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Great British Pound (GBP)
Important news this week for sterling is Unemployment data on Wednesday which is expected to remain stable at 5.1%, this has been one of the key strengths of the UK economy, if the predicted rise in average earnings from 2.1 – 2.3% rings true sterling could be in for a good day on Wednesday! Thursday is Retail Sales figures which are always a volatile release and can impact markets, if you don’t see the sterling move you are looking for on Wednesday then this could be the one to watch.
In summary sterling should remain in a better position this week, the pound has slipped in recent weeks but found some form last week with better than expected Inflation data and better news concerning the government. David Cameron’s dreadful previous week was recovered from the worst points and a particular damning report by the Treasury on the Brexit has reconfirmed the governments position potentially further aiding the Remain camp. I expect this report and better UK data to help give the pound a lift by the end of the week but a lift that will be rather fragile when we (and financial markets) take into consideration the Referendum only 9 weeks away!
A fairly tame start to the week with some Construction and Current Account figures gives way to a busy end of the week as Friday sees Manufacturing and Services data for the Eurozone. Thursday is the key date for the Euro however as we have the European Central Bank decision and Monetary Policy Statement. The last meeting saw almost 4 cents movement in the afternoon and whilst I don’t expect quite the volatility this is usually a volatile time as markets digest Mario Draghi’s assessment of the Eurozone. Following the ECB bazooka of low interest rates and QE last month Inflation has risen which should give Mario Draghi cause for cheer and possibly help the Euro rise.
In Summary the Euro looks set to remain strong but might lose some ground to a stronger pound on Wednesday. Thursday is the key date so if you need to buy Euros moving before Thursday might be sensible, GBPEUR buyers have received almost 3 cents improvements from the lows of April which given the uncertainty ahead should not in my opinion be dismissed too easily.
United States Dollar (USD)
This week is a range of mid tier releases in the US focusing on Housing Starts (Tuesday), Home Sales data (Wednesday) and Jobless Claims (Thursday). The dollar had weakened on the news the Fed were resigned to just the two rate hikes this year but has now found traction again. Two hikes is better than none and with the UK stagnating and the Eurozone still focused on ‘easing’ measures the dollar is still top of the class.
In summary there remains a good chance that the dollar will strengthen further against the pound longer term but this is sterling’s week. If you need to buy dollars with the pound taking advantage of any spike this week is I believe the best way forward.
Do you have a currency transaction to consider involving the pound? If so this week could see a return to favour which given the Referendum ahead is I believe something well worth taking advantage of! For more information on events to be aware of surrounding your currency transaction please contact me Jonathan Watson on firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many options to buy currency which can be very useful with sterling exchange rates as volatile as they currently are. This year has seen the pound fall as fears over the outcome of the EU Referendum have led to investors selling off their sterling holdings. Exchange rates are likely to slip further in the coming weeks as investors fears increase over just what exactly the Brexit entails. This means that if you are buying a foreign currency in the future there is a strong likelihood your exchange rate will get worse and making some plans in advance is sensible.
The best way to predict the future is to create it! As tempting as it is to hang on when considering a foreign currency transaction this can prove very costly if rates unexpectedly move against you and the EU Referendum is just the kind of event to trigger large unexpected sterling losses. Even if you don’t need your funds at this moment making plans to be able to buy your currency now or on any spikes is the sensible thing to do. It is often those least prepared who get the worst deals, unfortunately sitting on your hands hoping exchange rates will magically rise can cause real upset.
In or Out?
The actual outcome is of course important but in the coming weeks and months as we approach the date the market is pricing in the worst case scenario of Brexit. According to some reports GBPEUR could be trading as low as 1.15, GBPUSD 1.30,GBPAUD 1.60 and GPBNZD 1.80. This is the worst end but looking back at how good exchange rates were last year would anyone have predicted the levels currently on offer?
Exchange rates move every second and understanding the forecast can help you to get a better deal. Making plans in advance is always a good idea so for some top tips on how to fix your exchange rate for up to one year and access to the very best commercial exchange rates please get in touch with me Jonathan Watson by emailing email@example.com
Sterling exchange rates continue the charge against Euro and Swiss Franc – Dollar gains back a little ground (Daniel Wright)
The positive trend for Sterling continued against most major currencies today, hitting 1.26 against the Euro and making good gains against the Swiss Franc. There were minor losses against the Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and Australian Dollar but in general the Pound just seems like it has come ever so slightly back into fashion.
