GBP EUR Climbing as Government Deal is Expected Imminently (James Lovick)

GBP EUR has seen a small recovery as the expectation of a deal between the Conservative Party and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is expected imminently. This move should bring some confidence to the markets and already some of this positive news is beginning to be priced into the exchange rate.

The Queens speech could create a huge amount of additional volatility as Jeremy Corbyn is expected to make an amendment to it and may try to vote it down which could see additional volatility for the pound. However it is most likely that a deal will be done keeping Theresa May in place as Prime Minister.

UK inflation data yesterday which arrived at 2.9% also helped lift the pound as the prospect of an interest rate increase in the not too distant future is becoming a reality. The Bank of England meet tomorrow and there could be a swing in the votes with another member calling for a hike at this meeting. Whilst no change is expected the minutes of the meeting are likely to give clues as to where future policy is heading and there could be a big market reaction to it.

The Spanish banking sector has come back under the spotlight after Banco Popular had a run on it by its savers which forced a rescue by Santander. Clients looking to sell Euros and bring them back to Blighty away from Spain would be wise to consider taking advantage of the excellent trading levels which are currently available. The pound could see healthy gains after a new government is formally announced and may present win opportunity for those clients that need to buy Euros.

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

Buying Euro rates see first signs of life since election result (Joshua Privett)

GBP/EUR has risen half a cent at the time of writing this article due to some very positive economic data in the UK cutting through some of the election noise.

Euro buyers seem to have found some support now that Theresa May has had positive meetings yesterday with her own conservative party, quelling rumours of a potential leadership challenge and painting the picture of a Government on the mend.

This was compounded today with positive murmurings coming from talks between Theresa May and the DUP in the first official steps to forming their informal partnership whilst the next government sits to perform its duties.

The manifesto will still need to be debated in Parliament, and, as such, is not out of the woods yet, and May needs to get a consensus on which features of the manifesto should be revised to meet the surge for opposition support.

For now however, the Pound seems set for improvements. Even the economic sphere is giving Sterling a helping hand.

Today inflation data for the UK economy showed thriving spending activity, pushing price rise rates up close to 3% for the year at 2.9%. Given that 60% of the UK economy is made up from domestic consumerism this is important, but there are also indirect benefits.

On Thursday the UK has its next interest rate decision and monetary policy statement. Given that a high interest rate (and this is high, the Bank of England tends to have a target rate of just 2%) is normally a prompt to raise rates and control spending activity, the UK may see policy lean more towards raising rates in the near term.

Such a move will certainly benefit the Pound’s value.

I am well positioned to assist anyone with a buying or selling Euro currency requirement to time their transfer and stay informed in this fluid marketplace. You can contact me directly on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer and your options.

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Political Uncertainty weakens the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

Conservative failure to win a majority weakens Sterling

The PM  faces more negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to keep her position as prime minister after losing parliament majority just days before EU exit  negotiations are set to take place. It may have been the case that Theresa May would have been better off keeping her mouth shut rather than try and improve her popularity. It was not a clever move attacking her key voters. She said she would make the elderly pay for their own care homes or home care if they have assets to the value of £100k or above.  This no doubt caused a significant swing in votes.

May’s Downing street office announced  she had spoken  with the DUP to discuss completeing a deal this week. Political uncertainty causes the currency in question to weaken and this is definitely the case in this scenario.

May stated “ We will welcome any such deal being agreed , as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond. As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward.”

This could prove to be an opportunity for euro buyers. The UK needs to escape of this political limbo in order for the pound to strengthen. It would be wise to keep your eyes glued to developments in order to maximise your return.

Brussels seems to be prepared to make it tough at the beginning of exit talks. They have requested an exit payment before negotiations can commence. The fee named is on excess of €60bn. This does not bode well for Sterling.

If you have a currency transfer to perform  then I will be happy to speak to you directly as I will be willing to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the best possible rate when you do come to trade. A small improvement in a rate can make a significant difference so for the sake of taking a few minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can contact me (Daniel Johnson) on dcj@currencies.co.uk and I will to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading.

