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Is the Pound to Euro rate trading at the top of its current trend? (Joseph Wright)

Many of our clients planning a GBP to EUR currency exchange have been waiting for some time for the GBP/EUR rate to exceed 1.20.

The pair have been locked between a wide trading range of 1.10 to 1.20 pretty much since the initial shock of the Brexit vote last June, and on a number of occasions the pair have bounced off of 1.20 as the level appears to be acting as a psychological barrier.

Whilst many are playing the waiting game some have based their trades off of mid-market levels in the high teens such as 1.19 – 1.1950 and so far this appears to be the smartest move.

Interestingly analysts at Lloyds bank have recently stated that they believe the Pound is trading at fair value against the Euro at its current levels, and that they aren’t expecting to see the Pound climb much higher.

Personally I think we will see the Pound to Euro rate test 1.20 once again but I think there will need to be a large weakening of the Euro specifically if we are to see the GBP/EUR pair exceed 1.20.

Later today UK GDP data will be released with 0.4% on a quarterly basis the expectation, so expect any deviations from this level to result in GBP/EUR volatility, and feel free to get in touch if you wish to be kept updated regarding this figure.

 If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Article 50 triggered so what next for Pound to Euro rates? (Tom Holian)

With Article 50 now having been triggered we have not seen some of the volatility on Pound Euro exchange rates that many were expecting.

The event itself left markets with little to move on and so the foreign exchange markets as well as global stock markets remained relatively flat.

The UK has now formally triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty and as we have officially started the Brexit process we have now passed the point of no return.

Prime Minister Theresa May went on to try and reassure markets that the UK will be looking for the best possible deal for the UK and she is hoping to make ‘close ties’ with Europe.

I think the speech gave some reassurance to Sterling but as the trigger was expected to happen Pound to Euro rates did not see much movement.

Therefore, the focus will once again turn back to economic data.

Eurozone Consumer Confidence data is due out shortly and this is likely to impact Sterling Euro rates.

Tomorrow we could see a big day for the short term trend for Pound Euro exchange rates with a number of different data releases due to come.

On Friday UK GDP data is due out at 930am followed by Eurozone Consumer Price Index at 10am so expect to see big swings on GBPEUR exchange rates during Friday morning as both data releases are expected to be positive for both sides

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers I am confident that I can offer you bank beating exchange rates. 

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like a free quote when either buying or selling Euros then email me directly with your particular requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Pound drops as UK government plans to trigger Article 50 this afternoon (Joseph Wright)

Late last night Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter triggering Article 50, and this letter will be delivered to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk later this afternoon at 12.30pm.

This will officially start the Brexit process in which the UK has 2 years to leave the European Union, and in this time the UK will be doing its best to set up trade negotiations both in Europe and outside of it.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound dropped, which is a change to the currency’s general direction over the past week or so as we’ve seen the currency gain. Yesterday the pair hit 1.16 which was GBP/EUR’s highest level since the beginning of the month, and since this mornings drop the Pound has recovered some ground as it appears the currency is struggling for direction.

I think there could be some further swings during today’s trading session, especially this afternoon once Article 50 has been triggered and May offers a speech. Should she give anything away regarding the UK’s plans moving forward I think there could be movement in either direction for the Pound’s value.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding major news and movements within GBP exchange rates do feel free to get in touch.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

 

How will the Invocation of Article 50 effect GBP/EUR? (Daniel Johnson)

Could we see Sterling strength?

I feel my opinion on this one is slightly controversial, I am going against the grain. I think that once the dust settles Sterling will sit in a better position than we sit now (1.16). I would not expect significant gains however.

The market moves on rumour as well as fact. We see big swings on the exchange when something unforeseen occurs. The triggering of Article 50 is a certainty and we know the date it will occur, Wednesday 29th March. I think this is already factored into current buoyancy levels on GBP/EUR.

