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Sterling Weaker Ahead of Local Elections

UK Prime Minister Theresa May held her Brexit cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon which could offer further direction for the Brexit negotiations and hence the pound. The issue of the day is whether Britain should remain part of the customs union with the EU. Brexit negotiator Oliver Robbins is trying to steer the government towards a customs partnership that would keep some of the benefits of the single market although members of the cabinet are unlikely to vote in favour of this option.

Overnight there has been a strong backlash within the government against the proposed customs partnership and this only adds to the uncertainty for the pound ahead of local elections tomorrow. GBP EUR has fallen to a low of 1.322 this morning. This could be a milestone in the Brexit process and any developments are likely to see new direction for the pound. Political uncertainty continues to be a major driving force for sterling exchange rates.

The pound is set for a volatile few months but it will be later in May when the House of Commons will be forced to vote on a number of amendments that will try to enforce a close relationship with the EU with a view to keeping Britain in the single market. This will be a huge test for Theresa May and a vote of confidence has been mooted which would take the country close to the prospect of a general election.

UK Purchasing Managers Index data for the construction sector could give the pound a boost if there is any pick up following the awful winter which has helped push down UK Gross Domestic Product after the Beast from the East. The services sector numbers will be released tomorrow and could also provide a rally if there is some relief for the markets that it is not all doom and gloom

For more information on the Euro and how to make the most of any opportunities when buying or selling Euros then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GDP to influence exchange rates this week

The recent positive run for GBPEUR exchange rates came to an end last week, when UK inflation feel sharply and Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney couldn’t confirm the prospects of an interest rate hike in May. Sterling fell from the 1.16s to the 1.14s causing concern for euro buyers. Any further commentary from the Bank of England over the next couple of weeks before the decision will have the potential to cause further fluctuations.

Other UK economic data in the form of Retail sales was another reason why the Governor failed to state a hike is just around the corner. UK GDP numbers are set to be released this week and the predictions are for a slight fall as the adverse weather conditions continue to cause a problem for the UK. If GDP falls I expect that an interest rate hike may not occur which could be a problem for euro buyers but good news for Euro sellers.

In other news the house of commons is set to meet this week to discuss the customs union. The House of lords voted in favour of remaining within the customers union, however Theresa May has made it clear that the  UK is leaving. If this story continues to escalate again this could put pressure on the pound.

For further information in regards to GBPEUR currency transfers feel free to email me with the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the options available to you drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

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GBP EUR Reaches Fresh Highs – 1.16 in Sight

The pound has rallied to fresh highs against the Euro with levels for the GBP EUR pair trading just below 1.16. There is currently an excellent opportunity for those clients looking to buy Euros with some of the best levels seen in the last 9 months.
The mood on Brexit is feeling considerably more optimistic and the fact that key figures from with thin the EU and notably from Germany have signalled that London will still remain the financial centre for the EU are in my view helping lend support to the pound.

Clients looking to buy Euros would be wise to consider securing at these higher levels whilst they are still available as there is still a long way to go on Brexit. The trade negotiations which will cover the future trade relationship between Britain and the EU will start next week and any noises are likely to see considerable volatility for GBP EUR. The trade element is believed to be the most difficult to reach agreement and if negotiations move forward badly then the pound is likely to fall.

The European Central Bank (ECB) next meet 26th April and there is likely to be considerable volatility around this time. The ECB should give more clarity as to when the ECB will conclude the tapering of its asset purchasing scheme and may look to signal when the first interest rate increase may happen. UK data next week however will be more pressing with the release of UK unemployment numbers as well as inflation data. Strong numbers here could help drive the pound higher although politics in my view has been lacking of late and so it should only be matter of time before the markets start reacting again to British politics.

For more information on Euro exchange rates and assistance in making transfer when either buying or selling Euros then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Will the pound to Euro rate rise above 1.15?

The pound to Euro rate had been expected to keep rising in the face of the expected improvements from the market in terms of higher interest rates and also possibly the improved outlook on Brexit but mostly we would be expecting the pound to struggle to rise again to hit the 1.15 mark. The most important factor driving the pound has of course been the Brexit and also the prospect of higher interest rates.

Much of this news does appear to be largely priced into current levels already, however. This is evidenced by the spike that we saw once the Bank of England met at their last meeting and the fact that we have not retouched that level. The general progression on the pound against the Euro is expected longer term but in order to see this occur, we will need to really see some fresh good news.

Markets will need new information to go off to be able to make an informed decision about what really lies ahead. For now, there is likely to be increased uncertainty surrounding Brexit in the coming weeks as we await further news on a trade deal and also the Irish border. In the absence of any new news, the pound will more than likely struggle to maintain higher levels.

The same is true of interest rates which are likely to rise in the future but much of the good news is priced in, further GBP strength will rely on there being new news, which helps the market to pencil in the possibility of further hikes after May. With the poor weather in March weighing on market sentiments I think the Bank of England will be cautious about further hikes which could see the pound remain flat or struggle to rise much further.

If you are buying or selling Euros then making plans in advance around the transfer is the best way to maximise the possibility of getting the best rates. We can help with your plans and look to offer practical assistance with the timing and execution of any transactions. For more information free of charge and at completely no obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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ECB’s inflation concerns weaken the Euro, will GBP/EUR manage to breach 1.13 anytime soon? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate breached 1.13 today before falling back into the later 1.12’s.

Some bearish comments from European Central Bank (ECB) President, Mario Draghi first thing this morning put the Euro on the back foot throughout the day, although it does appear to have some support around the 1.13 mark.

Draghi stated that there needs to be further evidence that inflation dynamics are moving in the right direction before the ECB will consider ending its extensive quantitative easing programme which appears to have disappointed the markets.

Aside from this issue data this morning showed that there have been contractions in EU employment, and industrial production figures also disappointed out of the EU as figures showed much weaker performance in January than expected.

The Pound on the other hand has been boosted recently as fears surrounding the Brexit and the transitional deal have subdued somewhat. I do think that those planning on making a currency exchange involving the Pound should be aware that details of the transitional agreement are due to go public within the next 10 days so it’ll be interesting to see how GBP exchange perform in the wake of that news.

There is a quiet end to the week scheduled for UK economic data so it’s likely that politics will remain the main mover of GBPEUR exchange rates. If you would like to be notified should there be a spike between GBP/EUR, do make me aware.

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.

 

ECB tomorrow the major news on the Euro!

The Euro is benefiting from improved certainty from the political situation in the Germany and stronger economic news for the Eurozone. Political and economic factors are encouraging investors to increase their holdings of the Euro as there is a belief the currency will only improve in the future. Tomorrow is a key economic event from the ECB (European Central Bank) which could see volatility on the Euro.

It is quite surprising the Euro did not come unstuck following the Italian election, the lack of clarity over the final outcome from the result could easily have seen the Euro losing value. Despite anti-establishment parties gaining over 50% of the vote the single currency has held its own. Whilst the Italian news is concerning, the other factors mentioned above, political strength from Germany and good economic news across the whole Eurozone region, have all seen the Euro stronger.

If you need to or wish to look at any currency transfers buying or selling Euros then understanding these events can help to make an informed choice about when to enter the market. The ECB decision on interest rates tomorrow and Press Conference that follows could really help you to achieve a better deal for both buyers and sellers, depending on what happens. Personally, I would not be surprised to see the Euro stronger but often any movements on such events are quick and catching these ‘spikes’ requires a bit of planning.

For more information about securing an exchange rate at the best ‘time’, why not get in touch with us to learn more. We can offer a safe, secure system to transfer money internationally at the very best rates of exchange. Please contact myself Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

EU Parliament may provide the UK with privileged single market access following Brexit

Business Insider Report suggests there will be Single Market access for Britain

A recent report has stated that EU parliament is currently compiling a detailed resolution to call for more flexibility in relationship talks with the UK. The EU would like to put forward and negotiate an association agreement which would give Britain privileged market access and EU agency membership.

I am not a 100% on the legitimacy of this report as the market moves on rumour as well as fact and investors are yet to bite or possibly it is not common knowledge. If investors had bitten I would have expected substantial Sterling strength, possibly even breaking the current 1.15 mark on GBP/EUR. If the release does take place this weekend GBP/EUR could be in a very different position on Monday.

This would be a huge change in stance for Chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier who has put forward a proposal similar to that of Canada’s free trade agreement.

It is uncertain how this would pan out however, considering that the Conservatives wish to be free of all European laws following Brexit.

Inflation and Average Wage Growth concerns

Average Wage Growth came in yesterday and it remained anchored at 1.5%. In order to have a healthy economy inflation and wage growth should be close to parity. This is far from the case at present. Despite this there is an 80% probability of a rate hike by the Bank of England (BOE) in May.

Personally I feel this would be the wrong move considering the fragility of the UK economy at present. Be aware, there is the strong possibility that a rate hike in May is already factored into current market levels. If this is the case do not expect significant Sterling strength should the hike take place. The danger is if it does not occur, I would expect heavy falls in Sterling value if this is the outcome.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs.

If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

Will today’s speech give GBP/EUR direction? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has been hovering around the 1.13 mark over the past 24 hours, but a key speech in Austria this morning could offer the pair some direction moving forward.

At 9.30am this morning David Davis, the Brexit Secretary will give a speech on Brexit where he is expected to say ‘Britain won’t turn into a Mad Max-style dystopia’. He’s also expected to say that Britain won’t abandon workers’ rights and environmental concerns after Brexit.

In the build up to this the Pound has softened against some major currency pairs but it’s holding its ground against the Euro so far, leading me to believe that some bullish comments from David Davis are likely to result in GBP/EUR breaching 1.13.

Aside from this morning I think the next month could be busy for GBP exchange rates as within the next month we’re likely to know the UK’s stance on the Brexit transitional deal. Also the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond will announce the latest Spring statement so there are plenty of events that could potentially move the markets.

If you would like to be kept updated in the event of a major market move for GBP/EUR, do feel free to register your interest with me.

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

Brexit Talks key to GBP/EUR Levels (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/EUR- 1.15 seems to be a Resistance Point

GBP/EUR has been fluctuating between 1.12-1.15 for some time. The absolute peak has been just above 1.15 and has only been available for small windows. It soon retracts which could be attributed to profit taking.

One of the key factors on GBP/EUR at present is Brexit Negotiations. The uncertainty surrounding talks is keeping Sterling anchored below 1.15. If we have further clarity on how talks are progressing expect the pound to strengthen. There has been good news of late with both Dutch and Spanish finance miniters saying they would like a close relationship with the UK after Brexit and are forthcoming in regards to getting a deal in place. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor made similar comments and as Germany is the engine room of the EU this caused substantial Euro strength.

Freedom of movement of people seems to be the sticking point in current talks, which is obviously a problem with the UK as one of the main reasons for leaving the EU was to have immigration control. I feel this decision will be key to Brexit talks. If freedom of movement of people is agreed by the UK I would expect GBP/EUR to breach 1.15 as trade talks can then progress.

QE could continue past September Target

Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank has declared that the current Quantitative Easing (QE) program could continue past it’s September completion date. Despite record growth in the bloc in 2017 inflation is struggling and Draghi is reluctant to change monetary policy due to this. He has stated that inflation will move natural towards the 2% target, but I am not so convinced.

The need to continue QE shows a lack of confidence in the economy, although we are seeing record highs against the USD, this is more due to Dollar weakness than Euro strength. I do not think the Euro will make significant gains in Sterling unless there is a major hindrance in Brexit talks.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.

If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and  I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am  sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 16yrs and FCA registered.

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Thank you for reading.

 

Sterling Euro rates stuck in limbo (Tom Holian)

The Pound has once again experienced an indifferent day vs the Euro after getting close to hitting 1.15 on the Interbank level earlier today. At the time of writing the Pound is just trading above 1.14 after falling into the 1.13 levels during mid-afternoon.

It appears as though recently that the Pound is stuck in a range on GBPEUR between 1.13-1.15 and not being able to break either side and if so not last for too long.

The Brexit talks due to start in March will be phase 2 and will be crucial as the key topics will be what happens to trade once the UK and European Union separate from each other. With the talks having gone well during the first week of December when citizens rights were agreed as well as the Irish border issue and the divorce bill I think next month’s talks could be the catalyst for better rates when buying Euros with Pounds.

We end the week with the latest figures from the Eurozone’s Producer Price Index for December with the expectation for 2.3% so anything different is likely to cause movement for GBPEUR exchange rates when this is published at 10am tomorrow morning.

However, arguably one of the most important data releases of the week is the data from the US Non-Farm Payroll due at 130pm in the afternoon. As the Euro has been trading at close to record levels against the US Dollar recently the data could cause a lot of volatility so make sure you’re prepared for what could happen to rates.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money when buying or selling Euros compared to using your own bank then feel free to contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for 15 years I am confident of being able to help you.

Email me directly Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

GBPEUR faces up to reality!

The pound to Euro rate has dropped back into the lower 1.13’s as investors brace themselves for the realities of Brexit to hit home. Expectations have been very high recently following a number of high profile comments from the various actors in the Brexit pantomime. Angela Merkel stated she was looking forward to a successful relationship with the UK and Philip Hammond was clearly laying the case for a softer Brexit.

Fast forward a week and the reality of the difficulties and weakness of the UK’s Brexit position has become more apparent. Headlines surrounding UK government infighting has left the pound struggling to hold onto last week’s gains with a move back into the 1.12’s highly likely. Of course, this behaviour for the pound against the Euro shouldn’t take us too much by surprise, it is what has been happening on the pair ever since the EU Referendum became a market concern back in January 2016.

With the Euro remaining strong against the pound and continuing to be an expensive currency to be betting against, there is the real prospect of some positive news making it even more expensive for Euro buyers taking a gamble on their purchase. Important economic data this week will be Thursday and Friday when we have a whole new set of economic data released which will give some further clues on the state of the UK economy.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro then making plans in advance is crucial to giving yourself the best chance to maximise the position. General impressions from the market are that we will see sterling rise as Brexit becomes better understood but this will likely take month or years to manifest.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro then there are a number of issues to be conscious of to make sure you are maximising the position. For more information at no cost or obligation please don’t hesitate to speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

A good week for GBPEUR exchange rates

This week the pound has gained momentum against all of the major currencies and in particular the euro. GBPEUR exchange rates have been trading close to a 6 month high and many of my clients have taken advantage.

Early in the week average earning numbers exceeded expectation which was a big surprise as the Bank of England have been predicting that average earnings would continue to fall in the months to come. The problem the Bank of England have been facing is that inflation numbers have been outpacing average earnings.

Earlier today UK GDP numbers have also impressed. The consensus for the quarterly figures were 0.4% and the numbers were released at 0.5%. Furthermore the yearly numbers were set to be released at 1.4% and the number was released at 1.5%.

Central levels of exchange have finished in the 1.14s and for any client buying euros this is a window of opportunity that you may want to take advantage of. In the last 3 weeks, exchange rates have improved by 3 cents and I cant see how we are going to see any further improvements short term.

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!

 

Will the pound continue to the rise against the Euro?

The pound had been struggling against the Euro for the last few months but finally, we have some reasons to be cheerful. The GBPEUR rate has hit a December high which was only previously reached back in May 2017. With the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting today to discuss their latest policy decision, further volatility could be ahead!

The general impression for sterling is that this run of form should continue as the outlook on Brexit improves. Some positive economic data for the Unemployment figures gave rise to more confidence in the UK economy, Angela Merkel was also reported saying she wished for close ties with the UK which was further evidence of the kind of support sterling is receiving.

Of course, the Brexit talks will begin soon enough and this will make it much more difficult for the positivity to continue indefinitely. Expectations for the pound remain for it to still struggle in the months and weeks ahead as new information on the Brexit is released.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the Euro against the pound then today’s news will be critical to the next direction the rates will take. Personally, I think the ECB will be positive about the future path on reducing their QE (Quantitative Easing) program which will give rise to Euro strength.

The market could, however, be guilty of pricing in the prospect of Euro strength so any deviation from this might actually see the Euro weaken. GBPEUR could easily be over 1.15 or up to 1.16. Equally, it could be back down to 1.12 or 1.13 by the end of the day.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro we are here to help with the best rates of exchange and provide guided insight and information on the market for you, to help you make an informed decision about what might be the best way forward.

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

GBP EUR Rates Rally Back Over 1.13

The pound has made good gains against the Euro today with levels breaking back over 1.13 in afternoon trade. GBP EUR has rallied by almost a cent from the lowest point today despite stronger EU inflation data. EU inflation numbers rose to 0.5% in December which was higher than the expected 0.4%. It bodes well for the Eurozone after the European Central Bank has battled with weak wage growth and low inflation for almost a decade.

UK retail sales released on Friday could make for an interesting end to the week and the expectation is for a big jump higher for December which covers the Christmas period. A big number would be welcome news for the British economy and hence the pound and could see some material gains. The December retail sales can be a big market mover so those clients with pending requirements either looking to buy Euros or sell Euros would be wise to get in touch to consider your options. UK unemployment data is released next week and this too has the potential to cause some volatility next week.

Rates for selling Euros remain incredibly attractive with all the ongoing uncertainty with Brexit although any further developments in the second round of negotiations could see things change very quickly. Any positive noises being made from either side would likely see the pound rally although it may take a little more time to get to that point.

My view is that the Brexit outlook is starting to look that much more optimistic now that the first phase has been completed which highlighted a will from all sides to put something together.

Those looking to make currency transfer are impacted by these daily events. To discuss your requirement and how to try and maximise on the rates of exchange as they become available then please feel free to get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

The impact of exchange rates when selling a property in Europe (Tom Holian)

If you’re in the process of selling a property abroad the chances are that you’re doing research about how to save money when selling Euros to buy Pounds.

We have seen the Pound come under a lot of pressure since June 2016 when the UK voted with a majority to leave the European Union and although the Pound has been improving recently the gains could be very short lived.

The next EU summit is due to take place next Thursday and Friday and up for discussion will be the Irish border issue as well as trying to kick start the trade negotiations.

At the moment the Irish border issue is clearly far from being sorted and I think unless this gets resolved by next week the Pound could face some real problems next week as the trade talks could stall making the whole meeting almost rather pointless.

The UK announces both Industrial and Manufacturing data in the morning so this could cause some short term movements tomorrow and as we go into the afternoon the latest NIESR GDP data is announced for the last three months.

Although these are not the official figures they are usually very accurate and therefore could be an indicator as to which way GBPEUR exchange rates will move towards the end of the week.

Many of my clients who are buying or selling a house in Europe have been buying forward contracts recently in order to avoid the uncertainty as to where exchange rates could be by the time completion comes around.

This involves paying a small deposit with the balance to be paid at a later stage to guarantee an exchange rate.

If you need to make a currency transfer over the next few days or weeks and would like further information or a free quote when buying or selling currency then feel free to get in touch.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 I am confident of not only being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates but also help you with the timing of your currency transfer.

To find out more contact me directly Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Budget does little to move Sterling Value (Daniel Johnson)

Budget benefits first time buyers

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

Key Changes

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

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

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

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

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

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to be kept updated regarding any short term price movements between the pair discussed in this blog, do feel free to register your interest with me.

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

Brexit Talks, Inflation and European Union Summit – Impact on GBPEUR exchange rates (Tom Holian)

Pound vs Euro exchange rates have remained range bound during today’s trading session in anticipation of what could be a huge day on the currency markets tomorrow.

Both UK inflation and Eurozone inflation is due to be released tomorrow morning and this could cause big movements for GBPEUR exchange rates.

The reason for Sterling’s gains back in September was the rumours that the Bank of England may be considering hiking interest rates and so if inflation comes out high this could cause Sterling strength vs the Euro but if we see inflation falling I expect to see the Pound drop against the single currency as it means the BoE will be less likely to consider raising rates on November 2nd.

UK unemployment figures are due on Wednesday and like with the inflation data this could cause volatility on the markets.

To end the week the European Union will be holding a summit which will include the topic of Brexit and any trade deals that could be proposed between the continent and the UK so overall a busy end to the week for Sterling vs Euro exchange rates.

If you have a 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 (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as I can.