Friday, 31 December 2010

Pound falls over 1% as 2010 draws to a close

31st December 2010
Good morning. Sterling had a very poor day yesterday, falling to near 2 month lows versus the Euro, a near 2 year low versus the Japanese Yen, an all-time low against the Swiss franc and a multi-year low against the New Zealand dollar. We'll look at this in a moment after the usual snapshot of rates for the last time this year:

  • GBP/EUR 1.1608
  • GBP/USD 1.5474
  • GBP/AUD 1.5194
  • GBP/NZD 1.9996
  • GBP/CAD 1.5451
  • GBP/CHF 1.4500
  • GBP/ZAR 10.231
  • GBP/JPY 125.88
  • GBP/HUF 322.89
  • EUR/USD 1.3328

Sterling drops over 1% in one day

There was no particular poor data yesterday that caused the big drops for Sterling. Traders cited year end clearer selling while thin liquidity exaggerated price movements."Sterling has seen quite a move but it has all been down to selling by a particular clearer," said Neil Mellor, currency strategist at Bank of New York Mellon.

He said a fragile UK economy was weighing on sterling sentiment, with investors concerned about the negative impact of the government's planned austerity measures.

"The fact that sterling has not derived a huge benefit from the weakness in the euro (due to the euro zone debt crisis) speaks about a limited appetite for sterling. If it can't benefit against the euro now it's unlikely to going forward."

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