Category Archives: GBP Forecast

Pound continues to fall against the Euro as predicted (Tom Holian)

Pound Euro exchange rates have continued to fall during today’s trading session and this has been the case for almost two weeks now.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of confidence in Sterling at the moment and the Euro is going from strength to strength.

Not only is the Euro strong vs the Pound but it is also strong vs the US Dollar.

Typically when the Dollar weakens this results in Euro strength and this appears to be the case at the moment.

There is a lot of economic data due out for Europe tomorrow with German GDP data for the first quarter as well as manufacturing data.

As Germany is the leading economy in Europe if the economic data is strong in the morning expect GBPEUR exchange rates to fall.

Turning the focus to the UK, inflation has been one of the main culprits for Sterling’s recent demise vs the Euro. The Inflation Report Hearings are due out at 11am and if they highlight the ongoing problem then I expect to see the Pound fall even further against the single currency.

With just over a fortnight to go before the UK’s general election then we could see further volatility ahead so if you want to avoid the risk of the market moving against you then it may be worth looking at buying a forward contract which allows you to secure an exchange rate for a future date.

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

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates as well as helping you with the timing of your trade.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Could the Pound fall further against the Euro? (Tom Holian)

Pound Euro exchange rates have had a difficult last fortnight with a loss of over 3 cents. The problem that the British economy appears to be facing at the moment is that of rising inflation.

This was confirmed in both the Quarterly Inflation Report as well as the Consumer Price Index which came out earlier this week.

Rising inflation is a problem for the UK and part of this has been caused by the strength of the US Dollar. As we import so much from overseas and GBPUSD exchange rates have fallen by approximately 15% since last year when the Brexit vote was held the cost of living is rising.

Indeed, unemployment which came out at its best level in 45 years should have in theory strengthened Sterling vs the single currency but as Average Earnings came out lower than the current rate of inflation this means that although more people are in work their spending power has been reduced.

Increasing inflation would usually be tackled by the Bank of England with an interest rate hike but the central bank has a problem in that Quantitative Easing seems to be the monetary policy used in recent years. The Bank of England voted earlier this month to keep rates on hold with only one member voting for an interest rate hike.

Therefore, I think we will see the Pound struggle against the Euro until the issue of inflation is tackled or it comes down by itself.

With less than 3 weeks to go another question that I am frequently being asked is what will happen to the value of the Pound once the general election takes place.

Usually we would see the Pound strengthen if the existing government maintains the status quo but I think this time round as it is so obvious that the Tories will win I think this has already been priced in to GBEUR exchange rates.

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

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Will the pound to Euro rate fall further?

The pound to euro exchange rate could now really suffer as we get closer to the UK election and any uncertainty of a strong Theresa May victory weighs on the pound and sees exchange rates fall. The overriding impression on the market is that we will soon see the pound rise higher on the back of a strong Theresa May victory. However the potential for a big improvement on the exchange rate is not as high as in previous years where we have seen the market fall and rise sharply owing to the uncertainty around the outcome. This morning’s Retail Sales figures are reason to expect some turbulence ahead of the bigger news in June.

Therefore if you have a currency requirement buying or selling the pound and Euro making some plans around this important event is crucial. Once the UK election is over there then begins a whole new set of problems as we learn of the latest news surrounding the Brexit deal and further problems. If you have a transaction you are considering in the future then making some plans in advance is sensible to avoid the risk of further uncertainty or surprises causing upset.

There is a strong belief that the pound to Euro rate will rise in the future as we get closer to understanding the true nature of the Brexit. However we could be waiting some time to find out exactly how this will pan out. With German elections later in the year the Euro might strengthen but assuming the Conservatives win a strong majority the outlook for GBPEUR is I believe to be close to 1.20 than the mid teens.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the GBPEUR currency pairing then the next few weeks look very interesting. For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Euro on the charge, where next for GBPEUR exchange rates?

The pound to Euro rate dropped yesterday as UK Inflation data was shown to be rising at a faster pace than thought and this piles pressure on UK consumers. With consumers in the UK making up a large degree of the financial activity since Brexit, consumer behaviour is crucial to where the UK economy and sterling exchange rates ultimately heads.

The biggest factor for the Euro is at present is improved political news and also economic news. Eurozone GDP was confirmed at 0.5% yesterday and Emmanuel Macron made headway in forming a cabinet which has dispelled some of the fears relating to the Euro over the last few weeks. The economic outlook in the Eurozone is looking much more positive and with Angela Merkel’s party also faring well in the recent elections, much of the political fear and worry over the Eurozone is being neutralised.

