Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling holds STRONG at 1.18 after ECB meeting

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The course exchange rate has held strong at 1.18, but despite no losses, the beat into rid also did not make any further gains either.

The ECB made no changes to its key moment rates or bond buying programme, and the continuity meant no surge for the euro.

In a announcement, the ECB said: “The Governing Council continues to expect the key ECB interest rates to debris at present or lower levels for an extended period of time, and well sometime the horizon of the net asset purchases.”

They also advised the French selection was not influencing policy. ECB President Mario Draghi said during a hurry conference that the likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in next week’s French presidential choice had no impact on its monetary policy decisions.

We don’t do monetary policy based on likely election outcomes

European Middle Bank President Mario Draghi

He said: “We don’t do monetary policy based on reasonable election outcomes,” adding at a conference later “we discuss policies, not manipulation.”

He did acknowledge that governing council members “internalise the information that happens from the effects that political uncertainty may affect our medium-term forecast.”

Any pound gains are likely to be slow, as data released today is supposed to show that the UK economy grew 0.4 per cent in the three months best to March.

This is down from 0.7 per cent growth in the ultimate quarter of 2016, with analysts blaming the fall to slowing consumer consumption as get ahead inflations forces households to cut down on their spending.

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Yard to Euro exchange rate: Sterling stayed strong after a bouncy week

Howard Archer, chief UK economist at consultancy IHS Extensive Insight told Currency News: “It looks inevitable that consumer dissipating made a substantially reduced contribution to growth.

“Additionally, we expect affairs to become more cautious over investment as the economy shows mounting blinks of slowing.”

Yesterday Sterling rallied back up to 1.18 after decamping to a low of 1.17 earlier in the week

The pound is improving after turbulent effects to the ongoing French elections, which have seen Nation Look’s Marine Le Pen coming head to head with centrist Emmanuel Macron.

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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said French appointments were not influencing policy

The pound will experience a bumpy week onwards against the euro as the French elections will not be completed until Sunday 7th May.

Racing and any shock announcements are sure to affect the euro – but it is not clear yet whether this transfer prove positive or negative for the Pound

Favourite Macron could mesmerism disaster for the UK’s imminent Brexit plans, as he has been a vocal opponent of the break-up.

On the electioneer trail, he said that Britain would face “consequences” for eliminating the EU and promised to take a tough stance in the UK exit negotiations.

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