Monthly Archives: March 2012
Pound does strengthen this week following my post on Monday Strength against AUD NZD USD ZAR CAD and stable against Euro
Sterling has indeed crept up over the course of the week against the majority of majors as I had mentioned in my earlier post this week http://www.poundsterlingforecast.com/2012/03/25/u-s-gdp-figures-this-week-may-lead-to-sterling-spike/ - Once again staying reasonably stable against the Euro in what is now a considerably boring currency pair to be keeping an eye on.
This morning we saw a flurry of announcements from the Bank of England inclusive of credit conditions and money supply which
Later this afternoon the U.S is the main talking point, we see U.S GDP figures that could lead to quite a bit of volatility for most majors and also some unemployment figures for the States later on in the afternoon. Head of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke speaks at 16:45pm which as always may throw absolutely anything into the mix, however he spoke earlier in the week and I wouldn’t imagine any major changes from there.
Overnight, Consumer Confidence figures are released for the U.K at 00:01pm and with the pending petrol strikes and the added tax on pasties in the U.K i’m sure the general consumer isn’t in the best frame of mind at the moment, so we may see a little weakness overnight for the Pound.
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UK GDP figures released this morning underlined previous expectations that the UK could be heading back into a recession. This morning’s revision for the last quarter 2011 was revised downward to -0.3%, against the expected and previous -0.2%. This has caused the pound to lose slightly in early morning trading against most currencies expect the Aussie which is still suffering from a sell off following poor data from China.
Despite some very encouraging signs of late we have warned that the pound looked rather fragile and this morning’s release has provided a good opportunity for anyone selling a foreign currency to buy sterling. For anyone looking a bit further ahead the real question is will the UK enter recession? This morning’s data certainly makes it more likely but I think on balance we will not see a technical recession. This is because despite the poor Retail Sales for February, economic data has generally been positive for this quarter. The key date for anyone is 25th April, when the first revision for Q1 2012 is released.
If you are selling a foreign currency to buy sterling I believe you are currently looking at a great opportunity. With sterling moving to a 13 month high against a basket of currencies recently, there is a key trend being formed which I cannot see changing anytime soon. If looking at sterling historically it has always been significantly stronger against most currencies. Against the Aussie and Kiwi we used to enjoy levels of 1-2.5 at times! The pound has weakened signficantly since then due to the economic crisis but it does appear that slowly this tide is turning and it may be that the very worst for the UK is over, even if we do briefly dip into recession for the next quarter.
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Sterling exchange rates spiked today against the USD hitting 1.60 for the first time in 5 months while also witnessing good gains against the Aussie Dollar (AUD 1.5244) & Kiwi Dollar (NZD 1.9473)Against the Euro we seem to be range bound between 1.1940 & 1.20.
Investor sentiment is what is driving the currency markets at the moment. A slowdown in global economic growth hit the pound against the USD last week due to fears about the world’s second largest economy China. While the pound was weakening against the USD it did gain against the AUD & NZD. This was because investors moved from the riskier currencies (AUD & NZD) and into the safe haven of the USD.
Today though we saw a reversal in the trend for the USD as the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had a conference yesterday and the markets believed that the FED will instigate further monetary easing (QE) Our regular readers will be all too aware that when this has been mentioned in the UK the pound has weakened quite significantly. The comments did knock the Dollar off its perch but I do not expect the rates to hover around 1.60 for long. If you need to buy USD then I personally feel that now is a great time being at a 5 month high. Email me at email@example.com to find out our best rate!!! I also feel that this is a good time if you have Euros to buy USD. The rates were down at 1.3050 a few days ago and are today trading at a high of 1.3385.
So as investors move large amounts of funds around the globe this seriously effects the rates and that is what makes it so hard to predict. I will stick my neck out on the line and i feel that within 2 weeks the pound will be back down at 1.57 against the USD. If you have a transfer to make challenge me to beat your current brokers rate of exchange. I assure you that you will not be dissapointed. Email me with your enquiry and contact number at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pound closes in on 1.60 against the USD – How much longer will the stuttering against the Euro continue?
Sterling had a great day against the USD in trading yesterday and stayed fairly stable against the majority of majors.
We are around a five month high against the USD, however be aware we are now possibly going to find ourselves in limbo much like we have been against the Euro over the past few weeks stuck hovering just below and just above the 1.20 barrier. GBP-USD is now just below 1.60 and I fear we could see a similar pattern forming until we get a nudge one way or the other by means of an important data release.
Earlier this month 800 Eurozone banks brought €530bn from the ECB in the “largest investment of its kind”. On the same day Mario Drahgi the head of the ECB said the Eurozone had avoided a “major, major credit crisis” since this announcement the Euro zone has shown signs of stabilising and the Euro has strengthened by roughly 1% against the GBP.
The GBP/EUR exchange rate is one to watch as Europe continues to show positive signs of stabilising, in recent years the Euro has bounced back faster and stronger than expected against the GBP.
- November 2008 rate 1.21, 1 month later GBP fell 15.7% to
- June 2010 rate 1.2251, 1month later GBP fell 4.3% to 1.1721
- August 2010 rate 1.2250 3 months later GBP fell 8.7% to
- Jan 2011 rate 1.2069 4 months later GBP fell 8.3% to 1.1057
The GBP hit an 18month high of 1.2157 high at the start the year and has remained above the 12month average for more than 2months. Ask yourself how much this type of movement would affect your business or upcoming property purchase? If you have a currency transfer to carry out in the coming weeks or months either for yourself or your company then please do feel free to email me directly email@example.com with a brief explanation and a contact number and I will be happy to get in touch to assist you with both an explanation of the options available to you and my thoughts ahead of what is sure to be an extremely volatile market.
What could have been a very negative week has actually passed off
pretty uneventfully; in fact the pound has performed rather well. This may
actually be more a case of things being not as bad as expected rather than
genuinely ‘good’, but it is good to have slightly more positive tones
surrounding the pound. Well good if you are buying a foreign currency with
sterling. For those who are holding a foreign currency waiting for the right
time to pounce and buy pounds I foresee more challenging times ahead.
In the last few years the pound has
had a terrible run of form due to the financial crisis. With anaemic growth and
record lows on interest rates…
(if you are unsure about the impact of interest rates on a
currency’s strength please view my post here on our sister site http://www.eurorateforecast.com/2012/03/22/when-will-the-euro-strengthen-against-the-pound/)
….the UK and the pound have not
exactly set investors hearts on fire. But this may now be changing…
In the midst of the debt crisis in both America and Europe the UK
is being seen in a better light because of the coalition’s efforts to tackle the
UK’s own debt crisis. The government is largely on track to meet its own
targets and this has given the markets confidence. Yes Unemployment is still
high and there are worries ahead but it would appear to me that the UK is
standing itself in good stead for the future. Surprisingly enough the pound
gained in value towards the end of the budget and on a trade weighted basis,
the pound is the strongest it has been against a basket of currencies in 13
months. This could be the perfect time to book a forward contract to protect
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GBPEUR – Still
close to 18 month high buying Euros
GBPUSD – Nudging
closer to the 1.60 levels. Historically speaking (the last ten years) the
1.5-1.6 range is where the pound has always sat against the dollar.
GBPAUD – Currently
at the best levels we have had all year!
GBPNZD – Nudging
closer to the best rates we’ve had all year
GBPZAR – Having
reached a 6 month high against the pound, the South African Rand has weakened
and coupled with a strong pound is back 4.5% from these 6 month lows, in a
matter of weeks.
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Whilst there are certainly some challenges ahead it may be that
the worst for the UK is over. GDP figures released next week will be key to
highlighting to what extent, if any we are in recession – although we won’t
know officially until 22nd April 2012.
If you are selling a currency to buy the pound you are probably
seeing rates move against you as the pound continues to finds favour. Even with
the challenges ahead I cannot see the pound taking a major hit, particularly
when events in China are causing the Aussie, Kiwi and Rand to weaken. The
possibility of a European banking crisis appears to be under wraps for the time
being, but its presence is still concerning investors, hence the pound’s favour
as one of the more stable currencies.
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Once again the headlines are all about how much the British public will be poorer than ever over the coming year or tw, but as the Pound goes although I don’t feel it will rapidly strenghen in the coming weeks I do feel that the Pound will gather strength towards the back end of the year should things go to plan.
Of course this is by no means set in stone as all of you will know, predictions can go out of the window within a few days should we see a shock announcement to the markets globally(and there are indeed plenty of those around these days!)
People will no doubt be hit in certain matters with the budget and may gain through others, but the positive thing I am taking from it is that it does appear to support growth in the economy which in essence can only be good for those of you waiting for the Pound to strengthen before you shift your savings overseas to buy that dream second home.
I constantly speak with clients who have now emigrated to New Zealand or Australia and have spent the last year or two dripping over the proceeds of a house sale until the rates they saw when they were applying for their visas a few years ago come back.
Hopefully with the slowdown in China and numerous other factors we may see improvement for people in this positon soon…By no means do I think we will be back at 2 to the AUD or 3 to the NZD but I would not be surprised to see an improvement.
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|If you need to make a transfer into Euros now may be an excellent time as the pound made good gains last week and has climbed a little today! The big market mover this week I would imagine is the BOE meeting minutes released on Wednesday morning at 09:30am. The minutes will give a detailed overview of the last interest rate decision and how the members had voted regarding interest rates and further Quantitative Easing. For those buying foreign currency you need to be aware, as any mention of QE potentially being reintroduced and we could see the Pound take a tumble one again however you just don’t know what is going on behind closed doors at present,
so this release presents a very interesting Wednesday morning of trading.We also have the budget due on Wednesday, again, we already know most of the details to be announced however much depends on how the markets and indeed investors view the announcement as a positive or negative thing for the U.K economy going forward.If you need to transfer funds over the next few weeks, let me know and I will keep you informed of market movements. Even if you don’t have full availability of funds, you can reserve your rate for a small deposit with a forward contract.
|As mentioned above the mid-market rate has crept above 1.20 again for the first time in a few weeks. Many of you will be aware that for some reason the Pound does not stay above 1.20 for too long, in all honesty the greedier among us are usually the ones that miss out, so if you have a pending transfer it may be sensible to take a serious look at the options available to you.|
|Once again a tricky one as Sterling Dollar predictions are changing almost daily. Much depends on global confidence and when the economic problems around the world do settle down the Dollar tends to weaken, making it cheaper to buy as we have seen recently. Should the Euro Zone and in particular Greece come back to headline news then it would more than likely lead to the Dollar strengthening back again.|
|Finally the mid market rate has battled back over the 1.50 barrier today albeit slightly and hopefully it will be there to stay, much depends on the Australian minutes overnight and of course news for the U.K on Wednesday. The recent growth forecast cuts from China won’t help the AUD and the ideal thing for AUD buyers tonight would be
potential future rate cuts mentioned for Australia in the minutes tonight.
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