This represents a shift as Donald Trump begins to encounter problems with not just the US economy but also politics coming under fire for leaking information to the Russians and also for firing the head of the FBI. The UK too is struggling politically, whilst Theresa May should win the election in June there is uncertainty there over just how it will effect the Brexit.

So all in all the Euro is benefiting from uncertainty elsewhere. I expect this trend to remain as we get closer to the UK election and Donald Trump continues to dance to his own tune with no tangible benefit to the US economy. GBPEUR could easily drift lower now down to 1.14 or 1.15 as we approach the UK election.

Today we have key data with the latest Unemployment figures for the UK so if you have a transfer to make please keep your eyes peeled for this morning’s data at 09.30 am. All in all if you have any currency transfers to make understanding the market and all of your options is key. For a detailed analysis of your position and how we might be able to help please contact me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Pound to Euro exchange rates take another dip following poor inflation figures (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Euro exchange rates have unfortunately taken a further tumble this morning as fears about inflation appear to be manifesting.

There is a very intimate relationship between interest rates and inflation which is why Pound to Euro exchange rates did not fare too well today when it was revealed inflation growth appeared to be ‘petering out’.

Growing inflation is a concern for Central Banks, as this suggests that prices are ‘running away’ from the ability for consumers to buy. A common tool to combat this is to conduct interest rate rises to curb spending by increase the incentive to save – in turn keeping prices lower.

The secondary effect of this is that the Pound tends to get a bit of a boost. If interest rates rise then holding Pound’s produces a higher yield, and this means you should normally see its value rise due to increased demand.

However, inflation is not rising fast enough to justify this, and it has lend credence today with the confirmation of the inflation rate that it is unlikely the UK will be seeing an interest rate hike.

This negative outlook for the Pound fed into markets immediately today, which is why GBP/EUR tumbled to begin today’s trading session when the news came out at 9:30am.

This will likely be the dominant narrative moving forward this week, so Pound to Euro buyers may be wise to move sooner rather than later to avoid a difficult day when buying an upcoming currency requirement.

This will likely dictate Sterling rates for the rest of the week, so anyone planning a transfer can contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer based on the outcome aimed at maximising your currency return, whether this be buying or selling Euros.

I have never had an issue beating the rate of exchange offered elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you thousands on a prospective transfer.

Economic data to set the tone for Pound vs Euro exchange rates this week (Tom Holian)

The Pound has continued to drift down vs the Euro during today’s trading session as the markets are still digesting the news from the back end of last week.

However, the market has remained relatively quiet today in anticipation of another big day in terms of economic data tomorrow and Wednesday.

Although we saw the news from the latest Quarterly Inflation Report on Thursday all eyes will be on tomorrow morning’s Consumer Price Index due at 930am. The expectation is for 2.6% which is higher than the Bank of England’s target of 2% so anything different could cause some volatility for GBPEUR exchange rates.

Closely following the UK’s inflation data the Eurozone will release GDP data for the first quarter of 2017. The expectation is for growth of 1.7% year on year and with the German economy performing well in recent weeks I would not be surprised to see a positive announcement for the Eurozone and if this takes place we could see the Pound lose ground vs the Euro during tomorrow’s trading session.

On Wednesday UK unemployment data is due and although unemployment figures have been getting lower here in the UK the real problem is that of Average Earnings which have started to slow recently.

In layman’s terms this means that although there are more people in work their spending power is reduced and generally speaking this tends to weaken the currency involved.

Therefore, I think over the next two days Sterling will face a difficult period vs the Euro.

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

Working for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates as well as being able to offer you different types of contracts including forward contracts which allows you to fix an exchange rate for a future date.

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Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Has Sterling’s rally vs the Euro come to an end? (Tom Holian)

The UK published a number of lower than expected economic data releases on Thursday which caused the Pound to hit a one week low vs the Euro.

The Pound has had a very good run in recent weeks but the combination of poor Industrial & Manufacturing data caused the Pound to fall vs the single currency.

The UK’s Trade Deficit figures came out at £13.4bn and this is not a good thing for the British economy and in particular the Pound vs the Euro.

Whilst the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold the governor of the central bank Mark Carney cut the UK’s growth forecast from 2% to 1.9% and this led to investor confidence waning in the UK and as such the Pound fell against the Euro.

Inflation has been predicted to rise to 2.8% whilst average earnings are predicted to fall to just 2% which effectively means that the cost of living is going up whilst wages are falling.

