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Sterling fell slightly against most major currencies this morning after the Office of National Statistics reported higher-than-expected unemployment figures.
Weaker US data and ongoing expectations of tighter UK monetary policy have helped boost gold and sterling respectively as the dollar loses ground.
Sterling has climbed against a basket of currencies including the dollar this morning after the Bank of England altered its forward guidance policy and revealed GDP is expected to overshoot expectations.
The US dollar is closing in on a five-year high versus the yen, with gold heading towards a one-year low, ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's historic December meeting.
The FTSE 100 has jumped almost 1% after former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers withdrew his candidacy to replace Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke next year.
Sterling has risen to a seven-month high against the dollar after the UK's unemployment rate unexpectedly dipped from 7.8% to 7.7%.
Gold has climbed above the $1,400 per ounce mark for the first time since June, re-entering a bull market as disappointing US data and worries over Syria push investors into safe havens.
The FTSE 100 has shed 40 points in early trading to move back towards the 6,400 mark, compounding losses suffered in recent days.
The dollar bear market witnessed over the past ten years is finally over, according to Fidelity's chief investment officer Dominic Rossi.
Heavy selling of the euro saw it tumble through the $1.30 mark versus the US dollar late this morning to its lowest level since early January.
The Dow Jones and S&P 500 surged yesterday as market sentiment was lifted by US growth almost doubling in Q3.
Jittery stock markets and the continuing debt crisis see investors opting for 'safe haven' currencies.
President Barack Obama has announced a deal to end the US debt crisis, which will raise the nation's debt ceiling by at least $2.1trn and cut the federal deficit by as much as $2.5trn over a decade.
The dollar touched a three week low against the euro as investors were kept waiting for signs of progress in US lawmakers' attempt to raise the debt ceiling.
European markets have surged on reports eurozone leaders will back a 'selective default' on Greek debt.