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As expected the European Central Bank cut its base rate to a record low of 0.5% from 0.75% earlier today pushing GBP/EUR close to 1.19 for the first time in nearly three months, as Mario Dragji (head of the ECB) indicated he would consider cutting rates further and could not rule out negative interest rates. The move for sterling has been a welcome relief for many and showing little sign of slowing, in fact the pound has now gained 4.3% against the single currency since its low in mid March and a very similar trend has been experienced against a number of major currencies.
Moves against the greenback and Aussie have been even more substantial seeing a shift of 4.5% since mid March against the US dollar and 5.2% against the Australian Dollar in the last month. This makes a significant difference on your money exchange and may represent a strong buy opportunity for some, however I guess the question for many is will this last?
For me I believe this could be the start of a correction for the pound, certainly against the Euro and Australian Dollar but I feel the US dollar is less clear and will remain range bound between 1.53-1.55. Those buying Euros and AUD may get more from the market and I would look for levels to head towards 1.20 for GBP/EUR and possibly 1.55 for GBP/AUD. AUD buyers should watch out for the next RBA meeting (Reserve Bank of Australia) scheduled for Tuesday next week, should the RBA Australia cut interest rates (as some analysts are predicting) we could see a further shift for GBP/AUD, I feel the RBA may also be considering further rate cuts later this year and would expect to see more value for AUD buyers in the coming weeks, particularly should China show further signs of an economic slowdown.
For those looking to buy the US dollar I would certainly consider 1.55 to be viewed as good value and feel this has the potential to move back towards 1.50, although data of late from the US has been weaker than many expected which has pushed cable close to 1.56. Tomorrow watch out of US non-farm payroll figures that are expected to show a strong increase from last month, something again that could lend support to the dollar in tomorrows afternoon session. Much of the dollars moves will come down to perceived appetite for risk and I think with the market still so jittery losses for the dollar will slow and would expect levels to shift back in the dollars favour, I would expect US dollar sellers to get more value in the coming weeks.
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Sterling hits a 33 month high against a basket of currencies on a trade weighted basis, but Euro buyers be wary of the ECB interest rate decision at 12.45
Sterling has continued its recent resurgence hitting a 33 month high against a basket of currencies on a trade weighted basis. This has included a notable high against majors such as the Euro (a 22 month high), US dollar (7 month high), AUD and NZD (year highs). To me these must represent some fantastic buy opportunities and may well come as a welcome relief to many. For those with an upcoming requirement involving Sterling watch out for UK PMI for the services sector at 09:30. The PMI service released by both the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and the Markit Economics is an indicator of the economic situation in the UK services sector and captures an overview of the condition of sales and employment. Figures above 50 show expansion and below contraction, we are expected a release of 54.2 showing expansion but these would be down on April’s figure of 55.3 so may cause the pound to weaken a touch. We have also seen Nationwide house price data released overnight with figures falling from 0.5 to -0.2% – possibly why the pound is down against most currencies this morning.
ECB Interest Rate Decision
For anyone with an interest in the Euro keep an eye on the European Central Bank and their respective interest rate decision at 12.45BST. Expectations are for a rate hold at 1% but the press conference held by President Mario Draghi at 13:30BST should be viewed with caution. I am sure the situation in Spain will be high on the agenda and clues may be given as to future monetary policy and as to what the ECB projects for the coming weeks and months. Should Draghi take a positive (bullish) tone watch for Euro strength in the afternoon session. Subsequently any negative sentiment and expect the reverse. The period before and after the Presidents speech is a notoriously volatile time, anyone risk averse may well look to avoid this contact Mike at email@example.com to discuss your transfer and the potential outcomes.
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