British Pound

British Pound

British Pound overview

The pound sterling (symbol: £; ISO code: GBP), commonly known as the pound and less commonly referred to as Sterling, is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha. It is subdivided into 100 pence (singular: penny, abbreviated: p). A number of nations that do not use sterling also have currencies called the pound. At various times, the pound sterling was commodity money or bank notes backed by silver or gold, but it is currently fiat money, backed only by the economy in the areas where it is accepted. The pound sterling is the world's oldest currency still in use and which has been in continuous use since its inception.Sterling is the fourth most-traded currency in the foreign exchange market, after the United States dollar, the euro, and the Japanese yen. Together with those three currencies and the Chinese yuan it forms the basket of currencies which calculate the value of IMF special drawing rights. Sterling is also the third most-held reserve currency in global reserves (about 4%).The British Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man produce their own local issues of sterling (the Guernsey pound, the Jersey pound and the Manx pound) which are considered fully equivalent to UK sterling in their respective regions. The pound sterling is also used in Gibraltar (alongside the Gibraltar pound), the Falkland Islands (alongside the Falkland Islands pound), Saint Helena and Ascension Island in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (alongside the Saint Helena pound). The Bank of England is the central bank for the pound sterling, issuing its own coins and banknotes, and regulating issuance of banknotes by private banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Banknotes issued by other jurisdictions are not regulated by the Bank of England; local governments use Bank of England notes as backing for local issuance by allowing them to be exchanged 1:1 at face value.

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British Pound news

Sterling scarred by Brexit turmoil; Asia shares cling to trade hopes

By Wayne ColeSYDNEY (Reuters) - The British...

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GBP/JPY Price Forecast - British pound bounces from the ¥145 level

The British pound bounced a bit from the ¥145 level during the trading session on Friday as perhaps a bit of short covering was going on. Quite frankly, this is a small reprieve and what has been extraordinarily volatile market.

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GBP/JPY Weekly Price Forecast - British pound rolls over for the week

The British pound initially tried to rally during the week but found enough resistance at the previous downtrend line to roll over again. It looks as if we are starting to trace out a descending channel, which of course is negative.

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NZ dollar rallies against British pound on Brexit turmoil - sharechat.co.nz

The New Zealand dollar climbed against the British pound amid intensifying political turmoil in the UK over the government's Brexit plans. The kiwi also strengthened against the US currency

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Here's what's next for British PM Theresa May

CNBC's Wilfred Frost reports on the British pound sinking and what could be next for British Prime Minister Theresa May following the resignation of two of her cabinet members.

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The pound is surging higher—for now—as the UK and EU finally reach a breakthrough Brexit deal

The rollercoaster ride that is the British pound has picked up the pace. The pound soared by more than 1% this afternoon on reports that UK and EU negotiators had agreed to a draft text of a Brexit agreement. Ever since the Brexit referendum in 2016, the possibility of Britain crashing out of the bloc

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Here’s how much Brexit turmoil might whack the British pound, analysts predict
Here’s how much Brexit turmoil might whack the British pound, analysts predict

Amid a new flurry of resignations on Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit plans are vulnerable, throwing the British pound into a spiral lower as uncertainty looms.

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Brexit Latest: British Pound Recovers as UK PM May Announces Deal

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet have agreed to a Brexit deal with the European Union. The Brexit saga isn’t over yet, though.

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