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What’s Driving the British Pound Lower against the US Dollar?

Ricky Cove
What’s Driving the British Pound Lower against the US Dollar?

The British pound (FXB) depreciated against the US dollar (UUP) for the fifth week in the last six weeks as Brexit-related developments and a strengthening US dollar drove it lower. A series of weak economic data coupled with a dovish Bank of England (or BOE) have been causing the pound to slide compared to the US dollar. The economic data reported last week indicated that inflation had grown more slowly than expected, decreasing the possibility of a rate hike from the BOE.