Sterling continued to rally at the end of last week, but has relinquished gains in trading this morning

Sterling’s rally against the euro persisted on Friday, albeit with slightly less momentum, with the price closing the week at 1.0971, up 0.8% on the day.

  • Sterling’s volatile run continued with a modest climb at the end of last week, as investors squeezed what more they could out of a rally that is expected to fade.
  • Comments from BoE member Paul Fisher breathed some life into the pound, which has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks, when he stated that the quantitative easing programme is having its desired effect.
  • His remarks built on those of Charles Bean earlier in the week and were seen as a departure from the Bank’s hitherto-drab assessments of the UK recovery and relaxed opinion of sterling’s decline.
  • Investors reacted positively to the words, feeling that they may have been too quick to price in a further extension of QE into the market.
  • In trading this morning however, sterling has slipped back, currently hovering just above 1.09, as investors resume selling the UK currency after another BoE member this time spoke of the need to continue the asset purchase programme.