Sterling/Dollar has plummeted overnight, following the FED’s expected decision to end its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme. This also had the effect of weakening the Euro, pushing GBP/EUR rates higher. The charts below show the currency movements:
FED announce end to QE
The US Federal Reserve has announced it is ending its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus programme, saying that it was confident the US economic recovery would continue, despite a global economic slowdown. The central bank, which also said it would not raise interest rates for a "considerable time", has gradually cut back QE since last year.
While the decision was expected, it did have the effect of strengthening the US Dollar, bringing rates down below the $1.60 mark, however this morning GBP/USD recovered to around $1.60. The main reason the rate fell is their hawkish tone on interest rates.
As investors bought the Dollar, they sold the Euro which caused the single currency to weaken, pushing rates up above €1.27. This has happened several times over the last few months, so I expect rates to dip back off again in the coming days and weeks as has been the trend of late.
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