To begin with, Brexit was a big topic. After the public voted to leave the EU, the value of GBP with respect to EUR plummeted. It hasn’t recovered since — GBP/EUR was about 1.4 in late 2015, but the two currencies are now close to parity.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected the British Pound
The FTSE 100 Index (the nation’s major stock exchange) and the country’s GDP both took a huge hit in April, and they haven’t recovered since. As a result, the sterling fell sharply against the dollar in this period — in mid-March, the GBP/USD rate went from around 1.3 to around 1.15 in a matter of days.
GBP Rates: Impact on Businesses and the Economy as a Whole
When the UK economy is at risk of becoming inflationary, the central bank raises interest rates to make the UK’s returns seem more attractive to foreign investors. This encourages pension funds to sell USD and to buy GBP, making the GBP relatively more valuable.
What Does the Future Hold for the British Cable Pound (GBP)?
It would be a stretch of the imagination to come up with an optimistic, upbeat prediction for the future of the British Cable Pound. Unless the fortunes of the UK and its currency drastically change, it seems to be heading for greater volatility or a weaker currency — and probably both.