Exchange rates tumble as the wind is taken out of any sterling gains – Buying euros, Selling Euros, GBPEUR Forecast (Steve Eakins)
Rates of exchange this week have changed dramatically with GBPEUR rates down almost 2%. This movement adds over £2,500 to a €150,000 purchase. As mentioned in my previous blogs this week the expectation was for a fall. In summary due to comments from the next Bank of England Governor, lower UK Inflation figures and the Bank of England minutes, the likelihood of further QE in the UK has increased greatly. Plus with UK Retail figures being hit by bad weather last month, the UK Government borrowing more money than expected and the IMF saying that the UK is not far away from a recession rates have tumbled. So great news for Sterling buyers however bad and expensive news for anyone with any euro exposure.
So when do I buy euros?
In the short term I cannot see much of an improvement, Wednesday next week will probably be the best day next week due to the data expected to be released from Germany and Europe. However I think it is unlikely to gain back up to the highs seen at the beginning of this week. I think GBPEUR could fall below 1.16 before it breaks 1.19.
Longer term again I can’t see too much reason to be positive, can you? The UK news has been fairly negative and there is a growing probability of more QE which would push prices further down. What euro buyers will be looking for is the next crisis from Europe as that will weaken the euro making it cheaper to buy, but is that probable?
A majority of Europe is now in a recession. Germany the power house of Europe with almost a 3rd of the whole economic output of the entire single currency only just avoided entering a recession with 0.1% growth. (This was confirmed this morning.) It seems that both politically and economically Europe has recognised that growth is desperately needed and that this will only come from new jobs. So in turn expect policies and tax breaks to be introduced to try and incentivise growth and foreign investment. When we see this their forecasts will probably improve and in turn the euro could strengthen. Bad news for any euro buyers.
Currently there does not seem to be many reasons for a euro buyer to be positive about the potential future of the GBPEUR pair…..
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This week exchange rates have been steady with little movement due to limited data releases and the US markets being closed on Monday. Today however the markets wake and over the next few days there is a number of key reports being released by the UK Government which could easily move markets by several cents adding as much as £1,750 on a €150,000 purchase, these are:
- Today we have key UK Inflation figures – if this figure falls as expected it increases the chance of more QE following so will probably have a negative impact on strength of GBP exchange rates.
- Tomorrow there is Bank of England minutes and Public Sector Net borrowing – This will probably be a none event on the markets as it is unlikely there will be any surprises with regards to the vote for QE and interest rate change. However if there is any indication of a further increase to QE expect rates to move significantly.
- Thursday we see UK Retail figures and UK GDP figures – Retail is linked with upwards of 60% of the UK economy which makes this report very influential on the markets and the price of the pound. It is expected to show an improvement which if confirmed could result in the biggest day gain for the pound this week. GDP figures are also expected to show an improvement making Thursday perhaps the best time to trade this week if buying with the pound.
This week I would be surprised to see GBPEUR break out of the 1.1725-1.1875. I expect to see GBPEUR rates fall over the next 48 hours and then re-gain the losses seen on Thursday. As a result Pound buyers may want to wait till later today or Wednesday morning. Pound Sellers have a more difficult decision, even though Thursday is expected to see gains for the GBPEUR pairing on the day, will it give a better price than were it currently sits. Personally I would not take the risk and sell the pound this morning before these bad releases start to be released.
As you can see rates never move in a straight line so timing a trade can make a great deal of difference. For example the expected range for this week when buying €200,000 equates to an additional cost of £2,250 if timed well/poorly.
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Today, which is probably the busiest day this week has already provided a few surprises. It was this morning confirmed that France has re-entered a recession creating euro weakness, UK Unemployment is improving and then currently the current Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, in his last speech seems to be talking the value of the Pound up. In summary GBPEUR rates have now risen from the 2 week low at the beginning of the day towards a near 4 month high we last visited 4 weeks ago.
So what next for GBPEUR exchange rates?
Near future – EURO buyers may want to hold off till tomorrow when we have the last big data release for GBPEUR this week when the Eurozone confirms their Consumer Confidence figures for April. The expectation is for this data to show a contraction so rates may climb further for GBPEUR following this news which is released at 10 am BST. Euro sellers may want to move before hand as a result.
Medium term – Next week we have UK Production Price Index, UK Retail figures, Bank of England minutes, UK GDP figures and UK Mortgage approvals. Expectations for these releases will be more concrete on Monday so keep reading here for the latest forecasts and updates on these releases. This should help highlight potential buy and sell opportunities when it may be the best time to trade through next week.
Longer term – A lot hinders on the new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that starts his post at the end of June. He may want to come in with an instant impact changing interest rates or the current asset buying program. It may the beginning of July when we see this and is already expected to be an interesting event that may give direction to exchange rates for the following few months.
