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  1. September 18, 2014

    Sterling rise hits profits at UK’s biggest law firms

    The rise in the value of the pound this year has hit profits at the UK’s biggest law firms, data show. The top ten UK firms...

  2. September 12, 2014

    Pound coin design competition opens

    The design of the new £1 coin has been opened to the public, with the launch of a £10,000 competition to propose the look of...

  1. September 9, 2014

    FTSE eyes boost from sterling McWobble

    The fretting over Scottish independence has rattled currency traders and equity investors. But could this market McWobble...

  2. September 8, 2014

    A bad campaign is not the real unionist problem for Scotland

    Big things do not happen for small reasons. When countries go to war it is because their vital interests clash; when a...

  3. September 3, 2014

    FTSE returns to dotcom bubble level

    The UK’s FTSE 100 share index hit a 14-year high on Wednesday, as global central bank policy actions pushed equity prices...

  4. August 20, 2014

    Sterling weakness may be just what the Bank of England ordered

    For most of the past year, sterling’s rise has been relentless. The strength of the UK recovery – in stark contrast with the...

  5. August 20, 2014

    Sterling gains after Bank of England vote breakdown

    Sterling rose on Wednesday, defying a broad trend for a stronger dollar, after the surprise news that two members of the...

  6. August 8, 2014

    It takes two to tango over sterling, says SNP dissident

    It comes as no surprise to Jim Sillars that the Scottish National party has taken a beating over the pound this week. The...

  7. August 4, 2014

    Sterling stabilises after July weakness

    The pound edged higher after several days of consecutive losses against the dollar ahead of a key Bank of England rate...

  8. July 28, 2014

    IMF says ‘overvalued’ pound preventing rebalancing

    The International Monetary Fund warned on Monday that the pound was “overvalued” and preventing the rebalancing of the...

  9. July 25, 2014

    Sterling in longest losing run since 2010

    Sterling was stuck under the $1.70 mark this week for the first time in a month, as doubts about the outlook for an early UK...

  10. July 22, 2014

    Risks to sterling may not be appreciated

    Sterling has had a good run, last week hitting a near six-year high close to $1.72. But it’s time to go sell cable (GBPUSD),...

  11. June 24, 2014

    Sterling falls on UK interest rate confusion

    Sterling fell on Tuesday after Bank of England governor Mark Carney was unexpectedly dovish on interest rates at a hearing...

  12. June 23, 2014

    Investors bet on sterling as Bank of England turns hawkish

    Sterling stood near six-year highs on Monday as data revealed traders are more bullish on the UK currency than at any time...

  13. June 18, 2014

    Trade, the pound and the recovery

    The speed and strength of Britain’s economic recovery has taken many experts by surprise, not least Mark Carney, the...

  14. June 17, 2014

    Sterling surges after Carney’s change of heart

    Mark Carney’s conversion to monetary hawk has shaken currency investors out of their early summer languor. Last week’s...

  15. June 16, 2014

    Bets on sterling surge after Carney rate rise warning

    Bets on sterling sent related derivative volumes on exchanges to record highs as investors rushed to respond to signals that...

  16. June 12, 2014

    Carney tells UK to prepare for rate rises

    Mark Carney has warned households, companies and financial markets to prepare for an interest rate rise, saying the first...

  17. May 7, 2014

    UK rate rise speculation sends sterling to highs

    Norman Lamont, who took the decision to abandon the defence of sterling on Black Wednesday, once said that he “knew the game...

  18. May 6, 2014

    Sterling marches to fresh multiyear highs against dollar

    The pound marched to a fresh five and a half year high against the dollar on Tuesday, ahead of a Bank of England meeting at...

  19. May 1, 2014

    Sterling hits five-year high as UK economy strengthens

    The pound jumped to a five-year peak against the dollar after strong manufacturing data added to growing evidence that the...

  20. May 1, 2014

    Why the Pfizer bid is propelling the pound

    Should currency investors care about corporate mergers and acquisitions? The pound’s bounce week suggests at least some of...

  21. April 18, 2014

    Rate rise speculation drives pound higher

    Sterling hit a four-year high against the dollar this week as investors considered the likelihood of a rate rise from the...

  22. April 17, 2014

    Pound hits four-year high on rate outlook

    Sterling rose on Thursday to its highest against the dollar for more than four years, as traders bet on a UK interest rate...

  23. March 18, 2014

    Budget 2014: Osborne loses pound and finds threepence

    George Osborne is to scrap the current £1 coin and replace it with a 12-sided version reminiscent of the old threepenny bit,...

  24. March 10, 2014

    Sterling under pressure after BoE’s Charlie Bean warns on exports

    Sterling came under pressure on the foreign exchange market on Monday after a senior Bank of England official warned that a...

  25. February 21, 2014

    Sterling strengthens on shopper resilience

    Sterling rallied after retail sales data from the wettest January on UK records kept fewer consumers from the shops than...

  26. February 18, 2014

    Sterling shrugs off weak data

    Has the pound’s rally run its course? After hitting a four-year high on Monday of $1.6822, cable, as the sterling/dollar...

  27. February 14, 2014

    Sterling close to three-year high

    Sterling rose to its highest level in nearly three years on Friday, following the Bank of England’s change to its forward...

  28. February 7, 2014

    Report warns on Scottish currency union

    A currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK would be liable to break apart, particularly with...

  29. January 27, 2014

    Love affair with pound to be tested

    UK fourth-quarter GDP data are published on Tuesday. The report may add further fuel to the debate about whether the Bank of...

  30. December 18, 2013

    Sterling could hinder recovery, says BoE

    The pound’s strength could hold back Britain’s recovery if its recent appreciation continues, the Bank of England has...

  31. December 4, 2013

    Sterling strength trumps euro resilience

    The Bank of England and the European Central Bank will deliver their latest policy decisions on Thursday. Neither is...

  32. September 29, 2013

    Farmers embrace hedging to minimise currency risks

    The recent rally in sterling may reflect an upswing in the fortunes of the UK economy but it comes at an unfortunate time...

  33. September 10, 2013

    New money: polymer pound notes

    Polymer banknotes are made from transparent sheets of a plastic called biaxially oriented polypropylene or Bopp, coated with...

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