Sterling with Short-lived Gains- Pound reaches Higher against Euro

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At Gerard Associates Ltd we continue our daily look at factors affecting markets and currencies allowing some insight into conditions affecting exchange rates.

Cash and income timing from a UK Pension or Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme(QROPS) should be considered to maximise the Pension, QROPS and investment income taken.

Investment market volatility and currency exchange remains a challenge. The global economics are volatile and unprecedented in history. Currency exchange continues to concern expats with UK Pensions, QROPS and now QNUPS (Qualifying non UK Pension schemes).

Sterling started Friday’s trading up against majority of its trading pairs, but these gainswere short lived as speculation stalled with regards to the Bank of England increasing interest ratesas there was a significant absence of clarity on the banks rate stance which was releasedon Thursday. The minutes from Thursday’s meeting will be released later in the monthand it will show how the votes were cast for a rate hike and how close the bank really isto raising borrowing costs from the current record low of 0.5% which has not beenchanged since July 2007, as inflation pressures continue to mount.

Investors keenly await the release of the inflation report due next Wednesday where theywill hopefully be able to gauge the Bank of England’s next move. Analysts may argue that signs of a pickup in inflation may not necessarily be positive for the pound. In addition to theinflation report we will see the release of UK consumer prices, retail sales andemployment which will determine the pounds next moves.

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has dismissed inflation risks as temporary, sayinggovernment spending cuts and slower than estimated economic growth will curb pricepressures. Britain’s government has lowered spending and increased taxes to reduce thefiscal deficit from the estimated 10% of GDP in the year through to March.

The pound reached a day’s high of €1.1868 against the euro in the morning but byafternoon trading had fallen to a low of €1.1800. Sterling did not fare any better againstthe dollar as it fell from the high of $1.6111 to reach the day’s low of $1.5965 which waslast achieved in late January.

The pound lost 0.6% against the dollar on Friday and has declined 0.7% this week but itmust be noted overall this year it has advanced 2.5% against the greenback.

The UK released strong Producer Price Index data which showed input prices rose13.4% on the year in January which was well above forecasts of 12.6%. It does highlightthe on-going increase in inflation within the UK.

Risk aversion also continued within the markets as investors returned to the safe havenof the dollar amidst the increased political uncertainty in North Africa and the Middle East.

The US Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment rose to75.1 its highest level since June, from 74.2 in January.

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This article was published on 2011/02/16