a foothold and curbed any further losses against the majority of major currencies for the time being. This upturn in fortunes can be attributed to yesterday’s UK Manufacturing & Industrial Production figures, which came out above market expectation.
The figures of 1.6% and 2.8% growth, immediately boosted investor confidence in the UK economy and the Pound rallied, making gains across the board.
This spike is even more impressive considering the considerable amount of pressure currently on the UK economy. Brexit negotiations continue to dominate headlines and the negative association around these, continue to cast a dark shadow over the UK. Add to this political unrest, a leading party in turmoil and a Prime Minister struggling to cling to power and it becomes easier to understand why the UK and ultimately the Pound has faced hardships of late.
Over recent months investors have started to move their away from Sterling; a once safe haven currency of choice and the Pound’s value has diminished as a result.
Last year’s referendum result has had a direct impact on both the UK economy and investors risk appetite for Sterling.
Which direction the Pound takes next is a difficult question to answer and whilst no immediate recovery seems to be on the horizon, talk of a prospective interest rate hike by the BoE has at least helped alleviate some pressure. This has transpired to move Sterling away from the recent 8-year and 31-year lows against both the EUR and USD.
Looking ahead and it is likely that only a breakthrough in Brexit negations and an element of political stability can release Sterling from its shackles in the short-term and until then I expect any spikes to be met with resistance around key market thresholds.
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