German economic data out this morning showed an improvement in GDP compared to the first quarter from 0.4% to 0.6% and this helped the Euro to end the week on a high vs the Pound which has provided some good opportunities to sell Euros to buy Sterling compared to recent times.

We ended this week with US Retail Sales falling in April and typically when we see Dollar weakness this results in Euro strength which has been evident this afternoon.

As we go into next week the focus is likely to return to the UK’s political landscape and with the Tories looking like they will win without any significant challenge could this provide the Pound with a recovery against the Euro?

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rtes compared to using your own bank .

Therefore, if you would like further information or a free quote when buying or selling currency then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Pound to Euro rate hits one-week low as Bank of England lowers growth forecast (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has dropped to its lowest level in a week yesterday as data from the disappointed.

The Bank of England (BoE) slashed its growth forecast as yesterday’s quarterly inflation report confirmed that inflation levels within the UK will soon outstrip earnings growth. Sterling has dropped below 1.1850 this morning as the softening of the Pound continues although the currency is still towards the top of the current trading range.

Those considering a Sterling transfer should bear in mind that earlier this week analysts at Lloyds bank downgraded their GBP/EUR price target from 1.18 to 1.16 at the end of 2017. This level is below the Pounds current mid-market value, so it seems that some professionals expect the pound to fall as the year goes on.

I also think that if it surfaces that Brexit negotiations have begun badly, we could see a sell-off for the Pound as the setting up of new trade agreements is likely to be the governments priority as the UK enters a time of uncertainty. Now that economic data is playing a more prominent role in the value of the Pound it’s certainly worth paying a close eye on data releases as they’re impacting Sterling rates to a greater extent than last year when politics played a greater role.

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.

How will the UK General Election effect GBP/EUR? (Daniel Johnson)

Will the Election cause Sterling weakness?

Theresa May announced a snap election to take place on 8th June. Historically a snap election would cause the currency in question to weaken, however on his occasion we saw the opposite occur. Following the announcement Sterling strengthened over the Euro. It is important to remember the market moves on rumour as well as fact. It was a shrewd move by May to announce the election while the opposition is so weak. Due to the conservatives clear lead in the polls, I am of the opinion a conservative victory is already factored into current rates of exchange. I would expect little movement on GBP/EUR if the conservatives win. It is when the unexpected occurs you can expect significant movement on the exchange.

We can use the recent French election as an example. After the first round of voting, the field was broken down to two candidates. Macron and Le Pen. Macron was so dominant after the first round the Euro strengthened due to Macron’s pro EU stance. However, when his victory was confirmed we saw little movement on GBP/EUR.

Super Thursday

Thursday brings the UK interest rate decision. I would be very surprised to see any change. It will be interesting however to look at how the monetary Policy Committee (MPC) votes. The nine members vote on whether there should be any change in interest rates, if a member’s vote changes from last month’s we could see movement on the market as this is an indication a change in monetary policy could be on the cards.

We also have manufacturing data which is expected to show a slight decline, any variation from the prediction could result in volatility.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. I will provide an individual trading strategy with no obligation to trade. If you already have a currency provider let me know what you are being offered and I am confident in showing you a considerable saving. Feel free to contact me at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading.

 

 

Macron wins but Euro remains flat against the Pound (Tom Holian)

Emmanuel Macron has been confirmed as the new President of France with a convincing win over the more controversial candidate Marine Le Pen.

What make this interesting in terms of the currency markets is that this has done little to move the Euro vs the Pound and if anything we have seen GBPEUR exchange rates make gains since the start of the week.

Tomorrow morning there is a host of economic data due out from Germany in the form of Industrial Production data as well as Trade Balance. As Germany is the leading economy in the Eurozone any data can affect GBPEUR exchange rates.

The focus is now likely to return to what is happening politically in the UK and with the general election due to take place a month from today I think we could see the Pound make some gains in the weeks ahead as it appears as though the Tories will win with a clear majority at the moment.

If this happens this could provide the UK with more stability which means Theresa May will be able to start progressing the Brexit negotiations.

Therefore, if you’re in the process of looking to sell Euros during this month it may be worth looking at a forward contract which allows you to fix an exchange rate with a small deposit for a future date.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers I am confident not only of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates but also help you with the timing of your transfer. 

If you have a currency transfer to make involving buying Euros or selling 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

 

What can we expect on the pound to Euro rate in May?

