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Posted October 28th, 2011 by Charles Purdy

USD/GBP Rate & Comments for 28th October 2011

US$/GBP – 1.6054 

Sterling hit a 7 week high against the US dollar but dropped by around 1.5% against the euro as European leaders struck a deal on the euro zone debt crisis. The agreement saw risk appetite improve significantly and investors look to invest in the euro again. Sterling’s underperformance against the euro has been put down to a recent run of investors reversing ‘safe haven’ holdings in sterling as UK data underperformed and the Bank of England announced a 2nd round of Quantitative Easing. Sterling had held steady all week against the euro as investors awaited the results of the EU summit, however the announcement that came early 7 yesterday morning saw a large swing of volatility. One upside for sterling is that it may strengthen towards $1.63/£1 against the US dollar – call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the USA, with all eyes on Europe it was fairly easy to forget about important data released in the USA – 3rd Quarter GDP growth figures. The US economy grew at a pace that was expected by markets, delivering figures of 2.5% growth. This was boosted by an increase in consumer spending and other positive economic data, with unemployment claims decreasing by 2000 for the week. Call in now for a live exchange rate to avoid losing out.

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