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Why is the Pound losing value at the moment, and will it continue? (Joseph Wright)

Brexit jitters are continuing to weigh on the Pounds value, with the currency losing a substantial amount of value over the past week across the board of major currency pairs.

Currency markets were already weary of the Pounds future price movements as we await the outcome of the Supreme Courts impending decision on whether or no the UK Government requires parliamentary approval before beginning the Brexit.

These fears were exacerbated over the past weekend as a much talked about interview offered the marketplace an insight into the UK PM’s plans for the Brexit. UK Prime Minister, Theresa May alluded to prioritising the control of immigration, as opposed to focusing on retaining the UK’s access to the single market.

Moreover, May commented that the UK cannot keep ‘bits’ of EU membership and this comment has fueled the fire of bearishness towards the Pound at the moment.

It’s for these reasons that we’ve seen the Pound soften over the week, and the sell-off accelerated this afternoon after May announced that she will be giving another major speech on her Brexit plans on Tuesday of next week.

I personally think that the Supreme Court decision will have been announced by then, so there’s a possibility we could see a lot of volatility between GBP exchange rates between now and then.

Until then, I think that anyone with a currency exchange requirement involving the Pound should pay close attention to the Supreme Court decision. The likelihood is that if the Government is successful in their appeal we can expect to see the Pound fall further, as the Government plans on invoking Article 50 at the end of March and there polices generally lean towards a ‘Hard Brexit’.

On the other hand if they’re unsuccessful the general consensus is that the Pound could get a lift. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to be kept up to date with the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision, as of yet we have no definitive time as to when this announcement will be made.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

You can also speak to me directly on the phone by calling 01494 787 478 and asking reception to speak with Joe.

When is the Supreme Court case in the UK and how will this affect the pound?

The pending UK Supreme Court case in the UK is critical to the short term movements on sterling exchange rates and clients with a requirement to buy or sell the pound should be making plans around this. Expectations for the initial reaction to the decision are reasonably clear but once the decision is made we will then be faced with a whole new set of questions over the next direction for the Brexit vote. Markets have loosely priced in the expectation the previous decision will be upheld but there are no guarantees!

If the previous decision is upheld then the pound should rise. GBPEUR could hit 1.17-1.18, GBPUSD upper end would be 1.25, GBPAUD 1.70 and GBPNZD towards 1.80. The pound could easily fall up to 4% if the court case does not go the way markets have been predicting. There is a very strong chance we could be looking at rates on GBPEUR retesting 1.10-1.12 territory whilst on GBPUSD we could slip below 1.20. GBPAUD may drop below 1.60 and GBPNZD below 1.70.

The biggest problem is knowing when this case will be decided. With the Supreme Court reopening tomorrow from their recess period the news could come as early as tomorrow. I expect it will be between tomorrow and next week which gives clients looking to buy or sell sterling a small window of opportunity to plan in.

In order to maximise such an opportunity the best strategy in such a market is number one to be prepared and number two to understand your options. My order book is currently very high with ‘Limit’ and ‘Stop / Loss’ orders. A ‘Limit’ order allows you trade at a higher level whilst a ‘Stop / Loss’ order allows you to protect your rate should the market fall. In such an uncertain and potentially volatile market I feel the best way forward is to use a combination of the above tools to help limit your exposure and trade on any improvements.

If you have a transaction to consider and wish for some assistance with the timing and planning of any exchanges please feel free to contact me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk with an overview of your position and preferably a phone number so I can quickly contact you.

Thank you for reading this post and I look forward to answering any questions on the markets or the services we can provide.

Jonathan Watson

 

Will sterling rise or fall on the Supreme Court decision?

The pound is fairly stable and range bound at present as markets keenly await the next direction of the Brexit. We are all eagerly awaiting the next bits of news over the Supreme Court decision and it is this which will determine the more immediate direction on the currency pairing. If you have a transfer to consider involving sterling understanding what is happening and being ready to react is the best way to capitalise on this news. At the moment we do not know when the decision will be released and this is keeping the market nervously on its toes.