The pound to Euro rate is likely to come under some turbulence in the coming weeks as we get much closer to the latest news regarding the UK and French elections. Sunday sees the results of the French election and June 8th the UK election. Elections contribute to volatility on many fronts and we could easily see some big swings on the markets which would see the pound higher against the Euro but on reflection I think it will only become more expensive to buy Euros with pounds. If you need to buy Euros with pounds making some plans in advance is without doubt a smart move!

Overall the rates to buy Euros with pounds have improved significantly in recent weeks as the UK election contributes to some better deals to buy Euros at. Most of 2017 has seen the levels trapped between 1.13 and 1.17 but just lately we have seen some deals for clients buying Euros in the higher teens in the 1.18-1.20 bracket.

Such a big improvement is I believe well worth considering especially when you consider what is around the corner. The pound is highly likely to come under pressure from the UK election as despite the likelihood of Theresa May winning, there is always uncertainty around an election. The opposite is true for the Euro which is likely to strengthen after Sunday assuming a Macron victory since this will remove any uncertainty around this event.

Clients looking to buy Euros might wish to capitalise on the current excellent levels which are very close to the best rates we have had in 2017 to buy Euros with pounds. Whilst there is a chance rates might be higher after the French election we could well see the Euro stronger, if I have Euros to buy the next 48 hours are crucial!

For preferential market beating exchange rates and a friendly personal service please contact me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk with a brief overview of the situation and I will be in touch very soon to run through and explain our services.

Could Tough Brexit Negotiations Halt Sterling’s Rise? (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound has enjoyed a positive run against the EUR of late but has found resistance around the current levels over recent days.

With the pair now trading around 1.18, having hit a high of over 1.19 over the past couple of weeks, it indicates that the EUR is finding a lot of support under 1.20.

As regular readers will know this is a key resistance level on the pair and I certainly feel we need to see another shift in market sentiment, in order for the Pound to break through this.

Whilst the EUR has come under pressure ahead of the French elections, with the markets fearing a far right Le Pen victory, this scenario looks to becoming less and less likely. Whilst I’m wary about reading too much into poll numbers following last year’s surprising Brexit result and Trump’s victory in the US elections, I do feel that a Macron win on Sunday will help to solidify the single currencies positon.

The Pound found support following the announcement of a UK general election in June and the likely result of a Conservative victory, bringing an element of stability to the markets due to the continuity it will bring over the coming years. However, this positive spike seems to have cooled somewhat and based on some worrying reports this week, in regards to the UK’s Brexit negotiations and how tough they are likely to be, are you prepared to risk losing the gains made for Sterling over the past month?

My overall feeling has been that clients holding the Pound should be looking for short-term market opportunities, rather than hold out for long-term sustainable gains whilst so much uncertainty around the UK economy remains.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has come out fighting this week, in response to reports that the UK has little understanding of how the EU works if it thinks it will be getting a good deal in regards to our Brexit. Whilst political jostling could account for a portion of this, I do feel we are in for a rocky road over the coming months. As such I would be looking to protect any GBP/EUR requirement, rather than gamble on an extremely uncertain market.

If you have an upcoming GBP or EUR currency requirement and would like to be kept up to date with all the latest market movements, 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.

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Will GBPEUR rates rise to 1.20?

It is now looking much less likely but remains a distinct possibility. The overall expectation for the market is that we may possibly see a higher pound but there does definitely remain a risk the pound will slip from the recent highs as the Euro is stronger and might strengthen further as we get the result from the French election. It is now apparent just how much the French election was priced into the value of the Euro as we got Sunday’s results. The market now appears to believe that Macron will win but there is always the chance of a surprise.

On balance, if I was buying Euros I would be looking to move sooner than later ahead of the results from the French election. The expectation for the market is that we will see the Euro gain against a weaker pound. June sees the UK election which is more than likely to contribute to a weaker pound, the overall impression is that Theresa May will win but that doesn’t mean sterling wouldn’t suffer as we get closer to the result. The market will have to debate the likelihood of that victory against the strength of any majority, in recent years the polls have been very wrong!

The pound has recently struggled to break the 1.20 barrier and has also failed to rise above this level at every attempt since the June Referendum. The likelihood of 1.20 is now obviously higher than a few months ago but a challenge above this level will not be easily completed. It will take a big chance of sentiment so if you have a transfer to make buying Euros taking stock of current levels is I believe very sensible.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling the Euro or pound then the next few weeks will be key! For more information to help with the planning and execution of any currency exchanges please don’t hesitate to contact me, Jonathan Watson, directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will GBPEUR rise or fall on the French elections?

