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Sterling Rates Steady after UK Budget

After a very safe budget from Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond yesterday the pound has seen little in the way of volatility on the back of it. The ongoing uncertainty of Brexit remains the main sticking point however and continues to weigh heavily on sterling exchange rates.

GBP EUR is currently sitting at 1.1255 and the markets now wait for the end of next week for the end of a two week ultimatum set by Michel Barnier for Britain to offer more in the divorce bill to try and break the deadlock and move discussions on to future trade. Rumours are circulating that UK Prime Minster Theresa May will offer €38 billion in the first week of December although where rates for GBP EUR move to will very much depend on how well such an offer is received by the EU.

Will the pound strengthen?

Should trade discussions open then this in my view would be very good for sterling exchange rates and there could be a good shift higher for GBP EUR. The risk for those clients waiting for rates to improve is that is the conversation does not move on to trade then this could see the pound weaken materially across all of the major currencies including the Euro. The prospect of a no deal scenario continues to keep the pound at bay. The problems for the pound is that the negotiations will continue right through up until 2019 which leaves a very long period of uncertainty.

Clients looking to buy or sell Euros should pay close attention to developments surrounding the EU ultimatum for more money and would be wise to get in touch to look at the options available and how to take advantage of the better rates when they become available. Feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP EUR Rallies On Expectation of Increased EU Divorce Offer

The pound has found some support at the end of this week after a poor performance across nearly all of the major currencies. GBP EUR has pushed back over 1.12 this morning after rumours have circulated that UK Prime Minister Theresa May will possibly look to increase her offer of a financial settlement to the EU from €20 billion to €40 billion. Theresa May is in Sweden so any commentary here is likely to have an impact on the price of sterling.

If an offer is made later today the pound could react depending on how well that offer is received. The key to the direction will be the response from EU leaders but if received badly then the pound could fall against the Euro. The response today could also tie in to next week’s budget which will be delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond and this is likely to be a big market mover next week.

UK data softened this week after retail sales numbers fell to their lowest level since 2013. Although the figure was higher than expected the fact that it is materially lower than four years ago is a concern for the British economy and hence the pound. With no UK economic data releases today the focus will be on a speech from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and construction numbers this morning.

UK Gross Domestic product figures are released next week and any improvement here could help lend support to the pound. Considering the NIESR estimate pointed to stronger GDP going forward then there is the potential to see some upside for sterling exchange rates.

It is clear there are so many factors revolving around politics and Brexit which are having a direct impact on the price of sterling and the next week will be crucial in where rates will be heading next. Clients selling Euros continue to see an excellent opportunity for buying pounds. If you would like to discuss your requirement and the impact that these economic and political events are having then please get in touch with me and I will be happy to give you my thoughts. My email address is jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP EUR Rates Fall Below 1.13 Amidst Political and Brexit Uncertainty (James Lovick)

The pound is struggling to push beyond the recent highs against the Euro with levels for GBP EUR sitting just below 1.13.
The pound is being hampered by constant political uncertainty with new stories coming out almost by the day all adding a little bit of risk for the pound. The latest resignation of a senior cabinet minister could see a cabinet reshuffle in the coming weeks.

The resignation yesterday from Priti Patel and Sir Michael Fallon in the week before all weigh heavy on a government that recently lost its majority in the House of Commons. Politics continues to be a major driving force for sterling exchange rates and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. With the position of International Development Secretary now filled by Penny Mordaunt expect the markets to guess who will be next to go.

UK economic data is heavy on Friday with manufacturing and industrial production figures as well as trade balance data. The GDP estimate from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research could also create some major volatility for the pound vs the Euro. The strength of the British economy is a big driver for the price of sterling and any projection of a fall could see the pound come under added pressure. The NIESR estimate is an excellent pre cursor to the official economic data and the markets can move quickly on the bag of a strong or weak number.

Selling Euros?

The Brexit negotiations have resumed today and any comments from Brexit secretary David Davis or his counterpart Michel Barnier are likely to cause volatility for sterling Euro rates. The stalemate over the amount Britain is prepared to pay is preventing the pound from making gains although it may only be a matter of time before sufficient progress is made.

Clients looking to buy or sell Euros would be wise to make contact and look at the options available. There are reports that pressure is mounting on Britain to move forward within the next two weeks. As such at the end of the period there could be some considerable volatility for GBP EUR. Please feel free to make contact with me at jll@currencies.co.uk to take a look at your requirement and how we can help achieve the best rates of exchange as they become available.

Selling Euros – GBP EUR Drops Below 1.12

The pound remains on the back foot after yesterday’s market crash for sterling which saw rates for GBP EUR drop by almost 2%. GBP EUR is now trading at levels below 1.12 for this pair which has presented those clients looking to sell Euros with a surprise opportunity to convert. Normally an interest rate increase from the Bank of England would generally have the effect of helping strengthen the pound.

In this rare case however the pound dropped like a stone as a result of the bank suggesting that interest rates would only be raised another two times over the next three years. This was a major disappointment to the markets which resulted in the substantial drop for GBP EUR.

Buying or selling Euros?

Both British and Spanish politics will also have a major impact on the price of sterling in the coming weeks. The Catalonian situation is likely to continue to be a hot potato for the Spanish government with mass protests expected in the streets of Catalonia. Eight regional ministers who were sacked when Madrid imposed direct rule appeared in court yesterday accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds and so protesters are expected to take to the streets. Meanwhile the ousted leader Carles Puidgemont did not appear before the Spanish courts and a European arrest warrant is expected to be issued. It could be the start of a long process when lawyers are involved and could see added pressure on the Euro.

The ongoing Brexit negotiations will of course continue to be a major driving force for the pound and any signs of further tension between Britain and the EU in these negotiations will only add to the uncertainty for the pound. Anyone with a requirement to either buy or sell Euros would be wise to make contact sooner rather than later and look at the options available to take the risk out of it.

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 myself James on 0044 1494 787 478. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on jll@currencies.co.uk

Selling Euros? GBP EUR Falls after Weaker Retail Sales

GBP EUR exchange rates have continued to fall this week after yesterday’s UK retail sales data fell by 0.8% in September. The weaker numbers follow on from the other important economic data also released this week. Although inflation touched 3% on Tuesday which would normally suggest an imminent interest rate hike from the Bank of England, the weak wage growth numbers have created uncertainty over whether or not the central bank will raise interest rates on November 2nd. Inflation climbed to its highest level in five years this week but it may not be enough to persuade for a rate hike. As such the pound has actually weakened this week.

There are two doves on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee who are almost certain to keep rates on hold but whilst the vote could be close on the day I am still of the opinion that the Bank will hike at the next meeting. Clients looking to buy Euros could see a spike if action is taken considering the recent slide in sterling so there could be a small window of opportunity.

Clients looking to sell Euros would be wise to consider moving sooner rather than later and take advantage of what are still incredibly attractive trading prices. Rates for selling Euros are still some 20% better than two years ago which means on a €200,000 transfer the extra sterling generated is about £35,000 more with today’s exchange rates.

Expect volatility for the Euro over the weekend as developments unfold in Catalonia. If Madrid seeks to trigger Article 155 and impose direct rule on Catalonia then there could be civil unrest a huge escalation in political tensions. The Euro is likely to react to nay news on this.

If you would like further information on 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

GBP EUR Gains after EU Response to a Future Trade Deal

Sterling Euro exchange rates have seen a very eventful week with the fifth round of Brexit negotiations coming to an end yesterday. The pound had fallen sharply against the Euro immediately after the press conference given by Brexit secretary David Davis and his counterpart Michel Barnier highlighted that progress was still slow and there was a deadlock in the negotiations. Sterling fell by over 0.5% after it was clear that there was still insufficient progress before seeing a substantial rally in afternoon trade reversing all losses.

GBP EUR Outlook Improves Overnight!

It has been reported that the EU will begin preparing for post Brexit trade negotiations with the possibility of trade talks to commence in December and refers to the next phase to start as soon as possible. This has led to a major jump higher for the pound across all of the major currencies including the Euro. GBP EUR is climbing this morning and any developments from the EU are likely to create additional volatility for GBP EUR. The response today from EU leaders will be crucial to where rates go from here.

My view has been for some time that when that door for a future trade deal has been opened there could be some excellent gains for GBP EUR. Those clients looking to buy Euros could finally start seeing some better opportunities to purchase just around the corner.
Clients looking to buy Euros would be wise to get in touch to look at the options available to you and how to maximise on the rates of exchange as they become available. Clients looking to sell Euros should consider moving sooner rather than later as this has been a fairly major development.

If you would like further information on sterling 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

GBP EUR Falls to below 1.12 after German Intervention

The pound has fallen against the Euro from its recent peak with levels having fallen below 1.12 for this pair and sliding. Clients who need to buy Euros may wish to consider securing sooner rather than later to take the risk of rates falling further out of the equation. The news yesterday from German industry that German firms that are based in the UK should start preparing for a very hard Brexit has had an instant negative effect on GBP EUR.

The BDI, federation of German industry has made clear that the priority must be to defend the single market and its four freedoms. This rhetoric combined with the political uncertainty in the UK and the fact that Britain is drafting contingency plans for a no deal situation is keeping the pressure on sterling exchange rates.

If the Brexit negotiations continue to go badly then the pound could see a material fall and there is a good chance there will be more headwinds to come for the UK.

This lunchtime sees a speech from Bank of England member Andy Haldane and any clues as to when that first interest rate hike will take place that are offered may have a sizeable impact for those clients looking to buy or sell Euros. Any suggestion from Andy Haldane that he supports a rate hike in November could see the pound rally on the news and this in my view is likely considering his recent stance on monetary policy. He has previously said that a rate hike would be good for the economy.

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

GBP EUR Slides from Recent Peak

The pound has slipped back to below 1.13 for GBP EUR after the incredible gains seen last week. Despite the slippage the pound continues to be supported on expectations that the Bank of England will look to raise interest rates in the near term. There is now a 50% chance that there will be a rate hike as soon as November and the markets are fully pricing in the prospect of a rate hike by February 2018.

This is good news for sterling exchange rates as the prospect of interest rate hikes in the UK means more funds move towards Britain as the return on the investment is higher which drives the price of the pound higher.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also spoke again yesterday and highlighted that there is likely to be a movement from historical interest rate lows. However he also cited some concerns over Brexit and this appears to be one of the reasons why the pound has just tailed off from its recent peak.
Clients looking to buy Euros would be wise to consider getting in touch to take advantage of the excellent rates which are available at the moment. A major intervention by UK Prime Minister Theresa may could see additional volatility for the pound this Friday. If the stalemate in the Brexit negotiations continues then there is a chance the pound could fall lower.

However I am of the opinion that an offer of goodwill from the UK is likely to be made and this could see the pound strengthen across the board. There could be a small window of opportunity to buy Euros this Friday.

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

GBP EUR Breaks over 1.10

The pound has found a small degree of support which may be set to continue now that the “great Repeal Bill” has passed through parliament and found its way through the first hurdle. GBP EUR rates have now broken over 1.10 which is welcome news for those clients looking to buy Euros who were recently caught out when levels recently fell below 1.08 in the last two weeks.

The Great Repeal Bill which brings European law into British law to avoid any legal cliff edge scenarios is a major factor for the Brexit process. It’s not over yet though and it is widely believed that the Labour party will try and vote down the bill at second reading.

As such sterling Euro exchange rates are likely to be particularly volatile for the next month with no guarantees the government will ultimately get the bill through. Clients looking to sell Euros continue to see excellent treading prices but the tide may have now turned with the recent rise in sterling.

The Bank of England meet this Thursday and any change in policy could see a big market reaction for the pound. Only two members on the Monetary Policy Committee voted for a rate hike at the last meeting but should anyone else join Ian MaCafferty and Dave Ramsden then the pound could see welcome strength.

Those clients looking for a real opportunity with the potential for a sizeable increase in rates should pay attention to the expected speech from Theresa Mya later this month. For more information on how this speech could impact the rates then please get in touch and I will be happy to give you my thoughts.

If you would like further information on 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

Euro Rates Before ECB Meeting

GBP EUR exchange rates look set for a roller coaster today tomorrow with two major events. The UK sees a debate in parliament over the Great Repeal Bill which will discuss the movement of EU law into British law to hopefully avoid any disaster scenarios. The issue for the British government is that there is only a very small working majority so any renegade conservatives who are not prepared to vote with the bill could create major problems for government.

Labour have already made clear that they will try and vote down the bill which in my view would create additional uncertainty although the general feeling is that the bill will go through.

The European Central Bank also meet tomorrow which could see major market volatility. The markets will be listening out for any words that suggest the central bank will look to taper its Quantitative Easing programme. The last few meetings have seen considerable market volatility to the extent that Mario Draghi has had to issue statements effectively saying the markets had misinterpreted what he had said. Any suggestion of tapering could see the Euro strengthen very quickly although the recent strength of the Euro could mean the ECB pauses until the next meeting.

Those clients with a Euro requirement either buying Euros or selling Euros would be wise to get in touch tomorrow morning to look at the options available to try and take advantage of any spikes which occur. The key here is to be proactive and have things set up ready if there is a big jump higher.

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

GBP EUR Falls to Near 8 Year Low

The pound continues to remain on the back foot as we end a week where Brexit uncertainties have largely hampered the pound. GBP EUR has fallen to a near 8 year low this week although the pound has found a degree of support as we approach the Bank Holiday weekend. Next week could bring new opportunities as politics start coming back in to full force and with the Brexit negotiations recommencing. Any positive dialogue between Britain and the EU could see an improvement in the pounds fortunes although I wouldn’t hold your breath just yet. To date EU negotiatior Michel Barnier has reinforced his view that the divorce bill must be established before any future trade deal can be discussed which isn’t boding well for the pound.

The Jackson Hole Symposium will be concluded today and speeches from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen are widely tipped to create market volatility for the Euro, pound and US dollar in particular. Any mention of Mario Draghi tapering the asset purchasing scheme could see additional strength for the Euro although much of this should be priced into the market by now.

Another volatile period also awaits any clients with a requirement to buy Euros or sell Euro. The German election in September could see a period of volatility with some weakness for the Euro be expected as the election looms. However it is highly likely that that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will end up serving a fourth term which could bring about additional gains for the single currency.

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

GBP EUR Rates Remain Near 7 Year Low

The pound remains close to a seven year low against the Euro this morning as uncertainties over both Brexit and the recent change of stance from the Bank of England keep the pressure on the pound. Although position papers from the government are being put forward with a total of twelve expected to be released in the coming weeks, the pound has struggled to climb higher over a lack of clarity of where Brexit will ultimately end up and whether a trade deal will or not be in place when Britain leaves the EU.

The Bank of England have also reduced the growth outlook for the UK economy and have signalled that there is unlikely to be a rate rise this year. The markets only a couple of months ago were beginning to price in the possibility of a rate hike in the Autumn of this year but this seems highly unlikely now. For any clients who are looking to sell Euros there is a great opportunity to be taken advantage of as things stand.

It’s not just the pound that is performing badly though which has helped see GBP EUR exchange rates fall to a seven year low. The recent improvement in the outlook for the Eurozone has helped strengthen the Euro. Stronger economic growth and also higher inflation have helped see the Euro make considerable gains against most of the major currencies including the pound.

The German election in September will certainly be one to watch as it could create added volatility for Euro exchange rates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a strong lead in the polls and is highly likely to win a fourth term which would be good news for Euro exchange rates.

Economic data is light as we end the week so focus will move to UK GDP data and inflation report hearings next week which could see the pound rally on stronger data.

If you would like further information on 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

GBP EUR Crashes after Bank of England Meeting (James Lovick)

Sterling exchange rates have fallen sharply against the Euro after the Bank of England Meeting earlier today. With rates having plunged by almost 1% levels for the GBP EUR pair are now sitting at 1.1065. Those clients looking to sell Euros have been presented with an excellent opportunity for converting Euros into pounds.

The Bank of England held interest rates at 0.25% as widely expected but there was a change in voting patterns. Only two members voted for an interest rate hike today which is one less than at the last meeting. Today saw a 6-2 split on the committee in favour of maintaining rates compared to a 5-3 split at the last meeting. Particular attention to Brexit was also given and the Bank stated that the uncertainty of both Brexit and Britain’s future trade relationship with the European Union is now starting to have a negative impact on the UK economy.

This all would suggest that the Bank of England are unlikely to be raising interest rates in the near future which should keep downward pressure on the price of sterling. Those clients looking t buy Euros may wish to consider moving sooner rather than later as the weaker outlook may result in further fall for the pound against the Euro.

Tomorrow sees little economic data from the EU and UK so focus moves to next weeks UK housing data. The UK hosing markets has become very topical of late with some commentators pointing to a cooling in prices which could signal problems in the future.

If you would like further information on sterling and 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

GBP EUR Falls After Mario Draghi Statement (James Lovick)

The pound has fallen sharply against the Euro today with rates falling to a low of 1.1281. Bank of England governor Mark Carney spoke earlier today although it was European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s comments which stole the headlines. We will hear more from Mark Carney tomorrow which could result in some market reaction for the pound.

An upbeat speech from Mario Draghi however helped strengthen the Euro and his comments were very EU friendly. This is a taste of what he said “Political winds are becoming tailwinds. There is newfound confidence in the reform process and newfound support for European cohesion, which could help unleash pent-up demand and investment. The positive rhetoric helped see the Euro rally in afternoon trading and could see further gains going forward.

Thursday sees consumer and industrial confidence in the EU which could help drive the Euro higher on a positive outlook. However it is Thursday that sees the vote in the House of Commons which could see major volatility for sterling Euro exchange rates. Clients looking to buy Euros would be wise to get in touch to consider your options as there could be some welcome opportunities made available.

News that Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has shelved another independence referendum has helped support the pound but this was not seen against the Euro.

Friday however sees key UK Gross Domestic Product figures which have the potential to cause a stir at the end of the week. Any weakening could see GBP EUR fall further.

If you would like further information on Canadian dollar 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

GBP EUR Before Queens Speech on Wednesday (James Lovick)

Sterling Euro exchange rates have come under renewed pressure today after comments this morning from the Bank of England governor Mark Carney. He suggested that he was not overly concerned by the rising level of inflation and that interest rates would remain low for some time. This resulted in an immediate fall in the price of sterling as those expectations of when the first interest rate hike for year are put back once again.

The pound has fallen by 0.75% against the Euro today with rates for GBP EUR having reached a low of 1.1345 this afternoon which has created an excellent opportunity for those clients looking to sell Euros. For anyone selling Euros the combination of all the recent political uncertainty and the start of the Brexit negotiations has resulted in a weaker pound.

Another speech tomorrow morning from another Monetary Policy Committee member Andy Haldane could see additional volatility for the pound. EU Purchasing Managers Index data for the manufacturing and services sectors could help boost the Euro further.

Queens Speech – Impact on Sterling

The Queens speech on Wednesday has the potential to see some political fireworks with the pound reacting according. Any attempt by Jeremy Corbyn to vote down the Queens speech could see the pound react badly with sterling weakness to be expected. However my view is that once an agreement has been made between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Conservative party then this should be seen as welcome news for the British economy and the pound should rally on the back of the news.

If you would like further information on 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

GBP EUR Climbing as Government Deal is Expected Imminently (James Lovick)

GBP EUR has seen a small recovery as the expectation of a deal between the Conservative Party and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is expected imminently. This move should bring some confidence to the markets and already some of this positive news is beginning to be priced into the exchange rate.

The Queens speech could create a huge amount of additional volatility as Jeremy Corbyn is expected to make an amendment to it and may try to vote it down which could see additional volatility for the pound. However it is most likely that a deal will be done keeping Theresa May in place as Prime Minister.

UK inflation data yesterday which arrived at 2.9% also helped lift the pound as the prospect of an interest rate increase in the not too distant future is becoming a reality. The Bank of England meet tomorrow and there could be a swing in the votes with another member calling for a hike at this meeting. Whilst no change is expected the minutes of the meeting are likely to give clues as to where future policy is heading and there could be a big market reaction to it.

The Spanish banking sector has come back under the spotlight after Banco Popular had a run on it by its savers which forced a rescue by Santander. Clients looking to sell Euros and bring them back to Blighty away from Spain would be wise to consider taking advantage of the excellent trading levels which are currently available. The pound could see healthy gains after a new government is formally announced and may present win opportunity for those clients that need to buy Euros.

If you would like further information on 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

GBP EUR Falls after Weaker Manufacturing (James Lovick)

The pound has taken a tumble against the Euro after weaker than expected manufacturing numbers released yesterday from the Purchasing Managers Index. The numbers represent the third month running where the figures were not up to scratch which has helped see the pound fall lower. The numbers came out at 54.2 against expectation of 55.1 and whilst still in expansionary territory the weaker numbers do highlight concerns of a slowing down in the British economy. Clients selling Euros may see a small window of opportunity in these coming days.

This morning sees UK construction data from the Purchasing Managers Index and any weakness here could wee further weakness. The construction sector is usually one of the first sectors to show problems at the start of a downturn although it is unlikely there will be a material drop off.

EU retail sales numbers are released this morning and should give some clues as to the strength of the consumer across the European Union. ECB president Mario Draghi will be making a speech later today and any comments are likely to have an impact on the price of the Euro. It has been reported that the ECB have been concerned over what has been described as a market over reaction to his comments from the last policy meeting. His words will be carefully chosen today so expect volatility.

Politics surrounding Brexit will continue to be the main driving force and any statements from British and EU leaders are likely to have a direct impact on the pound. My view remains that any gains are likely to be very limited in the short term.

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

GBP EUR Reaction to Article 50 (James Lovick)

Despite a muted reaction for GBP EUR exchange rates yesterday after the Article 50 letter was given to Brussels, the pound has made considerable gains against the Euro this afternoon. GBP EUR has broken through 1.16 and has 1.17 firmly in its sights. The mood has been generally positive after Article 50 has been invoked but there does now appear to be a considerable amount of support for GBP EUR. Those clients looking to buy Euros may see some further gains as the markets appear to be at ease with Brexit. Clients selling Euros may be wise to consider moving sooner rather than later and take the excellent selling prices which have been available for these last nine months.

Will the Pound Strengthen?

Politics is likely to be the main driving force in these coming days and weeks and the first decision to be made will be whether or not the EU are prepared to discuss the negotiations of an exit bill and future trade deal in tandem. This is the first key decision that will set the scene of the next two years and any clues as to the process could see considerable volatility.

The Brexit negotiation has in effect already begun with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande already insisting that the exit bill must be discussed first. This may of course change and no official line from EU27 has been offered yet.

UK GDP numbers are released tomorrow and a positive number could help see the pound strengthen. EU inflation numbers are also released tomorrow and could create some market reaction. The European Central Bank managed to give the wrong signals at the last interest rate meeting so anything out of the ordinary could muddle things further in these uncertain times.

If you would like further information on 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

GBP EUR Crashes After Scottish Nationalist Party Seeks Another Referendum on Independence (James Lovick)

After an excellent day for the pound yesterday following events in the House of Commons sterling has fallen sharply this morning. The pound had been supported in anticipation that the Brexit bill would go through without amendment which would allow UK Prime Minister Theresa May to stick with her Brexit timetable and invoke Article 50 by the end of March.

However the announcement yesterday from Scottish Nationalist Party Nicola Sturgeon that she will now formally request a second referendum on independence for Scotland at this crucial time with regards Brexit has taken the shine off sterling. This week really couldn’t see more happening in terms of both the political and economic developments.
Those clients either buying or selling Euros would be wise to get in touch as the news is changing by the hour which is also having a direct bearing on the rates of exchange. There are currently some excellent trading prices becoming available for those clients needing to sell Euros.

GBP EUR has fallen below 1.14 this morning with rates down over 0.5%. Tomorrow sees the Dutch elections and depending on how well Geert Wilders far right party performs will determine the direction of the Euro going forward into these coming months. There is likely to be intense volatility following the release and if he does well or even manage to form a government then my view is that the Euro would likely weaken. The real focus from all of this is what happens in the French elections and how much support is out there for Marine Le Pen.

Thursday is also of paramount importance with the Bank of England meeting where interest rates will be discussed. With inflation rising the pound if anything is likely to see a small boost from any comments from Mark Carney although gains are likely to be limited considering interest rates are unlikely to be going up any time soon!

If you would like further information on sterling 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

GBP EUR Crashes – IMF & Greece (James Lovick)

GBP EUR exchange rates have crashed in afternoon trade with rates falling below 1.14. GBP EUR has now seen a low today of 1.1385 almost 1% lower than the high. The weakness in the pound is largely due to the looming Brexit with Article 50 possibly being invoked as soon as next week. The House of Commons will be debating the recent amendments put forward by the House of Lords and there is likely to be considerable volatility around these discussion. Those clients selling Euros are seeing an excellent opportunity to sell and there may even be a little more room left in this rally. For more information on these essential developments please get in touch and I will be happy to try and assist with the timing of any exchange.

The Euro also appears to be finding support from comments this afternoon from the International Monetary Fund who are seeking to find an agreement for the next Greek bailout to go ahead. This appears to have been the trigger for rapid Euro strength this afternoon and there is likleyt oeb considerably more from this story.

The Euro has seen some support offered following the European Central Bank meeting yesterday. In the subsequent press conference ECB President Mario Draghi was more optimistic with the European outlook and this appears to be helping the Euro. Whilst he was not hawkish the recent rise in inflation has given the central bank some comfort and there is no urgent need to take policy action. For me this looks like we are coming to the end of the road of its asset purchasing scheme.

If you would like further information on 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