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Posted July 20th, 2011 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 20th July 2011

EURO/GBP - 1.1339

Sterling gained against the US dollar on Tuesday boosted by a stock market recovery, but the pound’s progress against the euro was hampered by the UK’s exposure to the European debt crisis. UK banks have exposure totalling several billion euros, so naturally investors are concerned over the impact of an escalation of the crisis on the UK. The UK’s close trade links with Europe are also a concern for many – any default in the region could have a substantial knock on effect on UK growth. Out later today we have the Bank of England’s minutes from their recent monetary policy meeting. Sterling could come under pressure as the Bank is expected to reaffirm that interest rates will stay on hold for some time. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the euro zone, the euro strengthened yesterday as debt yields of some peripheral euro zone countries eased back ahead of an EU summit later this week. Investors are upbeat that a solution to Greece’s debt problem may be reached at the summit. This came after a turbulent day on bond markets on Monday as Italy suspended trading in its bonds as yields hit record levels. In addition, the ECB has strayed from its hard line stance on default, with the Austrian central bank governor suggesting that a ‘selective default’ may be allowed. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

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