World Economy

Pound Overvalued 10-15%

Pound Overvalued 10-15%Pound Overvalued 10-15%

Business Secretary Vince Cable said Britain’s economic growth is being hampered by stalled exports, partly as a result of the high value of sterling. “Arguably, the pound is overvalued by 10 to 15 percent on a trade-weighted basis,” Cable told a side meeting Sunday at his Liberal Democrat party’s annual conference in Glasgow, Scotland. “This feeds back into monetary policy. It is a significant problem that we can’t directly address.” Cable’s comments echo those of Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent, who said in an interview in July that it’s “quite possible” the pound is 10 percent overvalued and its strength may have a long-lasting impact on inflation.