UK Pound Gains as Forex Traders Dial Back the Euphoria
Last week, Forex traders showed a great deal of euphoria over developments in Europe and in the United States. Germany’s tacit agreement to the ESM, along with the announcement from the Fed that QE3 would start in the United States, pushed markets higher. Now, though, investors and traders are taking stock and the dynamic has changed a bit.
Instead of favoring the eurozone and the single currency, the new state of affairs favors other currencies. The UK pound is heading higher today, gaining against the US dollar on a bit of risk appetite, and gaining against the euro as focus shifts away from what the ECB can do to what politicians in embattled countries will do. Spanish leaders have been reluctant to take a bailout, since citizens are protesting against austerity. This is bringing up troubles for the euro, and helping the pound.
Pound is seeing a bit of a boost today, helped along by some of the changes in sentiment, as well as concerns about what might be next for the eurozone. There are still problems in the United Kingdom, though. The economy remains very flat, and there are concerns about how the Bank of England can help the economy while keeping a lid on inflation.
At 12:45 GMT GBP/USD is up to 1.6239 from the open at 1.6222. EUR/GBP is down to 0.8072 from the open at 0.8088. GBP/JPY is up to 127.3150 from the open at 127.0950.
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Earlier News About the Great Britain Pound:
- Falling Unemployment Claims Improve Outlook for Pound (2012-09-12)
- Improving UK Trade Balance & House Prices Make Sterling More Appealing (2012-09-11)
- UK Pound Remains Mostly Steady Against Majors (2012-09-06)
- UK Pound Weakens on Uncertainty (2012-09-04)
- Pound Stronger as House Prices Rise (2012-08-31)