Here's some trade stats for UK/USA. Last year, we imported $6.6 billion more from the US than we exported to them. Last night, the exchange rate for the pound rose above US$2.00. For some time, we seem to have been shadowing the dollar, but do we have an incentive to allow the dollar to fall further against the pound?
Or will we be more influenced by the desire not to devalue the amount we have loaned to the US via Treasury bonds? And then there is the possible extra unemployment that could result from UK goods becoming more expensive in dollar terms.
Any forex experts care to give a view?
UPDATE: Here's the answer, it seems:
Weak jobs data knocks pound vs dollar and euro (Reuters)
UPUPDATE: ...And here's a different answer:
Sterling up versus dollar, banks support (Reuters)
Wouldn't roulette be more honest, somehow? "Manque! Pair! Impair! Passe! Noir! Rouge! Numero 17!"