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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Speculators Target Sterling

Speculators are targeting Sterling, in the belief that the Bank of England does not have enough money to head off the continuing credit crunch, and that it will be forced to cut interest rates.

Bloomberg notes that the UK's Financial Services Compensation Scheme has £4.4M to protect deposits, compared with $49BN in a similar fund in the US.

It will be interesting to see how the Chancellor's plans to offer a £100,000 guarantee to all savers will be financed. The banks will most assuredly target their customers for any "perceived" increase in their cost base arising from the implementation of this scheme.

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