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Exchange rates have remained steady over the last week trading within a range of 1.1750-1.1850, quite a comparison compared to a month ago when we saw rates climb from 1.1350 to 1.1750 within a week. However this movement should not be overlooked as it makes a significant difference in the cost of buying currency. For example if you were buying €150,000 this last week you could have saved you £1,000 simply by timing your trade well. This is the service that we offer here, helping people make an educated decision with their currency transfer while giving them access to award winning exchange rates which traditionally save clients between 2% – 4% compared to the high street banks. Plus with over 13 years of experience the rates of exchange reached here are more often than not better than that of other brokers, so to see how much you could save contact us today on the ++44-1494-787-478 or email me directly (Steve) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the UK holding interest rates steady at 0.5%, where they have been for over 5 years, and the asset buying program at a steady £375 billion exchange rates stayed steady. The pound did however see a boost following better than expected data from the manufacturing sector which pushed GBPEUR rates up to a 7 day high. Across the channel the European Monthly report had no surprises within it and eyes are now focussed on Italy, Spain, Germany and France who release their data on unemployment and GDP figures early next week. My view is that GBPEUR rates could climb up to 1.20 in the coming weeks and that 1.20 is probably more likely compared to seeing a fall down to 1.1650.
As a result I would suggest that the current levels offer an opportunity for euro sellers and euro buyers may want to hold off. However rates of exchange never move in a straight line and there will be opportunities in the coming weeks for both buyers and sellers who can move quickly. The SPIKE NOTIFICATION service offered here is for this purpose – if you have not registered yet email your details including your contact details and situation to email@example.com. When a SPIKE takes place we will notify you so you quickly so that you can take advantage of the peaks in your favour.
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GBPEUR rates climbed again this week following the news and commentary that the European Central Bank are open to lowering their interest rates in the coming months. Mario Draghi stated that he was open to negative interest rates for over night holding of funds for banks which created the negative tone for the euro, giving buyers the chance to buy euros at the near high experienced last week of a 4 month high. SPIKES do not hang around for long and it is these kind of opportunities that have to be taken to get the best price; after all we only know it was the highest point on the market once it starts to fall again.
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So what next for GBPEUR rates? When to buy euros?
Well it is safe to say that recent news for the pound has been very positive in comparison to the negative outlook over the last few months, which has attributed to why we are at these highs however it will be data to come that will drive levels in the future.
Monday is a bank holiday for the UK but that is not to say that markets will not move. The Europeans release their Retail Figures which are expected to fall and a further speech from Mario Draghi is also expected. His tone this week has been fairly negative for the euro so buyers may wish to wait till next week to make their move. Sellers may however want to move before this and contact us today – don’t be scared to ask for a quote – email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
The biggest news for next week in my opinion is the Bank of England Interest rate decision on Thursday. Over the last few months there has been a building impression that more QE could be seen form the bank but we are yet to see it. If we were to see this be announced I would expect rates to drop as the value of the pound falls, by perhaps as much as 1.5 cents adding a £1,600 to a €150,000 purchase. I however think that QE is unlikely to be announced until next month.
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Following the UK avoiding a recession late last week rates spiked up to the highest seen since the end of January. By definition a SPIKE does not last for long and these levels were slowly taken away through Monday and Tuesday trading. Many clients managed to benefit of these spikes following their registration to the SPIKE NOTIFICATION service here. (If this is of interest simply send your contact and transfer details to firstname.lastname@example.org)
But what next for GBPEUR rates of exchange?
Well the next focus point is the European interest rate decision which is released on Thursday afternoon. There is a view that rates may be lowered following pressure from countries trying to balance their debt burdens, Germany’s economy becoming sluggish and inflation falling across the single currency. There are two views in the market as to what would happen if they were cut from the current record low of 0.75% to 0.5%. Firstly traditionally when an interest rate is cut drops investors’ appetite so there is less demand and therefore weakens that currency. The second is that as in this case the suggested drop is so small, it could be seen as a proactive move and actually drive investment making the euro more expensive to buy.
I think the latter is more probably personally, however I am also leaning towards them not actually lowering rates this week. Either way the release will be key for ANYONE with a currency transfer to make as the Governor of the European Central Bank will be taking questions on the matter driving rates over the press conference so make sure you are close to a computer or have a broker actively keeping an eye on your situation as the news breaks. To put this event into contents it could move the markets by upwards of 1.5 cents adding £1,700 onto a €150,000 purchase.
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GBPEUR rates anticipate GDP figures tomorrow, currency news, buying euros, selling euros, pound sterling forecast (Steve Eakins)
Regular readers will be well aware of the potential market moving release tomorrow morning. UK GDP figures are released first thing at 9:30 which will confirm whether or not the UK is back into recession. Before large releases like this the market moves to price in the expected result, in this case this happened in yesterday’s trading when GBPEUR rates climbed to a 2 week high.
So what next for exchange rates?
How will GDP effect GBPEUR exchange rates?
