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He said he wasn't confident of a full economic recovery, fearing the economy could head back into recession. The comments pushed the pound slightly lower, compounding the Euros gains meaning we fell from €1.2360 down to the mid €1.21's in the afternoon.
So what will happen next with exchange rates?
Some analysts said the Euro's broad gains versus sterling on Wednesday were simply a pause in the single currency's latest sell-off, as investors remain concerned that the ECB may be winding down monetary stimulus too quickly. This view would mean that the exchange rate could recover back in the coming weeks.
Other analysts however say that this could be the start of a Euro recovery, and coupled with uncertainty over UK recovery, this could be the start of a slide in rates back below €1.20.
So, the market volatility continues and there is no clear indication of which direction things will take in the short term. Mid to long term, we expect the pound to increase and rates to rise, but this may not happen until late this year/next year.
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