Category Archives: GBP Forecast

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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

GBP EUR Rates ahead of UK GDP Data

The pound is hitting resistance at the higher level versus the Euro after what has been an excellent push higher over these last two weeks.
UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers are likely to be a big driver going forward and the data this morning could have a sizeable impact on the direction of sterling exchange rates.

Any weakening in economic growth could see the Bank of England reign in its recent strong rhetoric and see the pound start to lose some of its recent excellent gains. UK GDP is expected to arrive at 0.3% although a small slip closer to zero growth could be sterling negative. For the moment there is an excellent opportunity for those clients looking to buy Euros with pounds.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be speaking later today and the markets will be listening out for any clues that are offered.

The pound is sitting at levels circa 1.14 against the Euro and the recent surge has largely been brought about by a sudden change of stance from the Bank of England which now seeks to raise interest rates in the coming months. There is a now 50% chance that there will be an interest rate hike in November whilst a rate hike has been fully priced in by February of next year. If the Bank does decide to hike in November then the pound is likely to rally that little bit further although there is a risk that rates could fall if no action is taken.

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

How will the pound perform against the Euro ion the next month?

The pound has been dramatically rising against the Euro on the back of expectations that the UK will raise interest rates before February of next year. Investors have piled into the pound taking up speculative positions on a belief that the British pound will be worth more in the future. The pessimist in me would point out that we have not seen any interest rate hikes in the UK in ten years and whilst there is more evidence at present for a hike, ultimately I don’t think this is very likely and sterling will fall back.

Looking at the Euro, the weakness we are seeing is the result of the German elections which has seen Angela Merkel losing support and the far-right gaining support. This is putting real pressure on the Euro which has weakened and I believe it will weaken further in the future. I expect to see GBPEUR lose value up to 1.12 before rising back to potentially 1.16 in the coming weeks.

Overall there is a feeling the pound will rise further and whilst I am of the opinion it will fall back quickly, there is more than likely a chance that the ultimate move will be lower. If you have a transfer buying Euros with the pound it is looking like it will continue to be a very expensive transfer as the pound struggle to shake off the Brexit worries.

If you are looking to make a transfer in the future then making sure you have all the relevant information on the rate is crucial to getting the best deals. 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.

GBP/EUR hits a 10-week high, but will the Pound manage to hold on to its recent gains? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has risen quite dramatically against the Euro in recent weeks, with the pair hitting 1.14 both yesterday as well as this morning which is a 10-week high point for the pair.

Brexit uncertainty appears to have taken a back seat for now, which has seen GBP/EUR rise over 6 cents in recent weeks making the exchanging of Pounds into Euros a more attractive proposition.

The Pounds gains have been aided by a weakening Euro which has mostly been caused by the German election which took place over the past weekend. Although Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party won for a forth consecutive term as expected, the talking point of the election is the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as they were the third best performing party.

This has softened the Euro and with the unofficial Catalan election in Spain also just around the corner and threatening to cause tensions in the region I think there’s a chance we could see the Pound continue to climb.

On Friday there will be the release of UK GDP data which could provide the Pound with a boost if the figure released is better than expected. The release comes out at 9.30am and the expectation is for 1.7% year on year and 0.3% for the 2nd quarter of this year.

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.

Be wary of recent gains for the pound over the Euro, they may not continue. (Daniel Johnson)

Potential Rate hike based on misinterpretation of data

Despite Sterling moving above 1.14 this morning against the Euro be wary of thinking a resurgence on the cards. The main catalyst for Sterling strength is the market factoring in a potential interest rate  rate hike. Mark Carney, the head of the Bank of England recently stated there may be the need for a rate hike in the coming months which drove investor confidence and caused the pound to strengthen. This is a technique call jawboning, a technique Carney has used in the past during his role at the Bank of Canada. Essentially rather than making any changes to monetary policy you talk up the value of the currency. This is one of the rare occasions the technique worked. Keep in mind those who actually vote on a change in rates, the monetary policy committee (MPC) voted 7-2 in favour of keeping rates on hold.

The justification behind the potential rate hike is high inflation and low unemployment. High inflation is only healthy for an economy if average wage growth keeps in pace with inflation, at present it isn’t, it actually fell to 2.1%. Unemployment figures are at the best levels since the 70s, but a large contribution to this is down to zero hour contracts. My opinion is the reasoning behind a hike is false, but investors are biting with a 50% chance of a hike in November and a hike factored in by February next year.

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit is still a major concern and if negotiations are not going well, the pound could fall considerable. May’s opportunity to provide clarity on Friday was not taken and at one point she stated “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

If you have a currency requirement I would be 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.

Will GBPEUR rise on the German election?

Many clients are looking to the German election as a possible event to which could create some fresh opportunities on the GBPEUR exchange rate. Many clients are predicting the pound will lose value against the Euro expecting the Euro will strengthen on the back of renewed political certainty in the region. Angela Merkel is widely predicted to win the Chancellorship, the market moving element will be the extent to which any anti-EU or immigration party performs in the share of the votes.

Overall the Euro is significantly stronger against the pound compared to the last few months and years but in the last few weeks the pound has fought back, mainly on the back expectations the UK will raise interest rates. Markets are predicting the UK will raise interest rates in the future but personally I would be skeptical about this happening. Nevertheless the market has to price this potential outcome into the rates and this is the reason for the strength of the pound lately.

If you have a transfer buying Euros with pound you are almost 5% higher than the lower points only two weeks ago. It is unlikely this will just keep rising particularly with the Euro performing so well on the back of improved political certainty in the region. Therefore clients buying Euros with pound should be very conscious of the potential for further setbacks or surprises working against them in the same fashion as events have helped them.

