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Will GBPEUR rise or fall in June?

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

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

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

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

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

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Mixed signals see GBPEUR remain range bound!

GBPEUR has been stuck in a tight range trading in a band of 3 cents in the last month. Over the last 3 months the range is 4 cents so there really has not been anything too dramatic occurring on the rate, compared to some of the more volatile sudden moves since the Brexit vote. Whilst we have begun to hit some fresh highs when it reached 1.16, I expect we will now remain in this more familiar ranges for much of June.

Despite the market being presented with Euro weakness lately over the Italian political uncertainty, the pound also performed badly as falling Inflation data removed the urgency for the Bank of England to be looking at any interest rate rise. We are seeing mixed signals and the market has not really been able to establish any fresh news to warrant any specific and significant jump outside of the ranges.

The possibility of the UK hiking rates was one such factor but this now appears highly unlikely in 2018. Sterling is better supported because of this longer-term potential and the progress being made on Brexit. However, with there being so much more to still finalise on Brexit, the pound is likely to remain on the weaker side.

Important news this morning is UK Retail Sales and then tomorrow’s GDP data as well. Overall, there appear to be more reasons to be hopeful of a longer-term rise in the value of the pound as we get final clarification on Brexit and European political fears increase. We might need to wait until the Autumn of end of 2018 for this to really manifest on exchange rates however.

June sees plenty to potentially move the market with the EU Summit and interest rate decisions from both the Bank of England and the European Central Bank. Despite this, I still feel we will remain within these 1.13-1.15 ranges which have now become so familiar.

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Has GBP/EUR already hit its 2018 high, and what factors could drive its value as the year progresses?

The Pound to Euro exchange rate is currently trading around the 1.14 mark, after seeing a slight boost yesterday off the back of some positive data.

After beginning yesterday’s trading session closer to the 1.13 mark the Pound was boosted when the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that UK unemployment sits at the record low of 4.2%, and that wage growth in the UK has outpaced the rate of inflation for the first time in a year.

Despite this positive data the Pound to Euro rate is still a couple of cents from its highest levels this year when the pair almost hit 1.16. The positive sentiment surrounding the Pound has since dropped off after the Bank of England voted against a rate hike at last weeks monetary policy meeting.

In order for GBP/EUR to hit a new 2018 high I think there will need to be a breakthrough regarding the final Brexit deal, as such positive news would likely push the Pound higher. I also think that if talk of a rate hike returns later in the year we could see a stronger Pound, especially if the European Central Bank (ECB) continue to hold off of raising interest rates this year.

For those following the pair, its worth noting that Morgan Stanley are predicting short term weakness in the Pounds value, before a longer term recovery as they believe the Pound is oversold and that this will continue in the short term future.

There is a lack of data out of the UK for the rest of the week, but this mornings inflation data from the Eurozone may influence exchange rates.

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

Will the GBP/EUR rate breach 1.16 this month, and what’s causing the Pound to gain in value?

Sterling has performed well once again today, gaining by almost half a percent against the Euro and almost hitting 1.16 at its highest point.

Sentiment surrounding the UK economy and the Pound’s value moving forward has been improving recently, as the economy and a number of important stumbling blocks have been passed. Hopes of an interest rate hike from the Bank of England next month have jumped to the extent that the hike is almost set in stone. The BoE has hinted on numerous occasions that the rate hike is on the cards so I actually think that the interest rate hike has already been priced in so I’m not expecting to see a jump in the rate if it actually takes place. The risk is perhaps more to the downside as if there is no hike I think the Pound will fall.

The Brexit transitional agreement has already been agreed which is another reason for the stronger Pound. Moving forward there is the issue surrounding the Northern Irish border and I think this may pose a threat to a stronger Pound as the year goes on.

This week there will be the release of wage growth for the UK. This is a key area as wage growth had lagged inflation but now it’s expected to overtake the inflation level and therefore firm up the BoE’s interest rate plans. If you would like to discuss this economic data release in more detail 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.

 

Pound to Euro rate hits a 7-week high before BoE meeting (Joseph Wright)

Sterling has been strengthening throughout the week after news of the Brexit transitional deal being agreed has been met well by the markets.

It will be interesting to see whether the GBP/EUR pair can break above 1.15, because at the moment they are trading comfortably in the 1.14’s and these are around the highest levels for the pair going back as far as June. The 1.15 mark appears to be a ceiling for the pair so far, but there are a number of potential market movers that could push the pair higher.

Later today the start of the EU Summit in Brussels will begin, and the Brexit is expected to be a key talking point for those attending. As previously mentioned the most recent Brexit news boosted markets but it will be interesting to see whether any further commentary this week will affect the GBP/EUR rate. I would imagine that suit sentiments change the Pound will fall as it’s trading at the top end of its current range.

The increase in wage growth has also increased the chances of a rate hike from the Bank of England later this year, with many economists pencilling in May as the next time the Bank of England will opt to make the adjustment.

Some economists even believe that there could be two rate hikes which would most likely result in a stronger Pound as well.

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.

Sterling drops as Brexit talks take centre stage, will GBP/EUR drop below 1.12? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has dropped this afternoon, as its emerged that draft guidelines on a trade agreement between Britain and the EU are published on Wednesday.

Donald Tusk, the chairman of EU leaders was in London to discuss the Brexit negotiations with UK Prime Minister, Theresa May recently. It will be him that presents the draft guidelines tomorrow so those interested in how the GBP/EUR rate is performing should be aware of this.

In the morning there will be GDP figures released out of the EU which also hold the potential to move markets. 0.6% is expected on a quarterly basis and 2.7% annually so expect any deviations from these figures to result in movement for the pair.

Then on Thursday at 12.45pm the ECB (European Central Bank) interest rate decision will be announced. No change is expected but those monitoring the rates should follow the statement at 1.30pm as any reference to future monetary policy may result in movement for the GBP/EUR pair.

It’s data this that can move the markets and a bout of poor data for the Pound is likely to see the Pound dip into the 1.11’s and consolidate there. The rate has dipped into the 1.11’s at times today so those with plans involving the pair should be aware of this.

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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.

Where next for GBPEUR exchange rates?

The market is looking more favourable for the pound lately but unfortunately for Euro buyers with sterling, this is not being reflected on the rates with better higher levels. This is because the Euro is stronger too, today we reconfirmed that Eurozone growth numbers have hit the best in a decade.

General expectations are for the pound to continue to perform better, particularly on the likelihood of an interest rate hike in May for the UK. The real question is will it be enough to outperform the expectations on the Euro. Improving economic conditions are linked to the global economy recovering which will see potentially both the UK and Eurozone enjoying better numbers.

Big news left this week is the UK’s Retail Sales figures on Friday which will highlight the performance of consumer behaviour in the UK, this is a key driver on the UK economy and could see some movement on GBPEUR exchange rates. If you are considering a transfer buying or selling the pound against the Euro then the Euro will continue to be an expensive currency to be betting against!

We offer a range of options to secure your currency that will ensure you limit your exposure to these volatile markets which can change suddenly and without warning. Keeping in touch with the latest news is the best way to mitigate the uncertainty, we offer a specialist system to update our clients on the news that will alter their rates.

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Super Thursday results in a stronger Pound, where to now for the GBP/EUR rate? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound was boosted across the board of major currency pairs yesterday afternoon after the Bank of England delivered a far more bullish statement than many had expected.

Although interest rates were held at 0.5% there was talk of the stronger than expected global economy likely to result in a more aggressive approach from the BoE as soon as this year.

Financial markets are now pricing an interest rate hike into the Pounds value and it’s predicted that this could happen as soon as May.

There have also been forecasts of a higher GBP/EUR rate this year with TD Securities predicting that the rate will hit 1.1627 in the first quarter of this year. The rate went over 1.14 yesterday afternoon although there has been a bout of profit taking since as the pair have since dropped below this mark.

In such a sensitive political environment the rates can move quite dramatically so if you’re planning on making a currency exchange involving the pair, it’s worth making me aware of your plans so that if the rate spikes, I can keep you updated.

Those hoping for a stronger Pound should be aware that if there has less bullish comments from the BoE regarding monetary policy, the Pound is likely to lose a lot of the gains from yesterday very quickly.

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.

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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.

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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.

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What will happen on GBPEUR for the rest of January?

The pound to Euro rate has been trading in a very tight range for the last few weeks with a high to low variation of 1.12-1.1360. This is presenting a good time of consolidation for clients looking to buy and sell Euros to make plans surrounding better times to look at any currency exchanges. What is definite is that the rate will not stay like this forever and sooner or later we will see a change.

Key events will focus on the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting next Thursday 25th January. Investors will be closely monitoring any changes we might see in the economic policy of the ECB which might see a shift on the Euro. Overall expectations for the Euro centre around the reduction in their QE program and possibly the prospect of raising interest rates.

The Bank of England will meet in February, general impressions are that the pound will continue to rise if they do raise interest rates but this might not be until much later in the year. The UK has now falling inflation which would actually see the pound falling as it removes the pressure on interest rate hikes.

GBPEUR has been trading in a range of 1.10-1.145 since October so the prospect of any major deviation from this is limited. I would personally be expecting GBPEUR to remain this kind of range for the end of January. Most prospects for the future focus on the outlook on the pound to Euro rates remaining at these more favourable levels for Euros buyers.

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Sterling rebounds after last week’s sell-off, will GBP/EUR reach 1.14 again soon? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Euro exchange rate has been trading in quite a volatile fashion over the past week, after the pair breached 1.14 before trading in the 1.11’s in the immediate aftermath of the Bank of England’s rate hike yesterday.

The rate hike from the Bank of England (BoE) was the first in the last decade and widely expected to happen within financial markets even if not everyone agreed with the decision.

Personally I think the sell-off was simply profit taking from the likes of day traders, although I am surprised to see the Pound recover so quickly back to the levels seen just before the BoE decision.

Moving forward I think we may see a more resilient Pound and despite some negative economic data out of this UK recently, we’re still seeing the Pound slowly recover from the lows seen just a couple of months ago when I think the Pound was oversold.

Later today there will be the release of UK GDP data for the past 3 months, and this data will be released by a leading UK-based think tank. Data releases such as this one have the potential to move the markets, so if you would like to be kept updated regarding price movements as soon as possible, do feel free to register your interest with me.

For now at least it appears that the Catalonian independence issues have subsided somewhat, but should this matter surface once again I wouldn’t rule out a downward move for the Euro which would benefit the GBP/EUR rate.

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

Will GBPEUR rise or fall on the Bank of England decision?

The Bank of England meet tomorrow to discuss their latest interest rate decision which is predicted to see the pound higher but there are no guarantees! The pound has already been rising against the Euro, the Euro itself weaker from the outstanding problems in the Catalonia region of Spain. GBPEUR will largely be driven by the Bank of England decision at 12 noon, plus the commentary after. GBPEUR could be in for a very busy day so if you need to buy or sell Euros getting in touch sooner than later could be best!

Overall the pound is stronger as markets are pricing in positive news but there could easily be surprises along the way. If you have a transfer to make then we could easily see some improvements for the pound but with much of the good news priced in for the pound we will need to see some very positive news to see a big change.

With much of the good news priced in, the scope for disappointment is high. Expectations are set for the Bank of England to raise rates but if they don’t then the GBPEUR level could easily slip and probably come down by as much as 2-3 cents. On good news however it may only climb a cent. Currently GBPEUR is at the best rates in 3 months so if you need to buy Euros gambling on further improvements carry risk!

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Rate hike expectations pushing up the Pound, will this trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has continued to climb against the Euro in the lead up to this Thursday’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England.

It will be at 12pm tomorrow when the decision will be announced and markets are expecting to see the base rate hiked by 25 basis points to 0.5%. This will be the first hike in 10 years if it goes ahead and likely to make financial headlines, although should it go ahead like many expect I think there will be quite a muted response by markets as the hike is already being priced in to the Pound’s value.

I think the risk lies in the not being a rate hike, as the Pound would be likely to fall quite dramatically due to there being many disappointed investors as well as speculators quick to try and take advantage of the fall.

For those of our readers planning an upcoming currency exchange involving the Pound, and hoping the expected rate hike will make the Pound gain more value I would be weary as due to the expectations of it happening I personally think it’s unlikely there will be much market reaction.

If you wish to be updated should there be any major movement do feel free to register your interest with me, as working on a trading floor allows us to react instantly to market movements.

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

Will GBPEUR continue to slide?

The pound to Euro rate has been slipping since Monday when we challenged the 1.13 but were ultimately unsuccessful as investors looked to the uncertainty surrounding a UK interest rate hike. The next direction on rates is all going to come down to, in the main, the prospect of a UK interest rate hike and then a Eurozone QE taper. I personally see GBPEUR losing more ground and retesting the 1.10 level in the coming weeks and months.

QE is Quantitative Easing and it is effectively pumping money into an economy through the purchase of assets and bonds by a central bank. The European Central Bank is currently engaging in €60 bn worth per month and investors believe they will scale this back. What this means is that the Euro will on such news, ore than likely strengthen.

Overall expectations are for the Euro to rise in value longer term but just lately the worries over Spanish independence and also the Austrian and German elections have seen the Euro weaker. Longer term I feel the strength in the Eurozone economy will see it through, I see more chance of the ECB acting to reduce their QE than the UK and the Bank of England raising interest rates.

If you are looking to buy or sell pounds against Euros the next two weeks are critical and will likely lead to swings and opportunities that might not be around for long. The best strategy I believe is to look at the market with our expert assistance to try and determine the most opportune moments to capitalise.

Sometimes exchange rates spike for just a few seconds and it is only through being prepared that we can help you. We are here to help you maximise any transfer, for more information on getting the best rates of exchange plus expert service and assistance, please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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Quiet end to the week for UK data releases, what could cause the GBP/EUR rate to move this week? (Joseph Wright)

Those hoping for better Pound to Euro exchange rates have taken a knock this morning after the much publicised Catalonian independence situation has cooled for the meantime.

Yesterday evening the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders signed a declaration of independence, but interestingly chose to suspend the move allowing some time to negotiate with Spain.

The situation had been under the microscope in recent weeks and was seen as a potential downside to the Euros value as political instability is often a reason for currency weakness, and I expect the cooling of this situation for now at least to take some pressure off of the Euro.

The Euro is up this morning against all major currency pairs, and at the time of writing the Euro to Pound rate is trading at its day highs.

There is little economic data out for the rest of this week that involves the UK economy directly, so I expect to see the GBP/EUR driven by sentiment or Eurozone specific data releases. The ECB president, Mario Draghi will be speaking tomorrow at 3.30pm so I expect markets to be glued to his comments as is normally the case when he speaks.

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

GBPEUR bounces back but for how long?

The pound has bounced back against the Euro today largely because of the swing on EURUSD as investor concerns over the US dollar fade. EURUSD has risen to almost 1.21 yesterday but it is now back to 1.19 representing a series of profit taking and market fluctuation which has presented some improved levels for Euro buyers. Tomorrow is a very busy day for the Euro with all important Unemployment and Inflation data due out. The pound could find further form against the Euro in my opinion, not because of any fundamental reasons, eg news but more positioning as traders look to take profits on existing trades.

Much of the currency market’s movements are to do with speculators who essentially move money to make money. That doesn’t mean one man trading for personal gain at home, but hedge funds, banks, investment companies and pensions funds. Much of their work will be to manage FX positioning, essentially trying to make money from the market in a speculative manner. This will account for a large degree of the movement on the currency market so trying to understand this thinking helps explain the movements.

With GBPEUR having moved down below 1.10 it will find it increasingly difficult to rise above 1.10 and we could now struggle to see rates rise back above 1.10. What might be more likely is the market and speculators trying to push the level down to parity. If you need to buy Euros with pounds you could easily find this gets more expensive over the long run. However tomorrow or at present could offer a good short term opportunity.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

The number of GBP to EUR parity forecasts increases, will GBP/EUR hit 1.1 by the end of the year? (Joseph Wright)

The talk of Brexit negotiations beginning badly is having an impact on the Pounds value against all major currency pairs, but it appears that the GBP/EUR rate has been the biggest loser in all of this so far.

Recent comments from David Davis, the Brexit secretary have added fuel to the fire after he revealed that Michel Barnier ‘is getting quite cross with us’. Michel Barnier is the EU’s chief negotiator which just goes to show that the UK going to need to get a move on regarding its Brexit negotiation plans.

With there being less likelihood of an interest rate hike this year from the Bank of England now that inflation pressures have subsided there have been a number of major financial institutions forecasting parity between the Pound and the Euro in 2018.

In just the last week, Morgan Stanley, HSBC and now City Index have all made this prediction which gives those planning on making a large GBP to EUR transfer a decision to make as the rate is currently just below 1.10.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding the Pound to Euros price movements 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.

Will GBPEUR slip below 1.10?

Dismissed as no longer a likely exchange rate the GBPEUR rate has been very close to the 1.10 level as investors take positions on the Euro which represents a much more secure currency versus the GBP and USD. The Euro has risen to a 2 1/2 year high against the US dollar and is currently enjoying close to a 9 month high against the pound. The outlook for the pound and Euro is such that it would not be at all surprising to see GBPEUR below 1.10 very soon. If you have a transfer buying or selling the pound and Euro making plans around this possible scenario is I believe very much recommended.

If you look at what is driving the pound it is obviously the uncertainty over the Brexit and the economic decline this has caused. More recently the pound had been higher on the prospects of the Bank of England raising interest rates but this is not materialising. Last week Inflation dropped leading to the pound dropping as this effectively rules out any UK interest rate hike in 2017 or maybe further.

There are no guarantees over an interest rate hike for the UK in the future and it is a dangerous gamble for clients buying Euros to be holding back from a purchase just hoping that rates will rise in their favour. Most clients looking to buy Euros should be preparing for further losses as this could easily fall lower.

The Euro is much stronger as politics and economic supports the Eurozone. Expectations on GBPEUR could easily the rate below 1.10, if you have a transfer to make buying or selling Euros for pounds making some plans in advance is wise. For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk