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Bank of England Financial Stability report and its potential impact on the pound (Mike Vaughan)

Today the focus for anyone looking at the pound will be a report from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney scheduled for 10:30. This will be the release of the banks Financial Stability report. Published twice a year under the guidance of the interim Financial Policy Committee, it shows the Committee’s assessment of the outlook for the stability and resilience of the financial sector at the time of preparation of the Report.

It will give further clues as to monetary policy and again could be a volatile day for the pound, any hawkish comments and look for a strong day for sterling, however should the report give little away or indeed show a dovish tone then the pound could have a poor end to the trading week. I personally feel it will be a relatively cautious approach giving little away in terms of the Banks timings for a rate hike but is certainly one to watch.

Finally to end the week UK GDP figures are released tomorrow at 09:30. Forecast to come in at 0.8% and if as expected I would expect little movement for sterling as a result.

Poor US GDP data weakens the dollar

Yesterday the US released its latest GDP figures and following the release the dollar lost momentum against a number of currencies with figures coming in at -2.9% down from the forecast figure of -1.7% – its worst in five years.

This continues the run of softer data from the US keeping pressure on the dollar and focus will now head towards next week’s unemployment figures and in particular Thursday’s non-farm payroll data to see if this trend continues.

Whats in store for the Australian Dollar?

Recently the GBP/AUD rates have been fluctuating between 1.78-1.83, a trend that has run for the past 8 weeks with neither currency looking to push forward.

For me I still feel with the likelihood of the UK raising interest rates before the RBA, we are likely to see the pound push towards the top of this range and beyond. Historically levels are still very low for buying AUD and still to me shows some good value for anyone selling the Aussie. Should we see any dips towards the 1.80 level and you are selling then I would look to this as an opportunity, for anyone buying I am confident more value will be seen in the coming weeks and months.

Looking ahead and the RBA will be holding their latest interest rate meeting and statement early on Tuesday morning. Recently the RBA has been giving some mixed signals regarding how comfortable they are with the value of the dollar and for this reason it is difficult to predict what governor Glenn Stevens will say.

For me I believe they are still uncomfortable with how strong the Aussie is and they are likely to refrain from raising interest rates anytime soon as a result.

With plenty to focus on for the rest of the week it is important to make sure you get as much information as possible when making a decision on the timing of your transfer. By speaking with one of our brokers we can keep you regularly updated with market trends and track the market on your behalf. To get further information or to run through your transfer in more detail please email Mike mgv@currencies.co.uk

Busy day for sterling

Today the pound has suffered slightly as Average Earnings figures amongst others showed the Unemployment situation in the UK isn’t quite as buoyant as maybe some investors had hoped. This is good news for anyone who needs to buy the pound as the currency outlook would appear to favour GBP strength, if therefore you can sneak in with a transaction on this spike it is good news.

If you have any transactions to consider selling sterling we could see moves higher soon so do make contact to be kept up to date. For those looking to buy sterling making plans sooner really would appear to be the wisest move since as the economic conditions in the UK improve we should see the pound strengthen.

If you have any transactions to consider please let us know.


Pound sterling forecast quoted in the Daily Mail today!

You can read the full link here. If you have any currency transactions to undertake and wish to learn the forecast please contact us. We primarily specialise in handling larger currency transactions (GBP 10k and upwards) but do hope our loyal readers and Daily Mail readers alike find our information useful!




Busy week on exchange rates! What will happen to your exchange?

Recent positive sterling moves have been exacerbated by improvements in the currency outlook for the pound. Services data today showed yet further improvements which should mean we expect only further GBP strength against most currencies, but not all! Read on to get a quick overview of important things to note regarding your pair. For a more detailed outlook and information on making international payments at better exchanges rates than banks and other sources please email me on jmw@currencies.co.uk

GBPUSD – The USD is on the back foot following some bad GDP data last week. Despite an improving employment outlook the USD still stands to lose out in the future and I am sure we will see 1.70 soon. The chance of any US Interest rate hike is now miles off in the future, well behind that of the UK and the pound hence the improvements on this pairing. The USD will find favour however whether from Ukraine uncertainty or an improving economy so don’t hold out too long…

GBPEUR - The Euro appears weak against sterling but is actually very strong. If you look at the Euro against the US dollar and Australian dollar you can see it is at historically very strong levels. Much will be outlined by Thursday’s ECB decision, will they look to weaken the Euro? One interesting fact to note is that the ECB view EURUSD at 1.40 as unfavourably strong so if the trend of Euro strength, USD weakness continues the ECB may speculate over intervention into the market. Watch this space!

GBPAUD - The RBA have achieved their primary goal of weakening the Aussie, indeed this has been very successful. They are no longer targeting a weaker Aussie and improvements in the Chinese economy warrant a firmer Australian currency.

The pound looks set to be the main beneficiary of improved economic sentiments. All in all if you are planning to buy currency soon with sterling, taking stock of the current market is very sensible. We can forward buy currency and offer a range of options to limit your exposure to the market. A quick phone call or email to us really is a wise move as we are specialists with many years experience in the planning and execution of your international payments.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Jonathan Watson


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Two Important considerations forecasting Pound Sterling Exchange Rates

Good afternoon Readers! The pound is at some truly excellent levels currently, levels that should not be easily dismissed in the hope of much better rates. If you need to buy or sell currency there are a few pointers to note that will make your life easier and your wallet heavier!

Accept that you will not get the ‘top’ or the ‘bottom’ of the market. All too often I am managing one of my client’s currency exposure and they base all their calculations on a recent high. So for example selling Euros to buy pounds at 1.19 or buying Euros with pounds at 1.22. If you do this you are likely to be disappointed. Speak to me about what is a more realistic rate to achieve by calling 01494 787 478 or why not email me jmw@currencies.co.uk

Do your research! There can be major difference between the exchange rates offered by banks and currency brokers like us. But there can also be major differences between the rates offered by different brokers. Here at poundsterlingforecast.com we seek to undercut other brokers and on large volumes the differences can be significant.

GBPEUR is currently 1,2131, GBPUSD is 1.6751, GBPAUD is 1.7921 and GBPCAD is 1.8261

Getting the best exchange rate on a large volume currency transfer (£10,000 +) makes a big difference to the amount you receive. If you are transferring a sum of this size and want to learn the current forecast please contact me on jmw@currencies.co.uk for the very best rates and latest news on what will move your rate!



Australian Dollar Drops Below 1.80 (Tom Holian)

Good morning readers and thank you for your continued interest in this website and I hope you’ve enjoyed being kept up to date with currency movements. More often than not the focus is mainly on Sterling, Euro & US Dollar but I feel it’s important this morning to focus on what is happening to the Australian Dollar with such a large movement over the last few weeks.

Sterling Australian Dollar exchange rates have now fallen to their lowest level since November 2013 after having hit a 4 year high earlier this year. The Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens has suggested that a boom for the Australian housing market is coming. It has also been predicted that the Chinese will push through a range of stimulus programmes to boost the economy which is turn is likely to increase trade with the Australian economy and therefore could have a strengthening effect on the Australian Dollar which has struggled owing to the slowdown in the mining industry down under during 2013.

This could be the turning point for the Australian economy as the focus moves into the construction industry. Governor Stevens even went on to state that he was seeing ‘a fascinating divergence between the views of foreign observers, especially in Asia, many of whom say to me Australia is doing very well.’ The currency markets will often move on positive sentiment and I think that’s the case with the recent movement.

With the RBA having said in early February that the interest rate cutting cycle has come to an end this is another reason why we have seen a fight back for the Australian Dollar particularly against the Pound. With a big shift in sentiment this could lead to further Australian Dollar strength which could see GBPAUD rates fall further.

If you’re worried about the GBPAUD exchange rate and want to save money when exchanging currency compared to using a bank then contact me directly Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk 


Important Information on the pound if you have a currency exchange soon! Best rates in 2014 to sell EUR for GBP… (Jonathan Watson)

As predicted here back in February on this website the pound has suffered due to the bad weather. It has been ticking down lower against pretty much everything notably a much stronger Euro. This is partly due to all the economic data releases showing declines in the rates of growth as people struggled to get to work and businesses were closed. So we know why rates have ticked down, the question is what will happen next?

“Next week is a whole host of very important UK data which will very likely to move sterling exchange rates”

If you need to buy or sell sterling in the coming days and weeks you should take note of the UK Budget, UK Unemployment data and the Bank of England minutes next week. There is a very strong chance sterling could rise or fall on this data and making any clear prediction is incredibly difficult. If I was to stick my chin out I would probably say the pound would rise, I would rather be selling the pound than buying it. And that is why if you need to sell a foreign currency to buy the pound I would be making preparations for these key events.

Currency Transfer soon? We are currency specialists who offer much better exchange rates than the banks and other sources. If you are currently speaking to another company or the bank about a large volume currency exchange you should speak to me too to check your exchange rate. We source exchange rates direct from the market and this allows us to undercut other companies, I am confident I can show you a saving. Even a small difference in the price on a large volume of currency makes a major difference in the amount of currency you receive.

We offer a personal proactive service to manage your exposure to the currency markets. If you are considering something soon and would like a quick overview on the rates, process, current market and forecast please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk or call 01494 787 478 during UK business hours.

Sterling weakness up ahead? Why now is a good time to buy the pound

Jonathan Watson

Jonathan Watson

Currently sterling is well supported largely due to the strong likelihood of the UK raising interest rates next year. Investors are taking up positions on sterling in anticipation of better returns in the future. 80% of currency transactions are speculative and whilst this is not a topic we deal in for clients , it is a topic that is extremely relevant in determining future market movements for our clients.

Longer term sterling appears bound to increase significantly as the prospect of ultra low interest rates becomes the past. The pound has been flirting with 5 year highs on a trade weighted basis which when you consider interest rates have been at rock bottom for 5 years makes sense.

Since we won’t actually see any actual hike for some time there is certainly a good chance of more GBP weakness but it will be in pockets and not reflective of a greater downward trend. If you are going to need to purchase the pound in the future moving sooner is I believe the best course of action. Please contact me directly for assistance in sourcing the best rates and the optimum peaks to trade on. I assure you of being able to beat the banks and currency brokerages.

Many of my clients selling say Euros and Dollars after a property sale are quibbling over the fact they are trading at multi year lows. I wholly sympathise with these clients because when you do the calculation on the losses selling six figure sums in the last year they are substantial. But if you look further back say at the 10 year and 5 year figures you will see current rates are not so bad.

Take Mr Smith in France for example, who may have purchased there when rates were say 1.50. Imagine buying a 200,000 Euro property at 1.50. This would have cost you 133333.33 GBP. Fast forward ten years and unfortunately he has had to sell to come back to the UK and had to take a hit on the price. He had to sell for 175,000 Euros and was not happy at having lost 25,000 on the price. However he managed to get 1.20 on the rate which means his 175,000 Euros are actually worth 145833.33 GBP. Suddenly it is not such a bad deal and when he considers all the fun times he had there, the whole experience has actually not been too bad!

This just shows the importance of exchange rates when considering overseas transactions. Sterling is at a very good level now which may yet improve. Understanding what is driving exchange rates is critical to getting the best deal. For more information on the forecast for your particular situation please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk

Mark Carney helps sterling to rise, will it last?

Mark Carney and the Bank of England have raised UK growth forecasts helping sterling to gain against a number of currencies.  At the same time they have underlined interest rates will be on hold for a long period of time which limits just how much higher we can expect sterling to rise in the coming weeks and months.

Jonathan Watson

Jonathan Watson

If you have a sterling transfer to consider in the coming weeks and months making some plans now at these levels may be a sensible move. 

In other news the new Federal Reserve Chairmen Janet Yellen underlined Quantitative Easing in the US is likely to continue until there are significant improvements in the jobs market. And overnight Chinese economic data was much stronger than expected presenting what I believe is a very good opportunity for anyone selling Australian dollars or South African Rand to buy GBP.

I am available to assist in the planning and execution of any international money transfers you need to make (including bringing funds back to the UK or Europe). Unfortunately no one can tell you exactly what will happen on exchange rates but having won awards for our service and rates, we are extremely well placed to offer expertise in managing your currency exposure.

For a breakdown of strategies and options on your particular exchange please call me Jonathan in UK office hours on 01494 787 478 or if you prefer email a quick outline of your position to jmw@currencies.co.uk

Sterling remains at excellent levels! Economic picture remains mixed however (Jonathan Watson)

The National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR) today confirmed that the UK economy grew at 0.8% in the last three months to November. Sterling has been performing excellently against a range of currencies but just how far can this go? With much uncertainty still surrounding the global economic outlook the pound may yet still suffer.

Economic growth is rising but just how sustainable is it? House prices are rising at their fastest in many years but there is already talk of a bubble and Mark Carney has indicated he will be ready to step into the market to calm everything down if needs be. Much of sterling strength in recent months has been down to expectations the UK will be raising interest rates in the next year or two when in fact the bank’s own forecasts actually go out to 2016.

With many troubles remaining in the Eurozone  which accounts for 40% of the UK’s overseas trade it would not be surprising to see UK growth suffer in the future. It is wrong to be reliant on a booming housing market and increased consumer spending as drivers of sustainable growth because ultimately both can lead to their own problems – housing bubbles and increased debt.

Whether buying or selling a foreign currency understanding the pitfalls and ways to handle the transfer are key to getting the best exchange rate. As well as offering excellent rates above banks and other sources we also offer guidance on the markets and processes for international payments. No one can predict the market but we can highlight current trends and themes and make sure if rates or sentiments change you are kept up to speed.

On a large currency purchase a difference of one or two cents makes a huge difference. For example if you are selling 500,000 Australian dollars today rather than two weeks ago you are getting close to £16,000 less. Likewise if you are buying 500,000 AUD today rather two weeks ago it is £16,000 cheaper! We undercut the banks by as much as 4 or 5 cents depending on how much you exchange so it really is worth checking in with us and exploring all of your options.

The worst thing you can do when making a currency exchange is to just do it through your bank. For more information at no cost or obligation from a currency specialist please feel free to speak with me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk. I will be very happy to speak to you and answer any questions. Even if your exchange is just a one off we can help you, I look forward to hearing from you.

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