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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, 2018: -$41.3 bln.

Inflation, 2018: 2.3%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AA
Negative
Moody's
Aa2
Negative
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 Crashes on Weak UK Retail Sales Report and US-Iran Tensions

The Sterling pound today crashed against the US dollar in the early London session following the release of the disappointing latest UK retail sales report. The GBP/USD currency pair had been trading higher before the release boosted by upbeat investor sentiment before nosediving to its daily lows after the announcement.

Pound Falls on Disappointing UK Inflation Report and BoE Comments

The sterling pound today fell to new daily lows against the US dollar following the release of disappointing UK inflation data in the early London session. The GBP/USD currency pair’s decline was also fueled by dovish comments from a Bank of England policymaker increasing the likelihood of future rate cuts.

Pound Rallies on Brexit Bill Passage, Later Falls on Dovish BoE Stance

The pound today rallied briefly against the US dollar during the Asian session after the UK Parliament approved the government’s Brexit withdrawal Bill last night. The GBP/USD currency pair’s rally was short-lived as it later fell in the early London session as after the European Union announced a series of meetings to discuss Brexit.

Great Britain Pound Soft After BoE Governor Hints at Interest Rate Cut

The Great Britain pound dropped today, though by now it has managed to trim losses against some of its rivals. The main reason for the decline were comments from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that suggested a possible interest rate cut. Continuing Brexit uncertainty was also hurting the currency.

GBP/CAD Could Prepare for 1.7811

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair seems to have limited the bearish attempts to further induce a depreciation.

Pound Falls Against the Dollar on US-Iran Tensions and Weak UK PMI

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar as tensions between the US and Iran escalated overnight and investors dumped riskier assets such as the pound. The GBP/USD currency pair has given up most of the gains made in December following Boris Johnson‘s landslide election win that saw the pair spike to multi-month highs.

Bulls on GBP/AUD Might Try to Recover 1.0953

The Great Britain pound versus the Australian dollar currency pair is in a spot that just might favor the bulls if they know how and when to act.

Sterling Pound Rallies to 2-Week Highs on New Year’s Eve

The Sterling pound today rallied to 2-week highs against the US dollar on the last trading day of 2019 as investors bid up the pound and sold the greenback. The GBP/USD currency pair rallied higher despite threats from the European Union that the December 2020 deadline is inadequate to complete negotiations with the UK.

Pound Hits 7-Day High on Santa Claus Rally and USD Weakness

The Sterling pound today rallied against the US dollar as the Santa Claus rally kicked into full effect in the absence of any significant fundamental releases. The GBP/USD rallied to new 7-day highs as the greenback fell against most of its peers as investor risk appetite soared.

Pound Crashes to New 3-Week Lows as Boris Pushes for Hard Brexit

The Sterling pound today crashed to new 3-week lows against the US dollar amid fears that Boris Johnson was pushing for a hard Brexit. The GBP/USD currency pair today fell from the early London session as investors sold the pair following Friday’s passage of the Brexit Withdrawal Bill.

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