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As my colleagues post highlights opinion in the office is entirely divided. The majority of traders believe a 0.1% figure will be released and this in turn should lend support to sterling exchange rates as a result. I for one have predicted this and hope for a better day pushing GBP/EUR above 1.18, GBP/USD towards 1.54 and GBP/AUD pushing closer to 1.50 – a trigger point for many AUD buyers.
Of course the decision will be a close one and many of those with an interest in the money markets will be keeping a very close eye on the 09:30 release. The office has a range of predictions from 0.1% to – 0.2%. To avoid recession we need to see 0% or better, something that may give the economy a much needed boost. Of late data in the UK has been somewhat better with the only exception retail sales, but these have been affected by unseasonably poor weather, something you cannot legislate for. Today could prove incredibly volatile, should you wish to remove this uncertainty then get in touch early on 01494 787478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Although UK GDP data is likely to dominate today’s trading, other data to watch out for will include the following:
US Jobless Claims at 13:30 – expecting to show a slight decrease possibly lending support to the US dollar this afternoon.
Overnight we have the interest rate decision from Japan – expected to stay on hold at 0.1% and should cause little movement for GBP/JPY but watch out for the Bank of Japans monetary statement that will follow. This will outline the policies the BofJ will have in store and could have an impact on riskier currencies such as the AUD, NZD and ZAR as the JPY is often used in conjunction with these currencies through he use of a carry trade. This is when investors borrow in a low yielding currency i.e. JPY and look for higher grossing currencies such as AUD, NZD and ZAR. It is a risky trade as the exchange rate movement can remove any gains from the higher yield offered and as a result economic sentiment from Japan could adversely affect the riskier currencies. I for one feel further opportunities will be seen for buyers of the AUD, NZD and ZAR in the coming few days and weeks.
To finish off the week watch out for annualised US GDP at 13:30 tomorrow. Expected to show a strong improvement which should drive cable rates back towards 1.51/52 to finish off the working week.
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Our trading floor predictions for tomorrow – GDP figures and the high/low against the Euro (Daniel Wright)
I thought it may be interesting to quiz a group of traders on our trading floor regarding their thoughts on what we may see tomorrow for the U.K GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures and where this may put rates during the day against the Euro.
The general feeling appeared to be growth for the U.K – Only just however, below below are the predictions of the traders we polled – if you fancy making your own prediction then email it to me
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Personally I feel we may see 0.1% growth as expected just about avoiding recession and that the market will creep up a little but will not absolutely rocket as many people do already expect the U.K to just about tiptoe around the R word.
If we are technically back in a recession you would imagine the Pound may drop considerably so it is key to have protection in place if you are close to budget on your overseas purchase – You can place a stop loss order (setting yourself a worst case scenario to be bought out automatically) or book some of your funds on a forward contract (booking a rate for a date in advance for a small deposit) Email me directly if you want a full explanation on these free contract types or just want assistance and the best exchange rates on any currency transfers. Catch me on email@example.com with a brief explanation of your requirements and a number to call you back on and I will be more than happy to help.
Our predictions – Just goes to show how close this is!
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Over the last week pound exchange rates have remained fairly flat with little movement however this changed yesterday when the Euro gained nearly a cent. This created the best time to sell Euros in nearly 2 months, trading at the high compared to the low yesterday would have made you over £500 more for every €100,000 sold back. This market movement was down to a sudden demand for Euros by city traders and again shows how quickly you need to be to take advantage. If you need to complete an exchange and would like to trade at the best price, register your interest via email email@example.com
Over the next week I agree with most specialists that Spain will become the main story;
- Their Stock markets are at a near 20 year low,
- Unemployment is at a record high
- Their banking system is failing
- Data showed yesterday their economy shrunk by 1.3% in the second quarter of 2012
- €72 billion was taken out of Spainish banks last month
It does not paint a great picture especially after the country’s most economically important region, Catalona, said it needed a €5 billion rescue package from Madrid. Even the Spanish deputy Financial Minister said that “the worst is yet to come.”
The Bank of Spain estimates it may have up to €180 billion in bad debt which many think may be more than can be raised. As a result I would expect GBPEUR to have a range of 3 cents from current levels over the next few weeks in either direction.
Please don’t just assume it will push GBPEUR up as we are unsure whether the UK will have to contribute to the bailout.
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The Pound has had a mixed day today gaining ground against the U.S Dollar yet losing against currencies such as the Euro and South African Rand. Rates have remained reasonably flat against the Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar which are usually fairly volatile currencies.
We saw that Deutsche Bank expect Australia to fall into recession in 2013 which may mean that it is coming to crunch time for those of you holding out that still have Australian Dollars to sell. here is a link with that story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443855804577602552781925554.html
Head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has backed bond buying plans by the European Central bank which has led to a little Euro strength over the day and also is more than likely why we have seen the Pound gain ground against the U.S Dollar as investors have probably gained back a little confidence in the markets following these comments, pulled out of their ‘safer haven’ investments such as the USD and put them into riskier investments such as the South African Rand.
A decrease in demand for the Dollar following this of course then weakens the currency which may be why we have seen such shifts in trading today.
Tomorrow the most important release on the markets is in the form of the FOMC minutes over in the States, basically the minutes from the last Federal Reserve Interest Rate decision which may involve the discussions around QE3 (Quantitative Easing) and could lead to some overnight volatility depending on what has been discussed.
QE is generally seen as negative for the currency concerned however this has been fairly common knowledge that we may see QE3 at some point in the future so mentions of it being put back may actually strenghen the Dollar.
The most important release for the U.K this week is GDP or Gross Domestic Product figures out for the U.K on Friday, expectation is to see a revised figure to be slightly better for the U.K which may give the Pound a slight boost at the end of the week so if you have a foreign currency you are looking to sell then tomorrow and Thursday may be your opportunity.
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The slightest change in exchange rates can make quite a difference to the cost of an overseas property or the amount you will get back from the sale of one, get in touch with me today if you are in a position regarding overseas property and I shall be more than happy to assist you.
Euro rates have climbed for the last 2 trading sessions as data from the UK improves and Europe continues its August month of silence. This silence however is expected to break next Tuesday when we have the Europeans tell us their GDP figures for the last quarter. Expectations are already the fact that they will show an improvement, even with all the bad news recently about Europe and the risk that France could re-enter a recession. This is because it is for the last quarter not the coming quarter. As a result I would be surprised to see rates stay as high on the day.
Yes the Europeans are releasing bad information currently for last month and this as a result will hurt future GDP figures so euro weakness is expected in 3-6 months’ time but in the short term I would be very wary if I wanted to complete a GBPEUR trade, whether that be for a completion of a property in the sun or a business invoice.
Other topics to be aware of for a 6 month forecast, up to the end of the year is that it is in the UK’s interest to have a weak pound. This is as a key policy for growth is from exports which are very unattractive with the current strength of the pound.
So when do I buy euros
- If I was buying within the next 7 days I would consider moving on Tuesday morning.
- If I was buying within the next 2-3 months I would be very wary, I would not be surprised to see GBPEUR down at 1.23 over this time.
- If I was buying by the end of the year again I would be wary, happy that it was going to climb but I would be ready to move quickly i.e. use a FORWARD CONTRACT
I’m selling euros, when shall I sell?
- If within the next week I would wait till Wednesday and see what happens
- If within the next 3 months I would personally move in the near future on this expected news.
- If we I had until the end of the year I again would be poised to move with a FORWARD CONTRACT.
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Olympic opening Ceremony sums up that Britain is indeed great – And anyone based in the U.K that saw the amount of people queuing for Euromillions lottery tickets on Friday do you believe we are deep in recession?
The scene was set and the script was written for the London Olympic opening ceremony to be a shocker… Surely something would go drastically wrong as the eyes of the worlds media watched eagerly for a large error. In fact in my opinion the whole thing was absolutely brilliant and showed what a fantastic force we are and bought a great deal ofjoy and confidence to the U.K as a whole.
Just before the start of the ceremony we had one major rush for Euromillions lottery tickets – Everyone I know bought lots and lots of tickets and every shop I went past on my home had people queuing out of the door, along with that most offices had syndicates running and there was a great buzz as to celebrate the Olympics 100 millionares were going to be made in the U.K as part of a raffle, along with a top prize of over €100,000,000. Needless to say I didn’t win the top prize or indeed become a millionaire but I did manage to get a whopping £45!
The point of all my gabbling on is that I think there are much better economic data figures to come from the U.K in the coming weeks and months, more than likely August/September should be a little more positive compared to what we have seen over the past few months which hopefully should lead to Sterling gaining back a little ground against most of the majors.
This is purely my opinion and I don’t know what is going on behind closed doors… With the Bank of England Interest Rate decision due out on Thursday anythnig can indeed be thrown into the mix.
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We saw surprise figures out for the U.K yesterday that many analysts and indeed everyone who writes for me on this site were not expecting. With such a negative release just why has the Pound managed to continue its rally against the majority of majors?
The figures released yesterday do not include all of the data for the first quarter of 2012, and are due to be revised twice in the next two months and by the look of things we could quite easily see these figures revised back up again in these revisions, as the majority off the data already out is construction based and there is still an awful lot of more positive data to be included.
The Federal Reserve last night carried out their monthly interest rate decision and press conference following it and managed to weaken the Dollar once more which has led to over 5 month highs for those looking to buy Dollars or AED as this curreny is indeed pegged to the U.S Dollar.
Personally, I still feel (and I know I seem to always be positive) that the Pound will have a good year this year… We may not see rapid strength but I would not be surprised to see it continue to creep up against the majority of majors, maybe taking a slight knock along the way. By no means do I expect to see us reachj the dizzy heights of a few years ago yet as there is still a huge amount of work to be done.
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Just when it all looked a little too good to be true as always something came back to completely knock the Pound this morning. Sterling had been at a two and a half year high against a basket of major currencies until 09:30am this morning when we saw Gross Domestic Product figures come out at a much worse than expected -0.2%.
What does this mean?
This is not great news at all for the U.K economy, many economists thought we would see a slightly positive figure and it looked like this was priced into the market so we have seen the Pound drop away against all major currencies in early morning trading, great news for those selling a foreign currency and terrible news for those with the need to buy foreign currency.
The Pound has not taken as much of a hit as one would have expected even following this news so I don’t think it is all doom and gloom and many other economies globally are indeed in deeper waters than the U.K but it will hold back the Pound ever so
slightly in the near term.
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