Weaker US dollar drives pound up as investors eye Brexit deal
January 21, 2021

Weaker US dollar drives pound up

LONDON (UK) – The weaker US dollar continued to drive the pound up on Thursday. But as investors weighed the chances of the UK inking a trade agreement with the European Union by the end of this year, the pound stayed neutral versus the euro.

For the pound, this month is significant as by July end it would be clear whether or not a deal will be struck.

“The second to last week and the last week of July are going to be the extreme Brexit crunch point,” said Stephen Gallo, European head of FX strategy at BMO.

“If there’s not movement by the week of 20th or the week of 27th, that may be the second wave of selling in sterling,” Gallo said.

During the day, the pound traded at $1.2518 up 0.3% showing an eight-day high.

Over the last two days, it has shown signs of improvement. But in June, it kept falling, losing 2.7%.

The pound stood steady at 90.19 pence against the euro.

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