Great Britain Pound GBP

 

Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of England

Interest Rate: 0.50%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2013: 91.1%

Trade Balance, 2013: $30.7 bln.

Inflation, 2013: 2%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AA+
Stable
Moody's
Aa1
Stable
S&P
BBB+
Stable

Supporting Factors

Global reserve currency

medium

Currency of international trade

weak

Factors of Weakness

Economy is in stagflation

weak

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

UK Pound Sees Some Help From Economy

UK pound is seeing a little help today in Forex trading. While there is still a trend toward overall uncertainty that is keeping the pound down against currencies like the dollar and the yen, sterling is gaining ground against the euro again.

UK Pound Continues in Strength

UK pound continues to gain ground today against the euro and the dollar, thanks in large part to expectations for the future, and the fact that policy divergence with the eurozone remains expected. The Scottish independent vote gave sterling a boost that is carrying over to today.

Referendum Week Turns Positive for Sterling

The Great Britain pound demonstrated solid performance this week as traders were betting on Scotland staying in the United Kingdom after the referendum about independence. Another important event this week was the Federal Reserve policy meeting that gave boost to the US dollar.

Scotland Rejects Independence, Pound Erases Gains

The Great Britain pound wiped out its earlier gains after the results of a referendum showed that people of Scotland decided to remain in the United Kingdom. The currency was rising previously as traders were counting exactly on this outcome.

Sterling Jumps on Speculations Scotland Will Remain in UK

The Great Britain pound demonstrated solid gains at the previous trading session as well as at the current session, though retreated a bit from today’s highs. The currency was lifted by speculations that Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom after yesterday’s referendum.

Pound Continues to Struggle as Independence Vote Looms

The vote on Scottish independence is coming up on Thursday, and the pound continues to  struggle on uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the vote, as well as speculation about what might happen if the Scots really do vote to split off from the United Kingdom.

UK Pound Sees Slight Gains

UK pound is seeing slight gains today, perhaps in correction for recent difficulties, which are the result of concerns over what’s next for Scotland. Even though the sterling is higher, the gains are precarious, as the Scottish independence vote injects uncertainty into the situation.

Pound Bounces, Remains Under Pressure

The Great Britain pound ticked up today but remained under pressure from the upcoming referendum about Scotland’s independence and the monetary policy outlook that is not particularly supportive for the currency.

Scottish Independence Weighs on Pound

UK pound is lower today, thanks in large part to the latest poll on Scottish independence. The latest numbers indicate that those favoring a split from the United Kingdom have pulled ahead of those opposed to the split. The idea that the United Kingdom is falling apart is one that is weighing on the pound today.

Sterling Attempts to Gain Ground After BoE

The Great Britain pound experienced weakness today but halted its decline and attempted to gain ground after the Bank of England decided to keep its monetary policy unchanged.

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