Essentially upholding the previous High Court decision should see the pound rally but I think the gains will be limited. My personal expectation is for this to lead to sterling gaining up to 2% against its counterparts. If the decision goes for the government sterling will fall because I believe markets have very much priced in ‘good news’ that the previous decision would be upheld. If it falls in this scenario sterling could lose up to 4% as it becomes apparent a hard Brexit is more likely again. Sterling might retest the kind of levels we saw back in October last year.

GBPEUR Focus

After the Supreme Court decision attention will still remain on the Brexit and any good news for sterling will be shortlived in my opinion. There will still be many unanswered questions and as the resignation of Sir Ivan rogers, the UK’s Ambassador to the EU shows there is scope for further political casualties. Attention towards the end of the quarter will focus on the likelihood of Theresa May triggering Article 50 plus the Dutch and French elections. I expect GBPEUR could trade between 1.12 – 1.23 depending on the various outcomes here. If you wish to trade at these levels and wish to be kept informed of developments please email me on jmw@currencies.co.uk

GBPUSD Focus

The big news on the US dollar is the likelihood of further interest rate rises. A strong jobs report has given rise to expectation we could see further interest rate hikes soon and GBPUSD has dipped. I expect GBPUSD to trade between 1.14 and 1.25 in the coming weeks. As you can see I feel the US dollar will be strengthening.

If you have a currency transfer involving sterling and wish to optimise your position with some expert insight and information please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk. I work as a currency specialist and have appeared on BBC News discussing Brexit and the impact on the currency markets. I would be very happy to hear from you and answer any questions and help you with your situation.

Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from you soon.

Will this week’s data releases help push the Pound even higher? (Joseph Wright)

Sterling has managed to hold on to the gains it made through November as the currency continues to trade at a 3 month high against the Euro, and also a 2 month high when paired with the US Dollar.

The recent boost within the Pounds value has been welcomed by those planning on exchanging Pounds for another foreign currency, as at the beginning of last month Sterling was trading around it’s lowest levels against the Euro by almost 5 years, and at it’s lowest levels against the Dollar in around 30 years.

The recent upward movement for the Pound has made large currency exchanges involving the Pound considerably cheaper, and I think that Pound sellers have a key decision to make when it comes to their transfer. For example the Pound could continue to strengthen and consolidate above 1.20, that level could also act as a ceiling and we could see the Pound struggle to breach that level before falling back into the mid to low teens.

One approach would be to book at least part of your currency transfer around the current levels, as this approach allows clients to take advantage of the current 3 month highs whilst leaving themselves open to booking the next part at a more advantageous level, should that favourable movement occur.

There are a couple of factors which could impact the Pound over the following weeks. The Supreme Court hearing came to an end on Friday of last week, and although the result isn’t expected to be released until the end of January, expectations are for the High Courts ruling to remain in place. Despite this consensus I think that if the Government is successful with their appeal, we can expect to see the Pound fall as the Brexit process will be more straightforward and therefore, likely to happen sooner.

There are some key data releases this week and later this morning which could affect the Pounds value, and readers of this blog can feel free to get in touch regarding the times and details of these potential market movers.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well be worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages.

Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also provide me with a telephone number to contact you on, or you can call in on 01494 787 478 and ask for reception to speak with Joe.

The impact of the Italian referendum on Sterling Euro exchange rates (Tom Holian)

The Pound vs the Euro has hit its best level to buy Euros with Sterling since September with the Pound making huge gains against all major currencies during the course of this week

On Thursday the Brexit secretary David Davis made claims that the UK could look to pay money to the European Union even after we have left the EU in an attempt to keep rights with the single market. This is one the main concerns for the UK’s negotiations and sets the tone that the UK may opt for s ‘soft’ Brexit. This helped the Pound to make some very big gains towards the end of this week.

On Sunday the Italians hold their own referendum on constitutional reform with Italian Prime Minster suggesting previously that he may resign if he is unable to get what he wants. Part of the reform is to centralise the banking system which is currently under huge pressure with large amounts of bad debt. If the vote goes the wrong way for Renzi and he does resign this could see Sterling Euro arguably challenge 1.20 during the early part of next week.