This follows positive inflation figures and a number of pieces of good news for those campaigning to stay in the European Union. My personal opinion regarding the referendum now (and I may be wrong) is that I feel we vote to stay and that Sterling may rise.
There are far too many analysts and organisations out there looking for the headlines that are more than happy to pitch doom and gloom to the general public and although there is the potential for it to happen, there is a much higher chance of Sterling going back up than there is of it dropping by 20% as some have said.
Generally with elections and referendums such as this the group in the undecided camp tend to stick with what they know and now that the Government have sent out leaflets confirming that even if we leave we actually will almost end up on the same terms with many of the matters that annoy people there is no real good solid reason for us to go.
Tomorrow we have the Bank of England interest rate decision and meeting minutes at 12:00pm. Positive news from these will have the potential to push us up even further and considering Sterling has dropped by so much this year, even the slightest piece of good news give us room to strengthen considerably.
If you have the need to buy or indeed sell Sterling for your business, due to a property purchase/sale or for any other reason then it is important to have a proactive broker on your side and one that can get you the very top levels of exchange – It is very easy to settle for second best in this market but it is key to realise that even the slightest improvement in a rate of exchange can save you a huge sum of money.
If you would like to have a brief discussion with me (Daniel Wright) as to how I will be able to assist you with any pending currency exchange then feel free to email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to get in touch with you personally.
Last night I was very pleased to be asked to appear on BBC News to discuss the ‘Brexit’ question and Sterling weakness. I was asked how I thought upcoming events would influence the pound moving forward and as regular readers will know in my opinion the future is because of this very issue not looking too rosy for the pound. At the beginning of this year I wrote here how I believed the pound would like lose value (you can read the post here) and I can offer further predictions on Sterling exchange rates here. The remaining question of course is will this continue? Well my answer is that yes I believe it will but following such a torrid day yesterday this may not manifest immediately. In fact the rest of this week could be quieter but that isn’t any reason to hold back from making plans! Thursday is an important day with the latest GDP figures for the UK, sterling is unlikely to come under renewed pressure again this week but could easily trade in the recent lower ranges against most currencies.
When should I buy Euros?
If you need to buy Euros with pounds and want a little more for your money make sure you are ready to buy by the 10th March! Many of my clients are concerned with GBPEUR movements and the one hope for Euro buyers with pounds is next month’s ECB decision on Quantitative Easing on the 10th March. If (and it is an if) the ECB embark on further QE this should weaken the Euro making it more attractive to buy Euros. Thursday this week is also important because we have Eurozone Inflation data which will give us a clearer picture on what to expect next month for the European Central Bank (ECB). Essentially worse Inflation data makes it more likely we will see more QE in March. Understanding upcoming economic events are key to making some plans on when to make your currency purchase so if you are unsure or just wish to have a chat about your requirements please speak to me Jonathan by emailing email@example.com
If you are selling Euros dare I ask what you are waiting for? Since November you have made 10% on your currency deal. This is normally the kind of mov
ement you may see between the high and low in a year. Current Euro to GBP rates are the best in 16 months and whilst of course they may improve further if I was selling Euros I would be very worried about next month’s ECB decision and just how this could impact my purchase. If you have Euros to sell and wish to learn some information on the best time to sell in this market, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will USD to GBP rates improve further?
This week is the release of US GDP figures which will help provide some further direction on cable prices. GBP weakness has helped drag the pair down to fresh lows touching close to a 7 year high but I cannot see it getting too much better in the short term. Thursday and Friday’s GDP data will be key to determining the next moves but I do feel much of the bad news for sterling is priced in and because of a high chance of the Federal Reserve reviewing their previous bold comments that they will raise rates again, the dollar will weaken.
I have worked a specialist foreign exchange broker for 6 years personally assisting both businesses and private clients with their foreign exchange requirements. I am a big fan of talking abut the market and am very pleased to be quoted in the press and other articles online. If you are considering a currency transaction involving the pound this is a very interesting market at present and I would be very happy to discuss with you all your options and the latest forecast for you. Please email email@example.com with an outline of your situation and preferably a phone number, I will respond as quickly as I can!
