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The pound is falling against the dollar due to investor uncertainty about the UK government's fiscal plans. This decline may cause instability in the financial markets and lead to higher interest rates from the Bank of England.

  • 00:00:00 The pound has been falling against the dollar, and this decline is being driven by investors selling British assets because they have doubts about the soundness of the government's plans. The slide in the value of the pound prompted numerous jokes comparing the pound to an emerging market currency. Economists probably wouldn't recommend these actions, but they appeal to politicians in the same way that releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve might appeal in the United States.
  • 00:05:00 The video discusses the reasons why the pound is falling, and how this might be inflationary. The pound fell significantly today, and is trading at around $1.07 as of this writing. This volatility may cause instability in the financial markets, and could lead to a hike in interest rates by the Bank of England.
  • 00:10:00 The falling pound is likely due to increased uncertainty in the UK economy, as well as President Trump's comments about the UK's new fiscal plans. The Bank of England is unlikely to monetize UK debt, meaning this decline in the pound's value won't have a significant impact on the US economy.

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