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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

Can GBP/CAD Push Even Higher?

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair is in an appreciation that seems to withstand the bearish attempts that were put into play until now.

Pound Rallies as Boris Johnson Maintains Lead in Elections Race

The Sterling pound today rallied higher against the weaker US dollar as Boris Johnson held on to his lead in opinion polls ahead of the December elections. The GBP/USD currency pair rallied higher despite Johnson backtracking on his initial election pledge to cut corporate taxes.

Pound Rallies as Farage Gives Up More Seats to Boost Tory Majority

The Sterling pound today rallied to new 8-day highs against the US dollar after Nigel Farage surrendered a further 43 seats increasing the chances of a Tory majority government. The GBP/USD currency pair had traded with a bearish bias for most of today’s session and was at breakeven before the announcement after which it spiked higher.

Pound Rallies Against Weak Dollar Despite Poor UK Retail Sales

The Sterling pound today rallied against the US dollar during the American session as the Fed Chair Jerome Powell testified before the House budget committee. The GBP/USD currency pair spiked higher from a consolidative phase during this period despite the weak UK retail sales data released earlier today.

GBP/AUD Consolidating for the Next Target: 1.0950

The Great Britain pound versus the Australian dollar currency pair consolidates after exiting a pattern that points to the continuation of the upward movement.

Pound Rallies on Farage’s Election Concession Despite Weak GDP

The British pound today rallied against the US dollar after Nigel Farage confirmed his support for the Conservative Party raising hopes about Brexit. The GBP/USD currency pair rallied to new 4-day highs on the political headlines despite the release of multiple weak UK macro reports.

Pound Whipsaws on UK and US Releases as General Election Looms

The Sterling pound today traded sideways against the US dollar as UK political parties started campaigning in readiness for the UK December 12 elections. The GBP/USD currency pair had a muted reaction to the upbeat Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI data but fell on the robust US non-farm payrolls report before rallying higher after later US releases.

GBP/CAD Correcting from 1.6986

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair reached the important level of 1.6986, an area from where two outcomes are possible.

Pound Falls Then Recovers as Brexit Deal Debate Is Paused

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar during the Asian session as investors digested the mixed results of yesterday’s crucial Brexit vote. The GBP/USD currency pair later rallied to trade at break-even in the London and New York sessions as investors waited for the EU’s response to the UK’s extension request.

Pound Falls as Investors Take Profits Ahead of Key Brexit Vote

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar as investors closed most of their profitable trades ahead of a crucial vote on the Brexit deal later today. The GBP/USD currency pair fell to its daily lows in the early American session before bouncing back as the vote drew closer.

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