Sterling is likely to really struggle in the current environment with lots of pressure over expectations the Bank of England will cut growth and inflation forecasts for the UK. There has been immense uncertainty surrounding the UK’s Brexit expected to be finalised in the coming months. The Bank of England is likely to discuss today the uncertainty relating to this event and this will in my opinion undoubtedly lead to GBP weakness. The EU Referendum is just another worry to lump on the back of the pound which has had one of its worst ever starts to a year.
Falling Inflation has removed any need for an interest rate hike and expectations for a hike which seemed so likely only a few months ago are now being price well into 2017. The main trigger for the pound to rise should be an interest rate rise or signs of an improving economy. With little sign of the right conditions arising for an interest rate rise I would expect the pound will really struggle in the coming weeks and months. From an investors point of view I think sterling is really likely to struggle to maintain composure in this market and today’s data is key to highlighting the extent to which uncertainty is rife.
For more information on the latest tends and themes to impact your exchange rate please speak to me Jonathan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In my role as a foreign exchange specialist I am very confident I can offer you some useful facts and information to help you get a better deal.
We have an exceedingly busy trading floor here today so I thought I would direct you all to my most recent market report on the Euro which can be found by clicking here.
This report should explain just what is causing Euro strength and how long we may expect for it to continue.
For news on the Australian Dollar and how the Chinese stock plunge is having an impact click here
Feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) directly on email@example.com if you would like any further information.
The pound is in for a very busy day with a number of key releases mainly from the labour market with UK Unemployment data due. This release actually rose last month and could be a cause for concern. If we see a further increase sterling might really come under some pressure owing to the weaker economy. All in all if you are looking at making a transfer buying or selling pound sterling an awareness of all of your options well in advance is usually a good idea. If you need to make a transfer how do you know you are getting the best rates? Speak to me to find out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The next thing to beware of on exchange rates is very much likely to be this Chinese news with the Chinese central bank cutting their pegged level to other currencies. This has presented much uncertainty into the forex markets with a major sell off on the Aussie and Kiwi presenting a very good time to buy these currencies with the pound. The volatility of the last 48 hours just shows nothing should ever be taken for granted on exchange rates!
For more information on your options and how to navigate the uncertainty please speak to me Jonathan on email@example.com
Euro gains back a little strength as Greece may now accept terms – GBP/CAD spikes following poor growth figures (Daniel Wright)
We have seen a little Euro strength this morning as the Greek situation took one step closer to being resolved…. Well for the time being anyway!
Personally I feel all we are going to see is some papering over of cracks at best and this whole situation will no doubt be back in the headlines before we know it.
The only thing that is certain over the next week or two is that there will be some great buying opportunities and some fantastic selling opportunities for the Euro so if you are in the process of buying or selling a property overseas then it may be prudent to get in touch with us here. We have a number of free contract types than can help you to secure a rate should there be a spike or protect yourself again a drop in exchange rates should it happen suddenly. You can email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to contact you personally to explain how these work.
We have seen a great spike for those looking to buy the Canadian Dollar of late thanks to growth figures in Canada coming out a little worse than expectations and indeed dropping into negative territory at -0.1%.
Rates for Sterling against the Canadian Dollar are creeping towards the 2 mark and I feel this may now be a distinct possibility in the coming weeks.
if you are looking to exchange any major currency then I can assist you both in terms of assistance with timing and getting you a great rate when you do book it out. As above just feel free to contact me (Daniel Wright) by emailing on email@example.com with a brief description of your requirements and a contact number and I shall be more than happy to contact you personally to explain how I can help you.
With the UK election now out the way and concerns remaining over Greece GBPEUR is at some of the best levels for 8 years presenting an excellent opportunity for anyone buying Euros. Continued uncertainty over Greece may push this higher but with the latest revision of UK GDP due tomorrow, the current excellent levels may not last too long.
This morning’s UK GDP data has seen sterling come under pressure. Last month’s data showed the UK economy was growing at 0.3% which was less than most other leading economies causing GBP to fall. If you have a transaction involving the pound please let me know so I can alert you to any developments. Making some plans to buy soon might be sensible as we could now see sterling fall from these excellent highs, particularly if there is a Greek deal arranged soon.
For more information or to trade please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org