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Have sterling gains stalled? Three big reasons to think twice…

There is no shortage of the positive things for the pound at present. It is the only major currency genuinely on course to raise interest rates and the British economy is predicted to be one of the fastest growing in the next few months. Unemployment is falling and the economy is growing, the green shoots have for some finally sprouted…

A quick look up ahead however shows that the path to a stronger pound isn’t quite as clear as some forecasters seem to believe. There are three key elements to look out for.

 - Political Uncertainty - 

Usually ahead of an election a currency weakens. The Scottish Referendum in September still has many unanswered questions and it would be foolish to discount late swing votes. Markets can be fearful creatures and if sentiments turn negative the pound may lose value. Next year is the General Election which could provide plenty of opportunities for GBP weakness. Even though the Bank of England is independent from the Government will rising interest rates be an election topic? Already portrayed as the ‘mean’ party, the Tories may struggle to maintain their economic plan under a new coalition and Labour’s economic plans look very anti – business…

There is also the prospect of the UK leaving the EU, again it is the uncertainty these events present which could undermine GBP gains…

- Rising Interest Rates may derail the economy -

Rising Interest rates could do more harm than good! Property prices are principally rising in the South East, mainly London and this is skewing the market. Other areas of the country are actually seeing prices fall or remain stagnant. Rising Interest rates may serve to undermine recovery in the housing market across the housing market making it more difficult for purchasers to get a mortgage and reducing the disposable income (that is spent in the wider economy helping for example Retail sales) those with mortgages have.

Many commentators have pointed out we are in a new ‘low interest rate’ economy globally. There are drawbacks to this but perhaps the UK needs to be stronger on its feet before interest rates rise.

- A strong pound can be bad for exports and growth prospects -

There have been some of the UK’s biggest companies this week highlighting the detrimental effect the strong pound is having on their profits. Rising interest rates may serve to strengthen the pound further making UK manufacturing and service less competitive in the global economy.

All in all the pound is at multi year highs against many currencies. Assuming rates will remain where they are is a foolish assumption and anyone considering moving larger volumes of currency should note the difference even 1 cent can make on a big volume of money.

If you need to buy or sell a foreign currency we can offer assistance  understanding the market and getting the best rates on your deals. We are a group of specialist currency brokers writing this blog for your help. Please feel free to contact me Jonathan directly to learn more.

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How much higher can sterling go? Important upcoming events for the pound!

Looking ahead is always fraught with difficulties but sometimes it is easier when you know a little more than the average. Just now sterling is at 1.2613 on GBPEUR and 1.7160 on GBPUSD. Other exchange rates are also at multi year highs giving some well deserved relief for anyone transferring money abroad in recent years! I was helping some clients buying property in Europe at 1.10 a few years ago and I remember businesses buying the USD cheering at being able to get 1.50!

Tomorrow we have a very important release for the UK with the latest labour market statistics including the all important Unemployment rate. With Inflation having unexpectedly risen changes in Average earnings will attract slightly more attention, the prospects for GBP strength on the whole seem high.

Thursday is the all important CPI (Consumer Price Index) Inflation data for the Eurozone which will outline just how justified recent ECB (European Central Bank) actions have been in attempting to quell falling inflation or ‘disinflation’. Sterling may therefore make some further gains against a battered Euro.

Priced In? – Markets have probably been pricing in the prospect of a) good UK data and b) bad Eurozone data so anything that comes out worse than expected for the UK and better than expected for the Eurozone could trigger sharp corrections. Movements of up to one cent should not be ruled out depending on just what happens. I would personally be shooting for better rates to buy a foreign currency towards the end of the week (from tomorrow) in anticipation of some positive UK Unemployment data cementing and even lifting current levels.

Should you have further to hold on you can wait until next Friday when we get the first estimate of UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the UK for Q2. I would personally not be surprised to see the rates tick higher on this release although arguably the good news is already in the market. As with the two releases above for me the risk is to the downside, markets expect positive numbers for the UK. Anything to the contrary could trigger sterling losses.

For more information on how to approach your transaction plus an award winning exchange rate when you do, please speak to me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk or call 01494 787 478.

Key reasons for not delaying buying sterling

To readers who have a foreign currency to sell and wish to buy sterling I would not hang around too long. The recent dips in your favour today and yesterday should definitely in my opinion be viewed as a good time to sell. The longer term forecast clearly appears to favour the pound over most currencies and whilst exchange rates are not as good as they were some months and years ago, there is a very strong likelihood it will get worse.

