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All eyes on Inflation figures this morning (Joseph Wright)

This morning could be important for Sterling exchange rates, not just this morning but moving forward as analysts are expecting to see UK inflation levels hit a 5-year high.

The weakening of the Pound since the Brexit vote has pushed up the rate of inflation in the UK, and for a while now the inflation level has been well above the Bank of England’s 2% target. Many analysts in the city are expecting to see the rate hit 3% for September, and if this happens there is a high chance that the Bank of England may look to hike interest rates for the first time in over 10 years.

A 3% inflation level would be a 5-year high and the governor of the Bank of England has hinted at hiking rates as soon as next month.

A high reading this morning would likely result in Sterling strength as the markets would expect to see a rate hike from the BoE, and at the same time if the inflation level is lower than expectations, I think there’s a chance the Pound would fall.

Mark Carney will also be speaking later this morning as he testifies to MP’s on the Treasury this morning. It will be interesting to see whether he discusses inflation and potential rate hikes and if he does it will be interesting to see how the Pound reacts.

Aside from today’s busy morning this Thursday could also be busy as Retail Sales data will be released which could impact Sterling depending on how the figures perform.

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

Will the pound continue to slide against the Euro?

Overall the pound looks like it could easily slip in the coming weeks as the uncertainty over Brexit looks like it could build further and this will undoubtedly present some opportunities for those clients looking to buy or sell. Exactly what happens in the future is very difficult to predict but hopefully this will create some movements for awaiting a firm reason to make their deal.

Expectations for the pound to slide are therefore very strong and we could easily see some big changes in the future, principally as a result of the key economic decisions by the Bank of England and also the European Central Bank decision. Overall markets are generally fearful over what lies ahead in the decisions by these two central bank beasts, big questions over to what extent the ECB will taper and to what extent the Bank of England will raise interest rates loom.

It would not be surprising to see the pound slip further against the Euro as political uncertainty for the UK outweighs the Eurozone. Yes, the problems in Spain and even Germany are reasons to fearful, over the future direction on the Euro. However the UK is as a result of the Brexit in a worse position. This is the current situation, it could of course change very quickly!

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling Euros for pounds this next couple of weeks will be vital to determining which way exchange rates could go in the future. Overall I would not be surprised to see the pound losing value as investors concerns resurface, a more positive ECB would also see the Euro stronger.

If you have a transfer to make in the future then keeping in touch with us and the latest trends and news is key. For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson, by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Political Uncertainty weighs down the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

Lack of Faith in May as PM

There is little economic data of consequence this week from the UK.  Although data releases have the power to influence the exchange the core issues behind Sterling weakness against the Euro is the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the lack of stability within the government.

Theresa May’s position as prime minister is coming under increasing pressure with members of her own party showing a lack of confidence in her ability to continue as PM. Former conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps has suggested that there are around thirty MPs who are of the opinion May should step down. There have been calls for a leadership election. During times of political uncertainty the currency in question historically weakens and this is what we are witnessing at present. This also raises the question of how we are going to negotiate Brexit, one of the biggest events for the UK in the last fifty years when the government is complete disarray.

Catalan independence could give some respite for Sterling

The referendum for Catalan’s separation from Spain is being deemed as illegal by the Spanish government. The result from the referendum show a clear victory for those who wish independence, this however has to be taken with a pinch of salt as many did not vote. Many Spanish unionists gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against Catalan’s separation from Spain. Catalan leader Charles Puigdemont is due to meet parliament today to give credence to the referendum. There could be fireworks which could create Euro weakness.

Strong Eurozone Data could warrant tapering QE

We have seen positive economic data spread geographically and across industry sectors. We are seeing sustained growth from the Eurozone something which hasn’t happened in the past. If this continues we could well see the the ECB make a change to the current QE programming. Quantitative Easing is pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth. The ECB are currently adding €60bn a month into to the economy, if this tapered expect the Euro to strengthen significantly.

