The Pound has begun the year without much clear direction following what had been quite a difficult festive period for buying Euro and Dollar exchange rates.
GBP/EUR and GBP/USD have shown some gains whilst anyone with an Australian Dollar interest has suffered the most so far in 2017, with a loss of 3 cents on GBP/AUD recorded within the past 48 hours.
Frankly, this is a return to some normality on currency markets. With the Brexit dominating headlines for the final 6 months of last year, markets were remaining flat until any little piece or morsel of news came our regarding the mechanics of the Leave process, and many other events were largely ignored.
Some are now arguing that markets have adjusted to this new ‘reality’ of a long and pro-longed Brexit negotiation and are beginning to return to some semblance of normality. Rates to buy Euros, US Dollars and Australian Dollars now seem to be paying attention to daily releases in economic performance data which had largely been ignored for the last 6 months when determining the value of each major currency.
For example Sterling enjoyed strength to begin the year when performance figures for our manufacturing sector were through the roof (as a cheaper Pound encourages buyers to come to the UK’s shores), and the Euro benefited from similarly positive inflation figures released at 10:00 this morning. This explains the roller-coaster on GBP/EUR over the past few days as both have gained value against the other.
A medium-term look at Sterling exchange rates still sees potential opportunity between the 12-17 January when it is expected the Supreme Court decision on Parliament’s role in leaving the EU will be decided.
The heavy expectation is for the Supreme Court to uphold the Judicial Court’s decision in November to allow Parliament the vote on triggering Article 50, which contributed to the strong Sterling boost that month – and is why most major financial institutions expect a mirroring of this Sterling strength in January.
In the short-term, we can look to economic data for clues on forecasts for Sterling Euro, Sterling US Dollar and Sterling Australian Dollar exchange rates.
The key piece of data this week will be Friday’s unemployment figures in the US, which will send ripples throughout the financial markets, and if last month’s was anything to go by, will likely present further opportunities for Euro and Australian Dollar buyers alike.
With a positive short-term view for anyone buying a foreign currency, and the anticipation of medium term gains, anyone looking to sell Euros, US Dollars or Australian Dollars will be wise to look at their options to protect an upcoming transfer into Sterling from becoming more expensive.
Anyone with a foreign currency purchase later on in the year would be best placed to monitor the markets over the next few weeks, and if you do not wish to leave yourself exposed in the run up to the triggering of Article 50, can secure an exchange rate there and then if any tempting opportunities emerge, whether for an immediate transfer or one planned for the future – it is a simple process to pre-book your currency using the exchange rates available that day.
I strongly recommend that if you have a planned transfer either to buy or sell Euros or Dollars before April this year, you should contact me overnight whilst markets are quiet on email@example.com. I will respond as soon as I am able to discuss a strategy for your transfer to ensure tempting levels are seized quickly, and that your upcoming transfer is protected from any prospective dips in the marketplace.
Furthermore, I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation should save you thousands on an upcoming transfer. I am happy to provide a quote for your transfer to demonstrate this.
I have had quite a few new clients recently who said their previous broker suggested they had to move immediately with the formal Brexit proceedings looming, but in this market, as has been proven in recent months, there are still heavy opportunities for foreign currency buyers even in the next few weeks.