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Pound Set to Extend Decline as Investors Anticipate BOE Rate Cut

  • Economists forecast key rate will fall to record 0.25%
  • Difficult for BOE to ‘out-dove’ market expectations: BTMU

The pound looks set to extend its decline next week, when traders and economists predict the Bank of England will cut interest rates for the first time in more than seven years.

Sterling, which posted its third consecutive monthly drop against the dollar in July, has weakened versus all of its 31 major peers in the past three months. Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union, along with recent economic data which underscored the ensuing setback to consumer confidence and business activity, have boosted speculation that the BOE will loosen monetary policy on Aug. 4.