The Pound has dropped across the board this morning as one of the most important figures within the UK economy, Mark Carney (the governor of the Bank of England) has suggested that interest rates shouldn’t rise yet.
The Pound is now trading at a 1-week low after these comments, as Carney said that Britain isn’t ready for higher rates. His comments would have shocked the markets as many would have been expecting to see a rate hike within the UK after almost half of the voting members of the BoE just last week voted in favour of raising interest rates.
Carney said that it wouldn’t be right to change rates whilst we don’t know the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
The reason behind the Pound dropping in light of these comments, as well as some similarly dovish comments by Phillip Hammond (Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer), is that a rate hike would most likely give the Pound a boost which is why the Pound climbed last week after the BoE’s voting decision.
There isn’t much further data out this week for the Pound specifically, so I expect sentiment to continue to drive rates.
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