Sterling traded strongly at the end of last week against the kiwi but has slipped back sharply this morning

Sterling managed to close last week at a near two-week high of 2.2056 against kiwi, as the UK currency continued to build on support from a BoE official.

  • The ailing pound managed to build on Thursday’s gains, rallying a further 1.2% against the kiwi on Friday, in the wake of a Bank of England policy maker signaling satisfaction with the impact of the central bank’s quantitative-easing strategy.
  • Investors took the opportunity to take strong profits that had been built up earlier last week, taking the sterling / kiwi price back over 2.20.
  • However, analysts warned that the fundamentals for the pound are still negative, with interest rate differentials favoring high-yielding currencies.
  • This week’s minutes of the Bank of England meeting may also reinforce the fragile nature of the economic recovery, and the likelihood of rates remaining at this low level for some time.
  • Indeed in trading this morning, the pound has relinquished much of the ground it had recovered, already two cents down on the day as confidence remains high in the New Zealand economy.