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Pound to Euro rate drops below 1.14, will the pressure on May push the rate even lower?

The Pound is coming under pressure as the Brexit bill, and what will happen if there is no Brexit deal is currently weighing the Pound’s value down.

Sterling exchange rates have fallen across the board of major currency pairs today, with the GBP/EUR rate down by around 0.2% at the time of writing. The debate at the House of Commons will commence once again tomorrow and I think that any updates could impact the Pounds value depending on what’s said.

The political risks for UK Prime Minister, Theresa May are increasing and there have even been talks of a split in her camp with some wishing for her downfall in order to push through the type of Brexit they desire.

Whilst this continues I expect to see Sterling come under pressure. Anyone with a GBP/EUR transfer to plan should be aware that over the past year the rate has been as high as 1.15 and as low as 1.07.

With much of the Pound’s movement being instigated by political news, it can be hard to tell when the rate is likely to move. Working on a dealing floor allows us to react quickly and if you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement, 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.

 

The Pound remains fragile (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/EUR – Sterling remains weak and it is the same old story. Brexit uncertainty. Top of the agenda is the Irish border deal, which is proving to be a point of contention. There seems to be little progress and talks could be elongated. There has been attempts to put a back stop plan in place, but even this is proving troublesome.

Ideally the UK government would like to have a back stop deal ready for the EU summit due to commence on 28th June. I am of the opinion bar unforeseen circumstances in order for GBP/EUR to exceed 1.16 there needs to be major progress in Brexit. GBP/EUR has been range bound between 1.12-1.1599 for over 12 months. 1.15 seems to be a point of resistance with anything above 1.15 only available for small windows of opportunity.

Yesterday we saw the release of UK manufacturing data came in down 1.4%, the largest fall since October 2012. Trade balance data showed a widening deficit which was another negative factor. GDP was up from 0.1% to 0.2%, but this was still below expectations of 0.3%.

There are still rumours of a possible rate hike this year from the Bank of England (BOE), but in this climate I find little justification to do so.

There is the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on Thursday and it is anticipated that there will an announcement on a cut in Quantitative Easing (QE) or indeed that t could be cut completely. I am not so convinced, but this is definitely on the cards and if it does not happen now it could happen later in the year. This has the potential to cause substantial Euro strength.

If you are buying Euros short term I would not be aiming for much higher than 1.1430.

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.

Brexit uncertainty still weighs on the pound!

The full scale of uncertainty remaining over Brexit was reinforced today with David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary reportedly ready to resign if Theresa May failed to commit to any end date on Brexit when the UK would have effectively left the EU. The idea being to end the potential perpetuity of the loose, yet legal ties the UK would still maybe have with the EU.

For clients interested in the pound and the Euro, the outlook for both currencies remains mixed with plenty of both positive and negative elements to consider. The two currencies have been stuck in a deadlock since November 2017, we have only seen just over 4 cents movements since this date which highlights not only the lack of movement on the pair, but also the potential for big swings up ahead.

Some key events to be conscious of up ahead are the ECB (European Central Bank) interest rate decision next Thursday before the Bank of England decision the following Thursday and the EU Summit the following week. This makes the next 3 Thursday’s very interesting indeed for the GBP to Euro rate.

I think the pound to Euro will remain in this 4 cent band, essentially between 1.12-1.16, clients looking to buy or sell Euros with pounds should be checking the market very carefully. There is potential for a move outside of these levels but more than likely we will fluctuate inside them. For any clients looking at a position we can offer a free, no obligation service to offer strategy and monitor the market for developments which will help you.

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

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

Euro strengthens as ECB board member drops hint

We’ve seen the Euro strengthen during today’s trading session, as a member of the European Central Bank has dropped a hint regarding next week’s June ECB meeting.

The ECB’s Peter Praet has given us a strong hint during a speech in Berlin that next weeks meeting could see the ECB signal the end of their assett-purchasing programme. Some economists are expecting to see September as the cut off point which is actually an shorter time frame than initially expected. Personally, I’m expecting to see the Euro strengthen further if this announcement is made, especially after seeing the Euro react positively in the wake of Praet’s comments today in Berlin.

After some weak data releases recently and the Euro’s poor performance, the bullish comments today are a welcome change for Euro sellers as the Euro has been under pressure for a while now.

One downside for the Euro is the current political situation in Italy, and it could determine whether the ECB decides to amend their programme. The government that’s been formed through the coalition of Lega and 5 star movement is considered Eurosceptic and thrifty, and this has concerned the markets may cause the ECB to delay any key decisions.

If you would like to be updated in the event of a major move for the markets, do feel free to register your interest with me. Next week’s meeting will take place on Thursday at lunchtime, so our readers have plenty of time to get in touch and plan around this event.

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 in June?

The pound has been rising against the Euro for various reasons but just lately we have seen it slide as we see a quick turnaround in events. The key issue has been the volatility of the Eurozone, this has all centred around the Italian uncertainty as markets try to digest what exactly will happen next. One moment we have been bracing ourselves for the worst, the next the markets settle as investors feel everything will be okay.

The month of June opens up a whole host of opportunity as we see some key decisions for the Bank of England and also the European Central Bank. Both central banks have been key movers of the currency market as investors try to second-guess the next stages of economic policies for these two key global economies.

Personally, I feel there are more reasons for positivity than negativity from the pound. This is ultimately due to the changes in the outlook we could see for interest rates and also for Brexit. It does look like on both issues we will soon see some big changes in the overall outlook in the future which lead to sterling finding some form.

The Euro to me looks likely to come under pressure and not just from the Italian situations. I think this will be largely down to the changes we may see in their economic situation, namely a lack of any interest rate hike and also a potential extension of the QE program.

If you have a transfer to consider in the coming months the rates will not just move in a straight line but could be rather choppy, gently driving higher. The potential for the pound to drop significantly looks less likely to me so if you wish to look at any transfers please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss the market and all of your options when transferring money internationally.

Thank you for reading and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions on the markets or the best strategies in the future, please email myself Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for any questions and I look forward to hearing from you.

Pound to Euro rate hits a 1-month high as Euro weakens due to Italian concerns

The Euro fell another half a percent against the Pound yesterday, after news broke over the weekend that the expected Italian coalition government is no longer looking likely to form.

There were expectations that the five star movement and League would form the coalition over the weekend, but the Italian President Sergio Mattarella cancelled talks after the coalition put forward Eurosceptic, Paolo Savona for finance minister. The markets were already weary of the unfolding’s in Italy due to the populist and Eurosceptic leanings, along with plans to cut back on debt whilst increasing government spending.

The Euro weakness is across the board of major currency pairs as opposed to just between the Pound and Euro, and this is something those hoping for a stronger Euro should be aware of.

Italian consumer confidence levels have also dropped off recently which hasn’t helped the Euros value either, and the cost of borrowing has also surged in recent weeks.

GBP/EUR is now trading roughly within a cent from its highest levels of the last year. The potential downsides for the Pound mostly surround whether a Brexit deal will be agreed in time to keep with the Brexit schedule, and also whether or not the economy justifies an interest rate hike later in the year as many are expecting.

The Pound has predominantly been driven by politics relating to Brexit for some time now, and those hoping for a stronger Pound should be aware of this.

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.

 

Is home-grown political uncertainty going to weigh on the Pounds value?

Political uncertainty has been behind the Pound’s losses for much of the past two years. Even when it looks like Sterling will stage a fightback it’s usually politics that drive the Pound lower.

At the moment the issues are surrounding the Brexit only from an internal perspective. Sterling exchange rates have come under pressure as rumors of internal issues within the Conservative party and the type of Brexit different factions want is causing disagreements. Jacob Rees-Mogg is the figurehead of a 60-strong pro-Brexit movement within the Conservative party, and there are talks of another snap election to try and pave the way for the type of Brexit they want.

Moving forward I expect Brexit to continue to influence the GBP to EUR exchange rates, although his week economic data is also likely to influence rates as both Inflation levels along with Retail Sales figures will be released over the next couple of days.

The chances are the Pound to Euro rate would be higher than its current position had the Bank of England decided to hike interest rates almost 2-weeks ago as some were expecting them to.

I think that markets will watch this week’s data closely as it could determine monetary policy later in the year. The markets are expecting a rate hike later in the year. If you would like to notified in the event of spike in the rate, 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.

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.

For more information at no cost or obligation please don’t hesitate to contact me Jonathan buy emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

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

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.

** 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! **

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.

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

Sterling is on shaky ground (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/EUR – The fragility of the pound is currently being demonstrated as political uncertainty and a host of poor data releases weigh down Sterling. We have had poor inflation, poor retail sales and GDP arrived at 0.1%, the lowest figures in five years. The highly anticipated rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May now seems off the cards with little justification to do so other than unemployment hitting a 43 yr low. This however may not be so impressive, with many on zero hour contracts, not the most stable form of employment.

Political uncertainty has been another catalyst for Sterling’s fall. Theresa May is facing criticism for her stance on access to the customs union following Brexit. Keep an eye on developments as they will influence GBP/EUR.

If you have a Euro requirement short term move if the market hits the 1.14s.

Euro sellers – short term you could see gains, but be wary of holding on for too long with high expectations as Sterling is chronically undervalued. Clarity on Brexit will cause the Pound to rally.

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.

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.

You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company  trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.

If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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.

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.