LONDON: The pound – this month’s worst-performing major currency – could “easily drop to $1.18” at the end of June, warns the chief executive of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The warnings from deVere Group’s CEO and founder Nigel Green come as it is revealed that the British currency shed almost four per cent against the US dollar in May and 3pc against the euro.
Green said: “The pound is this year’s third-weakest major currency – just behind the New Zealand dollar and Norwegian krone, which have done even worse.
“The pound has been battered since the Brexit referendum in 2016 and the ensuing years of political uncertainty, losing around 20pc of its value since the referendum.
“The Covid-19 crisis has been another hammer blow for sterling as it promoted a flight-to-safety and ramped-up the search for liquidity. This situation is a win for the US dollar and, in turn, a loss for the pound.”
He continues: “There are legitimate concerns that the pound has further to fall in the next few weeks.
“It could easily drop to $1.17-$1.18 by the end of June due to renewed and heightened fears of a negative shock due to a no-deal Brexit combined with the far-reaching economic fallout of the pandemic.”
Negotiations between the UK and the EU on their post-Brexit future relationship stalled on Friday with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier saying the two sides risked reaching a “stalemate.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly threatened to walk away from the talks if insufficient progress has been made by next month’s high-level negotiations. The UK has indicated the alternative of an “Australia-style” deal, a relationship where both sides trade on basic World Trade Organisation terms, similar to a no-deal Brexit.
“An even weaker pound will help to reduce people’s purchasing power and a drop in UK living standards. Weaker sterling means imports are more expensive, with rising costs being passed on to consumers,” says Green.