When to move GBP – EUR

Despite my prediction, I would not perform my entire trade after the event. I would move in tranches, maybe 30% – 40% before hand in order to protect myself from potential losses. I had several clients during the Brexit vote last year convinced we would remain and Sterling would rally, rather than move in tranches, they put all their eggs in one basket. When results came through some clients found their property purchases had become tens of thousands more expensive.

There is bound to be volatility, many seven figure investors are waiting for this event before pushing the button.

If you are holding Euros I would not procrastinate too long, I think the single currency could be in for a rough year. There are two general elections within the Eurozone this year, both of which could see a far-right party gain power, which would result in a referendum. We have already seen the damage caused to Sterling by a referendum. Also keep in mind Italian banks’ bad loans now above the €360bn mark and Greek debt and we could see big falls in Euro value.

If you would like my assistance with your currency requirements I will be happy to help. I will provide an indivdual trading strategy to suit your needs and also provide a comparison against your current provider. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

Dutch Election could weaken the Euro (Daniel Johnson)

If  Wilders gains power it could mean big trouble for the EU

The Dutch general election is upon us and Geert Wilders, the head of the far-right, Party of Freedom is currently in the lead. Wilders has stated he will close mosques, ban the Koran and leave the EU. We have seen his popularity gain momentum following clashes in the Netherlands with the Turkish who have been denied the right to protest about constitutional changes. He has since dropped four seats.

Although Wilders currently leads in the election, with twenty-eight parties in the election it is common place that a coalition is needed. Due to his radical stance on immigration other parties are reluctant to join Wilders, however could party leaders change their mind when the opportunity to gain power becomes available.

If Wilders does get in, a referendum is on the cards, we have already witnessed the damage a referendum can bring on a currency taking Sterling as an example. I would expect the Euro to weaken substantially should Wilders gain power.

US Interest Rate Decision

Today will see the Federal Reserve US interest rate decision. It is widely anticipated there will be a raise in rates. Odds currently at 90% the hike will occur. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so I am of the opinion the hike is already factored into current rates. I would not expect huge gains for the Dollar. It would be a shock however if rates remained unchanged, if this were the outcome the dollar could weaken substantially.

EUR/USD is the most frequently traded currency pair in the world, if there is an exodus from the Euro once a hike is confirmed we could see an opportunity for Euro buyers.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is vital to be in touch with an experienced broker during such volatile times. I will provide a free, no obligation trading strategy and also demonstrate the rates I can achieve. I can provide a comparison against your current provider if required. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

Pound to Euro exchange rates may be set for further decline (Joshua Privett)

Sterling saw a very gradual decline throughout last week against most currencies, most noticeably on Pound to Euro exchange rates, which saw a good chun of the gain made during February on the pairing evapourate fairly quickly.

The reason for the Pound’s deterioration was also due to surprise events last week which was a stark reminder to how fluid the current political landscape is, and how this is translating into changing trends on GBP/EUR rates of exchange.

The first surprise came in the confident dismissal of the House of Lords’ attempts to amend the Brexit Bill. Whilst many can agree with the morality of their attempts, what currency markets have seen is the ineffectuality of the Lords’ attempts to intervene.

Markets are much more concerned with the guarantee of a Parliamentary vote on any eventual deal reached with the EU, this now seems much less likely of being realised.

With Article 50 now just around the corner, Pound to Euro exchange rates are now gradually declining with the news.

 

Next week the calender looks fairly quiet for economic performance date for the UK or the Eurozone to affect currency rates of exchange, so this current trend could continue unless a further curveball hits the wire.

With the upcoming Dutch and French elections nothing can be ruled out.

All of a sudden, it is now Euro sellers seemingly with who are seeing greater opportunity than risk in waiting for improvements on the exchange rates.

