Pound Climbs to Three-Year High as Vaccines Spur Growth Hopes
(Bloomberg) — The pound rallied to a three-year high as traders bet the U.K.’s economic recovery will gain traction with the rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
Sterling gained as much as 0.3% to $1.4248, breaching a February peak to reach the strongest since April 2018. Three-fourths of the U.K. population will be covered with a two-dose vaccine in one month should the current pace of inoculations continue, according to data collected by Bloomberg News and Johns Hopkins University.
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“The pound is favored because the progress of vaccination puts the U.K. closer to an economic normalization than other countries,” said Toshiya Yamauchi, chief manager for foreign-exchange margin trading at Ueda Harlow Ltd. in Tokyo. “Sterling could climb toward $1.45.”
Cable’s ascent reflects the U.K.’s relative success in containing the pandemic, with the authorities planning to fully reopen the economy on June 21. While the discovery of a highly transmissible variant of the virus originating from India poses a risk, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there is no conclusive reason to delay the easing of the lockdown.
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