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Cyprus urged to rethink their plans by European ministers – What may happen to the Pound and the Euro? (Daniel Wright)
As mentioned on the BBC there are growing calls for Cyprus to rethink their plans to tax savings which has caused outrage among many and could lead to huge problems for the Euro zone as a whole.
As I mentioned in my previous post this could lead to a run on the banks in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and other European economies as fear will grow that if this can be done by Cyprus seemingly off the cuff then it may end up happening elsewhere.
The Cypriots now feel they have been invaded and I think politically this is going to cause much more trouble than the short term fix it will provide and will damage the Euro further down the line.
Keep checking back here for news on this subject, after being postponed on numerous occasions apparently we may get a decision today, if they have not had a rethink then we may look at larger problems further down the line and personally I would not be surprised to see the Euro weaken accordingly.
For those holding Sterling this may provide a short term opportunity to buy Euros, depending on what we see come from the budget tomorrow, if the Government and Bank of England continue their doom and gloom train the Pound may quite easily drop back again.
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The European Central Bank is far from exit – Draghi comments lead to Euro strength, what economic data is ndue out tomorrow and how will it affect Sterling exchange rates?
Mario Draghi – ECB is far from an exit
Latethisafternoon Head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi spoke in public and the main thing to take from his comments were that he feels that the ECB is far from an exit and that Euro breakup fears were totally unjustified.
These comments led to the Euro gaining a little strength back towards the end of the trading day after a cagey start to the week thanks the Italian elections we saw ruffle investors feathers at the start of the week as covered in our previous posts.
Personally I feel this may now calm down fears surrounding Europe in the short term (which Draghi appears to be the master of doing) and may now lead to the Euro pushing back down into the 1.14s in the next few days – If only Mervyn King seemed to speak with the same confidence the Pound would be much stronger I am sure.
European data out tomorrow
We have a host of economic data out for the Eurozone tomorrow morning which will no doubt also be key to the Euros performance tomorrow, with European unemployment and some inflation data all due to be released before 10:00am.
No major change to unemployment is due and PMI data is predicted to be stable, so any improvement on predictions could back up Draghi’s comments and may assist the Euro with another push back against the Pound in trading this morning.
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U.S GDP figures out tomorrow afternoon
The states are next to take the limelight as US GDP figures (Gross Domestic Product) figures are released.
Gross Domestic Product is a key indicator to the performance of an economy and any change to the predicted figure may lead to a swift shift in exchange rates for almost all currencies.
Expectations are for the level to come out at 0.50% growth so keep a close eye on the markets at 13:30pm this afternoon especially if you have a pending currency transfer to carry out.
This release will not just effect the Pound and the Dollar, it can affect all major currencies as with the U.S being seen as a guide to global activity it can effect attitude to risk so you can see sharp movements in the riskier currencies such as the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand.
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A new year and a new look for Pound Sterling Forecast – What has happened while we have been away?? (Daniel Wright)
Well as expected the Fiscal cliff episode did go down to the wire and will now probably still be spoken about for a while before we hear the end of it – What did it do to the currency markets?
Essentially it increased global attitude to risk (this was shown in the sharp rise in share prices today) which also led to investors pulling out of the ‘safer haven’ of the Dollar and pushing funds into the riskier currencies such as the Australian and New Zealand Dollar.
With this we saw a fairly sharp drop in the value of the Dollar and Swiss Franc making them cheaper to buy and a surge in strength for both the AUD and NZD. The Sterling/Euro pairing has spent the day not really knowing which way to head jumping between the mid 1.23s down to the late 1.22s over the course of the day.
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Personally I feel the U.K may see some fairly good data releases this month so the Pound could be in for a good run – However as always the on-going European crisis and Fiscal cliff could easily turn things upside down at any time!
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Pound Euro fairly flat today – Further drop against U.S Dollar and a welcome climb against the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand
The Pound has had a mixed day of trading so far staying fairly flat against the Euro during a week of gains, dropping away against the Dollar as investors plunge back into safer havens.
We also have seen fairly good gains against the Australian Dollar following poor unemployment figures overnight and the prospect of seeing poor GDP figures for China tomorrow, which may lead to a great end to the week for those in the process of emigrating either currently or in the near future.
The Pound has once again had a poor run against the so called ‘riskier currencies’ such as the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand and could really do with making a fightback, tomorrow hopefully may be the catalyst for this. Personally I feel we aren’t far away from another front page European ‘crisis’ subject and that alone may push these currency pairings back in the right direction again as half the reason we have been held back is due to the fact that although all has far from gone quiet on the European crisis front there is a little bit of certainty surrounding the situation.
Global certainty tends to strengthen the riskier currencies and can weaken the Dollar so another big spanner thrown in the works surrounding the European situation could lead to further Dollar strength and a buying opportunity for those with an interest in AUD, NZD and CAD.
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It does indeed look like for the time being we are not going to head through 1.25 and stay up there as banks in Spain were helped out yesterday with up to 100 Billion Euros due to be lent to Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has hailed a decision by eurozone finance ministers to help Spain shore up its
struggling banks as a victory for the European common currency.
“It was the credibility of the euro that won,” he told reporters. See the full article here on the BBC
On Saturday, the eurozone ministers agreed to lend Madrid up to 100bn euros ($125bn; £80bn) to help banks hit by bad property loans.
This once again as I have said on the site for a couple of years now will not in my opinion make the problem completely go away, merely stem it for a while until we see the bigger problems blow up at some point in the future. It is a consistent pattern of huge problems, bail outs, summits and just a rusty old merry go round that at some point will grind to a nasty halt.
