Pound, London stocks climb after Truss resignation

The pound briefly surged more than one per cent against the dollar to USD 1.1336 after Truss ended six tumultuous weeks in power -- but analysts said gains were pared by the ongoing uncertainty. 

Published: 21st October 2022 12:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2022 12:01 AM   |  A+A-

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses the media in Downing Street in London

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses the media in Downing Street in London. (Photo | AP)

By AFP

LONDON: The London stock market and the pound bounced on Thursday after British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation following disastrous policies that rocked the markets for weeks.

The pound briefly surged more than one per cent against the dollar to USD 1.1336 after Truss ended six tumultuous weeks in power -- but analysts said gains were pared by the ongoing uncertainty. 

The FTSE 100 index closed up 0.3 per cent while the country's borrowing costs eased on the news, as the yield on 30-year government bonds, known as gilts, fell to 3.90 per cent.

"Sterling and gilts rallied as the sorry reign of Liz Truss came to an end," said Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson.

"After a flurry of activity, we are seeing retracement of these initial moves as markets realise that there's still huge uncertainty about whether the Tory party can survive in power."

Wilson warned the government's "economic policies were already dead in the water so the market doesn't have a huge amount of genuine new information to move on."

The government had teetered on the brink of collapse after the resignation of home secretary Suella Braverman Wednesday.

On Thursday, Truss announced that she "cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected."

It comes days after the sacking of finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng and the dismembering of her government's debt-fuelled budget that had sparked chronic market turmoil.

"Although the resignation of Liz Truss as Prime Minister leaves the UK without a leader when it faces huge economic, fiscal and financial market challenges, the markets appear to be relieved," said Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics.

The recovery seen Thursday was due to "the markets... further pricing out the risk premium that the Truss government generated."

There was still plenty of caution towards the UK.

"While this has brought about a brief respite to the political risk premium it's hard to see how any replacement will be able to coalesce around any form of unity of policy in this dumpster fire of a government," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.



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