A pound could buy $1.21 on Thursday morning, the highest amount since mid-August, making imports cheaper for UK companies and consumers.
The three-month high follows news from the US interest rate-setting Federal Reserve, known as the Fed, that the majority of its members wish to slow the pace of interest rate rises.
A stronger pound is good news for businesses and consumers and could help lower inflation as importing goods, such as food and petrol, becomes cheaper.
While sterling held its gains throughout the morning, the pound is still down against the dollar this year. Pound value peaked against the dollar in mid-January this year when £1 bought $1.37.
Higher pound values can also be a measure of economic confidence and financial stability and so the pound dropped in value after the now revoked, mini-budget plan of unfunded tax cuts and spending.
US markets are closed for Thanksgiving so broader market reaction to the Fed’s interest rate position is not clear.
Interest rates have been rising across the world as countries grapple with inflation from rising energy costs, caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and supply chain issues stemming from COVID-19 lockdowns.
Similar to the Fed, whose views were known through the release of meeting minutes, the interest rate-setting body for the Eurozone, the European Central Bank (ECB) is to today release minutes of its meetings.
The pound is at a month-high against the euro and can buy €1.16.