Pound rises ahead of likely BOE rate hike, but seen as vulnerable

Sterling rises ahead of likely BOE rate hike but seen as vulnerable to further falls

09:05 GMT – The pound gains ahead of the Bank of England’s policy decision at 11:00 GMT, with another sharp interest rate hike expected, most likely 50 basis points, but still likely to fall further of this decision, ING analyst said Chris Turner in a note. Tighter BOE policy has provided little support for the pound this summer and instead British fiscal concerns are growing. Friday’s government mini-budget ‘could be the trigger for another round of gilding [U.K. government bonds] and the sale of pounds sterling. The GBP/USD pair could fall towards 1.10 and the EUR/GBP pair could rise to around 0.88, according to Turner. EUR/GBP falls to a 1-week low at 0.8709. ([email protected])

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