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Sterling hit hard by growing support for Scottish independence LONDON: Sterling fell and the cost of hedging against sharp currency swings surged on Tuesday, after a poll showed record support for Scottish independence just two weeks before a referendum that poses risks for the pound.The YouGov poll showed support for the pro-independence "Yes" campaign had risen to 47 percent, a four point gain since mid-August and up eight points since the start of the month. The lead held by the "No" campaign to reject independence has slumped to 6 points from 22 points at the start of August.The currency is centre-stage in the heated Scottish referendum debate. Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond says Scotland will share the pound while Westminster has been sceptical about such a deal, leading to some uncertainty about the currency, debt and sharing of North Sea oil revenues.So far, most investors, including those buying Scotland-based stocks, have been sanguine, factoring in only a slight chance that ...

Sterling 1-month implied volatility jumps on Scottish poll LONDON: The cost of hedging against sharp swings in the British pound in the near term jumped on Tuesday, on track for its biggest one-day rise in three years as investors sought to insure against the risk Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom.One-month sterling/dollar implied volatility rose to around 6.10 percent, its highest level in five-months, up from 5.10 percent on Monday.A YouGov poll late on Monday showed support for the pro-independence "Yes" campaign ...
Dollar jumps against yen, euro struggles on QE speculation LONDON: The dollar hit its highest since January against the yen on Tuesday while a struggling euro sank to a one-year low against the greenback on expectations of a more aggressive easing programme in the euro zone. The European Central Bank will hold a policy meeting and news conference later this week, which will be closely watched for any signs that ECB President Mario Draghi is moving towards full-scale quantitative easing - effectively the printing ...
Sterling hit by growing support for Scottish independence LONDON: Sterling fell against both the euro and the dollar on Tuesday, coming under pressure as support for Scottish independence rose dramatically with less than three weeks to go before a referendum that poses considerable risk for the currency. A poll for the Sun and the Times newspapers showed support for the pro-independence "Yes" campaign had risen to 47 percent, a four point gain since mid-August and up eight points since the start of the ...
Rouble edges further down as Ukraine fears linger MOSCOW: The Russian rouble weakened further on Tuesday morning but at a gentler pace than in previous days, while Russian stock indexes were mixed, as investors remained worried about new Western sanctions over Ukraine. At 0655 GMT the rouble was 0.09 percent weaker against the dollar at 37.34, down 0.15 percent at 49.01 versus the euro, and 0.08 percent weaker at 42.59 against the dollar-euro basket.The rouble hit a record low of 37.51 against the ...
Euro hit year-low versus dollar LONDON: The euro hit a year-low versus the dollar on Monday, as investors added to bets against the single currency before the European Central Bank's monthly policy meeting this week. Worries about the impact on the euro zone's fragile recovery of the crisis in Ukraine also weighed on the currency, which fell as far as $1.3119 in Asia, lows not seen since Sept. 2013.It last traded at $1.3130, flat on the day. The euro also ...
Euro stuck near lows, hurt by ECB easing prospects and Ukraine LONDON: The euro hit a year-low versus the dollar on Monday, as investors added to bets against the single currency before the European Central Bank's monthly policy meeting this week.Worries about the impact on the euro zone's fragile recovery of the crisis in Ukraine also weighed on the currency, which fell as far as $1.3119 in Asia, lows not seen since Sept. 2013. It last traded at $1.3134, flat on the day.The euro also hit ...

 



 
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