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British Pound

The currency of the United Kingdom. It is the third largest reserve currency in the world. It traces its origins to Anglo-Saxon times and is the oldest currency still in use. It is issued by the Bank of England and the Bank of Scotland. Like most currencies, it was pegged to the U.S. dollar under the Bretton Woods System, but is now a floating currency. The pound did not use a decimal system for its subdivisions until 1971. See also: Decimalisation, Quid.
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The policy implication is unproblematic for South Africa, as causality is Bidirectional, running from the Rand/USD and Rand/Euro to JSE-ASI and vice versa; and uni-directional relation from domestic stock prices to the exchange rate of British Pound Sterling (Rand/GBP) and from exchange rate of Japanese Yen (Rand/JPY) to domestic stock prices respectively.
For example, in 1992, George Soros and other speculators attacked the British pound sterling, and successfully "broke" the Bank of England -- which early in the 20th century had been the world's most powerful central bank.
In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, the British pound sterling hit both a six-month high and a six-month low within the same day-peaking at over $1.50 per pound when the 'Remain' vote was widely thought to have prevailed, then plunging below $1.35 when 'Exit' suddenly emerged the winner.
But Soros said recent strength in the British pound sterling was a sign that a vote to exit the EU is increasingly less likely.
The most direct notable impact could come from a drop in the exchange rate of the British pound sterling vis-a-vis the euro, while further side effects in the form of political uncertainty in Europe cannot be ruled out, they said.
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