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Euro buying opportunity as Italian politics causes concern

The Euro has weakened as investors struggle to make sense of the latest news from Italy and their political situation as we wait to learn the latest coalition proposals. This has been directly linked to the latest news from the 5-Star party and also the far-right league who have both indicated that they are pursuing an agenda which does not conform to the current visions embodied by Merkel and Macron.

Aiming for deeper integration we have seen the Euro rising on the back of previously held views which believe the Eurozone is likely to grow close together and represent a more solid foundation for the future. This highly held view is now under threat as we begin to see a worrying picture emerging of political uncertainty which might create some concerns for future.

The Italian situation could easily spiral out of control as markets being to digest the latest news which is emerging of a government that does not correspond to the high expectations being placed on them. Any breakdown in talks or pursuit of policies which go against the current sentiments from the EU will ultimately lead to a concern for the markets that the Eurozone has some tough questions to answer on the politics front.

GBPEUR has nearly hit 1.15 this morning and EURUSD hit 1.17 today, these are excellent fresh opportunities which may not last if the current viewpoint suddenly deteriorates. If you have a transfer to consider in the future then making plans in advance is sensible to try and avoid the prospect of the market suddenly moving against you.

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Has GBP/EUR already hit its 2018 high, and what factors could drive its value as the year progresses?

The Pound to Euro exchange rate is currently trading around the 1.14 mark, after seeing a slight boost yesterday off the back of some positive data.

After beginning yesterday’s trading session closer to the 1.13 mark the Pound was boosted when the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that UK unemployment sits at the record low of 4.2%, and that wage growth in the UK has outpaced the rate of inflation for the first time in a year.

Despite this positive data the Pound to Euro rate is still a couple of cents from its highest levels this year when the pair almost hit 1.16. The positive sentiment surrounding the Pound has since dropped off after the Bank of England voted against a rate hike at last weeks monetary policy meeting.

In order for GBP/EUR to hit a new 2018 high I think there will need to be a breakthrough regarding the final Brexit deal, as such positive news would likely push the Pound higher. I also think that if talk of a rate hike returns later in the year we could see a stronger Pound, especially if the European Central Bank (ECB) continue to hold off of raising interest rates this year.

For those following the pair, its worth noting that Morgan Stanley are predicting short term weakness in the Pounds value, before a longer term recovery as they believe the Pound is oversold and that this will continue in the short term future.

There is a lack of data out of the UK for the rest of the week, but this mornings inflation data from the Eurozone may influence exchange rates.

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.

GBPEUR remains range bound in the 1.13s

This morning the UK released their latest average earnings numbers and Europe released their latest GDP numbers and both economic data releases met the expectation. Due to there being no surprises GBPEUR exchange rates have remains fairly flat throughout the day. If anything the pound has made some minor gains against the euro and you could argue the fall in European production is the reasoning for this.

GBPEUR exchange rates have been gradually falling over the last 2 weeks since Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney announced that the UK were unlikely to raise interest rates. With the central bank failing to hike last Thursday this story could have a major influence on the future of GBPEUR going forward.

UK economic data releases need to be watched closely if you are converting GBPEUR short term. Economic data for April was terrible, if we see a rebound now that the weather has changed the likelihood of a hike increases and therefore the pound should follow suit. However Brexit negotiations will also be a key driver for exchange rates.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has warned Brexiteers today that she is not prepared for a no deal which would in turn create a hard border in Ireland. My opinion has not changed I would be extremely tempted to buy euros upfront as the Brexit story has the potential to crash the pound if the negotiations go horribly wrong.

For further information in regards to GBPEUR currency transfers 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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What can we expect for GBPEUR rates from the Bank of England interest rate decision?

The pound to Euro exchange rate is trading in familiar ranges in a volatile manner as the market is trying to second guess what we can expect next from the Bank of England. The interest rate decision is at 12 noon today and we also have the latest Quarterly Inflation Report from Mark Carney and his team too. The pound has been very susceptible to changes in UK rate expectations and today is a day of reckoning.

The rates could rise to the previous highs today of 1.16 but this seems unlikely given the current expectation that the pound would actually lose value because of the Bank of England being now less likely to raise interest rates. Over the next few weeks, we are likley to see lots of volatility as the markets try to second guess just what the Bank of England are looking to do longer-term.

The outlook for sterling is undoubtedly more positive than the expectations previously set by the Bank of England but we are unlikely to actually see any actual hike today, I think it is more likely to be longer-term in the future when we will see a hike. GBPEUR will, therefore, be more than likely to rise higher in the future as we get more news regarding just what the final expectations are for the pound.

GBPEUR will more than likely trade within a range of 1.13-1.15 in my opinion. If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro then I would be looking to make plans ahead of the event to ensure I can capitalise on the volatility.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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Pound to Euro rate hits May high this morning, will Euro weakness continue to push the rate higher?

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has hit a month high this morning, after breaking through 1.14 quite comfortably earlier today for the first time in May.

At the time of writing the pair are trading at 1.1425, offering those exchanging Pounds into Euros the chance to make their trade at the best levels in a few weeks. The move this morning looks like its off the back Euro weakness, with the EUR/USD rate hitting a fresh 2018 low over the past day.

The Euro is the worst performing major currency of the past week, and talk of stubborn inflationary levels stopping the ECB from amending the current monetary policy are beginning to dampen sentiments surrounding the Euro also. The European Central Bank has confirmed that there will be no interest rate hikes this year which is also dampened sentiment towards the Euro, so I can understand why the single currency is dropping especially when we consider how strong it’s been over the last year.

There are a few downsides for the Pound that I think Sterling sellers should be aware of. With Brexit talks stalling in the House of Lords and the Northern Irish border also becoming a hot topic, I think there is a chance the Pound could see a sell-off should there be a negative Brexit related update, and the UK economy has also been showing signs of a slowdown to Sterling sellers should be weary.

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.

Bank of England now less likely to raise rates and the impact on GBPEUR rates

The Pound has once again struggled to make any gains vs the Euro and we are now just a week away from the Bank of England’s next interest rate decision due to be held on 10th May.

Only a fortnight ago the price to buy Euros had hit its highest level since May 2017 almost breaking past 1.16 but since then we have seen a 3 cent drop on GBPEUR exchange rates as it appears now much less likely that we’ll see a rate hike coming next week.

UK GDP data for the first quarter of 2018 came out late last week at the slowest pace since 2012 and this appears to have decreased the chances of a rate hike coming in the near future.

Inflation is still high at 2.5% which fell quicker than expected and although it is falling it is still higher than the target which is 2%.

With this in mind I don’t think that the Bank of England will completely rule out an interest rate hike but I think owing to the recent poor economic data then I think next week’s decision could be to keep rates on hold and therefore the Pound could fall further.

The Brexit is still causing global investors to shy away from Sterling at the moment and with the Eurozone GDP data higher than the UK then I think we could see a rocky road ahead for the Pound vs the Euro.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s longest established currency brokers for 15 years I am confident of being able to help you save money when buying currency as well as helping you with the timing of your currency purchase.

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GBP/EUR trading around a 6-week low, will the pair continue to fall?

The Pound has come under pressure once again today, not just compared to the Euro but across the board of major currencies. Those planning on making a large transfer from Pounds into Euros are seeing the cost of Euros become more expensive on almost a daily basis at the moment, and there are a number of reasons for this.

The financial markets had previously been pricing in an interest rate hike from the Bank of England, up to 0.75% which would be the highest rate since the UK exited the global recession almost 10-years ago. This rate hike is now looking a lot less likely after some disappointing GDP figures released lat week showed a slowdown in the UK economy. According to the preliminary GDP figures, the UK economy has slowed to its slowest level in 5-years and although much of this is being attributed to the terrible weather in the first quarter of this year.

At the same time Manufacturing data released this morning showed that the sector has dropped to a 17-month low. With the UK economy appearing to slowdown the chances of a rate hike have slipped and now Lloyd’s Bank are only expecting a 20% chance of the hike actually happening this month.

Tomorrow there is Construction data to be released and then on Thursday there will be Services data released, all out of the UK. Further weak data in my opinion is highly likely to result in a further sell-off of the Pound, so do feel free to register your interest with me if you would like to be notified should there be a major spike do feel free to get in touch.

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 hits 1.15 (Daniel Johnson)

Draghi hints at prolonged QE

Today at the European Central Bank (ECB) monetary policy meeting Mario Draghi the head of the ECB has indicated that Quantitative Easing (QE) could well continue into 2019 despite earlier hints that it would be ending this year. QE is pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth, current monthly increments are €30bn, if there was to be a cut you would expect the Euro to strengthen significantly. News that  QE could continue has caused GBP/EUR to move above 1.15.

In my opinion considering the current situation in the UK in regards to ongoing talks on the custom union situation it is a favourable time to buy Euros. 1.1599 has been the peak of the market in the last 11 months. We currently sit at 1.15, buying a cent away form an 11 month high is not a bad idea if you have to move short term.

If you have time to play with I am confident Sterling is c undervalued. Pre- Brexit levels were in the 1.40s, as further clarity is provided on Brexit the pound will rally, when, depends on the competence and attitude of those negotiating, throwing into the mix other UK political parties with their own agendas complicating matters.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take  a couple of minutes and could be well worth your while.

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Is the trend of a strong April for the Pound about to end?

The seasonal trend of the Pound gaining throughout the month of April looks set to end this month, which is coincidentally the 13th month unlikely when the Pound is compared with the US Dollar.

The Pound tends to perform well against most major currency pairs including the Euro during April, with the trend being attributed to the new tax year and a lot of dividend payments being made around this time in GBP denominated equities.

It looks like 13th time unlikely as the Pound is trading below its starting point versus the US Dollar and the Euro when the month begun. Sterling has been coming under pressure recently after some poor Retail Sales figures and lower inflation and wage growth figures. The drop in the Pounds value and sentiment surrounding it have led the Bank of America Merrill Lynch to drop their bet on the Pound gaining in value during the month of April.

I also think that Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney failing to confirm the expected interest rate hike from the BoE next month has also impacted the Pound negatively, and the issues surrounding whether or not the UK will leave the EU Customs Union is also weighing on the Pounds value.

If you would like to discuss any upcoming transfers you’re planning, I think next months BoE meeting on the 10th of May is key, and feel free to get in touch to plan around this event and ask for my opinion.

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.

GDP to influence exchange rates this week

The recent positive run for GBPEUR exchange rates came to an end last week, when UK inflation feel sharply and Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney couldn’t confirm the prospects of an interest rate hike in May. Sterling fell from the 1.16s to the 1.14s causing concern for euro buyers. Any further commentary from the Bank of England over the next couple of weeks before the decision will have the potential to cause further fluctuations.

Other UK economic data in the form of Retail sales was another reason why the Governor failed to state a hike is just around the corner. UK GDP numbers are set to be released this week and the predictions are for a slight fall as the adverse weather conditions continue to cause a problem for the UK. If GDP falls I expect that an interest rate hike may not occur which could be a problem for euro buyers but good news for Euro sellers.

In other news the house of commons is set to meet this week to discuss the customs union. The House of lords voted in favour of remaining within the customers union, however Theresa May has made it clear that the  UK is leaving. If this story continues to escalate again this could put pressure on the pound.

For further information in regards to GBPEUR currency transfers 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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Pound weakens after hopes of a rate hike in May are dampened, where to next for the GBP/EUR rate? (Joseph Wright)

Financial markets had been pricing in an interest rate hike from the Bank of England since some bullish comments from the Bank of England last month.

The hopes of a rate hike have since dampened after some important comments from the governor of the Bank of England. Yesterday evening whilst speaking to the BBC, Mark Carney cooled expectations of a rate hike next month after not confirming that it would actually happen. There have been a few members of the BoE that have already voted in favour of hiking interest rates, and with the rate of wage growth in the UK now picking up and similar to inflation levels, many were expecting the base rate in the UK to rise to its highest level since the UK exited the recession.

Carney commented that he didn’t want to become too focused on the precise timing of the next rate hike, and although he didn’t rule out the hike he didn’t confirm it which has caused the Pound to weaken in value.

Sterling had been strengthening recently after the Brexit transitional deal has been agreed and hopes of the rate hike next month, so seeing the GBP/EUR rate drop from its highs isn’t a surprise.

There is still a rate hike likely this year although when it will happen remains to be seen. Next week UK GDP is due out on Friday, so if you’re planning on making a transfer involving the Pound and the Euro do feel free to get in touch as there is plenty of time to plan around next Friday’s release.

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.

Drop in Inflation decreases probability of BOE Rate hike (Daniel Johnson)

Is a rate hike in May by the BOE still likely?

Yesterday we saw the release of Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. CPI is a key measure of inflation and there was a fall to 2.5%. In order to have a healthy economy it is important that average wage growth be close to parity with inflation and this is currently the case, with average wage growth (2.8%) currently sitting above inflation. Although this could be seen as very positive, could it be considered a danger that people are making more money but are not willing to spend it?

Also if inflation in coming into line with the Bank of England’s (BOE) 2% target, could this put the potential rate hike in May on hold?

This is the concern and this is the reason we saw Sterling fall in value yesterday. I am of the opinion a rate hike will still take place due to previous strong economic data. Although Retail sales data to be released this morning could change that. There is expected to be a fall from 0.8% to – 0.5%. I would be surprised to see it the predicted – 0.5% so this could indeed strengthen the pound if there is only a slight decline. If it falls below -0.5% however this could indeed really put a rate hike in May in question.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 16yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving.  I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.

Will GBPEUR go even higher?

The pound to Euro exchange rate is now touching the best rates since May 2017 which easily begs the question can this continue? GBPEUR has touched 1.16 in what has been a very positive few weeks for the pound and some uncertainty for the Euro as investors look to the Bank of England poised to raise interest rates, whilst investors brace themselves for the ECB, European Central Bank to be less positive.

The next big piece of news tomorrow morning is Inflation data which is released at 09.30 am and this will provide further evidence on just how the UK economy is performing and whether we can expect the Bank of England to be looking to raise interest rates or not in May. To many, it seems foregone conclusion and this has helped the pound to rise to the levels that we have seen.

GBPEUR faces some more challenges next week with the latest UK economic growth data which will be the first estimate for Q1 for the UK, the snow is likely to have affected the UK economy and hence growth could be lower. Subdued growth for the UK is absolutely a concern which could derail further interest rate hikes, there is also an important ECB policy meeting next Thursday which could trigger some volatility in the markets.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro then making plans in this turbulent time is very sensible to try and gauge the expected outcomes, if you wish to run through or discuss any transactions please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you and assisting with any transfers.

 

Sterling to Euro rate now sitting comfortably above 1.15, is a move closer to 1.20 now likely?

Yesterday GBP/EUR broke through 1.15 once again, although this time the pair have consolidated above this previous resistance level meaning that the pair are now trading in new territory.

Since the transitional agreement was agreed between the UK and EU negotiators sentiment surrounding the UK economy moving forward has improved, and this is behind much of the Pound’s recent gains. The Euro has also been coming under pressure as inflation levels within Europe aren’t quite as high as the ECB had hoped before cutting back on its asset purchasing program. Global concerns surrounding tensions in Syria and potential clash between the US and Russia are also impacting the Euros value due to the effects on the regions economy.

The interest rate hike next month is now almost a certainty and talk of whether the BoE will raise interest rates later in the year is now beginning to impact the rates, so if you’re planning on making a transfer soon do bear this in mind.

As the year continues I would expect Brexit related news to continue to impact the Pound’s value. The final Brexit agreement needs to be approved by the European Council and across all parliaments in the EU before it becomes official so I expect to see this topic continue to carry potential to move GBP exchange rates quite drastically.

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.

GBPEUR breaches 1.15

Its been a fantastic day for the pound and GBPEUR exchange rates have breached 1.15 and remained above the key threshold that many of my clients have been looking to trade at over the last year.

With limited data releases today it is hard to state the exact reasons to why the pound has gained so much momentum, however I believe its because speculators have purchased the pound in anticipation that the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney will deliver a press conference this evening and be bullish about the interest rate decision in May.

With average earnings catching inflation many speculators believe the Bank of England will hike interest rates to 0.75% and this is one of the reasons that the pound is gaining momentum alongside the transitional deal being agreed last month. The question is what next?

Personally I am surprised the pound is as high as it is, and I would be extremely tempted to purchase now at a 10 month high. The trade negotiations are set to start in the upcoming months and I expect these negotiations will put severe pressure on the pound.

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

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

Will the pound to Euro rate rise above 1.15?

The pound to Euro rate had been expected to keep rising in the face of the expected improvements from the market in terms of higher interest rates and also possibly the improved outlook on Brexit but mostly we would be expecting the pound to struggle to rise again to hit the 1.15 mark. The most important factor driving the pound has of course been the Brexit and also the prospect of higher interest rates.

Much of this news does appear to be largely priced into current levels already, however. This is evidenced by the spike that we saw once the Bank of England met at their last meeting and the fact that we have not retouched that level. The general progression on the pound against the Euro is expected longer term but in order to see this occur, we will need to really see some fresh good news.

Markets will need new information to go off to be able to make an informed decision about what really lies ahead. For now, there is likely to be increased uncertainty surrounding Brexit in the coming weeks as we await further news on a trade deal and also the Irish border. In the absence of any new news, the pound will more than likely struggle to maintain higher levels.

The same is true of interest rates which are likely to rise in the future but much of the good news is priced in, further GBP strength will rely on there being new news, which helps the market to pencil in the possibility of further hikes after May. With the poor weather in March weighing on market sentiments I think the Bank of England will be cautious about further hikes which could see the pound remain flat or struggle to rise much further.

If you are buying or selling Euros then making plans in advance around the transfer is the best way to maximise the possibility of getting the best rates. We can help with your plans and look to offer practical assistance with the timing and execution of any transactions. For more information free of charge and at completely no obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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GBP/EUR – When shall I move? (Daniel Johnson)

Why will GBP/EUR not breach 1.15 and remain above 1.15?

Sterling has made significant improvements against the majority of major currencies of late. Breaking resistance points against both the Australian Dollar and the US Dollar, 1.80 and 1.40 respectively. Against the Euro however it only breached the key resistance point of 1.15 for a very short period.

1.15 has been the absolute peak of the market, this level only being breached on a few occasions and every time it quickly retracts. I have been saying for months that if you have to move short term trade if the market sits in the 1.14s.

There has been several catalyst for Sterling’s recent improvement. We have seen retail sales figures come in well above expectations. Previous readings came in at – 0.2% and the prediction was a rise to 0.4%. They landed at 0.8% for February.

We also saw average wage growth move much closer to parity with inflation, which is a true sign of a healthy economy. An interest rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) was already highly probable in May, but this may force the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) hand.

It was also announced that the UK would have access to single market during the Brexit transitional period, which is very good news indeed.

If ever there was a reasoning of late for GBP/EUR to break 1.15 and stay above 1.15 these were it. What gives me worries is that it didn’t.  I think it means we are going to have to have some pretty significant news to do so. Perhaps this could come in the form of news on the Irish border situation. which is at present a major point of contention in Brexit negotiations.

Personally, I am still of the opinion if you have to move short term do so in the 1.14s.

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.