Take for example the latest money allocated to Spain… In March alone the banks in Spain had 66 Billion Euros taken out of them – The highest since records began as people panic about just how safe their money is… If they are being lent only 100 Billion Euros surely in a few months time they will need more and how deep are the pockets of the IMF and the ECB?
This has and will present a great chance to sell Euros or lock into a forward contract if you have a pending property sale overseas or your business is due multiple payments in Euros over the year as personally I think it will only be a matter of time before the Euro becomes troubled again… It might be weeks or it could be months though as the Eurozone have been and continue to be very good at making out things aren’t as bad as I feel they actually are.
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“If you are in the process of a large currency
transaction in this current market then do be aware holding out is not for the
feint hearted – It is going to be a rocky ride out there so get belted up!”
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Agreement takes shape
A historic agreement was finally put in place on Friday revolving
around deeper economic integration for EU countries. However, Britain (The
third largest economy In Europe) at present has refused to be involved, with
David Cameron feeling that concessions were just not there for the U.K
regarding financial regulations.
It could now take at least three months for these agreements to
fully take shape, as there are many loseable referendums along the way for the
26 countries involved.
This all leads to an interesting few weeks before Christmas,
reports in the Sunday papers yesterday suggested Nick Clegg is not happy with
the decision of Cameron, which indeed places further pressure on the coalition
– with political stability being a factor for currency strength, a break up or
even growing speculation of it may be very damaging for the Pound.
Also, over half of trade for the U.K goes through these countries,
and there is now the risk that the U.K could drift apart from the continental
mainland and relations both politically and in trade could slow down. Again,
whilst it is unquestionable that the Euro Zone has huge problems, the U.K has
many large ones of its own, and our while our Prime minister is busy at
countless meetings surrounding fixing the Euro – who is dealing with our
Usually, we put our predictions in our reports however with the
various complications that could be thrown into the hat this week in all
honesty I don’t know where GBP-EUR
will end up… David Cameron doesn’t know, Angela Merkel doesn’t know and with
something unprecedented like this I don’t believe anyone knows.
Instead, I will lay out the options available to you in order to
protect yourself should something really hit the fan in the next few days.
1 – With the positive movement for
Sterling in the past week or so against the Euro, those looking to buy Euros could book out a forward contract, this is whereby you
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current rates are above budget. For people due to receive Euros this contract
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Sterling based deposit should you not have Euros in your coffers.
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benefit from all of this? Swiss devalue again?
Many analysts believe the big winner from all of this may now be the USD. In times
of uncertainty historically investors have ran to the perceived ‘safer haven’
of the USD, with gold being seen as a safe bet also being priced in USD, demand
for the currency increases and therefore so does its value.
If political matters in the U.K continue to take the headlines
along with riots, static interest rates and ever decreasing growth forecasts
then as an investor, although the States has problems of its own I know where I
would put my money, it would not surprise me now to see GBP-USD dip below 1.50
in the early part of 2012.
For the past few years the Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen had taken
away some demand for the USD in uncertain times, with the Swiss Franc having
increased in value by over 50% during this global crisis at its peak. Since
then, both the Swiss and Japanese have moved to devalue their currency
artificially as the strength was starting to seriously impact their exports, in
fact there are growing rumours that the Swiss may devalue again and with their
interest rate decision due on Thursday, if you have Swiss francs to sell then I
would seriously consider the options mentioned earlier in this report, a second
devaluing could push GBP-CHF well above 1.55.
The Federal Reserve (US) Interest rate decision is also due on
Tuesday evening and the U.S have thrown a spanner into the works in the past so
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Data out today
A quiet day data wise today but I’m sure the markets will have plenty to react to
with the European announcements, which will probably be the talking point of
the week (yet again). Make sure your Christmas isn’t spent watching exchange
rates and get your protection in place, or at least let us be your eyes and
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surrounding this report – Thanks for reading.
Breaking news, The European Central bank have cut interest rates to 1.25% which has led to a little Euro weakness… All eyes on the press conference starting shortly!!
Today sees the release of the European Central Bank interest rate decision – New head of the ECB (not jealous of his new job) Mario Draghi has quite a decision on his hands. There have been calls for an interest rate cut in the Eurozone however will he be willing to enter his new position with a bang or will he be looking to get his feet under the table before any big decisions are made?
Personally I feel we have about a 30% chance of him doing so, which should lead to the Euro getting even weaker – however that other 70% option could easily end up with the Euro gaining back some strength as investors may have already speculated that there may be a minor cut.
We still have the continuing Greek crisis which will no doubt still be unfolding and still lead to swings upon releases throughout the day so you certainly cannot rule out a spanner in the works there!
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No major news from the summit of all summits so far… the latest being that Merkel has now mentioned she is looking at progress during this one and not an end result – Looks like we may need another summit on the summit!
Leaders are just arriving now for the big one…. personally I would be surprised to see major releases tonight as I feel they do not have and will not have a final answer that will be anywhere near good enough for the markets however this certainly does not guarantee that they will surprise us.
If i had to stick my neck out and make a prediction then I feel they will partially announce information this evening and follow up with the real nitty gritty in the next few days.
This will however lead to a nervous market throughout the week, and this does not only effect the Euro but all currencies worldwide.
Global uncertainty leads to investors becoming wary on risk, this in turn can mean that they seek a safe haven, the Dollar in fact has strengthened by over a cent in the past hour which seems to me that people do expect a muddled announcement later and risk aversion to be high.
No major movements from the AUD and NZD so far, I think the next 48 hours is key no matter what currency requirement you may have so make sure you are alert and ready to act fast should you need to as a lot of money can be mde and lost in situations such as this, you can use tools such as limit orders, stop losses and forward contracts.
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