As such, depending on your timeframe for a transfer, if you are purchasing Euros using Pounds, or vice-versa, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jjp@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

GBP/EUR Where Next? (Daniel Johnson)

House of Lords – Brexit Bill Update

Th Brexit bill is now in the hands of the House of Lords. It is looking likely that there will be no significant amendments to the bill and it will shortly be passed up the ladder for royal approval. Lord Lamont yesterday urged peers not to appose the bill and undermine the UK’s negotiation position. We have seen GBP/EUR up to 1.19 this morning but is now falling back to the mid 1.18s. If you are buying Euros and only have a short term time scale I would consider performing a tranche of your requirement at current levels.

There are some key issues that should addressed, but I think there would be a public out cry from leave voters if there was any delay in the triggering of Brexit. Sterling would also so suffer.

Marine Le Pen gains in the polls

We have also seen Euro weakness as it seems there is an increasing chance of Marine Le Pen gaining power.  Froincois Fillon’s position as front runner to take the French Presidency is now a distant memory following accusations he has employed his wife in senior position and has paid a substantial sums for work that has not been done with tax payers money. If Le Pen gains power, her far-right party may well call for a referendum. Political uncertainty weaken the currency in question at the best of times, but the French election could really hurt the Euro.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you would like my help you can e-mail me at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I will look at your individual situation and provide a strategy to suit your needs. If you already have a currency provider I will provide a comparison and I am very confident I will be able to show a significant saving. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Sterling under pressure owing to lacklustre economic data (Tom Holian)

Pound to Euro rates have fallen towards the end of the week after seeing GBPEUR exchange rates recently hit 6 week highs to buy Euros with Sterling.

The fall began on Wednesday with the release of UK Average Earnings which showed a fall and the drop was exacerbated by Friday’s release of lower than expected UK Retail Sales data.

Retail Sales have now hit a 3 year low and this has supported Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s claims that the UK economy could be negatively affected by last year’s Brexit vote.

The first estimate of fourth quarter UK GDP is due out on Wednesday morning and this will be a key data release to influence what happens next to Sterling vs Euro rates.

GDP has been relatively positive in the previous two quarters but if recent Retail Sales are an indication that things slowed down during the final quarter of 2016 this could cause real problems for the Pound’s outlook against the single currency.

As yet it is still not clear as to when Article 50 will be triggered. Uncertainty is something that currency does not respond well to and until we get some clarity as to what the government’s real plans are to leave the European Union I think Sterling will remain under pressure.

Longer term however I think the outlook for Sterling is positive against the Euro as politically we could be in for numerous changes on the continent as Holland and France are due to go to the polls in the next couple of months.

As we saw in 2016 there appears to be a voice of antiestablishment and a search for a change to the current system and if we see these changes occur in Europe then I expect this to result in longer term Euro weakness.

If you have a currency transfer to make and want to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Will Sterling rise against the Euro? (Tom Holian)

Which way will Sterling Euro rates go in the run up to the trigger Article 50 has been asked by my clients many times already and at the moment it is difficult to say.

What is clear is that we had huge movements between GBPEUR rates when the Brexit vote took place and some may assume that we could see similar drops in exchange rates.

However, the Brexit vote came as a big shock to financial markets which is why we saw such falls for Sterling against the Euro but with Article 50 it is clear that it will happen at some point in March so I think this time round the Pound is ready but I think ultimately rates will hinge on whether the UK will opt for a hard or a soft Brexit.

Economic data is rather limited today so with UK Retail Sales due tomorrow morning we could see a rather busy and volatile end to the week.

Generally speaking Retail Sales have been rather positive for the UK so any more of the same could result in GBPEUR rates going in an upwards direction.

Clearly the Pound to Euro rate is being dominated by what is happening politically and for the time being GBPEUR rates will be determined with regards Article 50 but longer term when we have the French elections taking place i think we could see Sterling make some gains as it is unclear as to which party and leader will win.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 I am confident that not only can I offer you better exchange rates than using your own bank but also help you with the timing of your transfer of currency.

