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What will happen on GBPEUR for the rest of January?

The pound to Euro rate has been trading in a very tight range for the last few weeks with a high to low variation of 1.12-1.1360. This is presenting a good time of consolidation for clients looking to buy and sell Euros to make plans surrounding better times to look at any currency exchanges. What is definite is that the rate will not stay like this forever and sooner or later we will see a change.

Key events will focus on the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting next Thursday 25th January. Investors will be closely monitoring any changes we might see in the economic policy of the ECB which might see a shift on the Euro. Overall expectations for the Euro centre around the reduction in their QE program and possibly the prospect of raising interest rates.

The Bank of England will meet in February, general impressions are that the pound will continue to rise if they do raise interest rates but this might not be until much later in the year. The UK has now falling inflation which would actually see the pound falling as it removes the pressure on interest rate hikes.

GBPEUR has been trading in a range of 1.10-1.145 since October so the prospect of any major deviation from this is limited. I would personally be expecting GBPEUR to remain this kind of range for the end of January. Most prospects for the future focus on the outlook on the pound to Euro rates remaining at these more favourable levels for Euros buyers.

If you have a transfer to consider in the future then making plans in advance is key to maximising the position. For more information at no cost or obligation on the best strategies to maximise your position please contact me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will the Euro continue to strengthen and will Carillion drag the Pound down? (Joseph Wright)

The headlines surrounding the Euro at the moment are that the currency is currently trading at an all time high against the US Dollar. The gains are generally being put down to the strong economic outlook for the Euro and also expectations that the European Central Bank will begin to cut back on the current stimulus package as the economy justifies it.

Many economists expect to see the Euro hold its ground at the current levels, and when compared with the Pound I think we may even see the Euro to Pound rate improve further especially if Brexit related issues continue to negatively impact sentiment surrounding the UK economy both during and after the Brexit process.

The case for a stronger Pound hasn’t been helped in the past week as it’s emerged that the UK’s second largest construction company, Carillion is likely to go into liquidation shortly. There is up to 20,000 jobs that could be lost as a result and a number of industries and sub-contractors could also run into issues as a result of this. The company has close links with the UK government and it’s emerged that up to 8 contracts were taken out with the company by the government since profit warnings were announced.  This is likely to be looked into further and I certainly don’t think we’ve heard the end of it.

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.

What will be happening with the pound to Euro forecast this month?

The pound is looking much better against the Euro following the withdrawal agreement which has improved the outlook on the Brexit. Sterling has found some support against the Euro and despite plenty of uncertainty over what lies ahead, sterling is enjoying a much higher range of rates than we have had. The range has been  1.07 to 1.14 so the current levels of 1.12 are not to be easily ignored.

2018 will undoubtedly offer us some better opportunities to buy Euros with pounds following a number of key events including the Italian election in March and the resolution (or not) of the Spanish situation. We will also be looking to the German situation to see if the coalition agreement will actually take place and hold. Whilst agreed today the coalition could struggle and this could see the Euro weaker, if looking to sell Euros and hanging on hoping for big improvements you could end up disappointed!

2018 could be a better year for Euro buyers but the pound could struggle if the Euro continues to find favour which it has been doing recently. Expectations for the pound to struggle can also not be discounted so I would personally be imagining some ranges in the 1.10-1.16 level for Q1 of 2018.

If you have a transfer buying or selling Euros against the pound making the most of the situation and trying to cover your bases on the predictions is sensible. Most clients looking to sell Euros have not had rates this good since September, the lows we hit then were in the 1.08 range, this is the best rates for Euro sellers in nine years!

Overall 2018 has begun fairly quietly on the rates with no major changes but this will not last for long. Market sentiment is leaning towards improvements for the pound against the Euro should the Euro weaken but sterling has many hurdles to overcome. The best way to plan for the future is to create it, if you have a transfer that you are considering please don’t hesitate to contact me Jonathan Watson to discuss further.

Please email me on jmw@currencies.co.uk to get the latest news and information on this situation.

Phase 2 of Brexit Talks could prove problematic (Daniel Johnson)

Brexit Negotiations

It looks as thought the next round of Brexit talks could be problematic which does not bode well for the pound. It seems Brussels have been making contingency plans fro a “no deal” scenario due to the possibility of UK firms losing out.

In a letter to Theresa May, Brexit Secretary, David Davis has warned that firms may have to relocate to Europe or there is the risk of seeing contracts terminated.  The second phase of talks, covering transitional arrangements after the UK leaves and economic and security co-operation moving forward are due to begin towards the end of the month.  Theresa May has said it is right to plan for all possible outcomes, including no deal. She has however stated she is confident the UK and the EU can reach a deal on their post Brexit relations in time for the UK’s departure target. I am of the opinion this is optimistic and that their could be an extension.

There are British concerns about Brussels’ preparations for Brexit with David Davis suggesting they are “frequently damaging to UK interests.” In his letter to May Davis warned it was potentially discriminatory of EU agencies to have issued guidance to businesses stating that Britain would become a “third country” outside the EU without any reference to a future trade deal sought by both parties.

Davis warned that the EU’s current stance amounted to “potential breaches of the UK’s rights as a member state”, he also said he wants the European Commision’s Brexit task force to withdraw the statements so far in light of the deal reached in December to begin trade talks.

The comments from both sides does not bode well for Sterling, it may be wise to take advantage of current levels if you are a Euro buyer.

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.

Problematic German Colation could cause volatility on GBP/EUR (Daniel Johnson)

Merkel faces troubles forming coalition

There are rumours circulating that Angela Merkel could be replaced by Germany’s defence minister, Ursula Von Der Leyen. Germany is losing faith in Merkel’s ability to form a coalition. Merkel failed to build a coalition following her narrow victory in the election in September. She was attempting to unite her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens, which was dubbed the “Jamaica alliance”.

Merkel is currently trying desperately to form a government with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The electorate is losing faith, some of the latest polls have shown that 46% wish her to step down immediately. Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question, but with Ursula Von Der Leyen potentially gaining power this does not bode well for Sterling. Von Der Leyen is a firm believer in a in a federalised United States of Europe, she grew up in Brussels and is the daughter of Ernst Albrecht, former director general of the European Commission.
There is also the possibility she will attempt to strengthen the alliance with French President Emmanuel Macron as Von Der Leyen shares his views on reforms to integrate the Eurozone. This is definitely not good news for the Brexit process and could make matters even more problematic and has the potential to impact Sterling.Brexit negotiations will be a key factor in GBP/EUR exchange rates. Phase two negotiations are set to be problematic with David Davis and Michael Barnier already at loggerheads. The next phase will be in regards to trade deals and is probably the most important factor in the Brexit process. How talks progress will have major influence on Sterling value.
I think the pound is set to struggle for the foreseeable future. The pound has been range bound against the majority of major currencies and it is often difficult to take advantage of a spike when there may only be a small window of opportunity. If we look at GBP/EUR, the highest rate of exchange we have seen in the last six months was 1.15, following the announcement of an Irish border deal. There was only a very small time frame to take advantage of the situation, thankfully many of my clients managed to get their trade booked during this time frame. I had rate alerts in place to notify my clients of the spike and also called each one letting them know of the opportunity.

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.

EU summit to take centre stage

Tomorrow and Friday EU officials will meet at the EU summit in Brussels to discuss everything that is impacting the Eurozone at present but the main focus will be the Brexit negotiations.

In recent weeks the UK and EU have come to a gentleman’s agreement in regards to the divorce bill, EU citizens rights and the Irish border. Nothing has been finalised however Michel Barnier has announced that stage 2 negotiations can now begin.

At the EU summit all of the EU leaders should confirm Mr Barnier’s thoughts which could give the pound a further boost against the euro. However as news broke last week that a deal has been reached i’m not expecting to see major fluctuations. In fact I would expect that GBPEUR breaks through and sits above 1.14 by the end of the week.

It’s quite clear to see that the UK and EU officials are trying to come to an agreement in regards to Brexit, and therefore I am optimistic the pound could continue its recovery against the euro in the early months of 2018.

For clients that are converting euros into pounds a €200,000 transfer generates you an additional £25,000 now compared to Pre Brexit levels. Personally I wouldn’t take the gamble any longer and would look to sell my euros and buy sterling as soon as possible.

The other key economic event that will impact GBPEUR exchange rates this week is the Bank of England’s interest rates. The Bank of England will keep interest rates on hold at 0.5%, however as inflation has risen to a 6 year high, the minutes should outline how the central bank plan to tackle the worrying high levels.

If you are buying or selling euros this year, today is the day to get in touch. Many people still believe the only way to transfer large amounts of money is through the bank and this is not the case. The company I work for enables me to give better exchange rates than high street banks which consequently means the individual saves money.

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Will GBPEUR rise or fall over December?

The pound is very volatile against the Euro on the shifts in the Brexit negotiations! GBPEUR rose by almost 1.5 cents against the Euro hitting some of the best rates in 3 months but the good news did not last with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) failing to back up Theresa May’s new position. This has seen sterling slide back below 1.13 this morning which is presenting a good opportunity for Euro sellers to buy pounds which might not last!

The overall impression is that the pound will rise further once any kind of deal is struck so if you need to buy pounds with Euros moving on this opportunity is wise. The flipside is that should the negotiations surprisingly break down and the DUP withdraw support for the Conservative Party, sterling could fall much further.

For the pound, there is more important news on the economy this morning with the latest Services PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) data released at 09.30 am. If you have a transfer to make soon then today’s data could be key to short-term movements. Whilst the headline Brexit news will be key to influencing the overall position I would not be surprised to see the pound strengthen on the back of this news as Services are a key component of the UK economy.

GBPEUR is extremely volatile at present as the markets tried to second guess the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and also the Spanish Catalonian election. If you have a transfer to make in the future this will be key too to movements on the Euro.

For more information on the GBPEUR forecast please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk

What can we expect in the coming weeks on GBPEUR?

The pound to Euro rate has risen against the odds as the UK appears to be getting further ahead with its Brexit plans. The European Union is meeting with the UK at the latest Brexit summit on the 14th and 15th December which is the next major phase of the plans. If there is anything you need to look at, whether buying or selling Euros there are two key events to be aware of which may move the market.

The EU Summit is vital but also the Catalonian independence election on the 21st December. The overall belief is that the pound could rise further against the Euro. The overall impression is that the pound could rise further against the Euro if the EU summit does prove interesting for the UK and the pound but actually we need to be careful that all of the goodwill so far towards sterling does not quickly undo itself.

If you have a transfer buying the pound in the future then there is a real chance the Euro will weaken further so it might make sense to be looking to maximise the transfer sooner than later. Overall expectations are that the pound could rise further although there are no guarantees. I would personally be very conscious sterling could suffer longer term because of the Brexit.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling the pound or the Euro this month there are two key releases which will be important. For more information at no cost or obligation please get in touch by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Budget does little to move Sterling Value (Daniel Johnson)

Budget benefits first time buyers

Hammonds’s budget did little to alter the value of Sterling today, historically this is usually the case when the budget is delivered as the expected changes are usually filtered out through the media before hand. The market moves on rumor as well as fact.

Key Changes

  • To benefit London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 purchase by all first-time buyers will be exempt from stamp duty, with the remaining £200,000 incurring 5%.
  • 95% of all first-time buyers will benefit. 80% not paying stamp duty
  • £44bn in overall government support for housing to meet target of building 300,000 new homes a year in the next five years.
  • Councils given power to charge 100% council tax premium on empty properties
  • Compulsory purchase of land banked by developers for financial purposes
  • £400m to regenerate estates with £1.1bn to unlock new sites for development
  • Stamp duty is to be abolished immediately for first time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300k

Factors that will effect GBP/EUR – Keep an eye on these situations as they develop

Sterling sellers would be wise to keep an eye on the current political situation with Theresa May. It is rumored there are as many as forty MPs willing to put forward a vote of no confidence. If there are forty-eight members and the vote is put forward, May will lose her position. Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question and I would expect GBP/EUR to drop below 1.10.

If an exit bill is agreed there is the potential for Sterling strength as this will pave way for trade negotiations to begin. €20bn is currently on the table , but it is rumored May will up this to €38bn.

Potential Euro weakness could be caused by Merkel’s failure to form a government in Germany, there is the possibility of a new election which will no doubt cause the euro to lose value. Catalonian independence should also be kept a close eye on.

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.

 

Will GBPEUR keep on rising?

The pound has finally bounced back against the Euro as weakness and uncertainty in the German political situation opens the door to a more unsettled Euro. The prospect of a second election or Angela Merkel stepping down as Chancellor has seen the Euro undo many of its gains over the last few weeks. What lies ahead for the German Chancellor and how could this influence the Euro?

I expect that there will either be fresh German elections or that Merkel will be forced to step down in order to allow a fresh coalition. It appears that the outlook for the GBPEUR is now much better for clients looking to buy Euros with pounds, we have seen the rate rise above 1.13 this morning.

News that the UK is agreeing a Brexit bill of up to £40bn is also helping the pound which is now benefiting from some of the uncertainty in Germany. With the Spanish Catalonian election next month and then the Italian election next year the outlook for buying Euros has suddenly improved. If you have a transfer buying Euros then making some plans around this potential rise is a smart move since Euro buyers have not had a huge amount to cheer in recent weeks!

We are close to the best time in 3 months to buy Euros with pounds and the rate could rise even further depending on the way the market is going. Overall impressions of the rates are that of course sterling could come under renewed pressure owing to Brexit but for now the tide has turned. Euro buyers should not be too greedy but should be carefully making plans around this improvement.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

 

Pound to Euro rate improves after German PM Merkel’s future looks uncertain! (Joseph Wright)

The Euro dropped in value today after Germany, the engine room of the EU is currently facing a political crises with many political commentators calling it the biggest crises of current Angela Merkel’s tenure.

Late on Sunday exploratory talks broke down between her Christian Democrats, Bavaria’s Christian Social Union and the Liberal Free Democrats broke down, ruling out an obvious path for Merkel to form a coalition government.

With German coalition talks collapsing it’s not surprising to see the Euro fall, as political uncertainty tends to weigh on the underlying currency.

An issue for the UK moving forward may be a pause to Brexit negotiations due to Merkel’s issue, but as it stands the GBP/EUR rate has benefited from the headline grabbing story.

At the same time the Pound opened the week strongly against all major currency pairs after speculation regarding the UK’s Brexit Bill continues. The current rumours suggest that the bill will increase to £38bn and the Pound has been boosted off the back of this news as if it’s true, it may clear the path for Brexit negotiations to progress.

If you’re following the GBP/EUR pair because you have an upcoming currency requirement involving the pair, feel free to get in touch and register your interest.

This week the Autumn Budget will take place so there could be movement, so this event is certainty worth watching.

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 GBP/EUR rate break out of its current trading range anytime soon? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate is now trading towards the bottom end of its current trading range, as the pair have dropped down to the 1.11’s.

For some time now the pair have struggled to breach the 1.14 mark, and with there being talk of Theresa May’s (UK Prime Minister) position coming under pressure along with some disappointing inflation data yesterday, the Pound has been under pressure which has pushed it to the lower levels of the current range which I believe is roughly 1.10 to 1.14.

Now the likelihood of further rate hikes in line with the Bank of England’s plans are looking less likely, we’ve seen the Pound drop off and I think that the rate could continue to soften should this continue.

Those selling Euros into Pounds are still in a great position when we consider that the current EUR/GBP rate is trading towards the top end of a 10-year range, which mid-market levels now close to 0.90. This may continue mostly owing to GBP weakness, but I do think the Catalonian independence issue could scupper the Euros strong position should it resurface once again.

If you wish to kept updated regarding any short term price movements between the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me. Yesterday the Euro hit a 1-month high against the Pound so those that wished to be kept updated were able to take advantage of our service.

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 rebounds after last week’s sell-off, will GBP/EUR reach 1.14 again soon? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has been trading in quite a volatile fashion over the past week, after the pair breached 1.14 before trading in the 1.11’s in the immediate aftermath of the Bank of England’s rate hike yesterday.

The rate hike from the Bank of England (BoE) was the first in the last decade and widely expected to happen within financial markets even if not everyone agreed with the decision.

Personally I think the sell-off was simply profit taking from the likes of day traders, although I am surprised to see the Pound recover so quickly back to the levels seen just before the BoE decision.

Moving forward I think we may see a more resilient Pound and despite some negative economic data out of this UK recently, we’re still seeing the Pound slowly recover from the lows seen just a couple of months ago when I think the Pound was oversold.

Later today there will be the release of UK GDP data for the past 3 months, and this data will be released by a leading UK-based think tank. Data releases such as this one have the potential to move the markets, so if you would like to be kept updated regarding price movements as soon as possible, do feel free to register your interest with me.

For now at least it appears that the Catalonian independence issues have subsided somewhat, but should this matter surface once again I wouldn’t rule out a downward move for the Euro which would benefit the GBP/EUR rate.

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 on the Bank of England decision?

The Bank of England meet tomorrow to discuss their latest interest rate decision which is predicted to see the pound higher but there are no guarantees! The pound has already been rising against the Euro, the Euro itself weaker from the outstanding problems in the Catalonia region of Spain. GBPEUR will largely be driven by the Bank of England decision at 12 noon, plus the commentary after. GBPEUR could be in for a very busy day so if you need to buy or sell Euros getting in touch sooner than later could be best!

Overall the pound is stronger as markets are pricing in positive news but there could easily be surprises along the way. If you have a transfer to make then we could easily see some improvements for the pound but with much of the good news priced in for the pound we will need to see some very positive news to see a big change.

With much of the good news priced in, the scope for disappointment is high. Expectations are set for the Bank of England to raise rates but if they don’t then the GBPEUR level could easily slip and probably come down by as much as 2-3 cents. On good news however it may only climb a cent. Currently GBPEUR is at the best rates in 3 months so if you need to buy Euros gambling on further improvements carry risk!

If you are looking to buy or sell the pound against the Euro in the future then please make sure you are up to date with the latest trends and themes on the market. I am a specialist currency broker here to help with the planning and execution of any transfers that you will need to make in the future. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

Please email me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk to learn more.

Rate hike expectations pushing up the Pound, will this trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has continued to climb against the Euro in the lead up to this Thursday’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England.

It will be at 12pm tomorrow when the decision will be announced and markets are expecting to see the base rate hiked by 25 basis points to 0.5%. This will be the first hike in 10 years if it goes ahead and likely to make financial headlines, although should it go ahead like many expect I think there will be quite a muted response by markets as the hike is already being priced in to the Pound’s value.

I think the risk lies in the not being a rate hike, as the Pound would be likely to fall quite dramatically due to there being many disappointed investors as well as speculators quick to try and take advantage of the fall.

For those of our readers planning an upcoming currency exchange involving the Pound, and hoping the expected rate hike will make the Pound gain more value I would be weary as due to the expectations of it happening I personally think it’s unlikely there will be much market reaction.

If you wish to be updated should there be any major movement do feel free to register your interest with me, as working on a trading floor allows us to react instantly to market movements.

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 on the UK and Eurozone Interest rate decisions?

The GBPEUR rate has been very volatile lately and uncertain as markets try to digest which direction rates will take in the coming weeks. Overall sterling seems to be on the back foot but we have risen sharply from the lows of 1.07 a few weeks ago, today’s positive GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data is also a big help for the pound.

I do not feel the pound will however just keep rising, tomorrow ECB’s news will be the main driver for the rest of the week, I see around a 70% chance of Euro strength, 30% Euro weakness. This is all based on the fact that the Euro has really been finding favour in 2017 as investors back the Eurozone economy and political situation.

However the latest political uncertainty with Spain, Germany and Austria has unsettled the rates and further weakness down the line could not be ruled out. Longer term weakness on the Euro does seem a real possibility, particularly since the pound has found some form with an improving economy and some certainty over the outcome on Brexit.

If you are making a transfer in the future making plans in advance is key and tomorrow’s news could be a big market mover. I would not be surprised to see some swings of up to 2 cents in either direction as markets digest the latest trends and news on the rates. If you have a transfer to make involving the pound or Euro then tomorrow’s ECB meeting will be important, as will next week’s UK interest decision.

Leaving everything until the last minute is generally not a good idea on the currency markets as it can prove a very costly and stressful situation. Understanding your options and the market is usually the best way forward, for more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson to learn more.

Please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk with a brief overview of your position and I can help to provide some information on the best way forward.

Will Wednesday’s UK GDP Figures impact the GBP/EUR rate? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has been relatively flat so far this week, although tomorrow there could be a spike in the rate as UK GDP figures are scheduled for release around 9.30am.

These figures could be significant as talk of an interest rate hike from the Bank of England next month is heating up, and for that to take place I expect the BoE to be hopeful of impressive figures as raising interest rates whilst economic output is struggling doesn’t really make sense.

With inflation levels in the UK hitting a 5-year high recently there is some pressure of the BoE to manage this, as we’re also seeing a reduction in consumer spending which has been one of the main drivers of the UK economy that’s performed well in the wake of the Brexit vote.

If tomorrow morning doesn’t being any currency movement, then Thursday may as the European Central Bank will update us on their most recent Asset Purchasing Program changes, which many analysts expecting to see a reduction in the current program. Depending on the amount we could see the Euro strengthen as reducing QE suggests the EU economy is normalising.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding any short term price movements between the pair discussed in this blog, 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.

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.