If you need to buy the pound soon or in the future it is probably a good idea to consider a forward fix on the rates to help further reduce the uncertainty. The longer term forecast for the pound is that the UK will raise interest rates well ahead of the rest of the US and the ECB which should result in much higher rates in the future. The big questions of course is when exactly this will happen, some have forecast the move this year for the UK, others early 2015.

For more information on the exact price we could offer to you why not make an enquiry direct with me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk

Can you really afford to ignore the current exchange rate? 1.2521 on GBPEUR, 1.6955 on GBPUSD and 1.8164 on GBPAUD.

The pound has been boosted further by an unexpected turn of events. At the time of writing we are 1.2521 on GBPEUR, 1.6955 on GBPUSD and 1.8164 on GBPAUD. This just goes to show how nothing should ever be taken for granted on exchange rates and how quickly events can turn. You might not be able to predict the future (nor can we), but we aim to ensure clients are prepared for eventualities with expert market commentary and analysis plus an award winning exchange rate.

At home…

Tomorrow is vital for sterling with the latest Bank of England Minutes. Following Mark Carney’s recent comments, could we expect to see an outside chance of a vote for an interest rate hike? Thursday we have Retail Sales figures and Friday PSNB (Public Sector Net Borrowing) data. All in all the pound should remain supported but last month Retail figures and the PSNB data all knocked confidence slightly by coming in lower than expected. Depending on the data tomorrow from the Bank of England it may be that a worsening situation in Iraq alters sentiments towards the end of the week and sterling may lose ground.

I believe the current excellent rates quoted above should not be readily dismissed in the hope of much higher levels. It may be that there is more to lose than gain from holding on and it is often the greedy who get their fingers burnt… For a quick overview of your transaction and assistance moving funds internationally please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk

Abroad…

Further afield we have the Federal Reserve in the US clarifying their position on a further extension of the ‘taper’. The significantly improved Labour market reports for the US indicate to me that we will see a further $10bn withdrawal and this has probably been priced into GBPUSD and EURUSD already. In the Eurozone there is little to move the market and I expect the Euro to remain on the backfoot as markets still digest the recent ECB moves to cut interest rates.

The Best Exchange Rates?

This website purports to get you the best exchange rates but what does this mean, how exactly do we do this? Let me explain in a nutshell! We…

- Undercut the banks and other sources. Given a fair shot we buy currency live in the market which gives us scope to negotiate a rate more favourable than banks and other sources.

- Proactively manage your FX exposure by offering a range of tools and options to limit risk. We can offer forecasts specific to your exchange to help you better understand the market and which way things could be headed.

 - Focus on customer service. As well as provide the best rates we ensure all payments go through smoothly, promptly and offer useful information on how to navigate international banks.

GBPEUR is 11 cents higher than its low point of 2013, GBPUSD is 20 cents higher than the low point of 2013 and GBPAUD is 35 cents higher than the low point of 2013. The pound is trading at some truly excellent levels and it is all on the back of speculation of when the Bank of England will raise interest rates. The market will often do whatever is necessary to prove everyone wrong. 2 years ago GBPEUR hit 1.2860 before crashing to 1.14 8 months later. Can you really afford to ignore the current exchange rate?

For some support and assistance with your international money exchanges please contact the author Jonathan directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk, I look forward to hearing from you and assisting with information and facilitating your exchanges.

Jonathan

 

Sterling hits the big time!

Sterling has hit the big time this year as it shakes off the worst of the last few years and sets sights on the future. The UK’s economic position has improved massively of late and is arguably now one of the worlds leading economies again. Especially when compared to other leading economies and currencies like for example the US and Euro.

There are risks up ahead of course, notably the Scottish Referendum and any further deterioration in the Eurozone economy. On balance we would have to expect sterling to remain well supported and should it manage to avoid the more obvious risks ahead of next year, we could see further strength in the new year as it becomes more apparent the UK’s recovery is underway and the prospect of raising interest rates looms.

Should you have any currency transfers please don’t hesitate to contact us for a forecast on just where the rates could be once your transaction is settled. Getting the best rates through the multiple sources we trade through, we are very well placed to help you maximise any transfers.

 

For more information please contact me Jonathan on jmw@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.

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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

jmw@currencies.co.uk

+44 (0) 1494 787 478

How much higher can sterling exchange rates climb? UK economy getting stronger all the time!

The pound has strengthened against most currencies but will this continue? I would have to summarise and say that yes this looks likely! The UK economic recovery is now on a solid footing, UK manufacturing today posted some of the best figures in twenty years and all round confidence in the UK is rising.

Expect the unexpected!

The one thing I have learnt over the years is to expect the unexpected on exchange rates. Usually when everyone is expecting the same outcome, disappointments are in store. Let us look at some of the very real threats facing the UK recovery and GBP strength.

Interest Rates - The main basis for GBP strength has been an improving economy and the prospect of the UK raising interest rates in the future. However this is not forecast to be until next year and there is much worry about whether raising interest rates will choke off the economic recovery. Interest rates have to rise at some point but with businesses and home owners very much used to low rates, any rise will take getting used to. A year is a very long time on the markets and who knows what else could happen between now and then.

Scottish Referendum - There is still much debate over the possible economic effects of the referendum. The Yes vote has been gathering pace and there is no clear outline of just exactly how any break-up will occur. This uncertainty looks set to rise nearer the Scottish referendum and I would not be surprised to see sterling fall and rise according to sentiments and headlines.

Eurozone - There are still worries over how the UK’s biggest trading partner will deal with outstanding issues including Deflation and Unemployment. If growth falls and demand for UK goods and services falls too, there will be negative effects on the UK economy and of course the pound.

Current levels should not in my opinion be easily dismissed in the hope of significantly better rates down the line. To get an overview of the market and be kept up to speed with any developments why not drop me a line? Currency transactions the financial markets can be a bit of a minefield but we aim to make the markets easy to understand and any transfers at the best rates, as smooth and painless as possible.

Please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk for more information

Big week ahead for sterling exchange rates. (Ben Amrany)

Today has been a very quiet day on the market for sterling exchange rates as we saw a slight decline against the Euro but we have seen gains against the AUD & NZD.

Tomorrow sees a raft of data released including economic sentiment figures and consumer confidence numbers in the Eurozone alongside retail sales figures for Italy and unemployment data for Spain. The big news though is likely to be the first revision of UK Gross Domestic Product (Growth figures for the economy) which, if revised up could give the pound a big boost and represent some excellent opportunities for those clients looking to transfer funds internationally. Tuesday afternoon sees the focus move across the Pond to the States with their latest consumer confidence figures being possibly the most notable data set. If you have not traded by close of trading in the evening latest UK consumer confidence figures are set to be announced which will give a good indication as to how UK consumers view the economy and any positive figures here could also contribute to the pound gaining on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday eyes will move over to data from Europe and the US. If there is a strong GDP number from the UK tomorrow and data from other economies are not so favourable Wednesday could be a very good day for the pound. We have German retail sales and unemployment figures, Spanish GDP figures and probably most notably, the latest set of Eurozone inflation data. Inflation has been one of the main factors influencing the Euro recently as there is a large amount of concern that the single currency economy could fall into deflation which could have lasting pressure on their economy. So, should these figures show another drop it could weaken the EUR and lead to more calls for the European Central Bank to act before it is too late hopefully resulting in a spike for GBP/EUR.

Wednesday afternoon we have US GDP figures which, as per the UK’s are likely to be crucial for USD exchange rates but following this we also have US interest rate decision where rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.25% and another $10bn being reduced from their bond buying scheme as this continues to taper down. Any change from these expected figures could cause volatility.

So the first part of the week is due to be fairly busy with what will I am sure create good buying opportunities regardless of the currency you require purchasing. I always recommend that clients act on spikes in the market to make your funds go as far as possible. We have different contract options which can give you the peace of mind in knowing exactly how far your funds are going. If you would like more information on the currency service I can provide then please do feel free to contact myself Ben Amrany at bma@currencies.co.uk

For information on what is due out in the latter part of the week please continue to check out our site.

If you are in the situation needing to move money internationally and looking for the best price – please feel free to contact the author – Ben Amrany – via the telephone number at the top of the page or via email at bma@currencies.co.uk 

Great Expectations… GBP Weakness…

The pound has dipped this morning despite a raft of good economic data showing improvements in government borrowing and falling budget deficit. There had been some high expectations of seeing the pound move higher due to a more hawkish outlook by the Bank of England but this failed to materialise. As one of my clients said to me ‘you can’t even trust the Bank of England’ nowadays…

This was in reference to their commitment to consider raising interest rates if the Unemployment rate dipped below 7%. This particular caveat was of course met recently causing the pound to spike but for now the BoE will not be raising interest rates, it would simply cause more problems.

If you are expecting the pound to just keep rising you could therefore be very disappointed as we need to see some really good data to warrant such a spike. I find the best way to maximise your return on your currency exchange is to set realistic targets and limits. If you would like some assistance in the execution and planning of your transfers please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk, even if your transfer is just a once off, we can help get you the most for your money.

Thank you,

Jonathan

 

 

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