British Pound Falls to Lowest Level Since 1985 as U.K. Economic Pain Mounts

Updated Sept. 4, 2022 5:41 pm ET

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The British pound slid to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since 1985, a reflection of the U.K. economy’s dire economic situation. Investors are braced for sterling to weaken even further to a nadir not seen in more than two centuries of trading across the Atlantic.

The pound fell 0.3% in early Monday trading in Asia to $1.1475, according to FactSet. That is the lowest since 1985. Sterling’s descent is in part a side effect of the relentless U.S. dollar rally, which has driven both the euro and Japanese yen to multidecade lows in recent days. 

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