If you would like to buy or sell Euros and would like further information or a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

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May delivers controversial exit bill (Daniel Johnson)

Anger at Exit Bill, brief is an understatement

There was anger from parliament today after May delivered the exit bill and it was only 130 words. MP’s will only get five days to debate and amend it. Minsters had stated  they would keep legislation limited, but this is slightly ridiculous at just eight lines. Labour immediately attacked the bill and Jeremy Corbyn is now in an awkward position.

Corbyn could call for a vote against the time table, but he had previously stated he would not obstruct the exit process. It seems to be a shrewd move from May to try and get her own way with regards to the Brexit process, however this move can hardly be considered democratic. It is about time politicians stopped thinking about there own political agendas and did what is best for the UK. Chance would be a fine thing.

Tim Farrow the Lib Dem leader was unimpressed stating “This bill is short and not sweet”. Given how long he’s been campaigning to leave the EU, it’s amazing this 133 word bill took David Davis such a long time – that’s only five words a day since Brexit. Take back control was a mantra of the leave campaign, but this government’s extreme reluctance to involve parliament in this process has instead been an affront to parliamentary sovereignty and democracy. With Labour  tonally confused over Brexit and the Conservatives determined to take us out of Europe and the single Market at any cost, only the Liberal Democrats are fighting for full membership of the Single Market and a public vote on the final deal.”

The Bill also curiously does not include May’s final day for Brexit, 31st March. Which questions time scale. The markets have not showed much movement at present, probably due to investor’s having so little to  go on.

There are high levels of volatility expected during the Brexit process and it is vital to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you require my assistance please do get in touch for no obligation help. You can e-mail me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

Will the Pound go up against the Euro following Trump’s inauguration? (Tom Holian)

Sterling has made some very positive movements vs the single currency over the course of the last few days as Prime Minister Theresa May announced her 12 point plan for her Brexit strategy on Tuesday.

She announced that the UK would have no choice but to leave the single market if we are to leave the European Union but she carried on to say that we would look for the very best possible terms for the UK which would include renegotiating the current free trade deals with Europe.

This would also include looking at new trade deals with other countries outside of Europe and with Donald Trump now having been fully inaugurated into the White House this could be rather positive as Trump was very pro-Brexit during last year’s campaign.

Trump has also previously suggested that he would put the UK near the front of the queue when it comes to doing business so we could see the Pound make gains vs the Euro going into next week.

With the Supreme Court judgement announcement now expected to come out on Tuesday we could see further volatility for Sterling Euro exchange rates but my inkling is that we’ll see the Pound strengthen vs the Euro as it is potentially one less hurdle for Theresa May to worry about.

Going into next week I expect the markets to remain stable until the judgement due on Tuesday so it is important that you keep a close eye on what happens to GBPEUR rates if you need to make a currency transfer.

 

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money on exchange rates when buying or selling Euros compared to using your own bank or other currency broker then feel free to contact me for further information or for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Draghi causes Euro weakness (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation worries will not dissipate

Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) spoke after Consumer Price Index (CPI) data was released. CPI is a measure of price movements by the comparison between various retail products and services. It is a key indicator of inflation. Draghi caused the Euro to weaken stating that the previous strong inflation data was not enough to take pressure off the ECB. Data today came in as expected with no improvement on the previous month.

Inflation has been  a key issue for the Eurozone, at some points bordering close to deflation. Quantitative Easing (QE) has been put in place in an attempt to combat deflation. The ECB recently dropped monthly increments from €80bn to €60bn in a bold move. I tend to agree with Draghi, I think there are serious issues with regards to inflation in the Eurozone, one set of data by no means indicates a steady rise in inflation.

GBP/EUR Outlook

This year the GBP/EUR pairing will no doubt be extremely volatile. There is still a huge degree of uncertainty surrounding Brexit. A two year target for a full exit from the EU is unrealistic, borderline ridiculous. Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK ambassador for the EU recently resigned stating a realistic time frame for trade negotiations is more like ten years.

