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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

Analysts Remain Unconvinced by Sterling’s Rally

The Great Britain pound was the strongest currency on the Forex market today, rallying against other most-traded counterparts. But analysts were not convinced by the rally, arguing that it was a result of short-sellers taking profits, not supportive fundamentals. With not many fundamental factors supporting the currency and several high-profile events this week, specialists think that it is too risky to buy the sterling.

Sterling Falls on Brexit Fears and Weak UK GDP Data, Later Rallies

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar extending yesterday’s losses amid growing fears of a no-deal Brexit as both sides issue ultimatums. The GBP/USD currency pair has fallen for six of the past eight trading days as investors sell the pound as a hard Brexit appears very likely.

GBP/CAD Switched Target to 1.6724?

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair seems to have been taken over by the bears. Do the bulls have any chances left?

GBP/USD Pullback from 1.3502 Follow-up

The Great Britain pound versus the US dollar currency pair sharply depreciated. Are the bears strong enough to continue?

Pound Sinks as Threat of No-Deal Brexit Rises

The Great Britain pound fell against all other most-traded currencies today as the no-deal Brexit looks more and more likely. Better-than-expected housing data released in Britain on Monday did nothing to help the currency.

Great Britain Pound Firm Despite Falling Construction Index, Outlook for Monetary Easing

The Great Britain pound rose today despite the gloomy outlook and an unexpected drop in the construction index. While the sterling has lost its gains versus commodity currencies by now, it continued to trade above the opening level against other most-traded peers.

GBP/CAD Ebbs from the Major 1.7567 Resistance

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair rotated and began a depreciation. Is this a small correction, or the bears truly took over?

Sterling Pound Falls Against the Dollar on Dovish BoE Speeches

The Sterling pound today fell against the US dollar following dovish speeches from Bank of England policymakers regarding the British economy and monetary policy. The GBP/USD currency pair kept falling despite the release of weak US jobs data as markets interpreted the BoE’s willingness to take extra easing measures negatively.

Next Target on GBP/USD: 1.3504?

The Great Britain pound versus the US dollar currency pair managed to overcome an important resistance area. But is this movement sustainable?

GBP/CAD Recovers from 1.7285

The Great Britain pound versus the Canadian dollar currency pair succeeded in recovering after the price went beneath 1.7216. But is this a sustainable rise?

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