The general impression is that  GBPEUR will rise since the French election offers lots of potential for Euro weakness in the coming months. The overall impression on financial markets is that a Le Pen or Melenchon victory would severely weaken the Euro, with a real chance at least one of these candidates will make it through to the second round after Sunday’s first round vote the single currency could be in for a tough couple of weeks. What happens is very much open to interpretation, nothing should be taken for granted in such uncertain times, however.

The overriding expectation is that the French election will ultimately be won by the more centrist ‘reformer’ Macron. Performing well in the polls the market is expecting he will beat Le Pen in the run-off on the 7th May. If you have a Euro buying requirement the rates on Monday morning could be much improved as the market debates the likelihood of a Le Pen victory.

The pound has been much stronger on the back of the General Election announcement earlier this week for the UK. Most reports have the pound much stronger in the next few weeks as Theresa May cements her position and is able to drive through more reform. A flipside view is that with her relying less on the elements in the Tory party who seek a harder Brexit, she will be forced to create more of a softer Brexit. This is one of the reasons for the pound rising but such elements and expectations can quickly change.

If you are buying or selling the pound and euro in the coming days and weeks the importance of the French election and the continued Brexit fallout shouldn’t be underestimated. With only a few days between the two rounds of the French election Euro buyers might find they are presented with a fresh unique opportunity to buy Euros, the best in 2017 so far.

If you would like some assistance with the timing and planning of any currency transfers please contact the author Jonathan Watson directly by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

1.20 Still a Key Resistance Level for GBP/EUR Exchange Rates (Matthew Vassallo)

Sterling has met resistance under 1.20 against the EUR and is struggling to break through this key level for the pair.

Despite this week’s positive move, I am not convinced that the recent trend will allow the Pound to sustainably move above this threshold.

Sterling has gained over two cents following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election in June. This positive move went against the grain, as historically any political U-turns usually bring with it a level of uncertainty and the currency in question is put under pressure. As regular readers will know any economic & political uncertainty is a currencies biggest downfall and for this reason I would be extremely tempted to take advantage of Sterling’s gains over the past 48 hours.

There are still many unanswered questions and despite many assuming the result of the election is a forgone conclusion, last year’s political outcomes in terms of the Brexit result and President Trump’s victory, should head a warning to us all that the expected outcome does not always come to fruition.

There is no doubt Sterling has gained a foothold and EUR sellers may well have missed the opportune time to sell their positions but the current levels remain attractive, certainly when you consider the history on the pair.

The main talking point over the next few of weeks is likely to centre around the French elections and with the far right Marine Le Penn once again gaining support, having seemingly been out of the race, investors are likely to be extremely wary about what the outcome could be should she get into power. With so much economic and political uncertainty across the Eurozone region are you prepared to gamble on a seismic shift in market conditions, which would be needed to significantly boost the EUR value in my opinion.

My overall opinion is that both buyers and sellers should be looking at short-term market opportunities to secure their transfers, rather than gamble on the long-term outcome whilst so much uncertainty surrounding the UK & Eurozone economies remains.

If you have an upcoming GBP or EUR currency transfer and would like to be kept up to date with all the latest market movements, 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.

Sterling hits an 8-day high against the Euro as French Presidency fears hit the single currency (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro rate exceeded 1.1750 yesterday afternoon and the pair have held strong above this level so far, as at the time of writing the pair are still trading above this level at the mid-market level.

What’s also interesting to see is that today’s low so far is 1.1756 which indicates to me that there could be support for the pair at this level.

With Sterling gaining slowly since the official start to the Brexit process it appears that the currency has hit its lowest level and it’s now on the recovery, which many within financial markets suggesting that the Brexit has been priced into the Pounds value.

What may help the Pound make additional gains against the Euro later this month is the French Presidential election. There have been fears and hedged bets against the Euro as there’s a chance far-right candidate Marine Le Pen could perform better than many are expecting. This would likely result in Euro weakness due to her plans for a Frexit, but over the past week the increasing popularity of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon has also weighed on the Euros value due to his views on tax tariffs.

Now that Brexit is underway economic data is playing a more prominent role in the currency fluctuations involving the Pound, so if you’re planning on making a currency exchange involving the pound and another currency do feel free to get in touch regarding these events.

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.

 

What next for GBPEUR?

GBPEUR exchange rates could now enter a very important period as we get closer to the French elections and investors take stock of the latest news on sterling. All in all, it appears to be a much more important time on the markets with investors keenly awaiting the latest news on Brexit and the French elections. I personally can see the GBPEUR rate rising on the improved sentiments over the pound whilst the Euro might weaken as we get closer to the French elections.

