Currency Note Sterling

Sterling’s brief respite against the markets ends

By Ricky Bean August 27th, 2015

Another tough day for sterling on Wednesday saw it fall to a two-and-a-half week low against a strong US dollar, whilst slipping close to Monday’s lows against the euro. With markets drawing breath on Tuesday, sterling was able to make marginal gains against the euro and US dollar but these were then erased throughout Wednesday thanks to a resumption in European and British stock declines saw sterling struggle across the board. Comments by Federal Reserve member Dudley which suggested a September interest rate-hike in the US was unlikely, but this was largely ignored by the markets as sterling continued to weaken.

Today sees the release of preliminary economic growth figures from the US for the previous quarter. This could have a significant effect on the markets, with growth expected to pick up to 0.7% compared to the previous year.