Pound Gains, Threatens Economy of UK

The Great Britain pound rose today as the safe haven role of the currency helped it to profit from speculation that Greece may leave the eurozone. The strength of the sterling caused worries that it may hurt the UK economy.
The pound gains appeal as the Swiss franc loses it due to the euro-peg. Economists are worried, though, that a strong currency may harm efforts to bring the United Kingdom out of recession. Ian Stannard, the head of European currency strategy at Morgan Stanley, explained:

The U.K. economic backdrop may not be brilliant, but it’s enjoying a haven status because of the political uncertainty in the euro zone. The advantage of sterling over a traditional haven like the Swiss franc is that its asset market is more liquid. The downside is that the strength of the pound may backfire as it hurts exports.

GBP/USD rose from 1.6063 to 1.6072 and GBP/JPY went up from 128.49 to 128.70 as of 8:18 GMT today.

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