Monthly Archives: October 2017

Will GBPEUR rise or fall on the UK and Eurozone Interest rate decisions?

The GBPEUR rate has been very volatile lately and uncertain as markets try to digest which direction rates will take in the coming weeks. Overall sterling seems to be on the back foot but we have risen sharply from the lows of 1.07 a few weeks ago, today’s positive GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data is also a big help for the pound.

I do not feel the pound will however just keep rising, tomorrow ECB’s news will be the main driver for the rest of the week, I see around a 70% chance of Euro strength, 30% Euro weakness. This is all based on the fact that the Euro has really been finding favour in 2017 as investors back the Eurozone economy and political situation.

However the latest political uncertainty with Spain, Germany and Austria has unsettled the rates and further weakness down the line could not be ruled out. Longer term weakness on the Euro does seem a real possibility, particularly since the pound has found some form with an improving economy and some certainty over the outcome on Brexit.

If you are making a transfer in the future making plans in advance is key and tomorrow’s news could be a big market mover. I would not be surprised to see some swings of up to 2 cents in either direction as markets digest the latest trends and news on the rates. If you have a transfer to make involving the pound or Euro then tomorrow’s ECB meeting will be important, as will next week’s UK interest decision.

Leaving everything until the last minute is generally not a good idea on the currency markets as it can prove a very costly and stressful situation. Understanding your options and the market is usually the best way forward, for more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson to learn more.

Please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk with a brief overview of your position and I can help to provide some information on the best way forward.

Will Wednesday’s UK GDP Figures impact the GBP/EUR rate? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has been relatively flat so far this week, although tomorrow there could be a spike in the rate as UK GDP figures are scheduled for release around 9.30am.

These figures could be significant as talk of an interest rate hike from the Bank of England next month is heating up, and for that to take place I expect the BoE to be hopeful of impressive figures as raising interest rates whilst economic output is struggling doesn’t really make sense.

With inflation levels in the UK hitting a 5-year high recently there is some pressure of the BoE to manage this, as we’re also seeing a reduction in consumer spending which has been one of the main drivers of the UK economy that’s performed well in the wake of the Brexit vote.

If tomorrow morning doesn’t being any currency movement, then Thursday may as the European Central Bank will update us on their most recent Asset Purchasing Program changes, which many analysts expecting to see a reduction in the current program. Depending on the amount we could see the Euro strengthen as reducing QE suggests the EU economy is normalising.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding any short term price movements between the pair discussed in this blog, do feel free to register your interest with me.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Pound makes gains vs the Euro at the end of the week (Tom Holian)

After experiencing a very difficult last few days the Pound vs the Euro has started to make a fightback vs the Euro during this afternoon’s trading session.

With the Europeans discussing what is happening with the Brexit talks things appear to be going better than previously expected. Indeed, European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the deadlock has been exaggerated and that ‘doesn’t mean there is no progress at all.’

Various leaders of the European Union have been involved in a two day summit and Tusk has also stated that he will try to be a ‘positive motivator for the next five or six weeks.’

Clearly the Pound has been suffering for most of the year with the uncertainty caused by the Brexit and the likelihood is that things will continue this way for some time to come. The ‘divorce bill’ which is the cost for the UK to leave the European Union has still yet to be decided and as yet we are still none the wiser.

As we go into the final quarter of the year we could get some progress with the discussions but until we agree a figure I think the talks will stall.

The other topic which is likely to have a big effect on the rate to buy or sell Euros with Pounds is the topic of whether or not the Bank of England will look at raising interest rates on 2nd November. The general expectation is that we will see a rate rise owing to inflation recently hitting 3%.

However, with average earnings lagging behind I think a rate hike could cause problems for the British economy and therefore I would not be surprised to see rates kept on hold and as the market expects a hike this could be to the detriment of Sterling.

Therefore, if you’re looking to buy Euros with Pounds it may be worth taking advantage of today’s short term spike.

