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Great Britain Pound GBP

 

Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of England

Interest Rate: 0.75%

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

Pound Slumps on Short Brexit Extension Request, Mixed CPI Data

The British pound today fell to new 1-week lows against the US dollar after the UK Prime Minister confirmed that she had requested for a short Brexit extension from the EU. The GBP/USD currency pair had traded sideways before heading lower amid mostly neutral investor sentiment and a positive reaction to the latest UK inflation report.

British Pound Rallies on Jobs Data, Falls on Brexit Uncertainty

The Sterling pound today rallied higher against the US dollar following the release of a mostly positive UK labor market report in the early London session. The GBP/USD currency pair later retraced most of its gains as investors became worried about the Brexit process amid the UK political crisis.

Pound Ends Week Strongest, Future Uncertain

The Great Britain pound ended the past trading week as the strongest currency on the Forex market thanks to the Brexit developments. But with no trade deal in sight and the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union, analysts are skeptical that the sterling will be able to keep the upside momentum for long.

British Pound Falls Ahead of UK Article 50 Extension Vote

The British pound today fell from intra-day lows against the US dollar as investors awaited the crucial vote on a second Brexit referendum. The GBP/USD currency pair yesterday rallied to multi-month highs after UK leaders voted to take a no-deal scenario off the table.

Great Britain Pound Ignores Positive Data, Falls on Brexit Drama

A slew of macroeconomic reports was released today, and most of them were positive. Yet the Great Britain pound reversed its earlier gains nonetheless as the Brexit drama continued with some negative developments.

Great Britain Pound Surges After Changes Made to Brexit Deal

The Great Britain pound was rallying on Monday on hopes that the UK and EU leaders will be able to negotiate a new Brexit deal, resolving the Irish backstop issue. The sterling continued to move higher at the start of the Tuesday’s session after changes to the deal were indeed made.

British Pound Rallies on Market Hopes for Last Minute Brexit Deal

The British pound today rallied higher against the US dollar driven by investors hope that a last-minute Brexit deal could be reached before tomorrow’s crucial vote. The British Prime Minister was en-route to Strasbourg at the time of writing in a last-minute effort to secure a new deal and resolve the thorny Irish backstop issue by tomorrow.

British Pound Declines on Brexit Cloud Amid Strong US ISM Data

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar despite the release of an upbeat fundamental print from the UK docket. The GBP/USD currency pair was weighed down by the looming Brexit deadline, which is just 24 days away with little sign of a deal being signed within the time left.

Sterling Rallies as Theresa May Changes Stance

The Great Britain pound gained against its major rivals today as British Prime Minister Theresa May changed her stance regarding the no-deal Brexit and delay for Britain’s separation from the European Union.

Pound Rallies on Hopes That Brexit Will Be Delayed, Later Drops

The British pound today rallied slightly against the US dollar amid investor hopes that the UK government would postpone Brexit to allow time for further negotiations. The pound later fell in the early American session as news headlines indicated that the British Prime Minister Theresa May was keen on leaving the EU within the current deadline.

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