GBPEUR is actually 4 cents higher today than the lower levels of 2017 which is in itself a great bit of news. The prospect rates might even improve further is even better news! If you have a transfer t make in the coming weeks then understanding the market and all of your options well in advance is vital to making the most of this volatile time.

GBPEUR still has some doom merchants predicting it will drop to parity later in the year, that would not be very good news for any clients looking to buy Euros in the coming weeks. Tomorrow is the latest UK Unemployment data before we head into the long Easter weekend. Friday is Good Friday and Monday Easter Monday so there will be four days of decreased activity and thinner volumes. This can sometimes lead to some unexpected spikes so if you are making a GBPEUR transaction in the next couple of weeks understanding what is happening in advance is a smart move.

GBPEUR rates might rise but there is also a degree of risk, clearly, the Brexit is a risk factor in the days and months ahead. If you have a transfer and wish to get some expert opinion and insight on the markets then please feel free to get in touch with me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

Pound falls against the Euro owing to poor economic data (Tom Holian)

The Pound has ended the week falling against the Euro after the UK posted worse than expected economic data.

UK Industrial & Manufacturing data both fell in March and this led to the Pound falling from close to a 1 month high earlier in the week vs the Euro to 1.1.6 during today’s trading session.

After the triggering of Article 50 last week the focus has now turned back to the economic data both here and the Eurozone and owing to the lacklustre data the Pound fell vs the single currency.

We also saw the release of the latest three month’s worth of UK GDP data published by the NIESR.

The figure was 0.5% for the quarter which although is still relatively strong it didn’t give the markets the boost they were perhaps looking for.

Moving the focus towards next week UK inflation data will come out on Tuesday morning.

Inflation has been rising recently in the UK and the previous month’s MPC meeting minutes showed that one of the 9 members actually voted for an interest rate hike.

Therefore, if inflation shows another increase on Tuesday it could provide support to last month’s vote and we could see a slow shift in favour of raising interest rates in the UK sooner than some have predicted.

Therefore, if you’re considering making a currency purchase between Sterling and Euro then Tuesday could cause some big movements depending on the data release.

If you would like a free quote when buying or selling Euros compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates.

Email me with details of your enquiry.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk 

GBP/EUR breaks 1.17 as services sector remains strong, will the pair hit 1.20? (Joseph Wright)

The UK economy was given a boost yesterday as data showed that its most important sector is performing well.

Economists had anticipated growth in the UK’s services sector but the figure came out higher than they had expected, and the reason Sterling saw a boost of the back of this data release is because the services sector accounts for around 75% of the UK’s economy.

For this reason data releases reflecting the health of this area of the economy can result is swings within GBP exchange rates. Due to the UK entering what could be considered a sensitive time as Brexit is now underway I expect to see these figures followed closely and I think we may see dips within the Pounds value should these figures disappoint.

Another news release which could be watched closely is Gross Domestic Product figures as these will also reflect the health of the UK economy. The next release comes out tomorrow at 1pm and the expectation is for a figure of 0.6% so expect any major deviations from this figure to result in swings within GBP/EUR exchange rates.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding major movements between the Pound and the Euro do feel free to register your details with me.

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.

Could the Pound hit 1.20 this month? (Tom Holian)

With the trigger of Article 50 now one week behind us the focus is now returning back to the economic data in both the UK and the Eurozone.

The Pound has seen some small gains since last week touching 1.17 on the Interbank level during today’s trading session and the Pound has been creeping up against a lot of other currencies during the course of this week.

We are now less than 3 weeks away from the French elections which are likely to cause problems for the Euro as the controversial politician Marine Le Pen looks as though she will get through the first round of voting due to take place on 23rd April.

However, although she is very likely to get through the first round the likelihood is that she will be defeated when the second and final round takes place on 7th May.

However, as we have already seen with the Brexit vote and the Trump win during 2016 there appears to be a voice for change so anything is possible when it comes to politics.

If we see a surprise win for Le Pen this could send GBPEUR rates in an upward direction very quickly but personally I would be amazed to see her win the elections next month.

In the short term the UK releases the latest set of GDP figures for the last three months when the NIESR confirms the data on Friday. I think this could be rather positive for the UK as Retail Sales released recently showed a big jump and as Retail Sales are a big part of the British economy I think this could result in some positive GDP figures.

Therefore, if you’re in the process of buying Euros with Pounds then the end of the week could potentially provide a better opportunity.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing form you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk