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Very important week for GBPEUR exchanges! Both Draghi and Carney to speak!

Clients looking to buy Euros with pounds have been treading on pretty precarious ground as the market continues to fret about the political make up of the UK in the coming months and years. Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) did little to spark interest in the pound and with the all important commons vote on the Queen’s speech this week sterling should remain at the whim of political developments. I expect the pound could move in either direction with the Euro as much as 2  cents in the coming week depending on a series of important data and events that are taking place.

If you need to move any currency around then making plans in advance is sensible to avoid being caught out like many have in recent weeks as markets take an unexpected turn! We offer a proactive service to help monitor and track exchange rates with a view helping secure the very best levels. If you have a transfer to make and wish for us some assistance please do contact me to find out more.

There is a light belief the Bank of England are making plans to raise interest rates however with the Governor Mark Carney against the idea we could have quite a battle on for that to become reality. We will really need to see some big shifts in the economic data but should we start to see the economic data improving the case for a rate hike will increase. For the Euro the week is fairly light on data but we do have Mario Draghi speaking who with his comments could easily move the Euro rates.

A higher interest rate makes a currency stronger as it attracts investment into that currency. The mere mention of a hike or speculation of one can do lots to a currency and the back and forth nature of commentary over raising UK interest rates lately has seen sterling to Euro rates see-sawing with the sentiment. Both Carney and Draghi’s comments have the potential to move exchange rates and clients looking to buy or sell large volumes of pounds and euros for say an overseas property purchase or business should be prepared.

This week is another potential choppy one with a host of speakers who will be commenting on the potential for interest rates with Mark Carney due to speak today and tomorrow. Markets will be eagerly awaiting any news on how the Governor is viewing events with his Financial Stability report due today. If you have a transfer buying or selling pounds for Euros I would not be surprised to see movements of 1 – 2 cents as we learn principally of developments in UK politics and economics.

If you have a transaction to consider and wish to get any information on the market or trends then please do speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk to get the latest insight and assistance with the timing and planning of your exchanges.

 

Sterling rises as negotiations begin, but will the Pound to Euro rate continue to climb as they continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has edged up today against the Euro as well as against other major currency pairs, making the buying of oversea’s currencies a cheaper proposition than yesterday.

The reason behind the positive movements for the Pound can be put down to the latest updates regarding the Brexit process. It appears that the early stages of the Brexit negotiations are going quite well, which has boosted sentiment surrounding the UK economy moving forward and therefore the Pounds value.

I think that moving forward if the negotiations continue to go relatively smoothly, we can expect to see the Pound begin its recovery from its current levels, especially when when consider how the Pound is trading around historical lows against many currency pairs at the moment.

Against the Euro Sterling has lost around 5 cents over the past month or so, so there’s certainty scope for the currency to gain if things go to plan.

Next week Friday is likely to be once of the busiest days for GBPEUR as GDP data for the UK will be released around 9.30am. The expectations are for 2% annual growth so we’ll see how the currency performs in the wake of the news.

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 exchange rates set for marginal fall and strong rise next week (Joshua Privett)

When entering the latter part of the month, economics takes a back seat, and as such the rollercoaster of politics will be at the forefront in governing Pound to Euro rates this week.

We begin with the French local elections, the final part of the French election cycle. This will decide whether the new President, Emmanuel Macron, has the majority he needs to govern effectively.

He is proposing a sweeping change to French labour laws and a host of new pro-business policies. This is why his initial election victory saw the Euro gain almost two cents against Sterling. Should a Parliamentary majority form, then it’s likely we will see further Euro strength given his ability to govern effectively will be cemented. Well, as much as French unions will permit.

In any case, polling is today and the result itself should see further Euro strength when markets re-open tomorrow.

However, the UK is also trying to consolidate political stability. There was a delayed announcement for the Conservative-DUP partnership last week, but the initial hints were enough to see the Pound flirst upwards agains the Euro. Confirmation should realise those hinted gains for Euro buyers.

Then their plans for a Government manifesto will have to be voted on in Parliament given that the Conservatives do not have the majority they need to rule as a single party. Furthermore markets are waiting to hear further news on whether a softer Brexit approach will be taken.

Euro sellers may be wise to seize any opportunities created by the French election result tomorrow. Conversely anyone with a GBP/EUR requirement should be monitoring political developments next week in order to give yourself the best opportunity to puchase at any peaks which emerge rather than a trough.

I strongly recommend that anyone with a Euro buying or selling requirement should contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer. 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 rises after Bank of England hints at a rate hike (Joseph Wright)

The Pound appears to have consolidated above 1.14 against the Euro, making the buying Euro rate cheaper for those holding Sterling.

There are current 8 voting members of the BoE and yesterday almost half of them voted in favour of hiking rates, which caused the Pound to jump by over half a cent as soon as the news broke around lunchtime.

The reason behind the Bank of England’s voting members that would like to see a hike is most likely the rising rate of inflation in the UK, which is eating into consumers spending power as wage growth is beginning to stall within the UK.

Raising the interest rate would act to lessen the blow and it’s also a positive for the Pound so I do think we can expect to see the Pound climb if rates are going to rise for the first time in a decade.

Later this morning the Bank of England’s Quarterly Bulletin will be released which could send the markets either way depending on what’s said. If you would like to be kept updated with data releases that can impact your upcoming currency exchange plans 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.

Will the pound to Euro rate continue to rise?

The pound to Euro rate will continue its volatility in the coming weeks as we get closer to understanding just what type of Government the UK will have in the future. Overall expectations for the future remain unclear as we try to understand what Brexit means and what type of  government the UK will have in the future. It appears a ‘hard Brexit’ is now less likely but with 80% of voters having voted for parties who remain committed to Brexit just what will the future entail? With such uncertainty hanging over the market and the pound the GBPEUR rate does seem very much poised to languish at these lower levels, a move further down cannot be ruled out.

Today is the UK Bank of England decision which could well see some volatility on exchange rates, the general belief we would see UK interest rates rising has been fading and concerns are now rising about the problems in the UK economy form Brexit, the outcome from all of this for the pound is no longer a question. The reality is that the economic conditions in the UK are not meeting expectation and we could be well in line for further falls in the value of the pound.

If you have a transfer to make in the future the outlook on the exchange rate is not looking great for Euro buyers. Euro sellers are now looking at much improved conditions and the market could easily favour further improvements. If you have a transfer to make selling Euros for pounds then the current market should not be taken too much for granted.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. I can  provide some insight and information regarding your situation and am very confident I can offer a rate which will save you money.

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

Buying Euro rates see first signs of life since election result (Joshua Privett)

GBP/EUR has risen half a cent at the time of writing this article due to some very positive economic data in the UK cutting through some of the election noise.

Euro buyers seem to have found some support now that Theresa May has had positive meetings yesterday with her own conservative party, quelling rumours of a potential leadership challenge and painting the picture of a Government on the mend.

This was compounded today with positive murmurings coming from talks between Theresa May and the DUP in the first official steps to forming their informal partnership whilst the next government sits to perform its duties.

The manifesto will still need to be debated in Parliament, and, as such, is not out of the woods yet, and May needs to get a consensus on which features of the manifesto should be revised to meet the surge for opposition support.

For now however, the Pound seems set for improvements. Even the economic sphere is giving Sterling a helping hand.

Today inflation data for the UK economy showed thriving spending activity, pushing price rise rates up close to 3% for the year at 2.9%. Given that 60% of the UK economy is made up from domestic consumerism this is important, but there are also indirect benefits.

On Thursday the UK has its next interest rate decision and monetary policy statement. Given that a high interest rate (and this is high, the Bank of England tends to have a target rate of just 2%) is normally a prompt to raise rates and control spending activity, the UK may see policy lean more towards raising rates in the near term.

Such a move will certainly benefit the Pound’s value.

I am well positioned to assist anyone with a buying or selling Euro currency requirement to time their transfer and stay informed in this fluid marketplace. You can contact me directly on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer and your options.

One final point is that I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, and these current buying levels can be fixed in place for a future requirement you have planned using only a small deposit, eliminating any risk from further currency exchange movements.

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 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.

 

GBP/EUR breaks 1.17 as services sector remains strong, will the pair hit 1.20? (Joseph Wright)

The UK economy was given a boost yesterday as data showed that its most important sector is performing well.

Economists had anticipated growth in the UK’s services sector but the figure came out higher than they had expected, and the reason Sterling saw a boost of the back of this data release is because the services sector accounts for around 75% of the UK’s economy.

For this reason data releases reflecting the health of this area of the economy can result is swings within GBP exchange rates. Due to the UK entering what could be considered a sensitive time as Brexit is now underway I expect to see these figures followed closely and I think we may see dips within the Pounds value should these figures disappoint.

Another news release which could be watched closely is Gross Domestic Product figures as these will also reflect the health of the UK economy. The next release comes out tomorrow at 1pm and the expectation is for a figure of 0.6% so expect any major deviations from this figure to result in swings within GBP/EUR exchange rates.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding major movements between the Pound and the Euro do feel free to register your details with me.

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 drops as UK government plans to trigger Article 50 this afternoon (Joseph Wright)

Late last night Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter triggering Article 50, and this letter will be delivered to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk later this afternoon at 12.30pm.

This will officially start the Brexit process in which the UK has 2 years to leave the European Union, and in this time the UK will be doing its best to set up trade negotiations both in Europe and outside of it.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound dropped, which is a change to the currency’s general direction over the past week or so as we’ve seen the currency gain. Yesterday the pair hit 1.16 which was GBP/EUR’s highest level since the beginning of the month, and since this mornings drop the Pound has recovered some ground as it appears the currency is struggling for direction.

I think there could be some further swings during today’s trading session, especially this afternoon once Article 50 has been triggered and May offers a speech. Should she give anything away regarding the UK’s plans moving forward I think there could be movement in either direction for the Pound’s value.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding major news and movements within GBP exchange rates do feel free to get in touch.

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.

 

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

 

Pound to Euro exchange rates show signs of life (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Euro exchange rates have enjoyed a positive end to the week after two weeks where Friday has forced a woeful atmosphere on many Euro buyers as they enter the weekend.

For once this currency movement had little to do with the twists and turns of the political sagas of both the UK and the Eurozone. Instead one of the side-effects of the Pound’s low value, rising prices due to the high number of items the UK exports, after many months, may finally yield to a long-awaited interest rate rise in the UK.

Interest rate rises are one of the tools used by the Bank of England to control pricing in the UK. By encouraging people to save, this should stem rising prices to some degree, given that the incentive to save rather than spend is higher – so prices aren’t driven up by higher demand.

Carney said that whilst rates won’t rise right now, there is a near certainty that they will in the future. As such the Pound has bumped upwards with speculators excited for greater opportunity on their potential returns from holding Sterling.

A rate rise would put the UK’s benchmark interest rate at 0.5%, compared to the Eurozone’s which is at a paltry 0.05% – this is why Euro buyers were the main beneficiaries off the back of the news compared to other currencies.

So what next?

Frankly, there is little else to focus on this month apart from the triggering of Article 50, but markets are worried about the setting in which it is enacted. Will the Scottish Parliament formally request another Referendum as a result? This is the key question which has dogged Sterling in the Past week.

As such with forecasts heavily dependant on an evolving landscape, it is key to have contact with a broker established ahead of time to avoid missing out in these situations – whether opportunities or sudden-drops.

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 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.

Pound to Euro rate drops in wake in Dutch election results, where to next for GBP/EUR? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has continued to lose value against the Euro throughout the month, and despite making a few fight-backs the currency is now lodged below the 1.15 mark at the mid-market level.

Late last night it was announced that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the most seats in the parliamentary election, and defeated far-right hopeful Gert Wilders who was predicted to put in a strong performance. Had Wilders of won more seats or put in a stronger performance I would have expected to see the Euro lose value on fears of his plans to remove the Netherlands from the EU, but the win for the current Prime Minister has eased these fears which has strengthened the Euro further.

The Euro had been boosted recently after the European Central Bank recently confirmed that they will be tapering the current quantitative easing programme due to signs of the economy improving.

Moving forward I think we could see the Euro gain even further as the Brexit begins, particularly if it becomes public that trade negotiations are going badly.

Later today there will be an interest rate decision from the Bank of England, and although no changes are expected it will be interesting to see what governor Mark Carney has to say regarding the UK economy.

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 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.

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.

 

A potential spike for GBPEUR exchange rates tomorrow? (Dayle Littlejohn)

With Brexit on the horizon it’s no surprise GBPEUR exchange rates have been falling in recent weeks. Within the last 14 days exchange rate have dropped 4 cents which means a €200,000 purchase is now £5,000 more expensive.

Tomorrow the UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond is set to address the public and give his latest budget. There is growing speculation that the chancellor could upgrade growth forecasts which could cause the pound to increase in value.

It was only earlier today that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) increased its forecast to 1.6% compared to 1% that was predicted last September.

For Euro buyers that are purchasing within the next 6 weeks, if the market does spike in your favor I would seriously consider taking advantage. Theresa May is set to trigger Article50 and start the process of leaving the EU within the next 3 weeks and I expect further falls once the Article is triggered.

Other data releases that will have a major impact on GBPEUR exchange rates this week is the ECB’s interest rate decision Thursday at 12:45 and UK Consumer inflation expectations released Friday at 9.30am.

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 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.

Common clients I help on a daily basis are Sole traders, MD or FD of a company, property buyers and sellers. If you are one of the three and are currently using the bank to transfer your currency you need to be made aware that you could be saving money!

Pound to Euro exchange rates beginning to weaken as we journey into the weekend (Joshua Privett)

Whilst the above states the Pound is weakening, I would urge that this is a marginal movement, something which we have become accustomed to in recent weeks.

The negative trend is -0.18% as I type this, but movements on Friday’s have been prone to be detrimental to Euro buyers in the past. This is because investors seek to even out the risk in their portfolio as they head into the weekend, as a result, some of the less stable currencies tend to lose out in these situations.

Whilst markets are closed over the weekend, markets do still move in the period between 6 (when most traders leave their desks) and late evening, when North American markets are still open an trading. No-one wants to be caught out in the open as it were with the exchange rates, and, as such, stable currencies are bought up in droves. Early indications this morning, with the Dollar rising and the Pound falling, suggests this weekend may be no different.

The Pound tends to suffer the most as well, particularly given that large amounts of news are released over the weekend on the political spectrum, with commentaries from leading politicians in the UK and across the Channel over the Brexit topic governing exchange rates heavily. Euro buyers may be wise to seize current levels as they are now.

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Will the prospect of a Marine Le Pen Presidential win in France boost the Pound’s value? (Joseph Wright)

Up until yesterday afternoon the GBP/EUR pair had struggled to break above the 1.18 mark, but yesterday Sterling surged all the way up to 1.19 at one stage after benefiting from a weakening Euro.

The Euro weakened across the board yesterday afternoon after far-right French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen gained further traction in recent opinion polls, with the candidate now a realistic candidate for the Presidency after becoming a favourite.

Moving forward I expect her increase in popularity to weigh on the Euro’s value as she has previously outlined plans to withdraw France from the Eurozone. Moreover she has also suggested that France stops using the Euro and reinstates the French Franc. Should these plans materialise it would surely leave the door open for other Eurozone nations to follow suit which would be detrimental for the Euros value, and the potential of this taking place is already weighing on the Euros value.

Another reason the GBP/EUR exchange rate may see a boost is the UK economy has been posting some impressive economic figures, with the Bank of England hiking the UK’s growth prospects this year and next.

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