If you have a currency requirement I would b happy to assist. You need to have an experienced broker on board in order to take advantage of rates when a brief spike occurs, especially in the current climate. If you have a currency provider already in place I am prepared to perform a comparison against them. It will take minutes and could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds. I can be contacted at  dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

Pound to Euro rate drops as UK Construction sector contracts, will today’s data push the Pound lower? (Joseph Wright)

Despite issues within the Eurozone at the moment such as the Catalonian independence referendum, the Pound fell against the Euro yesterday after Sterling weakness outweighed Euro weakness.

The past week has yielded some negative data for the Pound which has seen it dip from its highs last month of 1.14. Revised yearly GDP figures were revised downward to 1.5% from the previous figure of 1.7%, mortgage approvals were down by 3000, manufacturing in the UK dropped slightly and UK construction figures dropped quite heavily yesterday.

Today’s data release covers the services sector within the UK which is arguably the more important release as the services sector covers around three-quarters of the UK economy and therefore the figure tends to be watched very closely.

Aside from today’s data release a member of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane will be giving a speech later this week which could cause further movements between the GBP/EUR rate if any hints at future monetary policy are given, especially after talk of an interest rate hike from the BoE has begun to heat up in recent weeks.

The situation in Catalonia looks set to continue which I think could push the Euro lower, so it will be interesting to see if the Pound will recover back to its August highs if the data out of the UK turns more positive.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inflation data gives the pound a boost (Daniel Johnson)

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

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

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

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

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

 

UK Services data released this morning likely to drive GBP/EUR today, what other data should be watched closely? (Joseph Wright)

This morning the most important sector for the UK economy will be under the spotlight as Services PMI data is scheduled for release.

The figure will be released at 9.30am and it will cover business sentiment in the sector, which is particularly important for the UK economy as the services sector covers around 80% of the UK economy. Whether this figure impresses or not is likely to move the Pound to Euro exchange rate due to its importance, and those following the GBP to EUR exchange rate should kind in mind that the manufacturing and construction figures released over the past couple of days have been mixed which has resulted in a mixed performance for the Pound.

The services sector figure has higher potential to result in price movement and the figure expected for releases is 53.5 so this is the figure to look out for.

We’re able to provide our clients with guidance regarding the news releases and expected figures that could potentially impact their currency transaction requirement. If you would like to be kep updated regarding the markets do feel free to register your interest with me and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

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.

Sterling flat despite positive words from a key Bank of England figure (Joseph Wright)

Sterling has failed to see a boost to it’s value this morning despite a member of the Bank of England suggesting that its time for an interest rate hike in the UK.

The member is Michael Saunders and his comments won’t of come as a surprise to many after his votes to raise the rate in the last two voting meetings. The current Pound to Euro exchange rate is sitting at 1.0850 after hitting a new 8-year low earlier this week due to Brexit uncertainties.

There have been a number of predictions for the Pound to Euro rate to hit parity within the next year and at the moment we’re not far from this level as Brexit fears continue to weigh on sentiment surrounding the UK economy. The fears mostly surround how the UK is yet to agree on the final Brexit bill and also the European Commission becoming frustrated with a lack of clarity from the UK regarding it’s plans.

A little later this morning there will be the release of Eurozone Inflation levels for August which could potential move the markets, those following the GBP/EUR rate should keep an eye on releases like this and we can help keep our clients updated if they wish.

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.

Can GBP/EUR Recover Yesterdays Losses Anytime Soon? (Ben Fletcher)

Yesterday the GBP/EUR rate dropped to 1.081 which is the lowest level in over 8 years. Over the past 3 weeks there has been a continuous weakening of Sterling and this has culminated in the rate reaching record lows. The big question now remains is will the rate continue to fall or rise?

The basic argument would be that there is likely to be further weakness simply as the trend looks set to continue. The Eurozone is showing increasing strength through strong data and this isn’t showing signs of changing anytime soon. Secondly there are current expectations that the European Central Bank’s economic stimulus could be close to being reduced, showing further confidence in the economy. Tomorrow the Head of the ECB Mario Draghi will speak at the Jackson Hole Symposium in the US and this should provide further insight into the central banks position.