Well as the market seems to have priced in the expectation that the UK has avoided a recession by a cats whisker if the true figure comes out as expected I don’t imagine we will see rates move much, it might climb by 0.25% but I think it would be unlikely to see anything more. If the figure comes out negative and the UK returns to a recession I would expect a big fall, potentially cents which would add a significant cost for any euro, dollar buyers. The last potential outcome, however doubtful is if the figure comes out better than expected, showing a growth of 0.3% or higher. In this situation I would expect rates to climb significantly.
If I was a client looking at moving money within the next fortnight I would certainly be aware of tomorrow and have a plan in place ready to take any advantage, limit any loss or to shrink my exposure. When this news breaks out the markets will move very quickly so if you are looking at trading on the event make sure you are in a position ready to go beforehand. Register for SPIKE notifications by contacting us here via email firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of your situation and full contact details.
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Currency exchange rates have had a bit of a “blip” this week or a SPIKE allowing euro sellers to trade at a 6 week high. It is these SPIKES that often achieve the best price in the market but you have to move quickly to catch them as they don’t hang around for long. A Spike in the market is when some surprising information is released which moves the markets quickly and by a large amount. Unfortunately most recent SPIKE has now ended and the rates have started to return to the level seen over the last 5 weeks.
These spikes do not happen often and when they do it is only the clients with funds available that can normally take advantage. I am of the thought that there will be other spikes through the month of May due to key data being released from the UK with regards to the potential of the UK economy falling into a recession and the Eurozone maybe lowering interest rates. So if you need to move currency internationally register for SPIKE notifications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What next for currency rates?
Many euro buyers have been waiting for rates to climb back over 1.20 that we saw last year. Which may or may not happen. The facts still remain that the UK is growing at near zero percent, Unemployment continues to climb, consumer spending is still very low, and there is no real signs of any improvement in the near future. We don’t have an Olympics or a royal wedding to pin our hopes on. This week we have even seen the International Monetary Fund comment that the UK is at risk which is a view also shared by the next Governor of the Bank of England. So in the medium term I expect rates to fall.
The good news however is that rates do not move in a straight line and there are events in the near future that could help euro buyers:
- Next Thursday we have the UK GDP figures being released, this should confirm that the UK avoided a recession. I expect this to improve prices at the time by maybe a cent – saving clients £1,500 on a €200,000 purchase.
- The week following we have European Interest rate decision. There is a possibility that they will cut interest rates which could push exchange rates up for euro buyers, maybe by 1.5 cents – saving clients £2,250 on a €200,000 purchase.
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Exchange rates continue to be range bound between 1.165-1.18 this week which may only seem like a small difference, however on a purchase of €200,000 timing the trade well reduces your costs by nearly £2,200. An amount equal to average monthly earnings in the UK before tax is deducted, bills are paid and the car is filled up. What I am trying to highlight is how important it is to buy currency effectively and to time your trade! Here we provide a pro-active service helping clients do just that. Either using the SPIKE NOTIFICATION or the RATE CATCHER service you could save too. Register for either service by emailing me at email@example.com
What next for exchange rates, which way are they heading?
I am still of the view that rates are more likely to fall rather than climb against the Euro, a contrast to Ben’s blog below. I think that even though the UK is improving we are still at near zero growth and only a cats whiskers from re-entering a recession. In comparison the Eurozone is growing at a faster rate and even though they are going through a process of economic review, which is raising some concerns, I believe that these concerns will be solved and euro strength will return. Cyprus have now confirmed they are selling some of their own gold reserves adding more confidence that the issues there are subsiding. Portugal and Ireland are currently negotiating an extension of their bailout to make their respective economies more healthy which can only be a good thing for Europe, right?
Tomorrow and over the weekend we also have the G8 meeting that will probably cover European debt concerns. My view is that the European states will probably again use it as a sales opportunity create some strength resulting falls early next week. Buyers may as a result want to move sooner rather than later or at least limit their exposure.
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Best time to buy, exchange rates, buying euros, selling euros, Is the UK in a recession? (Steve Eakins)
Yesterday, (Monday) was a relatively quiet day with only a 0.4% movement on the GBPEUR exchange rates. Quite a difference from what we could see on the FX markets today!
Within an hour we have UK Productivity and UK Manufacturing figures and this afternoon we have the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) UK Quarter 1 2013 Gross Domestic Figures (GDP) which will give us their view on whether or not the UK is back into a recession. I personally expect the day trend to be negative, the data released this morning will probably show a weaker picture for the UK economy due to the bad snow through March that stopped many getting to work. This afternoon’s GDP figures is expected to show a growth of the smallest margins of 0.1%. I personally don’t agree and expect to see a contraction, increasing the likelihood of the official figures showing that the UK falling into a recession or TRIPLE DIP RECESSION which would probably result in losses for GBPEUR. Overall I would think that today could see the price of buying euros fall by over a cent adding £1,000 onto a €150,000 purchase. As a result if I was looking to buy euros I would avoid the risk and buy this morning.
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Either way today’s data releases could easily drive markets significantly today and have an underlying effect on exchange rates for the rest of the month.