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Posted June 29th, 2010 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 29th June 2010

USD/GBP – 1.505

Sterling had a strong day yesterday, climbing to a 1 ½ year high against the euro and a 7 week high against the US dollar. The pound jumped to 1.2250/ £1 and $1.5104/ £1 as the UK currency continued to benefit from last week’s tight emergency budget. Investors speculated that the Euro zone debt problems would leave the region much weaker than the UK after the new coalition’s tight budget was received well by the financial markets. Many analysts see this as the budget that whips the economy into shape. However, gains against the US dollar have been muted, as many analysts feel that last week’s post-budget gains went too far. Another boost for the pound came as everyone’s favourite Bank of England member Andrew Sentence stated that the latest budget would not remove the need for interest rate hikes in the coming months. Out later today, there is monthly lending data and also data on mortgage approvals. Even though the markets have been moving up, there is nothing to stop the pound dropping – call in now to ensure that you secure the best rate.

In the USA, inflation data for consumer purchases came in slightly better than expected at 0.2% but data on personal income showed a drop of 0.1% on the month. Out later today, consumer confidence data is released that some are expecting to show a slight decline. Get in touch and speak to a trader to ensure that you don’t lose out on strong rates.

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