From a Sterling perspective the Brexit uncertainty could have finally caught up with investors. Whilst the Government are looking to release economic white papers to provide clarity on their position, there is no solid results coming from the Brexit talks. One potential avenue for Sterling against the Euro could be some concerns that the GBP/EUR rate is dropping to low. The Eurozone could start to see a reduction in exports if the price of goods increase to much with the current rate. We therefore may see Mario Draghi or other ECB members try to talk down the currency by holding off any economic changes.

If you do have a question with regards to my forecast please get in touch. When you come to moving large sums of money a movement of a cent can often relate to a significant difference in your returns. Helping you formulate a strategy could make sure you’re in the best position to exchange currency when the market is in your favor, please contact me at brf@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Euro rate in focus as it’s trading at an 8-year low, will the sell-off continue? (Joseph Wright)

Sterling is continuing to come under pressure this morning after breaching the 1.09 mark during yesterday’s trading session.

The breach of 1.09 has continued this morning as the pair are now trading at their lowest levels since 2009, with 1.0868 the lowest level the pair have hit so far.

This comes at a time where risk appetite worldwide is on the decline after US President Donald Trump’s threat to end the NAFTA agreement and shut down the US government if he doesn’t receive funding for the wall he plans on building along the boarder of Mexico.

There have also been a number of forecasts from major financial institutions recently suggesting the Pound could fall as low as 1 for 1 with the Euro, with HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Citi all making this same prediction for the pair in 2018.

Should these predictions comes true then it may be worth looking into the current exchange rates if you’re planning a large GBP to EUR transfer as there is still some distance to go should they be correct.

Tomorrow at 9.30am there will be the release of UK GDP data for the month of July, and there could be movement between GBP/EUR if this figure is released some distance from its expectation.

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.

Eurozone Inflation To Cause Volatility (Ben Fletcher)

This morning the latest Inflation data will be released for the Eurozone which should provide an indication as to what the European Central Bank will decide to do in the next few weeks. Many analysts at the moment believe the ECB will start to reduce the amount of economic stimulus as early as September however if the EU economic data is not strong then that’s less likely to happen.

The Euro has been putting significant pressure under Sterling with many investors choosing to back the single markets major currency. There has been considerable growth across the EU with output data at one of its highest in years and future confidence soaring. Most of this strength has come from France and Germany but there also appears to be optimism that the Greek and Italian economies will this year grow.

There is still the small issue of multi-billions worth of bailout funds and it seems incredibly unlikely that those funds will ever be paid back. The Greek pension fund has already been completely raided and the higher tax bracket is considerably over 60%, which makes you think if the economy doesn’t start to grow there is nothing more to give and no more room for squeezing.

Today with the general downward movement of the GBP/EUR I would not be surprised to see the 1.09 level tested.

I am in a position to help you execute a transfer and I am confident I can offer you the best rates. Therefore if you do have a question with regards to my forecast please get in touch. When it comes to moving large sums of money a movement of a cent can often relate to a significant difference in your returns. Helping you formulate a strategy could make sure you’re in the best position to exchange currency when the market is in your favor, please contact me Ben Fletcher at brf@currencies.co.uk

The number of GBP to EUR parity forecasts increases, will GBP/EUR hit 1.1 by the end of the year? (Joseph Wright)

The talk of Brexit negotiations beginning badly is having an impact on the Pounds value against all major currency pairs, but it appears that the GBP/EUR rate has been the biggest loser in all of this so far.

Recent comments from David Davis, the Brexit secretary have added fuel to the fire after he revealed that Michel Barnier ‘is getting quite cross with us’. Michel Barnier is the EU’s chief negotiator which just goes to show that the UK going to need to get a move on regarding its Brexit negotiation plans.

With there being less likelihood of an interest rate hike this year from the Bank of England now that inflation pressures have subsided there have been a number of major financial institutions forecasting parity between the Pound and the Euro in 2018.

In just the last week, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and now City Index have all made this prediction which gives those planning on making a large GBP to EUR transfer a decision to make as the rate is currently just below 1.10.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding the Pound to Euros price movements do feel free to register your interest with me.

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.

Will GBPEUR rise or fall next week?

The beginning of a new month always sees a new set of economic data and next Tuesday we will have the latest UK data for the month of July. The data so for for Construction, Manufacturing and Services for the UK have all been showing weakness since the Brexit and this could be reflected int he data next week which would see the pound lower. Overall expectations for the UK remain subdued, meanwhile the Eurozone is going from strength to strength! If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound and Euro the current rates are at a very interesting point. Euro sellers for pounds have close to a 9 month high, Euro buyers with pounds could easily see levels slip. Both for buyers and sellers there are strong arguments in either direction!

I am expecting GBPEUR could easily trade in the higher levels in the coming weeks but much will depend on just how the trade negotiations are received. The pound has been largely unaffected by the latest developments in the trade talks, I think this is because nothing will be decided for at least a year possibly 18 months. That means sterling is likely to remain languishing as investors await for further news of the talks. Ultimately with no real good news seen in the short term Euro buyers with pounds should be treading very carefully!

If you have any transactions to make in the future then making some plans in advance is very much worthwhile. We cannot just sit back and hope for the best in this market. If you need some information and assistance to help make an informed choice and decision about your FX transaction please contact me Jonathan Watson directly by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

If you need to transfer amounts above £10,000 bank to bank across borders or within the UK I am very confident I can help you with your situation. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

GBP/EUR Short Term Forecast – Will Sterling Strengthen? (Ben Fletcher)

Sterling has been under continuous pressure these past few months presenting the opportunity for people to sell Euros back at some of the best levels in 9 months. Each week the range in which the GBP/EUR rate resides at has fallen nearly a cent suggesting there is more potential for the rate to continue to fall. If you have been waiting to sell Euros back to Pounds and are still holding on, the next month might be the best time.

German Election

At the end of September Germany will head to the polls in what is thought to be a non-event to re-elect current Chancellor Angela Merkel. Whilst Merkel is the major favourite there has been some surprising events that have taken place around the globe in the past year and anything unexpected could create Euro weakness. At the moment there doesn’t really appear to be any major rivals and the concern that Nationalist parties were coming back seems to have died down. Merkel was heavily criticised by many in her own country for welcoming 1 million refugees, however in the light of no other viable leaders her tenure looks set to continue.

From the perspective of the GBP/EUR rate, over the next month we may see some Euro weakness start to creep in due to election uncertainty. But by that point the GBP/EUR may be close to moving below the 1.10 level, which in my opinion would be a best case scenario for Euro sellers.

If you have a upcoming requirement you would like to discuss or ask any questions about the comments please send me an email briefly explaining your requirement at brf@currencies.co.uk. I would be more than happy to share my thoughts and try to help you develop a plan that will enable you to maximise your transfer. I will aim to respond within a few hours.

Will GBPEUR slip below 1.10?

Dismissed as no longer a likely exchange rate the GBPEUR rate has been very close to the 1.10 level as investors take positions on the Euro which represents a much more secure currency versus the GBP and USD. The Euro has risen to a 2 1/2 year high against the US dollar and is currently enjoying close to a 9 month high against the pound. The outlook for the pound and Euro is such that it would not be at all surprising to see GBPEUR below 1.10 very soon. If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound and Euro making plans around this possible scenario is I believe very much recommended.

If you look at what is driving the pound it is obviously the uncertainty over the Brexit and the economic decline this has caused. More recently the pound had been higher on the prospects of the Bank of England raising interest rates but this is not materialising. Last week Inflation dropped leading to the pound dropping as this effectively rules out any UK interest rate hike in 2017 or maybe further.

There are no guarantees over an interest rate hike for the UK in the future and it is a dangerous gamble for clients buying Euros to be holding back from a purchase just hoping that rates will rise in their favour. Most clients looking to buy Euros should be preparing for further losses as this could easily fall lower.

The Euro is much stronger as politics and economic supports the Eurozone. Expectations on GBPEUR could easily the rate below 1.10, if you have a transfer to make buying or selling Euros for pounds making some plans in advance is wise. For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

UK Data and Carney to Dictate GBP/EUR (Ben Fletcher)

This we will see a whole flurry of UK data including the Producer Price Index along with the latest Consumer Price Index. The CPI data which currently sits at 2.9% compared to this time last year, is a key indicator of inflation levels. If this level moves above 3%, which it isn’t expected to however the recent climb would suggest other wise, he market could move. If inflation continues to rise faster than average earnings consumers will start to feel the pinch, however the Bank of England could have a solution.

Governor of the Bank of England is expected to deliver a speech just after lunchtime today discussing his latest thoughts on the UK economy. The big question for investors at the moment is the potential of a UK interest rate hike in the short term. The Bank of England can encourage people to stop spending by raising interest rates, alternatively if people start to save more that has consequences on retail as a whole.

There is a very fine balance with so much uncertainty surrounding namely Brexit. Whilst the data and speeches are happening in the UK, David Davis along with his Brexit negotiations team are sat around a table with the EU team. We’re not likely to see any outcomes to the talks in round two of discussions, but we may receive news that the talks are going well and any concessions for Sterling will be seen as positive.

When the markets are this volatile there will always be spikes and drops, making timing a transfer vital to maximise your funds. If you have any questions with my forecast above or would like to simply discuss an upcoming requirement you have please send me an email to brf@currencies.co.uk. I would be happy to share my thoughts with you and I may be able to offer a viable solution to help you complete a trade, as I have several years experience working for a brokerage

GBP/EUR Back Above 1.14 (Ben Fletcher)

Sterling’s positive end to the week continued all the way to the close of business this evening as the GBP/EUR rate shot up to a high of 1.143. This has come as a considerable surprise following the fall to 1.118 on Wednesday, which convinced many further losses were on there way. Now that there has been a resurgence in the rate, the rise to 1.15 is a hot topic. The last time the rate reached that level was 6 weeks ago and that was only available for a few hours.

There is still a considerable amount of uncertainty surrounding Sterling, especially as the Great Repeal Bill is to be released shortly and every opposing party to the Government plans to challenge their plans. However some of the major concerns appear to have taken a slight back seat and at least for the last 48 hours no new negative headlines have appeared. It’s thought that earlier in the week Sterling was oversold as markets became over pessimistic on the UK conditions, with that in mind the recent jump is just making up lost ground.

GBP/EUR, where to next?

Now that we have seen favorable Sterling the movement the next step will be a jump above 1.15. This week we saw members of the Bank of England talk down a interest rate hike in the near future which was the main cause of the GBP/EUR rate dropping over a percent. Arguably if there was to be talk of a hike, that percent may return which would see a jump to the 1.15’s.

If you have any questions with regards to my forecast above please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to discuss your requirement and provide a strategy that will work for your unique needs. I may also be able to offer a potential method of completing the transfer. Please send me a brief description of what you’re looking to do at brf@currencies.co.uk

 

GBP/EUR, Calm Before the Storm? (Ben Fletcher)

Yesterday the GBP/EUR rate hardly moved half a cent across the whole of the day with very little changing in the market. Until the drop on Friday due to poor economic data for the UK, the rate had spent most of the week hovering around the 1.14 mark. This morning the rate is back above 1.13 and in my opinion there could be a opportunity for the rate to lift a little today.

MPC Members Speak Today

Two of the nine Monetary Policy Committee members will speak today Andy Haldane and Dr Ben Broadbent. The MPC are thought to be investigating whether a interest rate hike would be beneficial for the UK in the short term future. The two committee members who vote with the other 7 will provide their insights, if they’re hawkish and suggest a hike may happen that could provide market optimism boosting Sterling. Alternatively Andy Haldane is returning for his second stint on the MPC and was previously known for his Dovish attitude. There is of course every chance this is a non-event, but with little positivity around for Sterling any spikes in the market should be capitalised on.

