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Great Britain Pound GBP

 

Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of England

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 90.4%

Trade Balance, 2017: -$166 bln.

Inflation, 2017: 2.6%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AA
Negative
Moody's
Aa2
Stable
S&P
AA
Negative

Supporting Factors

Global reserve currency

medium

Currency of international trade

weak

Factors of Weakness

United Kingdom's exit from the European Union

strong

The Great Britain pound sterling (usually called simply “pound” or “sterling”) is the currency used in the United Kingdom and in British territories. Banknotes were introduced following the creation of the Bank of England in 1694, but the history of the currency can be traced long before that, making the pound the oldest world currency that is still in use. The sterling was the most important currency in the world before the World War I. After the World War II had broken out, several countries (for the most part those that belonged to the British Empire) either introduced the pound as their own currency, or pegged their currencies to the sterling. These countries have become know as the sterling area. The importance of the UK currency and the sterling was diminished after the pound was allowed to float freely in 1972. Subsequently, the role of the major world medium of exchange passed to the US dollar. It is still the fourth most traded currency after the dollar, the euro and the yen. The pound is also used as a reserve currency.



Great Britain Pound News Archive

Britain’s Pound Recovers on Brexit Hopes

The Great Britain pound recovered a bit today following the big slump on Friday. The main driver for the currency was the Brexit news.

Pound Drops on Failed Brexit Summit Amid Resurgent US Dollar

The British pound today dropped to new lows today following the failed Brexit summit in Salzburg where the EU rejected Britain’s Chequers Plan. The GBP/USD currency pair was further weighed down by the US dollar’s recovery, which drove the cable lower.

Pound Rallies on Upbeat UK Retail Sales and Weak US Dollar

The British pound today rallied higher against the US dollar following the release of the latest UK retail sales data in the early European session, which beat expectations. The GBP/USD currency pair hit new 2-month highs following today’s releases and the weaker US dollar, but remains susceptible to Brexit headlines.

Pound Rallies on Upbeat UK Inflation Data, Declines on Brexit News

The Sterling pound today rallied higher against the US dollar following the release of the latest UK inflation data, which beat expectations by a huge margin. The GBP/USD currency pair today rallied to new six-week highs following the positive releases, but later dropped to new lows due to negative Brexit headlines.

British Pound Trades Sideways Near 6-Week Highs on Carney Speech

The British pound today managed to hold on to yesterday’s gains following the disappointing US inflation figures that triggered its rally. The GBP/USD currency pair today rallied slightly higher to trade very close to its 6-week high and held on to its gains during the BoE Governor Mark Carney‘s speech today.

Sterling Pound Trades Sideways on BoE Rate Decision, Later Declines

The Sterling pound today traded sideways immediately after the Bank of England announced its interest rate decision, which was in line with expectations. The GBP/USD currency pair headed lower afterwards even as investors adjusted to the rate decision while looking forward to other fundamental triggers.

Sterling Pound Drops on Risk Aversion Despite Positive UK Jobs Data

The Sterling pound today declined against the US dollar following the release of the latest UK jobs report in the early European session. The GBP/USD currency pair’s decline was largely due to risk aversion among investors reacting to the latest headlines in the Sino-US trade war.

Pound Rallies on Strong UK GDP Data and Positive Brexit Headlines

The British pound today rallied higher against the US dollar following the release of the UK GDP monthly estimate for July, which came in above expectations. The GBP/USD currency pair’s rally was slowed down by the weak manufacturing output print, which indicated that manufacturing activity contracted in July.

British Pound Drops on UK Construction PMI, Later Rallies on Carney

The British pound today dropped to new lows extending yesterday’s decline following the release of disappointing UK construction data earlier today. The GBP/USD currency pair later rallied higher following the testimony by the Bank of England Governor before the UK parliament where he promised to help smooth the Brexit process.

Pound Falls on Weak UK Manufacturing Activity Amid Brexit Fears

The British pound today fell to new lows against the US dollar based on the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit negotiations as both the EU and the UK stick to their opposing positions. The GBP/USD currency also headed lower following the release of the latest UK manufacturing data, which revealed zero expansion in the sector.

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