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Posted June 22nd, 2010 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 22nd June 2010

USD/GBP – 1.474

Sterling started yesterday strongly, rising to a 5 ½ week high against the US dollar of $1.4925/ £1 in early trading, but fell in late trading as traders became anxious over the effect of today’s budget. The pound strengthened after the People’s Bank of China announced overnight on Sunday that it would proceed with reform of the exchange rate ‘Peg’ (i.e. fixed rate) between the Chinese yuan and US dollar. In addition, data showed that house prices in London rose by 2.2% over the last month. This drove risk appetite and news on the yuan is expected to have a positive effect on US manufacturing, as Chinese goods become less competitive. Despite this, the key event this week is today’s emergency budget – the first of the new Coalition government. There is some anxiety over the pace at which the budget will seek to cut the deficit, as if it is too aggressive, growth could be stifled, whereas if the cuts are too lenient the deficit will not be addressed and the markets will lose confidence. If you have any requirements over the next few weeks – call in as soon as possible, because the pound could conceivably go either way against the US dollar and euro. It all depends on how the market reacts to the announcement.

In the US, the big news yesterday was the reaction to China’s move to revalue their currency Peg against the US dollar. Despite an initial drop against the euro and sterling, many are expecting the US dollar to strengthen following the move by China. The revaluation opens the door for US goods to regain some price competition against Chinese goods, which they have lacked since 2005. This should aid the US recovery. There is a lot of volatility likely tomorrow with the UK budget data – call in now to ensure you don’t lose money.

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