In my opinion over the course of the next few weeks the GBP/EUR rate may move back towards the 1.14 but I find it hard to see anything much more substantial happening. The second round of Brexit talks will begin next week and we may get some further updates into how they’re progressing. However Theresa May is coming under so much pressure in the UK, even as much so that MP’s are calling for her resignation. If May was to resign then another general election would only add to further uncertainty and the GBP/EUR rate may drop below 1.10.

If you would like to ask me any further questions with regards to my forecast, please feel free to send me an email to brf@currencies.co.uk. If you send me a brief description of what you’re looking to achieve, I will respond within a few hours. Hopefully I can assist with devising a strategy to help you achieve your goal and potentially help execute the trade.

GBP/EUR Rate Close to 1.15 Jump (Ben Fletcher)

The Sterling Euro rate could be on the verge of a positive upwards movement as a several week high is touched upon this morning. The rate moved up to 1.142 which provided optimism there could be more to come.

Governor of the Bank for England Mark Carney will speak tomorrow and after his speech last week caused over a cent movement that could happen again.

If you’re looking to purchase Euros then tomorrow may present a window of opportunity for you. If Sterling does start to move upwards then I do think it will be a significant jump. The currency has been oversold in the last few months which is why the rate has dropped so low, but there could be a turn of events coming.

Inflation Report Next Week

The UK’s latest inflation report was expected to be released this week however it has been postponed to next week. Inflation data is a double edged sword at the moment; firstly if it keeps rising and wage growth doesn’t it will feel like a wage cut, alternatively if it does continue to rise the Bank of England will be forced to raise interest rates. The home currency when there is a interest rate hike, can often benefit by several percent which could see the rate move back towards the high teens.

If you’re a Euro seller who is waiting to complete a transaction at an even lower level than what is currently available I believe you’re playing a risky game. Sterling seems to have found a resistance at the 1.13 level and would take a serous series of events to fall much lower than this point, never say never but the bottom may have been reached.

Whilst this is quite a speculative plan, but certainly plausible if you do have a more specific requirement please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the forecast above. I would be more than happy to share my thoughts and discuss what might be the best option for you moving forwards. Please send me an email with a brief description of what you’re looking to do at brf@currencies.co.uk

 

GBP/EUR – Where Next? (Daniel Johnson)

Sterling struggles against the Euro

We have seen gains for Sterling against most major currency pairings  following a government being appointed in the UK. The euro however is proving to be stubborn, with a resistance point at 1.14. I think there will need to be a significant catalyst for GBP/EUR to breach 1.14 and remain above it.

Over the last decade Eurozone positive data has been sporadic and has held back The European Central Bank (ECB) from tapering Quantitative Easing (QE). We have recently however seen positive data more widely spread both geographically and in industry sectors. This is good news for Draghi and could mean we could see tapering sooner rather than later. If this does occur I would expect a sharp rise in Euro strength.

It is not all good news in the Eurozone however, let us not forget Greece, struggling to make debt repayments to the IMF. The debt is so great it seems impossible to imagine a stable Greek economy. If this problem comes in to the lime light this could hinder any Euro advance.

I am of the opinion Sterling is chronically undervalued, before the referendum announcement GBP/EUR sat above 1.40. I think short to medium term it will be tough time for the pound. I think once we have a more stable government and the Brexit stance is clear the pound will have the opportunity to rally. Although leave voters will not be happy, it may be the wise move to  compromise on immigration in order to have market access. This would almost certainly cause a spike in Sterling value. It is a shame we are in this position, it seems the whole reason the UK is in tatters is due to politicians pursuing their own agenda.

The Monetary Policy Commitee (MPC) recently voted on a change an interest rate and there was change in stance with 3 members voting in favour of a hike.  I believe this is not a solution to the rapid rise in inflation. The Bank of England are trying to fight a problem with the wrong tools. Many believe rate hikes drop and fall usually by 0.25%. This is not gospel and rates may move by as little as 0.5%. If there is a change in rates I would expect this to be the choice which would not have a huge impact Sterling value.

If you have a large currency transfer to perform in the coming days, weeks or months 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 of exchange 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 endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading.