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Posted June 23rd, 2011 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 23rd June 2011

EURO/GBP - 1.1239

Sterling fell against the euro yesterday, dropping below €1.12/£1 as the Bank of England minutes raised the possibility of further Quantitative Easing. The Bank kept interest rates on hold at 0.5% and felt that the growth outlook for the UK had weakened, raising the prospect of another round of stimulus in the same vein as the Federal Reserve’s recent “QE2”. As expected, the latest member of the committee (who took over from Andrew Sentance) decided not to follow his predecessor in voting for a rate hike and stuck with the crowd in voting for no change. Sterling’s prospects are closely linked to growth, with the Bank unlikely to increase rates until it has seen significant growth.. Sterling is likely to flounder against the euro – especially if the ECB presses ahead with its planned 0.25% interest rate hike next month. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the euro zone, following last night’s vote of confidence in Greece, there were the beginnings of a sense that the relevant austerity measures will be passed and Greece will receive funding from the ECB. However, the uncertainty over Greece has prompted markets to speculate that the ECB may not follow through with the planned 0.5% rate hike in July. The euro began to slip against the US dollar later in the day as the impact of the Greek government surviving a confidence vote waned and some investors switched focus to the U.S. Federal Reserve. Out today we have a wide array of PMI data so call in for a live rate.

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