 

Will GBPEUR hit 1.20 this year?

The pound has risen against the Euro and we are now much closer to hitting the 1.20 level than we had been in recent months and really since the Brexit vote. Whilst the rate has been higher than where we are currently, it has been in the 1.19’s at times last February and just after the vote in 2016, the current conditions point towards improvements ahead.

This is down to the progress that is being made on Brexit plus the prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates. This is being evidenced from the recent twists and turns on the Irish border which are expected to be completed by the end of June. The Irish Prime Minister has stated he wants this finalised by then which should trigger GBP strength once it happens.

Further hints of a deal being reached on a trade basis with the EU would also see the pound much higher in the coming weeks and months. This might take until the autumn but is a real possibility to trigger GBPEUR towards 1.20. The Bank of England might also be looking to raise interest rates or raise their forecast of raising interest rates, this would also be supportive for the pound.

Is 1.20 a guarantee?

Well no, of course not. Nothing is guaranteed on exchange rates! If however, the above conditions are satisfied then it is very possible but this will rely on the Euro not being too strong. The ECB meeting later this month could see a stronger Euro if the ECB are more positive about hiking their rates and withdrawing monetary policy in the future. Any hurdles on Brexit would also hinder the pricing too.

If you need to buy Euros with pounds the outlook is now much more positive but nothing should be taken for granted on exchange rates. For more information on how to track the best rates and assistance with strategies to help maximise your currency exchange, please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

 

Which data releases could influence the GBP/EUR rate this week? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has so far managed to hold onto its recent gains and remain trading above the 1.14 mark. This suggests to me that market sentiment surrounding the Pound has improved as previously this was the top end of the current trend and GBP/EUR would usually struggle to hold its ground at these levels.

The pair did reach 1.15 at one stage recently after news broke that the Brexit transitional deal had been arranged, much to the joys of the financial markets. This matter had been a concern previously and limited the upside for the Pound, so understandably Sterling spiked upward in the wake of the news.

Sterling has also been boosted after the Bank of England has hinted at raising interest rates in May of this year, meaning that the monetary policy of the BoE is likely to be more aggressive than many had initially expected. The pick up in wage growth has also increased these chances as wage growth begins to align with the increasing inflation levels.

Later this week there will be PMI releases covering a number of sectors within the UK, all of which are expected to show slowdowns. If you have an upcoming currency requirement involving the GBP/EUR pair, it may be wise looking into the current trade levels in case the PMI releases are worse than expected. They offer us forward looking insight into market sentiments so a gloomy outlook could result in a weaker Pound.

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 close to best rate to buy Euros since May 2017 (Tom Holian)

The latest round of the Brexit talks continued focusing on the Irish border issue which remains uncertain. The transitional deal was agreed last week but the Irish border will be a key topic that is likely to remain ongoing.

With trade talks due later this year many are hoping that the Brexit terms and conditions may be agreed by October but at the moment, in my opinion, that appears very unlikely.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has been rather positive in recent times suggesting that things are looking much better between the UK and the European Union.

The Pound has recently hit 1.15 against the Euro after the Bank of England announced a split of 7-2 in favour of keeping interest rates on hold which shows that there is a growing appetite for a UK interest rate hike coming in the near future.

At the moment there is roughly a 75% chance of an interest rate hike coming in May and this is what caused the Pound to rise to the best rate to buy Euros since May 2017 creating some excellent opportunities to send money to Europe to pay for a foreign property.

However, all is not rosy when we look at the high street in the UK.

Although Retail Sales have been going very well recently the issue appears to be that consumers are buying online rather than purchasing goods in store and this has been reflected in the demise of New Look, Toys R Us and Select.

I think we may see a small rally for GBPEUR rates towards the end of this week which are known as month end flows so it may be worth looking to buying Euros prior to the Easter break.

If you would like a free quote when buying or selling Euros then contact me directly. I work for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers so a quick email could save you a lot of money on the difference when making a currency purchase.

Email me and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk