Daily Archives: November 29, 2011
The Budget – What effect may it have on your currency transfers going forward? Pound, Euro, Dollar, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, South African Rand
Looking at the budget in bullet point terms – you would have thought the pound may have lost ground today – Although there are some promising parts believe it or not!
Here are the key points that you need to be aware of:
- Growth forecasts for UK economy cut 0.9% this year and 0.7% next year
- Borrowing forecasts revised up
- £40bn “credit easing” scheme to underwrite bank loans to small firms
- £5bn plan to improve national infrastructure over three years. Further £25bn could be spent in future years
- £1bn scheme to subsidise work placements for the young unemployed
- Mortgage indemnity scheme to help 100,000 people get onto the property ladder
- £500m housebuilding plan in England
- January rise in regulated rail fares to be capped at 6.2%, not 8.2%
- Doubling of free childcare places for deprived two-year-olds to 260,000 in England
- 3p fuel duty rise due in January to be delayed or frozen
- Bank levy to be increased
Without a doubt next year will be tough for the U.K and indeed the world as a whole, the key for Pound strength is Sterling being the best of a bad bunch… You may have thought that would be reasonably easy with the U.S credit rating being downgraded and an increasing amount of problems within Europe that seem to be rising on almost a daily basis as contagion spreads rapidly like a nasty epidemic that nobody in truth really wants to see.
The trouble is, although we aren’t part of the marriage of the Euro Zone, we have been in bed with it so we are just as open to the problems here in U.K and although Euro buyers may be praying for more problems to arise, they actually hinder the Pound as well.
Also, when there are troubles in the Euro Zone the Dollar seems to be gaining as well due to investors looking for a safer haven to avoid risk. (With the USD being a ‘safer haven’ along with gold being priced in Dollars both lead to an increase in demand and therefore price to buy USD) This means that anyone buying Dollars or Euros with the Pound could actually do with the Euro Zone slowly getting out of trouble with the U.K however being leaps and bounds ahead, raising interest rates at a greater pace and finally looking a little like we used to 5 years ago before this mess all came to light.
An interest rate hike generally is seen as positive for the currency concerned and a cut negative, part of the reason we have not gained against the Euro as many would have imagined – The Euro is more attractive to investors because of a higher rate.
Those looking for Australian and New Zealand Dollars or South African Rand, again a risk factor is a big player. The more trouble globally the cheaper these currencies should be to buy, the more solutions that are seemingly working the more attractive the riskier currencies become, especially by means of carry trading – This is where an investor borrows a currency with a low interest rate (JPY,GBP) and moves funds to one with a much higher rate (AUD, NZD, ZAR) making their money on the difference. Clearly the performance of these countries economies will also be key in 2012 so watch this space and keep up to date with our timely, non technical updates that hopefully anyone can understand.
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Anyone tracking the GBPZAR rate recently will have been in for a real rollercoaster of a ride. The rate has breeched levels not seen since August 2009! This is presenting a fantastic opportunity for anyone buying the Rand, but providing more of a headache for anyone selling the Rand. We have had over 7.75% movement between the high and the low in the last month. On a 2m Rand sale, you would get £11,738 less trading at the low, than at the high. Unfortunately the current trend looks to be further ZAR weakness. But why the massive movements?
Well the Rand has been a major beneficiary (and is now a major loser) due to carry trading. This is where investors borrow money in a low interest bearing currency and invest in a higher interest yielding currency. The interest rate differentials are one of the main drivers of exchange rates. Quite simply generally the higher an interest rate is, the stronger that currency will be. For example the Aussie dollar has been at all time highs against the pound this year. The AUD interest rate is 4.5%, the UK rate is 0.5%. When investors invest in a country they have to buy that currency and the higher rates will generally attract more investment and hence more of the currency is bought. If you have any specific questions about what is driving your rate of exchange, not just on the Rand but also any other currency pairings, please feel free to contact me personally on email@example.com or +44 (0) 1494 787 458, quoting JMW and PSF.
With the South African interest rate at 5.5% (previously at 6.5%), it has made the Rand particularly attractive for carry trading. Just like consumers will choose a bank account offering a good rate of return, the Rand has been seen as very attractive because of it’s higher interest rate. Combine this with the recent massive demand of South African natural resources (for China and expanding economies) and you can understand why the Rand had reached it’s strongest against the pound at 10.26 in December last year, it strongest since 2006! Well not even a year later and the Rand has completely devalued as investors flee this currency. But why?
Carry trading as mentioned above is only attractive when we see confidence in the global economy. When this confidence diminishes as it has done recently due to the Euro crisis you will see investors pull away from perceived riskier investments. In a way the Rands exceptional strength in the last few years has been it’s downfall. The recent strength of the US Dollar highlights the recent flight to safety in the face of the uncertainty in the global economy. You can therefore link the ongoing debt crisis (and reduced global confidence) to the ZAR’s performance.
I foresee there is an improved chance of ZAR weakness as investors concerns increase due to the uncertainty in Europe. With no sign of an abatement in the crisis, Germany is now being affected too. German bonds were majorly undersubscribed last week and this shows investors are wary of investing in Germany due to it’s exposure to the crisis. The Rand will of course continue to be volatile but further continued strength looks unlikely. With so much movement in recent weeks it is really critical to make sure you are aware of what is happening and why. To be kept up to date of all the events that will affect the rate of exchange, not just on the Rand but also any other currency pairings, please feel free to contact me personally on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 1494 787 458. Please quote JMW and PSF.
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