Sterling Falls On BoE Minutes

21 March, 2012


This morning we have seen the pound lose ground to all major currencies as borrowing figures were nearly double the forecast. Net public borrowing rose from £8.9 billion in February to £15.2 Billion, much more than the expected £8 billion. This figure will come as a big blow to George Osbourne on the day of his third budget at lunchtime today.

In addition to this the Bank of England minutes from the meet earlier in the month showed 2 members voted for a further increase to Quantitative Easing by another £25 Billion highlighting the Bank could still implement more in coming months. Such a move would almost certainly be a negative move for sterling and we’ve seen the markets adjust for that, increasing the cost of international payments from the UK.

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