During 2016 we have seen many political upsets first with the Brexit vote back in June and then last month’s US election with Trump becoming the next President. Therefore, I would not be surprised to see a ‘protest’ vote with Renzi possibly resigning. Currency does not react well to political uncertainty and this is why I think we could see GBPEUR rates go in an upwards direction next week.

 

Next week the Supreme Court challenge concerning Article 50 is due to take place so I personally expect next week to be volatile to say the least. If you’re either buying or selling Euros in the weeks and months ahead and are worried about what may happen to exchange rates then it may be worth looking at buying a forward contract which allows you to fix an exchange rate for a future date for a small deposit.

Having worked in the currency markets since 2003 I am confident that with my experience I can help you with the timing of your transfer as well as save you money when buying or selling Euros compared to using your own bank.

For a free quote please email me directly with details about the volume you’re looking to convert and the timescale involved and I look forward to hearing from you. If I haven’t covered your currency pair and you would like further information again please get in touch.

teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

 

The ‘Trump Train’ market surge fades but Sterling manages to hold on to it’s gains, but for how long? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has surged across the board through November for a number of reasons, with the main catalysts being the likely delay to invoking Article 50 and beginning the Brexit process, and Trumps election victory in the US boosting sentiment surrounding the UK economy.

Those planning on converting Pounds into another foreign currency have been dealt a good hand this month, as the Pound has gained clawed back quite alot of it’s losses since the Brexit vote.

This month alone the Pound has gained 5 cents vs the US Dollar and 7 cents vs the Euro. In monetary terms a £200,000 GBP to EUR currency exchange is now gaining an additional €15,000+ in the space of 30 days which just highlights the importance of timing large currency conversions.

As a specialist currency brokerage we’re here to monitor the currency markets on behalf of our clients, and in volatile trading conditions like we’ve seen this month our service can really save clients large amounts of money due to the assistance with timings and reacting to market movements.

There will be manufacturing and construction figures released later this week which could affect GBP exchange rates depending on their outcome, and if you are planning a currency exchange between the Pound and another major currency and would like to plan around these events, do get in touch regarding timings and exchange rates.

The Pound has so far held onto it’s gains made this month, but currencies do tend to fall quicker than they climb and if some ‘Hard Brexit’ related news is released there is a chance the Pound could lose some or even all of it’s recent gains.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well be worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible. 

You can also call in and ask reception to speak with me (Joe) on 01494 787 478. 

Will the pound rise higher or fall before the end of 2016?

The pound has entered a fresh period of buoyancy finding favour against all currencies in November. October was a month of tremendous uncertainty but sterling has now recovered and this is presenting some very good news opportunities to buy a foreign currency. December is already looking extremely interesting with some very important events in the Eurozone and the United States which you can read more about in my post from this morning here. Otherwise let us have a look at some of the key decisions which will shape sterling exchange rates for the end of 2016.

The Supreme Court decision is one of the biggest factors for the pound in my opinion since it highlights the path to Brexit. The decision as to whether or not the UK will have to seek parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 is of major consequence to the pound. If the Supreme Court rule Parliament does then we will surely see sterling rise since it makes the ‘hard’ Brexit Theresa May is apparently pursuing less likely. Parliamentary approval will undoubtedly hinge on severe watering down of the terms and even raises the possibility Brexit may not happen. The court decision may not be known until January but the story will be big news for December and early January.

If you are planning a currency exchange involving sterling I would be making plans around this information, it looks likely the vote will be upheld so sterling could rise further. If you need to buy or sell the pound then making some plans sooner rather than later is best to avoid the uncertainty this event presents to financial markets. For more information on this event and how to take advantage please speak to me Jonathan by calling 01494 787 478 or emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

Sterling exchange rates boosted after the Autumn Budget, will the Pound continue to strengthen? (Joseph Wright)

The current levels for converting Pounds into other major currencies are surprisingly attractive when we consider the outlook for the Pound just a few weeks ago.