The Eurozone could be in for a very turbulent time with three General elections within the bloc. The Netherlands, France and Germany all have the outside chance of having a right wing government coming to power. This would mean there is the strong possibility of another referendum which would cause severe Euro weakness. When you add Greek debt, Italian bank’s bad loans in excess of €360bn and struggling inflation, things are not looking to rosy for the Eurozone.

It is wise to be in touch with an experienced broker during such volatile times. I can keep you up to date with spikes in your favour and also provide a free trading strategy to try and maximise your return. If you already have a currency provider, drop me an e-mail with the rate you have been offered and I am very confident I will be able to show you a significant saving. If you would like to get in touch feel free to contact me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

Sterling Rallys following Theresa May’s speech (Daniel Johnson)

Theresa May announces Hard Brexit Plans

Despite the popular belief that the announcement of a hard brexit would be detrimental to Sterling it proves that some news is better than no news. Uncertainty surrounding a currency has proved to be more detrimental than negative news.

The PM has stated we will leave the single market but also said that any agreement with the European Union would allow the freest possible trade in goods and services. She also seemed to give the game away in regards to the supreme court judgement almost confirming parliament would vote on Brexit decisions.

EU leaders have responded and have said that the free trade in goods, services and workers is not possible if there are restrictions on the freedom of movement of people.

I think the clarity on Brexit provided by May is good news for the UK economy, but there are still factors that could cause Sterling to fall. The current time scale for a full Brexit is unrealistic set at two years. Sir Ivan Rogers the UK ambassador to the EU recently resigned due to an exit strategy he felt was insufficiently planned and a time scale which is unrealistic. Sir Ivan feels a ten year target is more realistic for trade negotiations.

The US has been very forthcoming in getting a trade deal in place, but it is important to remember the quickest deal ever brokered by the US with another county is four years.

I have a strong belief in which way I think GBP/EUR will be heading and would be happy to give you my thoughts. Feel free to get in touch if you require my assistance. I will provide a free trading strategy and I am also prepared to provide a rate comparison against your current provider should you have one. If you would like to get in touch I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading.

The Pound drops in value (Daniel Johnson)

The weaker Pound hits the Retail sector

Retail data is starting to filter through and the problems caused by Brexit are starting to appear. The weaker pound is causing retailers to pay more for their goods and as such they are raising prices on their products. The consumer is now reluctant to purchase and we are seeing figures fall as demonstrated by NEXT’s recent sales data, a fall of nearly 12%. Marks & Spencer’s figures are soon to be released and there is also expected to be a fall.

We could well see a surge in inflation. In this case inflation will not be good for our economy, wage growth will be unable to keep up and the pound will suffer as a result.

What will effect GBP/EUR during 2017?

The main factor in Sterling weakness is the uncertainty surrounding trade negotiations post-brexit. The Supreme Court Judgement on whether parliament will get to vote on the evoking  of article 50 could dictate GBP/EUR levels. If parliament does get the vote, this means there is the possibility of a soft brexit and we should see the pound rally. I think this is the likely outcome and I would expect the ruling to come through between the 12th-17th January.

There are due to be three elections involving EU countries throughout 2017. All of which could be won by right wing parties who have intentions to hold referendums. If one of these referendums comes to light it could cause serious damage to Euro value. Sterling fell nearly 20 cents against the Euro due to Brexit.

Keep also in mind the dire situation with Italian banks, terrible inflation and the Greek debt crisis and the Euro could be in for a very rough year.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to help. I can provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs and also off the best rates of exchange in the Country. Please do get in touch by contacting me at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading.

GBP/EUR Hits 1.20 (Daniel Johnson)

Last night saw the US interest rate decision. Janet Yellen the Chair Lady of the Federal Reserve indicated last year there would be as many as four rate hikes in 2016, none of which materialised. She has since been accredited as a very cautious Chair Lady and Trump is not happy with the lack of hikes. He went as far as to threaten her position.

