Pound falls to all-time low against the dollar

By Rek Hanibal Published on September 26, 2022
Pound falls to all-time low against the dollar

In early Asia trade, sterling slipped below $1.04 - the lowest level since decimalisation in 1971 - before regaining some ground to about $1.05.

That came after Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled historic tax cuts funded by considerable increases in borrowing.

The pound has also been under pressure as the dollar gets a boost by the US central bank continuing to raise rates.

The euro also touched a fresh 20-year-low against the dollar in morning Asia trade amid investor concerns about the risk of recession as winter approaches with no sign of an end to the energy crisis or the war in Ukraine.

If the pound stays at this low level against the dollar, importing commodities priced in dollars, including oil and gas, will be more costly. 

Other goods from the US could also be considerably more expensive. British tourists visiting America will find that their holiday money does not go as far as before the sterling's slide.

Investors will be watching the pound's movements closely as financial markets open in the UK, Europe - and later on Monday - the US.

Peter Escho, the co-founder of investment firm Wealth, said: "All currencies are getting sold off against the US dollar, so there is a significant element of US dollar strength. But with, the pound,  has been exacerbated by news that the new government will be cutting taxes, which is inflationary.

"Add to that recent energy subsidies and news that the Bank of England might need to have an emergency rate-hike meeting, this all results in a sense of panic," he added.

Some investors think the Bank of England will be forced to take emergency action to halt the pound's slide.


Rek Hanibal

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