Currency Note Sterling

Worries about today’s BoE meeting undermine sterl

By Smart Currency August 1st, 2013

The sterling slide continued yesterday as data from the British Retail Consortium showed that average retail prices have dropped for the third month in a row. The poor data in combination with a continuation of the decline in support for sterling ahead of today’s MPC statement has caused sterling to drop to a four and a half month low against the euro and a two week low against the US dollar. Whilst we are unlikely to see any change in the rate of quantitative easing or an alteration in interest rates this month, speculation is rife that the new Governor will use the meeting to provide further forward guidance with regards to how long interest rates will be kept at its historic low. Sterling has been sold off in anticipation of this move, as a result, if no such guidance is given, you would expect the trend to snap and sterling to appreciate. Call your trader now to see how the statement is received.