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Posted December 22nd, 2010 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 22nd December 2010

US$/GBP1.5466

Sterling hit a 3 month low against the US dollar yesterday as public borrowing figures came in far worse than expected and called into question whether the government can meet its deficit cutting target. Net borrowing by the government was at a record £22.8bn for November – up on last year’s £16.7bn and way above forecasts of £17bn. The Treasury maintained that the UK was on track to eliminate the budget deficit over the next four years, but sterling dropped to $1.5450/£1 – the lowest since September – as traders and investors questioned whether the government would achieve this target. Out today, we have the Bank of England’s meeting minutes and final GDP figures. Given the woeful borrowing figures, any changes to the Bank’s rhetoric could see some serious movement, so make sure you speak to one of the team now to avoid losing out.

In the USA, the US dollar faltered slightly against the euro after the Chinese Vice Premier stated that China had invested a large portion of its foreign currency reserves in euros and a turning point for the euro was near. However, risk aversion soon took over and with concerns over the European debt crisis; UK borrowing data; and many looking for safe currencies for the festive period – the US dollar strengthened. In terms of data, there is some housing data released today which will be followed closely.

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