Yellen’s hand seems to have been forced not only by this factor but also by the very positive data coming out of the US at present. It was widely expected there was to be a hike of 0.25% which did materialise. The Euro has suffered since against both the US dollar and Sterling as investors leave the Euro in search of safety and higher returns. The hike caused GBP/EUR to very briefly strike 1.20 but has since dropped back into the mid 1.19s. It seems the 1.20 mark is becoming a resistance point as demonstrated when GBP/EUR hit 1.2040 very briefly after the Italian prime minister resignation, Matteo Renzi. If you are buyning Euros short term it may be wise to take advantage of current levels.

If  you have a currency requirement it is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker. The timing of your trade is vital during such volatile  times, If you have an experienced broker on board he/she can keep you up to date with what is happening in the market to help you make an informed decision. Should you find our information useful and you would like me to assist with your trade I will be happy to help you personally. If you inform me of the the currency pair you are trading, volume and time scale and I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your needs. I work for one of the top brokerages in the country and as such I am in a position to better virtually every competitors rate of exchange. You would also be looking at saving anything up to 4% in comparison to high street banks. Please do get in touch by contacting me at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading my blog.

Draghi’s QE announcment causes volatility on GBP/EUR (Daniel Johnson)

QE statement causes big swings on GBP/EUR 

This afternoon we saw Draghi address the situation on Quantitative Easing (QE). QE is essentially printing money and then injecting it into an economy in order to stimulate growth.  One of the major concerns for the European Central Bank (ECB) is deflation in the Eurozone. Inflation levels are currently teetering on the brink of deflation and QE has not had the desired affect. The program was due to end in March, which had €60bn going into the struggling Eurozone every month. Not to continue QE had the possibility to cause disaster in the bloc.

Draghi as expected, lengthened the current program to December, but drew the line at increasing monthly increments. It caused GBP/EUR to be up and down like a cork in a bath tub. GBP/EUR currently sits in the 1.18s. With so much uncertainty regarding Brexit, if I was selling Sterling short term I would not set my  trade target much more than 1.19.

If you have to perform a currency trade it is important to use a skilled broker for your trade in order to achieve competitive rates and to assist in timing your trade. If you require my assistance let me know the amount you are looking to transfer, the currency pair you are trading and the time scale you have for your trade and I will endeavor to produce an individual trading strategy to try and maximize your return.

You could be looking at up to a 4% saving by using us compared to the banks and you can trade with us with peace of mind knowing you are dealing with an FCA registered company that has been in business for over 16yrs. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading our blogs and I look forward to helping with your trading requirements.

 

GBP/EUR spikes upward on hopes of a Soft Brexit, will the pair breach 1.20? (Joseph Wright)

The Sterling to Euro exchange rate spiked to a new 3 month high yesterday afternoon off the back of comments from David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.

Those that have been following the Pounds performance this year will be aware that any talk of or indications of a ‘Hard Brexit’ has resulted in Sterling weakness, and the opposite can be said regarding allusions towards a ‘Soft Brexit’.

When answering a question in the House of Commons yesterday Mr Davis suggested that the UK government may be willing to pay for access to the single market and this comment was met with positivity, as the Pound reached 1.1956 at it’s highest point.

The Pound entered December in bullish fashion and this was a continuation of how it performed in November after the currency gained around 7-8 cents through the month.

Those waiting for the right time to convert Pounds into Euros have been presented with a substantially better trading level than they would have been if they made the deal a month before.

At our brokerage we’re able to offer commercial exchange rates meaning that the rates we offer are closer to the inter-bank level than those offered by typical high street banks/providers.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well be worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

GBP/EUR Rates Spike Again! (Matthew Vassallo)

Sterling received another welcome boost during yesterday’s trading, following the release of strong UK mortgage approvals for October from the Bank of England (BoE).

Mortgage approvals jumped to just over 67,500, which far exceeded the expected figure of 65,000. This helped boost Sterling value, with GBP/EUR hitting 1.1809 at yesterday’s high. This provided those clients holding the Pound with some of the best rates they’ve had over the past few months, with the Pound gaining over four cents at the high over the past few weeks.

Whilst Sterling has clearly found a foothold in the market, is investor confidence high enough to drive the Pound forward further or have we seen reach a peak in the short-term?

It is a difficult question to answer due to the high level of economic uncertainty surrounding both the UK and Eurozone economies.

The economic and social problems within the Eurozone are likely to manifest themselves over the coming months. Next month’s Italian referendum is likely to dominate headlines and if a No vote is reached by the public then the current Italian prime Minister Matteo Renzi is likely to step down. This could pave the way for the rise of the far right party in Italy, which will clearly change the political landscape and as such, cause further uncertainty in one of the Eurozone’s key economies.

We also need to consider the political unrest spreading across Europe and if this year’s Brexit decision and US election results are anything to go by then who knows which parties may be in power in Eurozone strongholds by the end of 2017.

There is also a distinct possibility that European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi will announce next month that they are extending their current monetary policy (QE) programme, beyond the current March 2017 cut-off date. If this is indeed the case, expect EUR weakness off the back of this decision.

On the flip side, you have to look at the on-going uncertainty surrounding the UK economy and with the Supreme Court ruling in December regarding how Article 50 can be triggered, only likely to cloud matters further, the Pound could well come under further pressure as we head towards the end of 2016.

This analysis leads me to believe that anyone with a short to medium-term GBP/EUR currency requirement should looking to take advantage of the current improvement if you are holding Sterling, or protect the huge gains made for EUR sellers over the past few months.

If you have an upcoming GBP or EUR currency exchange to make and you are concerned by the increased market volatility of late, it may be wise to look at protecting the gains you’ve made, or limiting your losses with one of our forward contracts, rather than gamble on what has become an increasingly volatile and unpredictable market.

If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest market movements ahead of your currency exchange, or simply wish to compare our award-winning exchange rates with your current provider, then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for Matt. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk

Buying Euro rates coming under pressure for the new Autumn Statement (Joshua Privett)

GBP/EUR exchange rates have waned about 0.6 cents since the beginning of the trading day, with high anxiety in the run-up to the Autumn Statement governing current market sentiment and movements in the short-term.

This is the first Autumn Statement and essentially the first public declaration of a new Government as to spending intent and hints given as to what they expect economic forecasts to be in the near future.

Tax receipt expectations, where how and how much money will be spent, and the degree they will be deviating from previous promises to fulfill their promise to get rid of the deficit by 2020.

Given that this is Hammond’s first statement there are few indications given to markets ahead of time of what to expect. Will he have a similar hawkish temperament to Osborne when it comes to spending or will he be much more liberal with his spending? The answers will come tomorrow from 12:30 with the commencement of the Autumn statement.

In the meantime the currency markets are jostling for position ahead of time, with some investors buying and some selling Sterling in anticipation of a large shift one way or the other. Given the net loss for the Pound today on the currency markets, the consensus seems to be that markets are more anxious than positive about the upcoming result.

If you wish to avoid all risk entirely and secure the circa 6% gains on the currency markets following the introduction of Trump as President you can contact me overnight on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximizing your currency return.

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GBP/EUR Spikes to the high 1.16s (Daniel Johnson)

We have seen GBP/EUR hit the high 1.16s this afternoon following positive retail sales data. This is the best opportunity to buy Euros for a considerable time. Considering the uncertainty surrounding the majority of trade negotiations post-Brexit it may be wise to take advantage of current levels. The catalyst for the Spike occurred after Trump’s election, Theresa May played the smart move by not lambasting Trump during his campaign. Trump’s stance on trade negotiations differs to that of Obama as he is one of the few persons of power willing to be accommodating to the UK. This caused Sterling to spike, coupled with positive retail sales we have seen GBP/EUR move very close to 1.17.

With the UK  government now looking like they will have to vote on whether to invoke Article 50 and Nicola Sturgeon making her presence fault hinting that Scotland should have a say on Article 50 it looks as though an EU exit could be long and arduous which does not bode well for the pound.

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