If you have a transfer to make in the future buying or selling Euros then why not speak to me by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk, we can then help guide you through the processes and expectations on the rates plus ensure you get the best rates in the market.

Pound hits 2 month high against the Euro following Bank of England meeting (Tom Holian)

Sterling Euro exchange rates are now trading at their highest level since July after the Bank of England claimed that they may be considering raising interest rates earlier than markets currently expect.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said that he was pleased with UK economic growth which has been positive in recent months and combined with record low levels of UK unemployment this could be a justification for raising interest rates.

Inflation continues to run high after hitting 2.9% during August which is the highest in 5 years and this also helped the Pound to make gains vs the Euro.

Indeed, rumours are that the Bank of England may be considering raising interest rates early next year compared to the previous expectation of 2019.

However, I don’t think we see a rate hike coming anytime soon so I think this was just posturing in order to help the Pound make gains.

On Friday next week Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Florence to set out her vision of post-Brexit Britain in which she will talk about the UK ‘leaving the EU but not leaving Europe.

This could potentially cause a lot of movement for GBPEUR exchange rates so keep a close eye out for what may happen to rates at the end of next week.

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 soon as I can.

Will GBPEUR keep rising?

The pound has risen to fresh 3 month highs against the Euro as we get closer to understanding when the Bank of England might raise interest rates. Overall there is a much stronger belief that the Euro will rise after the German election but of course there are no guarantees as to what will ultimately happen down the line. It would not be surprising to see this rally for the pound carry on but of course the German election will be a thorn in the side of Euro buyers next week.

The actual election is on the 24th September but that is a Sunday so Friday next week and Monday will be the main days we will see movement on the currency markets. Therefore if you have a transfer to buy or sell Euros for pounds making some plans around the upcoming events is sensible, I am sure if you need to buy Euros and you see the rate go back down to 1.10 you would be most disappointed!

The pending German election could be a good opportunity for any Euro sellers who failed to capitalise on the improvements we saw two weeks ago to recoup some losses. However overall I would not be surprised to see the pound much stronger overall owing to the outcome from yesterday’s Bank of England meeting.

If you have a transfer to make soon or even in the coming weeks then making some plans around this latest twist on the market is I believe very sensible. 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 in the future.

Sterling rallys against the Euro following Interest rate decision (Daniel Johnson)

Is Sterling’s advance warranted?

Today saw the UK interest rate decision. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) consist of nine members who vote on whether there should be a change in rates. Today’s vote came in at 7-2 in favor of keeping rates on hold. It was the speech after the event that caused sterling to gain strength.

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England (BOE)  spoke following the discussion and stated the BOE may need to adjust interest rates in the coming months. In my opinion this is jawboning, talking up the value of the currency  as apposed to making an actual change to monetary policy, let us not forget the vote was 7-2 to keep rates on hold.

They are justifying a potential hike on the rise in inflation to 2.9%. Inflation is only a positive to an economy if average wage growth is increasing at a similar pace. Wage growth fell to 2.1%, something the BOE have seemingly swept under the carpet. I believe a rate hike is not the solution to the inflation problem. Brexit is the reason for the weak value of the pound and in turn the rise in inflation due to the increase in cost of exports, a solution to the problem would be clarity on Brexit and the pound will rally with out monetary policy action.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

 

GBPEUR holds steady above 1.10

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics released the latest Consumer Price Index numbers for the UK and inflation had risen 0.3% compared to last months figure of 2.6%. With inflation now sitting at 2.9% it appears that speculators have purchased the pound in anticipation that the Bank of England could give some indication about a future interest rate hike on Thursday.

However I actually believe the complete opposite and wouldn’t be surprised to see the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney to talk down sterling. In recent weeks the Governor has made it clear that the weaker pound is the reason for the shift in inflation and the Bank of England will act off the back of Brexit developments.

With this in mind I believe the spike above 1.10 is a spike and in the upcoming weeks GBPEUR exchange rates will fall back towards the 8 year lows we were experiencing only 2-3 weeks ago. Therefore anyone looking to purchase euros short term should consider buying there euros upfront. For euro sellers rates are still fantastic however if you can hold your nerve rates could improve towards the end of the month.

If you reading this website for the first time as you need to convert GBPEUR, 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 a free quote 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.

Common clients I help on a daily basis are Sole traders, MD or FD of a company, property buyers and sellers. If you are one of the three and are currently using the bank to transfer your currency you need to be made aware that you could be saving money!

 

 

Inflation data gives the pound a boost (Daniel Johnson)

CPI data increases the chances of a rate hike from the BOE

GBP/EUR now sits above 1.11, the best levels of exchange for over a month for euro buyers.  The catalyst for the rise in the pound was Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. CPI is a measure of inflation, if provides a comparison in price changes on goods and services. Inflation is a major concern for the UK and is a direct result of Brexit. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit has weakened the pound considerably. Pre-referendum announcement GBP/EUR sat at 1.42.

With imports now becoming far more expensive businesses are raising prices to consumers. In order for consumers to continue spending average wage growth needs to be increasing at a similar pace to inflation, at present it is not, currently sitting at 1.8%. New wage data is released this morning at 9.30.

Inflation showed an increase yesterday above expectations to 2.9%. The pound benefited as a result. This is due to rumours the Bank of England could consider a rate hike if inflation continues to rise. I am of the opinion a change in monetary policy is not the solution. In order for inflation to fall we need a stable government and clarity over the big issues in Brexit, namely trade and the freedom of movement of people.

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