 

Best rate to sell Euros to buy Pounds since November 2016 (Tom Holian)

The Pound has now dropped to its lowest level to buy Euros since November last year as the political landscape remains uncertain.

Although the Tories managed to succeed as the largest party they did not win enough votes to form a majority government and at the moment talks are continuing between the Conservatives and the DUP in an attempt to conclude the election result.

The Queen’s Speech has been delayed for a few days until things are sorted out with the initial date of June 19th having now been postponed. The speech is one written by the government and outlines its plans for how it will run parliament during its term.

All this news does not bode well for Sterling Euro exchange rates as uncertainty will often cause problems for the currency involved. Previously when the Tories were forced to form a coalition with the Lib Dems back in 2010 it took almost 3 weeks after the election result to have the Queen’s Speech.

I personally think we’ll see further problems ahead for the Pound against the single currency whilst all this uncertainty continues.

The election result may even delay the Brexit talks which were also due to start next week. Until we have some form of agreement then we will be stuck in limbo so I cannot see the Pound making gains vs the Euro in the short term until things settle down.

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for almost 15 years I am confident of being able to offer you better exchange rates than using your own bank when buying or selling Euros as well as offering you a number of different contract options typically unavailable from your high street bank.

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General Election causes Pound to fall against the Euro (Tom Holian)

Sterling vs the Euro has crashed as the election result caused a big shock for the foreign exchange markets. The fall happened immediately after the release of the first exit polls on Thursday night which showed that a hung parliament would be likely with the Tories not being able to form a majority government.

Even when I saw the release of the initial poll owing to what happened during 2016 when the polls were completely wrong in predicting both the Brexit vote as well as the Trump victory I didn’t have too much faith in them being correct.

However, on this occasion the results were almost spot on and we saw the Pound drop into the 1.12 region at one point on Friday morning.

The Tories failed to achieve a majority government and this led to a fall in value of Sterling vs the Euro and at the time of writing the Tories are looking to sort out an agreement with the DUP.

The Pound managed to put a stop to its losses by midday on Friday and with calls for Theresa May to resign this could have caused further uncertainty for Sterling so as she has stayed this helped the Pound to resist falling further vs the single currency.

The next stumbling block for the Pound will come in just over a week’s time with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggesting that there is now no reason to delay the Brexit talks.

As we now know who will be leading the country the talks are due to start on June 19th and as we have already seen in the last few months the European leaders are likely to make the talks as difficult as possible in order to discourage other countries from doing the same.

Therefore, I think the Pound could be under further pressure this month vs all major currencies including the Euro.

If you’re in the process of buying a house in Europe it may be worth looking at buying a forward contract which allows you to fix an exchange rate for a future date for a small deposit.

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Critical 36 hours for GBPEUR exchange rates!

GBPEUR has opened this morning flirting around the 1.15 mark as markets digest events for a crucial couple of days for this pairing. The headline event is of course the UK election which takes place today, results due early tomorrow morning. Today however we have the latest ECB (European Central Bank) meeting which will be closely followed for information relating to any changes in monetary policy from the ECB. All in all I expect the predictions will be correct and GBPEUR will rise as Theresa May secures a much larger majority although I don’t see a landslide.

GBPEUR has slipped down to almost 1.13 in the last week as markets begin to price in the possibility of a Labour win or indeed a hung parliament. With the election taking place at such a crucial time with Brexit running in the background markets are being careful to not be caught out. Markets were surprised by the Trump and Brexit votes of last year which saw big swings on exchange rates, this time investors are being very careful about placing too high an expectation on any particular outcome.

Overall nothing can be taken too much for granted as historically the Conservative vote has been largely underestimated in the polls, this was true following the 2010 and 2015 election so may well see Theresa May winning more the the polls indicate. I expect GBPEUR would fall down to say 1.12 on a hung parliament, 1.10 on a Corbyn victory and 1.16-1.17 on a majority of 50-80. Anything above 80 would probably lead to rates approaching the very high teens, should May match Thatcher’s landslide of 144 then I think 1.20 could be on the cards.

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UK Braces Itself for Election Day – How will GBP/EUR Rates React to the Result? (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/EUR rates have remained marooned under 1.15 during Wednesday’s trading, ahead of tomorrow’s UK general election.