If you would like further information or a free quote when buying or selling Euros then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Selling Euros? GBP EUR Falls after Weaker Retail Sales

GBP EUR exchange rates have continued to fall this week after yesterday’s UK retail sales data fell by 0.8% in September. The weaker numbers follow on from the other important economic data also released this week. Although inflation touched 3% on Tuesday which would normally suggest an imminent interest rate hike from the Bank of England, the weak wage growth numbers have created uncertainty over whether or not the central bank will raise interest rates on November 2nd. Inflation climbed to its highest level in five years this week but it may not be enough to persuade for a rate hike. As such the pound has actually weakened this week.

There are two doves on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee who are almost certain to keep rates on hold but whilst the vote could be close on the day I am still of the opinion that the Bank will hike at the next meeting. Clients looking to buy Euros could see a spike if action is taken considering the recent slide in sterling so there could be a small window of opportunity.

Clients looking to sell Euros would be wise to consider moving sooner rather than later and take advantage of what are still incredibly attractive trading prices. Rates for selling Euros are still some 20% better than two years ago which means on a €200,000 transfer the extra sterling generated is about £35,000 more with today’s exchange rates.

Expect volatility for the Euro over the weekend as developments unfold in Catalonia. If Madrid seeks to trigger Article 155 and impose direct rule on Catalonia then there could be civil unrest a huge escalation in political tensions. The Euro is likely to react to nay news on this.

If you would like further information on Euro exchange rates or any of the major currencies and to discuss how we can assist then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for James. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on jll@currencies.co.uk

GBPEUR to fluctuate 5% in the upcoming months (Dayle Littlejohn)

Brexit negotiations seem to be heating up as both parties have promised to accelerate negotiations therefore I am expecting major volatility with GBPEUR exchange rates. 

Rewind the clock to the end of July, many of the leading banks were predicting by the end of the year parity for GBPEUR exchange rates, however UK interest rates gave the pound a boost which has led to Banks re thinking their forecasts.

At the moment GBPEUR exchange rates appears to be fluctuating in the lower teens and I expect by Christmas or potentially in the early new year for GBPEUR exchange rates to be either in the 1.06-1.07 or 1.17-1.8 range and the factor that is going to drive the pound higher or lower will be the Brexit negotiations.

A no deal puts the UK under more uncertainty and therefore I expect the pound to plummet, where as an agreement in regards to EU citizen rights and the divorce settlement bill will lead to trade negotiations and therefore a stronger pound.

The problem we have is we are unaware how the upcoming negotiations will go. For clients that are selling pounds to buy euros or euros to buy pounds, the question you have to ask yourself is what do you think will happen between the UK and EU. If you are unsure and not prepared to take the gamble, as some people are saying it’s like playing roulette, feel free to get in touch to discuss how we can save you money on your transfer.

For further information in regards to currency feel free to email me with the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the options available to you drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

** If you are already using a brokerage and would like to know if you are receiving the best rates possible email me with the exact figures and I will reply with our live price. This will take you a few minutes and in the past I have saved clients thousands! **

 

Will GBPEUR continue to slide?

The pound to Euro rate has been slipping since Monday when we challenged the 1.13 but were ultimately unsuccessful as investors looked to the uncertainty surrounding a UK interest rate hike. The next direction on rates is all going to come down to, in the main, the prospect of a UK interest rate hike and then a Eurozone QE taper. I personally see GBPEUR losing more ground and retesting the 1.10 level in the coming weeks and months.

QE is Quantitative Easing and it is effectively pumping money into an economy through the purchase of assets and bonds by a central bank. The European Central Bank is currently engaging in €60 bn worth per month and investors believe they will scale this back. What this means is that the Euro will on such news, ore than likely strengthen.

Overall expectations are for the Euro to rise in value longer term but just lately the worries over Spanish independence and also the Austrian and German elections have seen the Euro weaker. Longer term I feel the strength in the Eurozone economy will see it through, I see more chance of the ECB acting to reduce their QE than the UK and the Bank of England raising interest rates.

If you are looking to buy or sell pounds against Euros the next two weeks are critical and will likely lead to swings and opportunities that might not be around for long. The best strategy I believe is to look at the market with our expert assistance to try and determine the most opportune moments to capitalise.

Sometimes exchange rates spike for just a few seconds and it is only through being prepared that we can help you. We are here to help you maximise any transfer, for more information on getting the best rates of exchange plus expert service and assistance, please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you and helping you maximise your exchange.

 

All eyes on Inflation figures this morning (Joseph Wright)

This morning could be important for Sterling exchange rates, not just this morning but moving forward as analysts are expecting to see UK inflation levels hit a 5-year high.

The weakening of the Pound since the Brexit vote has pushed up the rate of inflation in the UK, and for a while now the inflation level has been well above the Bank of England’s 2% target. Many analysts in the city are expecting to see the rate hit 3% for September, and if this happens there is a high chance that the Bank of England may look to hike interest rates for the first time in over 10 years.

A 3% inflation level would be a 5-year high and the governor of the Bank of England has hinted at hiking rates as soon as next month.

A high reading this morning would likely result in Sterling strength as the markets would expect to see a rate hike from the BoE, and at the same time if the inflation level is lower than expectations, I think there’s a chance the Pound would fall.

Mark Carney will also be speaking later this morning as he testifies to MP’s on the Treasury this morning. It will be interesting to see whether he discusses inflation and potential rate hikes and if he does it will be interesting to see how the Pound reacts.

Aside from today’s busy morning this Thursday could also be busy as Retail Sales data will be released which could impact Sterling depending on how the figures perform.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Brexit Talks, Inflation and European Union Summit – Impact on GBPEUR exchange rates (Tom Holian)

Pound vs Euro exchange rates have remained range bound during today’s trading session in anticipation of what could be a huge day on the currency markets tomorrow.

Both UK inflation and Eurozone inflation is due to be released tomorrow morning and this could cause big movements for GBPEUR exchange rates.

The reason for Sterling’s gains back in September was the rumours that the Bank of England may be considering hiking interest rates and so if inflation comes out high this could cause Sterling strength vs the Euro but if we see inflation falling I expect to see the Pound drop against the single currency as it means the BoE will be less likely to consider raising rates on November 2nd.

UK unemployment figures are due on Wednesday and like with the inflation data this could cause volatility on the markets.

To end the week the European Union will be holding a summit which will include the topic of Brexit and any trade deals that could be proposed between the continent and the UK so overall a busy end to the week for Sterling vs Euro exchange rates.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency.

A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as I can.

GBP EUR Gains after EU Response to a Future Trade Deal

Sterling Euro exchange rates have seen a very eventful week with the fifth round of Brexit negotiations coming to an end yesterday. The pound had fallen sharply against the Euro immediately after the press conference given by Brexit secretary David Davis and his counterpart Michel Barnier highlighted that progress was still slow and there was a deadlock in the negotiations. Sterling fell by over 0.5% after it was clear that there was still insufficient progress before seeing a substantial rally in afternoon trade reversing all losses.

GBP EUR Outlook Improves Overnight!

It has been reported that the EU will begin preparing for post Brexit trade negotiations with the possibility of trade talks to commence in December and refers to the next phase to start as soon as possible. This has led to a major jump higher for the pound across all of the major currencies including the Euro. GBP EUR is climbing this morning and any developments from the EU are likely to create additional volatility for GBP EUR. The response today from EU leaders will be crucial to where rates go from here.

My view has been for some time that when that door for a future trade deal has been opened there could be some excellent gains for GBP EUR. Those clients looking to buy Euros could finally start seeing some better opportunities to purchase just around the corner.
Clients looking to buy Euros would be wise to get in touch to look at the options available to you and how to maximise on the rates of exchange as they become available. Clients looking to sell Euros should consider moving sooner rather than later as this has been a fairly major development.

If you would like further information on sterling exchange rates or any of the major currencies and to discuss how we can assist then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for James. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on jll@currencies.co.uk

Events that could impact GBPEUR exchange rates (Dayle Littlejohn)

The main economic talking points at present which have the potential to have a major impact on GBPEUR exchange rates are if the European Central Bank  makes adjustments to the quantitative easing program on October 26th and whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates on November 2nd.

Members of the European Central Bank including the President Mario Draghi, have hinted that decisions could be made in October. However inflation numbers fell last month therefore I don’t expect the ECB to make cuts this month. Nevertheless the chances that they will hint towards making cuts in the near future are high, therefore this event could lead to euro strength.

Even though GBPEUR exchange rates have been on the decline in recent weeks, the market has priced in that there is a strong chance the Bank of England will raise interest rates on the 2nd November.  Due to the pounds surge throughout September I expect some of the inflationary pressures to have been curbed. Couple this with a poor run of economic data throughout October the likelihood of an interest rate hike I believe have diminished.

If my predictions above materialise I expect GBPEUR will fall below 1.10 throughout November. Good news for any clients selling euros to buy pounds. 

Short term many of the ECB members are speaking today. Know doubt one of the members will be quizzed about quantitative easing and interest rates. Speculators will be watching closely to see whether any hints are made to tapering. If you are converting GBPEUR short term, today’s event could have a major impact on the exchange price you receive.

If you are converting GBPEUR in the upcoming months and are looking to achieve competitive rates of exchange whilst receiving regular economic information feel free to email me the reason for the transfer (company invoice, property purchase) the timescales you are working to and I will respond with the options available to you along with the process of converting currency. My direct email address is drl@currencies.co.uk and I look forward to receiving your email.

Will the pound continue to slide against the Euro?

Overall the pound looks like it could easily slip in the coming weeks as the uncertainty over Brexit looks like it could build further and this will undoubtedly present some opportunities for those clients looking to buy or sell. Exactly what happens in the future is very difficult to predict but hopefully this will create some movements for awaiting a firm reason to make their deal.

Expectations for the pound to slide are therefore very strong and we could easily see some big changes in the future, principally as a result of the key economic decisions by the Bank of England and also the European Central Bank decision. Overall markets are generally fearful over what lies ahead in the decisions by these two central bank beasts, big questions over to what extent the ECB will taper and to what extent the Bank of England will raise interest rates loom.

It would not be surprising to see the pound slip further against the Euro as political uncertainty for the UK outweighs the Eurozone. Yes, the problems in Spain and even Germany are reasons to fearful, over the future direction on the Euro. However the UK is as a result of the Brexit in a worse position. This is the current situation, it could of course change very quickly!

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling Euros for pounds this next couple of weeks will be vital to determining which way exchange rates could go in the future. Overall I would not be surprised to see the pound losing value as investors concerns resurface, a more positive ECB would also see the Euro stronger.

If you have a transfer to make in the future then keeping in touch with us and the latest trends and news is key. For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson, by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Quiet end to the week for UK data releases, what could cause the GBP/EUR rate to move this week? (Joseph Wright)

Those hoping for better Pound to Euro exchange rates have taken a knock this morning after the much publicised Catalonian independence situation has cooled for the meantime.

Yesterday evening the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders signed a declaration of independence, but interestingly chose to suspend the move allowing some time to negotiate with Spain.

The situation had been under the microscope in recent weeks and was seen as a potential downside to the Euros value as political instability is often a reason for currency weakness, and I expect the cooling of this situation for now at least to take some pressure off of the Euro.

The Euro is up this morning against all major currency pairs, and at the time of writing the Euro to Pound rate is trading at its day highs.

There is little economic data out for the rest of this week that involves the UK economy directly, so I expect to see the GBP/EUR driven by sentiment or Eurozone specific data releases. The ECB president, Mario Draghi will be speaking tomorrow at 3.30pm so I expect markets to be glued to his comments as is normally the case when he speaks.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Political Uncertainty weighs down the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

Lack of Faith in May as PM

There is little economic data of consequence this week from the UK.  Although data releases have the power to influence the exchange the core issues behind Sterling weakness against the Euro is the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the lack of stability within the government.

Theresa May’s position as prime minister is coming under increasing pressure with members of her own party showing a lack of confidence in her ability to continue as PM. Former conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps has suggested that there are around thirty MPs who are of the opinion May should step down. There have been calls for a leadership election. During times of political uncertainty the currency in question historically weakens and this is what we are witnessing at present. This also raises the question of how we are going to negotiate Brexit, one of the biggest events for the UK in the last fifty years when the government is complete disarray.

Catalan independence could give some respite for Sterling

The referendum for Catalan’s separation from Spain is being deemed as illegal by the Spanish government. The result from the referendum show a clear victory for those who wish independence, this however has to be taken with a pinch of salt as many did not vote. Many Spanish unionists gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against Catalan’s separation from Spain. Catalan leader Charles Puigdemont is due to meet parliament today to give credence to the referendum. There could be fireworks which could create Euro weakness.

Strong Eurozone Data could warrant tapering QE

We have seen positive economic data spread geographically and across industry sectors. We are seeing sustained growth from the Eurozone something which hasn’t happened in the past. If this continues we could well see the the ECB make a change to the current QE programming. Quantitative Easing is pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth. The ECB are currently adding €60bn a month into to the economy, if this tapered expect the Euro to strengthen significantly.

If you have a currency requirement I would b happy to assist. You need to have an experienced broker on board in order to take advantage of rates when a brief spike occurs, especially in the current climate. If you have a currency provider already in place I am prepared to perform a comparison against them. It will take minutes and could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds. I can be contacted at  dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

Pound falls against the Euro owing to political uncertainty (Tom Holian)

The Pound has made some very positive gains vs the Euro in September with gains of over 6% during last month against the single currency but Sterling has now started to struggle.

Since the start of this month Sterling has fallen by almost 2% vs the single currency or the difference of £3,500 on a currency transfer of €200,000.

This highlights the importance of being kept up to date with what is happening at the markets by using an experienced currency broker.

There are a few economic data releases due out on Tuesday morning which are likely to cause a lot of volatility for the Pound against the Euro. On Tuesday morning UK Manufacturing & Industrial production data is due as well as the latest set of UK Trade Balance data.

The Pound was listed as the best performing global currency in September so we could see a fall in demand for British exports during last month and I think this could be reflected in a lower than expected UK Trade Balance.

There are problems ahead for the UK with the political situation still under a lot of pressure.  Former Tory Party Chairman Grant Shapps has suggested this week that there are  approximately 30 MPs who are in favour of holding a leadership election.

Since April when the conservatives lost their majority and had to form a coalition there has been a feeling that many are gearing up for a change in the Prime Minister.

Therefore, I think we could see a very difficult week ahead for the Pound vs the Euro.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency.

A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as I can.

GBP EUR Falls to below 1.12 after German Intervention

The pound has fallen against the Euro from its recent peak with levels having fallen below 1.12 for this pair and sliding. Clients who need to buy Euros may wish to consider securing sooner rather than later to take the risk of rates falling further out of the equation. The news yesterday from German industry that German firms that are based in the UK should start preparing for a very hard Brexit has had an instant negative effect on GBP EUR.

The BDI, federation of German industry has made clear that the priority must be to defend the single market and its four freedoms. This rhetoric combined with the political uncertainty in the UK and the fact that Britain is drafting contingency plans for a no deal situation is keeping the pressure on sterling exchange rates.

If the Brexit negotiations continue to go badly then the pound could see a material fall and there is a good chance there will be more headwinds to come for the UK.

This lunchtime sees a speech from Bank of England member Andy Haldane and any clues as to when that first interest rate hike will take place that are offered may have a sizeable impact for those clients looking to buy or sell Euros. Any suggestion from Andy Haldane that he supports a rate hike in November could see the pound rally on the news and this in my view is likely considering his recent stance on monetary policy. He has previously said that a rate hike would be good for the economy.

If you would like further information on sterling or Euro exchange rates or any of the major currencies and to discuss how we can assist then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for James. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on jll@currencies.co.uk

GBPEUR plummets due to Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a Brexit speech yesterday which was interrupted by a prankster who gave Theresa May a fake p45 and claimed it was from Boris Johnson. The prime minister tried to stay composed however she failed to keep it together and the speech has left investors questioning will the Prime Minister last much longer.

Some Conservative MPs have rallied behind Mrs May however it’s being reported that dozens of Conservative MPs are asking the Prime Minister to step aside.  Bookmakers Betway have now cut odds to 5/6 that Mrs May will resign before the next election.

In other news Germany’s BDI industry associate has warned UK companies to make provisions of a very hard Brexit as the UK government is lacking a clear concept on Brexit. This has caused the pound to plummet in value against the Euro and GBPEUR exchange rates have now lost over 2 cents in the matter of a few trading days.

This afternoon Bank of England member Andy Haldane is set to address the public if he continues with the Bank of England stance of raising interest rates  short term sterling could potentially recover some of the losses.

For further information in regards to GBPEUR exchange rates feel free to email me with the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and timescales you are working to and I will respond with the options available to you and the process of using the company I work for drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

** If you are already using a brokerage and would like to know if you are receiving the best rates possible email me with the exact figures and I will reply with our live price. This will take you a few minutes and in the past I have saved clients thousands! **

What can we expect next on GBPEUR?

GBPEUR has risen as the pound strengthens on the back of increased expectation that the Bank of England will soon raise interest rates in the UK Investors are betting that this will happen and this will see the pound stronger in the future. If you have a future requirement to buy or sell Euros against pounds the coming weeks will be crucial to how the future direction on rates shape up.

As mentioned the Bank of England is talking about raising interest rates which could happen as early as 2nd November. If this is the case then the pound should rise since there is growing speculation that this will be the case. Ultimately I feel the expectation is too high and the Bank of England will be very cautious, the propensity for a volatile pound is high.

The Euro is looking very strong but it is weaker from the recent highs owing to the news regarding the German election. Angela Merkel’s diminished position has seen the Euro weaker, there is also key economic news to be concerned with too. So for example the latest ECB decision where we might learn of any tapering of their QE program could see a volatile period on the Euro.

Ultimately I expect the Euro to remain stronger against the pound since it is highly likely the uncertainty over Brexit will continue to be a weight around the neck of the pound. Therefore if buying Euros with pound moving sooner on any uncertainty is the best way forward to avoid the risk of losses.

Thank you for reading and for any further information regarding the best rates of exchange buying and selling Euros please do contact me by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Pound to Euro rate drops as UK Construction sector contracts, will today’s data push the Pound lower? (Joseph Wright)

Despite issues within the Eurozone at the moment such as the Catalonian independence referendum, the Pound fell against the Euro yesterday after Sterling weakness outweighed Euro weakness.

The past week has yielded some negative data for the Pound which has seen it dip from its highs last month of 1.14. Revised yearly GDP figures were revised downward to 1.5% from the previous figure of 1.7%, mortgage approvals were down by 3000, manufacturing in the UK dropped slightly and UK construction figures dropped quite heavily yesterday.

Today’s data release covers the services sector within the UK which is arguably the more important release as the services sector covers around three-quarters of the UK economy and therefore the figure tends to be watched very closely.

Aside from today’s data release a member of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane will be giving a speech later this week which could cause further movements between the GBP/EUR rate if any hints at future monetary policy are given, especially after talk of an interest rate hike from the BoE has begun to heat up in recent weeks.

The situation in Catalonia looks set to continue which I think could push the Euro lower, so it will be interesting to see if the Pound will recover back to its August highs if the data out of the UK turns more positive.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.