Tuesday 27 September 2022 12:08 AM Why is sterling down and what does it mean for families? trends now

Tuesday 27 September 2022 12:08 AM Why is sterling down and what does it mean for families? trends now
Tuesday 27 September 2022 12:08 AM Why is sterling down and what does it mean for families? trends now

Tuesday 27 September 2022 12:08 AM Why is sterling down and what does it mean for families? trends now

Why is sterling down and what does it mean for families? As currency slump heaps more misery on hard-hit households, we answer the key questions

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What has happened?

The pound, which was already at a 37-year low against the dollar, has fallen further. Sterling was trading at more than $1.16 when Liz Truss became Prime Minister just 20 days ago. It fell close to $1.08 on Friday and went as low as $1.0386 during overnight trading in Asia. UK bonds have also slumped – pushing up the cost of government borrowing.

The pound, which was already at a 37-year low against the dollar, has fallen further

The pound, which was already at a 37-year low against the dollar, has fallen further

Why is sterling down?

The dollar has been surging against all currencies as it combats inflation with aggressive rate hikes. The US economy also looks healthier than those of Britain and Europe. Meanwhile Britain has been racked by political uncertainty and a cost of living crisis. The Bank of England has not acted as forcefully to combat inflation as expected and new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng

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