"GBP enjoys demand vs. EUR and USD"(2012-05-15)
GBP enjoys demand vs. EUR and USD
British pound steadily strengthens against the euro (12% growth since June 2011, new surge in April 2012) and the greenback (5.5% growth since January 2012). What are the reasons for the sterling’s strong performance versus its major peers?
Pound’s status of a “safe haven” tends to attract investors on the back of a total economic and political instability in the euro zone. What is more, speculations about a further QE started to fade after the inflation exceeded the expectations (CPI in March reached 3.5% after previous print 3.4%; annual PPI output in April exceeded estimates of 2.9 % by coming in at 3.3%). According to the BoE governor King, the inflation is still too high.
Moreover, the UK economy attracts foreign investors as the world’s the second largest market for M&A. According to most analysts, M&A inflows contribute to the sterling’s growth and increase the pounds prospects in a longer term. This year foreign investors have bought the biggest amount of the UK assets since 2008 ($32.6 billion-worth).
However, a note from Deutsche Bank warns that the strong pound is already affecting on the poor UK economy which is in a recession itself. For now sterling's crearly appreciating, though it's attactive mainly due to the problems elsewhere. The situation may change quickly enough, so use it while it's still here.
Chart. Daily EUR/GBP
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