Pound comes out on top amidst UK’s aggressive vaccinations

  • Pound comes out on top amidst UK’s aggressive vaccinations programme

     

    Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen the pound make some convincing gains, supported by the UK’s success in its vaccination programme.

    During this period, we’ve seen GBP/EUR climb from €1.10 to €1.12, whilst EUR/GBP slipped back to £0.88.

    Meanwhile, GBP/USD briefly broke through to an eight-month high of $1.37 before settling at $1.36, while EUR/USD slipped from $1.22 to $1.21.

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    What’s been happening?

    The pound has made convincing gains over the past couple of weeks as GBP investors welcome the UK’s impressive progress in vaccinating the most vulnerable of its population.

    Also boosting Sterling were comments from Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey, who downplayed speculation the bank could slash interest rates below zero.

    The euro, meanwhile, has suffered in response to Europe’s slow rollout of vaccines, some political uncertainty in Italy, and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) concerns over the strength of EUR exchange rates.

    At the same time, the US dollar has fluctuated, gaining support in mid-January due to renewed coronavirus concerns, before retreating as Biden optimism swept through markets.

    What do you need to look out for? 

    Looking ahead, GBP investors will be looking for some payoff for the UK’s vaccination programme, with the pound potentially facing some headwinds if the government remains resolute in keeping the lockdown in place past mid-February.

    The euro is also likely to remain sensitive to vaccination efforts in Europe, where further delays could put additional pressure on the single currency.

    Meanwhile, the direction of the US dollar rests upon Joe Biden’s ability to push through the massive stimulus package, with any setbacks likely to sour market sentiment and boost the US dollar.

     

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