I think that people planning on converting their Pounds into another major currency, for a property purchase for example, have been dealt a fortunate hand as the Pound hit a 2-month high yesterday on a trade weighted basis, whereas just a few weeks ago the pound was trading at over 5 year lows against the Euro and at over 30 year lows against the US Dollar.

The Pound to Euro exchange rate is now trading closer to 1.20 than 1.10 after gaining 7 cents off the back of Donald Trump’s election victory. The UK economy, and therefore the Pound, has been boosted by the ‘Trump train’ after his warm words about the relationship between the UK and US in his campaign. Barack Obama had previously said the UK would be at the back of the queue on business deals whereas Trump said the opposite, and Trump also has a number of interests in the UK.

The gains for the Pound against the Euro specifically are extensive, making a €200,000 purchase £10,650 cheaper.

The Pound was boosted further yesterday afternoon after the Autumn Budget sprung no surprises. I do think that those planning on converting Pound into another major currency should watch the rates and news as the Pound could come crashing down quicker than it’s risen as is usually the case.

If you are planning a currency conversion involving the Pound, it’s worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

You can also call in and ask reception to speak with me (Joe) on 01494 787 478.

Will the pound keep rising?

This week has seen sterling make some of the most impressive gains in recent history and has gone from being one of the world’s worst performing currencies in October to so far the world’s best performing currency in November. Will this twist for the pound be as quickly reversed as it occurred or are we now looking at the start of a new chapter in the value of sterling? Nothing should be taken for granted on exchange rates and the moves this week serve as a reminder to any clients who think they can second guess the market and are assuming they know what will happen longer term.

Unexpected events can often happen on exchange rates and this week the election of Donald Trump proved that we should always expect the unexpected. Trump’s election has sent ripple through financial markets and tipped the balance of countries seeking control over their economies and borders (now the US and the UK) versus those in favour of open borders and more monetary integration (the Eurozone). With attention now turning to political concerns in the Eurozone the Euro has lost ground and sterling has been seriously buoyed as investors seize on the pound’s low value and await further improvements longer term.

This month there is still plenty of data and events to move financial markets including the Autumn Statement. I think sterling will now enter a period of consolidation and will not just keep rising in this market. There are too many negatives for the UK to overcome and I do feel anyone buying a foreign currency with the pound should be cautiously optimistic.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson chief analyst and associate director by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk or filling in the form below.

 

Will last week’s High Court decision be a turning point of the Pound? (Joseph Wright)

Last week was the best week the Pound has had vs the US Dollar since October of 2009, as worries over the proposed ‘Hard Brexit’ eased.

Fears eased as England’s High Court ruled last Thursday that the Government needs parliamentary approval before starting the Brexit process, and the Pound has boosted across the board off the back this news after having a particularly difficult October.

The Pound had been generally declining against all major currency pairs since UK Prime Minister, Theresa May announced plans to invoke Article 50 at the end of March next year, which was considered a ‘Hard Brexit’ approach. Through October the currency lost around 5% vs most other major currency pairs so the High Court’s decision last week has of course been welcomed by those hoping to see Sterling strengthen.

Those hoping to see the Pound continue to climb, and it’s worth noting that the currency has held onto its gains from last week, will be hoping for further positive news surrounding the UK economy and a potential ‘Soft Brexit’. I think there will be movement within Sterling exchange rates when the outcome of the governments appeal against the High Court’s decision last week is announced, and if the government are unsuccessful I expect to see the pound rally once again.

On the other hand if the government is successful in the appeal, we can expect to see the Pound decline so those with a currency requirement involving the Pound would be wise to get in contact, as if there’s a big swing in exchange rates we’re able to make our clients aware very quickly.

Overnight the outcome of the US election is likely to be announced, and I think that a Clinton victory is likely to push the Pound downward as the US Dollar is likely to rally.

If you are planning to use GBP to buy or sell a foreign currency, it’s worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.