With recent polls suggesting the Corbyn led Labour party have gained some momentum, the key question now is what is the likely result and how with the markets react to the final outcome?

Whilst the result seems to be more uncertain over recent days, the Pound did find some support earlier this week. It gained over a cent against the EUR following a tough run over the past week.

The markets have been gearing themselves up towards tomorrow’s key vote and it has been the election and the subsequent outcome, which has been shaping GBP/EUR exchange rates over recent weeks.

Investors had clearly factored in a Conservative majority victory but since reports of a 20-point lead last month, each subsequent poll has indicated a decreasing advantage. This in turn has caused investors to panic, with the result being a sell-off of large Sterling positions and a downturn in the Pound’s value.

I’m extremely wary about pre-election polls, especially after last year’s UK referendum and US election results. However, with strong indications that a hung parliament is now a very real possibility, are you prepared to gamble on the result if you have a short-term Sterling currency exchange to mate?

Personally, I feel that the Pound is fighting an on-going uphill battle and any short-term improvements should be protected wherever feasible. Even a strong Conservative victory will only boost the Pound back to the levels we saw a couple of weeks ago, which have already proved unsustainable over recent months.

Looking beyond Thursdays vote and the UK economy still has many issues to content with. The Brexit negotiations have not even started and seemed to have hit a wall, whilst UK growth forecasts for next year and beyond have shrunk.

I still feel based on current market conditions that the downside risk outweighs the current upside gains and for this reason I would be removing as much risk as possible from the current market.

If you have an upcoming GBP or EUR currency transfer to make 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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GBP/EUR rates see slight fall to continue from Monday afternoon (Joshua Privett)

Sterling to Euro exchange rates have continued their marginal falls from Monday, as contradicting polls and the adjusting markets after the senseless attack over the weekend left markets in an abnormal state.

Initial polls released on Monday morning showed a gain in ground for the Conservatives in the election race, however, this was refuted on Monday afternoon with a competing polls forecasting that the Conservatives would fall far short of its election goals of a majority in Parliament.

Financial markets regularly lament any changes to the status quo, particularly in times of heavy uncertainty, as we are currently seeing with the UK’s Brexit negotiations, then this becomes all the more important.

This morning, the final poll released yesterday which showed this contraction emerged as the key governing factor for exchange rates throughout the day, with Sterling to Euro exchange rates seeing a steady decrease as the morning wore on. GBP/EUR at its peak yesterday hit 1.1530, as it stands it currently resides at 1.1440.

Polls will continue to change in the run up to the vote result, and, as a result, we can expect Sterling to Euro exchange rates to continue to oscillate based on the likelihood of a Conservative majority. I am well placed to assist anyone in timing their transfer in order to secure a competitive rate during this heavily uncertain period.

I have never had an issue securing more competitive exchange rates than what is on offer elsewhere, and these current buying levels can be fixed in place for a future requirement. This is useful if you require currency later on this year, but do not wish to gamble on the election result improving your situation or making your transfer more expensive.

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Election week is heating up. How will it effect the currency market? (Daniel Johnson)

Labor only 4 points behind the Tories

Labor are now very close in the polls to the conservatives. The latest YouGov poll has a gap of just four points. Historically, during an election the currency in question weakens. As a rule, the more uncertain the outcome, the weaker the currency. The conservatives are deemed as a safer bet for the UK economy than Labor. When the snap election was called we saw Sterling strengthen against the majority of major currencies due the significant lead in the polls. This gap has been cut which is why we have seen the pound drop in value.

If the conservatives gain a majority victory I would expect to see Sterling strengthen. If there is not a majority victory expect further falls for the pound. A hung parliament I would expect to see further falls for the pound. Despite many parties stating they are not willing to form a coalition with particular opposition,I’m sure they will soon change their tunes when they see the opportunity for power. As demonstrated by the Lib Dems in 2010.

If there is a coalition this could cause problems for the pound, parties combined with differing manifestos means getting anything through parliament will be problematic, but the major concern is how this will effect brexit trade negotiations. Potentially, Labor could form a coalition with more than one other party which could be considered worst case scenario for negotiations. I would not expect a pound  recovery in the event of this outcome.

If you have a currency requirement it is absolutely crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker who has traded through similar periods of volatility. We have contract options available that can put you in a position to trade even if your funds are not available, this should definitely be considered for those who are waiting on their Euros to released from other assets. This could be a small window of opportunity.

If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to get back to you within 24hrs with a free, trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you already have a currency provider I will be happy to perform a comparison and I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to being of help.

 

Sterling to Euro rate continues to trade towards the lower end of its current range, will this trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound is continuing to come under pressure as we get closer to the election, especially as a number of prominent opinion polls this week have shown that the lead the Conservatives had is diminishing with some suggesting that they may not win a majority of seats required.

If the option polls are correct we could be looking at another Hung Parliament in the UK which I believe would push the Pound lower and probably back towards the 1.10 mark.

The current trend for the GBPEUR pair is between 1.1350 up to 1.1950 although a couple of times towards the back end of last year the rate did touch 1.10 twice before seeing support.

A steep drop for Sterling is in my opinion likely if a Hung Parliament is announced, and I don’t think that the current UK Prime Minister has done herself many favours this week by not attending the debates between the political rivals in the race for number 10.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the latest market updates do feel free to register your interest with me and I’ll be happy to keep you updated.

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

Pound to Euro rates soften slightly after Monday recovery (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Euro rates of exchange have seen a marginal correction after the recovery recorded during the Bank Holiday period yesterday.

The heaviest falls to Sterling’s value came last week when it emerged that the election was much closer than first thought, and currency markets began scrambling over themselves to seek protection from what could end up being a very uncertain election period.

The margin for error is now very close. The expectation of a Conservative majority based on polling is similar to what the Remain camp were forecasted to win by in the Referendum last June. As such the confidence necessary to keep demand for Sterling high and therefore trading well against other currencies has been hindered somewhat.

We saw a recovery yesterday which is fairly common following large currency exchange movements, as markets re-balance waiting for more news about the upcoming election.

Without demand for Sterling its value would career downwards, making the Euro a more expensive prospect for anyone with an upcoming requirement.

Anyone with a Euro requirement in the immediate term may be wise to contact me to discuss a strategy on how to approach the vote to secure any targetted peaks and ensure you are better protected from any downside risk.

It could even be that the slight resurgence on exchange rates recorded today will be the best buying levels available before the election itself.

I have never had an issue securing more commercial exchange rates than what is on offer elsewhere. Contact me over the bank holiday weekend on jjp@currencies.co.uk while markets are closed for a short discussion concerning your personal situation.

Election news causes the Pound to wobble against the Euro (Tom Holian)

The Pound has slipped vs the Euro during Friday’s trading session as the most recent opinion poll has shown that the lead for the Tories over Labour has slipped to just 5%.

Previously the Tories were showing a huge lead over the opposition and this data release has caused a big surprise to the markets and we have seen rates to buy Euros with Pounds drop to their lowest level in months.

With the Tories previously expected to win by a huge majority this has led to the Pound weakening as any change in the voting pattern has caused concerns for investors.

Generally speaking if the existing government wins it provides another term of financial stability for UK businesses and therefore this is why the change in the poll has caused the Pound to suffer against the single currency.

Immediately after Easter when Theresa May called a snap general election this saw GBPEUR exchange rates challenge 1.20 on the Interbank level and although they didn’t reach that rate this was the highest we had seen the Pound get to vs the Euro since the end of 2016.

The Pound has also been weakening owing to rising inflation levels. Typically the Bank of England would look at increasing interest rates to combat high inflation levels but with the amount of QE having been used in recent years I cannot see any change in interest rates coming anytime soon.

Therefore, the central bank is struggling what to do next in terms of controlling inflation and this is causing problems for Sterling exchange rates vs the Euro.

With less than two weeks to go if you would like to make a currency transfer and save money compared to using your own bank then why not contact me for a free quote. I work for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers and have done since 2003 so I’m confident that a quick email could save you a lot of money.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

What can we expect from the GBPEUR rate in the coming weeks?

The overall implication for the pound from the UK election is likely to be some turbulence  as we get closer to the actual election, indeed we have already seen close to 5 cents movement between the high and the low since the snap-election was called back in April. Overall the the belief that the pound will rise after the election is I believe a little misplaced, I think there is a real risk the pound could actually fall because expectations will not be met. What I also believe is that the Euro will remain strong and this will continue to weigh on the pound to euro rate and continue to make buying Euros more expensive.

With the pound currently mid range against the euro based on the trends of this year I believe Euro buyers are still looking at some tempting opportunities. With an election comes uncertainty and whilst A strong Theresa May victory would see sterling rise, this cannot be guaranteed. If we look at the last two elections the polls have been wrong and we know that the polls before the Referendum pointed towards a Remain vote. Gambling that the outcome will be favourable for you could prove a costly mistake.

Political concerns in the Eurozone have abated with Le Pen failing to make her mark on the French Presidency and Emmanuel Macron helping to soothe nerves that France might be at threat from the right wing populism that many believed was sweeping across the world. The general belief for the GBPEUR rate is that the pound still remains on the back foot and susceptible to sudden deterioration as the market still tries to come to terms with the Brexit.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling pound to Euros please get in touch to learn of the best deals and rates plus receive some practical assistance with the timing of any transfer too. Please email jmw@currencies.co.uk to learn more about the rates and services we can offer.

Buying Euro rates soften as markets digest news of Manchester attack (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Euro exchange rates had undergone a further softening into the lower 1.15’s amid an anxious climate in the UK following the Manchester Arena bombing last night.

Rates had previously been falling in response to underwhelming data emerging from the UK economy concerning the diminishing potential for a UK interest rate rise.

This was further compounded by comments made by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, yesterday who stated that the Euro was ‘too weak’ and she would like to see it gain value. These are the kind of comments which cause the short-term rally for the Euro.

However, since then, likely due to the likelihood that the situation in Manchester is contained for now, the pressure on the Pound brought out by apprehension forced by the attack abated, and, as such, GBP/EUR exchange rates were getting very close to 1.1 at the time of writing this article.

However, I would not expect this to continue. As the above suggests the underlying trend before the completely horrific attack yesterday was GBP/EUR negative. Without these being addressed it is likely the Pound will continue to remain pressured in the short-term, so Euro buyers should seriously consider their situation and the sensibility in securing an exchange rate sooner rather than later.

As such anyone with a very short-term requirement to buy Euros may be wise to contact me on 01494 787 478 and ask to be put through to Joshua to discuss a live price for your transfer and avoid being ‘last to the party’.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a short conversation could save you a healthy sum on your next transfer.

Anyone with a slightly longer term transfer can also contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer in the run up to the election aimed at maximising your currency return.

Terrorist Attack in Manchester (Daniel Johnson)

22 Dead in terrorist attack

Police have now confirmed that 22 people have lost their lives including children and 59 injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester arena. Our thoughts are with all those affected. Terrorist attacks do effect currency, perhaps due to the common occurrence of such atrocities it does not have the same impact as previously. The attack has however contributed to losses for Sterling with GBP/EUR now in the 1.1540s.

UK Election. How will it effect GBP/EUR?

The move to call a snap general election by Theresa May looked to be a shrewd one. Calling an election when the opposition was so weak was thought to almost guarantee a conservative victory. Usually a snap election would cause the currency in question to weaken in value, but on this occasion the opposite occurred. A conservative victory is deemed as positive for the UK economy, investor confidence grew after the announcement and the pound rallied. Since then however the PM has riled her core voters by stating that if the elderly have more than £100k in cash or assets they will pay for their own care. This has caused Corbyn to gain ground on the Conservatives with Labor now only 6 points behind the Tories. Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question. If we look at the last general election we saw volatility very close to the day of the vote. This could create a valuable opportunity for Euro sellers at this election.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is vital to be in touch with an experienced broker in such volatile times. I will be happy to provide a individual trading strategy to suit your needs with no obligation to trade with us. If you would like to get in touch feel free to e-mail me at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading.

 

 

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.