Pound ‘vulnerable’ to further falls, warns hedge fund

A major hedge fund said the pound appears “vulnerable” to further declines and warned of the damaging effect on British society.

Rokus Capital Management, led by billionaire Chris Rokus, said that Britain had suffered more than its peers due to Brexit, deglobalization and the pandemic.

In a letter to investors seen by the Financial Times, she said: “The recession needed to tame inflation in the UK is deeper than needed anywhere else, with potentially serious societal repercussions,” adding: “The pound sterling looks vulnerable.”

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What happened overnight

A gauge of Asian stocks is down amid a muted tone in the markets this morning after Thanksgiving in the US. Treasurys rose as trading resumed after the holidays.

Hong Kong-listed technology stocks led declines in Chinese stocks as investors weigh recent gains against a rise in Covid-19 infections and lockdown-like restrictions affecting large swathes of Beijing.

US stock futures advanced after comments from Federal Reserve officials supporting the case for a slower pace of interest rate increases. The dollar headed for a fourth day of losses.

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