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Mark Carney Delivers Boost For Sterling (Ben Fletcher)

The GBP/EUR rate touched 1.14 after a 1.5 cent boost as Mark Carney delivered hope of an interest rate hike this year. The Bank of England two weeks ago voted 5-3 in favour of holding rates but it was the first time in 7 years that 3 voted for a hike. With inflation on the charge then the bank could be forced into making a decision soon.

Governor Mark Carney also stressed that he would have no choice but to consider tapering back the current economic stimulus. The bank currently purchase billions of pounds worth of bonds through quanitivativ easing and there’s hope this may slow down. This will be seen a positive for the UK economy and could have a significant effect on Sterling.

What today’s events go to show is how fast the currency markets can move. There has been enormous pressure on Sterling following the UK election and general uncertainty with the Brexit negotiations. This led to Sterling falling to the low 1.12’s this morning, however in the space of 4 hours the rate jumped 1% into the 1.14’s

How can you capitalise on movements?

The speed of the market movement today signifies how hard it can be to make sure you exchange currency at the correct time. Working for a brokerage I am able to help you set rate alerts as notifications. Furthermore set a limit order that means your currency could be automatically bought at your desired level even if the market only reaches the level for a few seconds.

Over the next few days I think it will be unlikely that sterling will find to much more support, however if there was to be a jump into the mid 1.14’s that would see the market at a 2 week high. If you do have a currency requirement and would like to ask any questions about the information above, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at brf@currencies.co.uk.

Sterling Gains Recced as Afternoon Unfolds (Ben Fletcher)

The GBP/EUR rate begun to recced after reaching a high of 1.14. The boost today came after comments from Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Andy Haldane who suggested he will vote for a rate hike later in the year. Haldane is the Bank of England Chief Economist and is considered a key influencer for the group. His comments come a day after Governor Mark Carney announced he doesn’t see a need to start raising rates interest rates just yet.

What the movement today shows is that even a small statement can have major market effects. There was a whole cent difference between the high and the low which on a £100,000 could make you an extra €1000. When the currency markets are this volatile a brokerage can help to protect your interest in the market alerting you to the latest movements.

Quiet end to the week for UK Data

There are no major data releases for the UK for the rest of the week, however do not think that will mean a quiet market. Another Member of the Monetary Policy Committee Kristin Forbes will speak on Friday afternoon which could once again create volatility. Forbes will now be replaced having completed her term on the committee by Silvana Tenreyro. Forbes was considered a hawkish member of the committee and Tenreyro is thought to have more controlled opinions on economic policy.

The chances of an interest hike in the UK within the next few months is unlikely in my opinion. However if inflation continues to rise at the rate it has through the start of 2017 the decision may become forced.

Working for an established brokerage I am able to help you complete any transfers, by offering the best exchange rates. More importantly by fully discussing your requirements and how upcoming events could have an effect on your plans, it could protect you from any market movements. If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at brf@currencies.co.uk

Queen’s Speech set to cause swings on GBP/EUR (Daniel Johnson)

Could a firm Government cause a Pound rally

Today at 11.30am we will see the state opening of parliament and the Queen’s speech. This had been delayed as the conservatives and the DUP attempt to put a coalition deal together. There has been rumors the negotiations have been problematic with the DUP stating conservative negotiators have been poor. Let us hope this is not a sign of things  to come considering Brexit negotiations have just begun.

Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question and the current situation is a clear demonstration of what a country without a government does to the value of the currency in question. There is also in house troubles within the Tory party with senior conservative members giving eight days for Theresa May to prove her credential as PM or risk a leadership challenge. If her stance is changed on hard Brexit we could well see this occur. This could happen as the DUP wish to have a soft border between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, this would go against May’s plans for a hard borders which would be a feature in a hard Brexit. We are currently in political limbo and many are expecting Sterling to rise in value once we have a government in place. Although this is definitely a probable outcome I am of the opinion a conservative-DUP government is already factored into current exchange rates. The big market mover will be which course of action the government will take in regards to a hard or soft Brexit.

If you have a currency requirement and would like the assistance of a skilled broker feel free to get in touch. If you let me the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free, individual trading strategy. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/EUR rates see slight fall to continue from Monday afternoon (Joshua Privett)

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I am able with a quote and a tailored strategy for any of your upcoming transfers.

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

Labor only 4 points behind the Tories

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrorist Attack in Manchester (Daniel Johnson)

22 Dead in terrorist attack

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

UK Election. How will it effect GBP/EUR?

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

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



Pound to Euro exchange rates take another dip following poor inflation figures (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Euro exchange rates have unfortunately taken a further tumble this morning as fears about inflation appear to be manifesting.

There is a very intimate relationship between interest rates and inflation which is why Pound to Euro exchange rates did not fare too well today when it was revealed inflation growth appeared to be ‘petering out’.

Growing inflation is a concern for Central Banks, as this suggests that prices are ‘running away’ from the ability for consumers to buy. A common tool to combat this is to conduct interest rate rises to curb spending by increase the incentive to save – in turn keeping prices lower.

The secondary effect of this is that the Pound tends to get a bit of a boost. If interest rates rise then holding Pound’s produces a higher yield, and this means you should normally see its value rise due to increased demand.

However, inflation is not rising fast enough to justify this, and it has lend credence today with the confirmation of the inflation rate that it is unlikely the UK will be seeing an interest rate hike.

This negative outlook for the Pound fed into markets immediately today, which is why GBP/EUR tumbled to begin today’s trading session when the news came out at 9:30am.

This will likely be the dominant narrative moving forward this week, so Pound to Euro buyers may be wise to move sooner rather than later to avoid a difficult day when buying an upcoming currency requirement.

This will likely dictate Sterling rates for the rest of the week, so anyone planning a transfer can contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer based on the outcome aimed at maximising your currency return, whether this be buying or selling Euros.

I have never had an issue beating the rate of exchange offered elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you thousands on a prospective transfer.

Pound to Euro rate hits one-week low as Bank of England lowers growth forecast (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has dropped to its lowest level in a week yesterday as data from the disappointed.

The Bank of England (BoE) slashed its growth forecast as yesterday’s quarterly inflation report confirmed that inflation levels within the UK will soon outstrip earnings growth. Sterling has dropped below 1.1850 this morning as the softening of the Pound continues although the currency is still towards the top of the current trading range.

Those considering a Sterling transfer should bear in mind that earlier this week analysts at Lloyds bank downgraded their GBP/EUR price target from 1.18 to 1.16 at the end of 2017. This level is below the Pounds current mid-market value, so it seems that some professionals expect the pound to fall as the year goes on.

I also think that if it surfaces that Brexit negotiations have begun badly, we could see a sell-off for the Pound as the setting up of new trade agreements is likely to be the governments priority as the UK enters a time of uncertainty. Now that economic data is playing a more prominent role in the value of the Pound it’s certainly worth paying a close eye on data releases as they’re impacting Sterling rates to a greater extent than last year when politics played a greater role.

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

Pound to Euro rates still rising following snap election call (Joshua Privett)

The Pound has surged to a 6 month high against most major currency pairings following a strong show of support for the Pound in response to the snap election call by Theresa May.

Why such a strong showing of support? Many queries I received yesterday were in response to currency market theory. In the past a general rule of thumb around elections is that they tend to weaken the currency in question in the run up to the vote and the results. This is due to heightened uncertainty surrounding the event and the potential implications of the results. Currency investors are normally loathe to make strong bets on potentially surprising outcomes – the ramifications of the Brexit vote being a major example of where this can go wrong for investors.

Instead, this vote is occurring in exceptional times. The Conservatives are effectively looking for a mandate, and to quell calls for a Scottish Referendum, and the polls suggests they have the ability to do this – particularly why the Labour party appears to be in such disarray.

Currency markets are effectively responding well to a more solid British government heading into the Brexit negotiations, as the Eurozone will not see a dark cloud hanging over the British Parliament and use this for negotiation leverage. Furthermore, currency markets have normally favoured pro-business conservative candidates, so a few more years of continuity and unencumbered rule by conservatives should always provide some form of rally…

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and the Euro, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on  jjp@currencies.co.uk  in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you thousands on a prospective transfer.

Sterling hits an 8-day high against the Euro as French Presidency fears hit the single currency (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro rate exceeded 1.1750 yesterday afternoon and the pair have held strong above this level so far, as at the time of writing the pair are still trading above this level at the mid-market level.

What’s also interesting to see is that today’s low so far is 1.1756 which indicates to me that there could be support for the pair at this level.

With Sterling gaining slowly since the official start to the Brexit process it appears that the currency has hit its lowest level and it’s now on the recovery, which many within financial markets suggesting that the Brexit has been priced into the Pounds value.

What may help the Pound make additional gains against the Euro later this month is the French Presidential election. There have been fears and hedged bets against the Euro as there’s a chance far-right candidate Marine Le Pen could perform better than many are expecting. This would likely result in Euro weakness due to her plans for a Frexit, but over the past week the increasing popularity of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon has also weighed on the Euros value due to his views on tax tariffs.

Now that Brexit is underway economic data is playing a more prominent role in the currency fluctuations involving the Pound, so if you’re planning on making a currency exchange involving the pound and another currency do feel free to get in touch regarding these events.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.


Pound to Euro exchange rates soar heading into the weekend (Joshua Privett)


Pound to Euro exchange rates have seen their first signs of true life in a while, with the Pound rising heavily against the Euro to end a week on the currency markets which saw almost no movement on the day Article 50 was triggered, but went haywire at the release of a short summary of the Eurozone’s positions heading into the negotiations.

Clearly this is what currency markets believe is the defining moment heading into the negotiations, as the UK can be as positive as they like, but the reaction from the Eurozone will define the likely trajectory of where an eventual deal may land.

The tone from the Eurozone was constructive, positive, and even left room for future trade negotiations to begin before the UK has officially left, making it seem likely that a deal will be reached sooner than expected.

From now markets will be looking ahead to the French elections and will, if current polls remain where they are, provide some support for the Euro since it seems fairly unlikely now that the anti-establishment and anti-EU candidate, Marine Le Pen, will come to power, creating opportunities for Euro sellers.

It is simply judging how much momemtum this euphoria surrounding the Pound will last.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and the Euro, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on  jjp@currencies.co.uk  in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you thousands on a prospective transfer.

What will happen to GBPEUR after Article 50 is triggered?

Once Article 50 is triggered I expect the pound to enter a new phase against the Euro although at the moment I cannot see it breaking it out of the recent ranges of 1.13-1.18 we have been trapped in. The pound and the Euro have both found support in recent weeks as solid economic data and improved political certainty aid both currencies. The US dollar has also weakened lately, the main beneficiaries being the pound and the Euro. Both GBPUSD and EURUSD have both risen 3-4 cent in the last couple of weeks ever since the US failed to increase their interest rate hike expectations.

There is a distinct lack of volatility in the market on GBPEUR at present with only 60 pips (0.6 of 1 cent) movement between the high and the low yesterday. Eager Euro buyers may well see some improvements once Article 50 is triggered but I cannot see it lasting long as there are some big questions on the horizon which I foresee as likely to contribute to a decline in the value of the pound. I cannot see how the UK can come out of these negotiations with a better deal than it has already with the EU.

Clients reading GBPEUR for spikes to buy Euros could find some relief around the time of the French elections although Marine Le Pen is not expected to win so any spikes could prove short-lived. I also feel it would be a risky strategy holding on since who knows how weak the pound will be at that time?

The UK’s relationship with the EU has been the downfall of many a Prime Minister and a politician, David Cameron the most recent example. Can Theresa May navigate this rocky road with her reputation and the Conservative party intact? History tells us that the odds are stacked against any success here.

If you have any requirements to buy or sell pounds and Euros in the coming weeks and months then tomorrow’s news and the political fallout on both sides of the Channel will be key to determining the direction on GBPEUR in the future. If you would like some proactive assistance with the timings of any transfer then please feel free to get in touch as I would be interested in speaking to you and offering some information on when may be the best time to buy your currency.

Please email jmw@currencies.co.uk to learn more.

Jonathan Watson


GBP EUR Gains after Bank of England Hint Towards a Rate Increase (James Lovick)

The pound has seen another good day making gains against the Euro for the second day running. GBP EUR has now broken through 1.15 which has presented those clients buying Euros with a small improvement in rates in what is an extremely volatile and uncertain period.

The pound has been supported after one of the members of the nine strong Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England voted for an interest rate hike yesterday. The markets were quick to react with the pound strengthening across all of the major currencies as it is clear that noises are being made that rates will have to rise at some stage. The minutes of the meeting showed some of the other members were also considering voting for a hike soon. UK unemployment has also fallen to 4.7% also boosting the outlook for the UK and hence the pound.

Next week is likely to see even more volatility for sterling Euro rates with developments likely to come from the Scottish Nationalist Party. The second Scottish referendum is becoming a real issue for the United Kingdom and the pound is likely to remain under pressure if the Scottish parliament vote with a majority in favour of another referendum. This could really throw the cat amongst the pigeons although a retreat from Nicola Sturgeon should not be discounted either.

Conversely if there is not enough support within the Scottish Parliament, although less likely, then the pound could make some good gains. I think the Scotland story has further to go and there is likely to be more volatility and potential further weakness. Politicians will inevitably be out in force over the weekend so any political developments could impact on rates.

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

Dutch Election could weaken the Euro (Daniel Johnson)

If  Wilders gains power it could mean big trouble for the EU

The Dutch general election is upon us and Geert Wilders, the head of the far-right, Party of Freedom is currently in the lead. Wilders has stated he will close mosques, ban the Koran and leave the EU. We have seen his popularity gain momentum following clashes in the Netherlands with the Turkish who have been denied the right to protest about constitutional changes. He has since dropped four seats.

Although Wilders currently leads in the election, with twenty-eight parties in the election it is common place that a coalition is needed. Due to his radical stance on immigration other parties are reluctant to join Wilders, however could party leaders change their mind when the opportunity to gain power becomes available.

If Wilders does get in, a referendum is on the cards, we have already witnessed the damage a referendum can bring on a currency taking Sterling as an example. I would expect the Euro to weaken substantially should Wilders gain power.

US Interest Rate Decision

Today will see the Federal Reserve US interest rate decision. It is widely anticipated there will be a raise in rates. Odds currently at 90% the hike will occur. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so I am of the opinion the hike is already factored into current rates. I would not expect huge gains for the Dollar. It would be a shock however if rates remained unchanged, if this were the outcome the dollar could weaken substantially.

EUR/USD is the most frequently traded currency pair in the world, if there is an exodus from the Euro once a hike is confirmed we could see an opportunity for Euro buyers.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is vital to be in touch with an experienced broker during such volatile times. I will provide a free, no obligation trading strategy and also demonstrate the rates I can achieve. I can provide a comparison against your current provider if required. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.


Will GBPEUR continue to fall? (Dayle Littlejohn)

It’s been a terrible month for Euro buyers and I am far from surprised. GBPEUR exchange rates have dropped over 4% since the start of the month and therefore central levels have breached 1.14s. To put this into monetary terms a €200,000 purchase is now £7,500 more expensive.

If you are a regular reader for weeks I have been stating that March would be a tough month for the pound as UK Prime Minister is set to trigger Article50 at some point. It was reported towards the end of last week that MPs within the House of Commons will debate the House of Lords amendments and Theresa May could trigger Article50 as early as next Tuesday.

For euro buyers I expect rates of exchange to continue to slide this week therefore if you are needing to purchase I would recommend sending my your requirements today and I will give you a call first thing Monday morning to disucss your transfer drl@currencies.co.uk.

In other news the Bank of England are set to release their latest interest rate decision Thursday afternoon. No surprises are expected therefore rates should remain unchanged. However as always when Governor Mark Carney addresses the public expect volatility as he will discuss how Brexit is impacting the Bank of England’s monetary policy.

For euro seller we are closing in to the fantastic rates of exchange that we saw last October and when Theresa May triggers Article50 it is very difficult to predict how the pound will perform in the upcoming months therefore I would take advantage of the gains you would have made this month.

If you reading this website for the first time as you need to convert GBPEUR, 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 Monday morning and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

If you are already using a brokerage and would like to a free quote 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.

Could the Netherlands drop the Euro? (Tom Holian)

Dutch politicians have recently voted to hold a parliamentary enquiry to discuss its membership of the Eurozone and its use of the single currency.

There appears to be more scepticism towards the single currency and when you think we have already had the Brexit vote of last year could we be seeing s shift in the power towards more populist parties?

The Dutch are due to go to the polls next month and the French will begin their process in April and it appears as though Marine Le Pen is gaining more popularity in recent weeks.

Geert Wilders who is the far-Right politician in the Netherlands is currently leading the polls and he has promised to hold a referendum as part of his campaign.

Arguably the French election is more important as to who wins and if Marine Le Pen gets into power we could see some Euro weakness ahead as this would demonstrate a political swing towards a real change culturally in France.

At the moment the Pound is struggling to make any real gains against the Euro owing to the uncertainty surrounding the issue of Article 50 and even though the talks are due to begin at some point next month it has not yet been made entirely clear as to what will happen once negations to leave the European Union begin.

The Pound to Euro rate hit the highest rate to buy Euros during the week but failed to hold onto its gains by Friday so anyone looking to buy Euros in the short term may wish to take advantage of these small windows of opportunity,

If you are in the process of buying a house abroad or transferring currency for living expenses and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for further information or for a free quote when buying or selling Euros and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk