GBP/USD: one of the oldest and most popular currency pairs in Forex and a favorite instrument for many traders. The quote reflects the price of the British pound in terms of the US dollar. The pair is among the five most traded Forex instruments. It’s known for its high volatility, frequent false movements and breaches of support and resistance levels that can cause confusion among the beginners. The pair has a correlation with EUR/USD, but often shows sharp and unpredictable movement in the other direction.
The price of pound is influenced by statements of the Bank of England officials, changes in monetary policy and inflation data; the US dollar price is influenced by the similar indicators from the Fed (the American central bank). GBP/USD accounts for 14% of the trading volume in the currency market.