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Pound Optimism Ebbs as Brexit Gloom Overwhelms BOE Hike Prospect

Charlotte Ryan
Pound Optimism Ebbs as Brexit Gloom Overwhelms BOE Hike Prospect

Long-standing optimists Credit Agricole SA, BBVA and ING Groep NV all cut their sterling calls in recent days with still no sign of a resolution to Brexit uncertainty. While the French and Spanish banks still see the U.K. currency strengthening from current levels, the Dutch one now forecasts it will fall to as low as $1.27 -- a level not seen in more than a year -- in the coming months. “Our bullish outlook at the start of the year was predicated on lower Brexit uncertainty and issues like the Irish backstop having been resolved,” said ING analyst Viraj Patel.