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Will sterling keep up this current trajectory?

Tomorrow is UK Retail Sales and Friday is the latest UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data. Both of these releases could easily spark volatility in the market underlining the importance of keeping up to date with the market. In the last few weeks sterling exchange rates have crept up notably against the Euro but we are at multi year highs against pretty much everything! Can sterling keep on this trajectory?

Well early indications seem to think so with recent poor borrowing economic data being ignored in anticipation of an interest rate at hike at some point in the future. As is so often the case with exchange rate it isn’t just which currency is the best, it is that others are very unpopular! Take the Euro for example, we may still see some QE (Quantitative Easing) in the future. This form of ‘printing money’ is very bad for the currency as by increasing the money supply it effectively dilutes the strength of the currency. The UK used QE many years ago and this is one of the reasons the pound dipped to almost parity with the Euro, imagine the detrimental effect QE in the Eurozone would have on GBPEUR rates!

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Bank Of England Minutes Released This Morning – Expect Sterling Volatility (Colm Gilhooly)

The latest Bank of England Minutes are published this morning at 9.30 and could be hugely important to the short term future of sterling exchange rates.  The BofE held interest rates this month despite calls in some quarters for them to start hiking interest rates.  Indeed even some of the members have themselves mentioned that the case for an interest rate hike is more balanced than previously suggesting they must now at least be considering when to hike.

However last month was a unanimous 9-0 in favour of holding interest rates, and if this morning shows the same then sterling could struggle as it would suggest a possible interest rate rise is still a way off yet.  On the other hand if the Minutes show one or more members have voted to hike, then we could see sterling rally further as the prospect of higher UK interest draws closer.

The Euro has wobbled again yesterday on the back of increasing European debt to GDP ratios, and I expect the single currency to remain under pressure in the run up to the next ECB decision where we will find out what the ECB plan to do (if anything) to combat low inflation and growth.  EU unemployment figures come out of the 31st July (a week Thursday) so again if these are not very impressive we could see the Euro slip even deeper.

It has broken below 1.35 against the USD and with the Fed announcement and jobs figures next week I think the Dollar could rally further should they take even a slightly less dovish stance Stateside.  The Aussie Dollar was once again riding up versus the Euro yesterday due to the European debt fears, and Glenn Stevens not mentioning the strength of the currency in his speech the other day.  Overnight Aussie CPI data was reasonably good and has helped the currency strengthen further.

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Sterling exchange rates may be in for a volatile few days to end off the week? (Daniel Wright)

Important Economic data still to come out this week

Following a very quiet start to the week for the Pound here are a few key pieces of economic data due out over the coming few days that may affect the value of Sterling against these major currencies.

The two key days for me may be the Bank of England meeting minutes tomorrow morning at 09:30am followed by BOE Governor Mark Carney speaking in the early afternoon and U.K GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data due on Friday, also at 09:30am.

We are currently still very close to a two year high against the Euro and a nearly at a six year high against the Dollar so trading levels are still extremely attractive for anyone looking to buy either of these two currencies.

Last night we had Governor of the RBA Glenn Stevens speak and he has now once again spoken and confirmed that he is happy with the current monetary policy in Australia, seemingly changing his view that the AUD is too strong and giving the Australian Dollar some early morning strength.

Today – Reasonably quiet for economic data today with the main focus being on U.S inflation data which is due out at 13:30pm this afternoon. As with most U.S data this can have an effect on all major currencies as it does affect global attitude to risk.

Wednesday – Inflation data also starts the day off tomorrow with Australian having their turn this time. Australian inflation data is due out at 02:30am so could be an overnight market mover so if you have a requirement to buy or sell Australian Dollars in the near future it may be prudent to place a limit order or stop loss to either take advantage of a short spike or protect yourself from adverse market movement. Contact me for more details on how these options work.

Tomorrow morning does has the potential to be a big market mover although it has not been led to too much market volatility over the last few months. We have the Bank of England minutes out for the U.K which are from the last interest rate decision. The key will be if any members of the Bank of England have started voting in favour of an interest rate hike, for a long time now the vote has been all nine members of the monetary policy committee in favour of no change but with all the talk of interest rate changes coming closer will anyone have changed their mind?

In early afternoon Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney speaks at 12:24pm so be very aware that investors will be hanging off of his every word so Wednesday for me has real potential to be the most volatile of the week.

For those tracking the New Zealand Dollar we have the RBNZ Interest rate decision out at 22:00pm and a small hike in interest rates is expected, if this happens be cautious of a little NZD strength overnight, if they do not hike as expected then we could see the Pound gain a little back. Again a stop loss or limit order overnight may be a sensible approach.

Thursday  Thursday morning is fairly busy once again with a flurry of services and manufacturing data out for Europe throughout the morning from 8:00am until 9:00am followed by U.K Retail Sales data at 09:30am. Expectations are for a small rise in Retail Sales but as you are all aware these releases don’t always come out as expected.

Friday Once again 09:30am is the key for those following Sterling exchange rates as we have GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data out for the U.K at this time. GDP measures the amount the economy has grown or shrunk within a specific period of time. This can be one of the most important releases of the month an again expectations are for a minor increase year on year but no revision to quarter 2.

All in all a fairly busy few days, so if you have a currency transfer to carry out involving any major currency it is well worth making me aware of it or giving me a call so I can notify you of any large market movements or so that you can secure these fantastic exchange rates so that the market does not have a chance to drop back away again if data is not too great.

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This is ideal if you are in the process of buying a property overseas as you can know exactly how much the property is going to cost you today and eliminate the risk of the Pound dropping away again and missing out on this great opportunity.

I look forward to speaking with you if you have any questions or queries or you would like to book out a rate of exchange. You can email me directly on and I will be more than happy to assist you.



Big Week For The Pound Next Week (Colm Gilhooly)

It’s been a pretty quiet day today with very little data out of note except in Canada, where inflation and sales figures were slightly higher than forecast helping the Loonie claw back a little bit of ground against the pound from earlier trading, although rates are still pretty attractive to buyers.

To this end it would be worth looking into next week for the main data releases that may affect your currency purchase.

For the Aussie Dollar we have a speech by Glenn Stevens overnight Monday, followed by Inflation figures in the early hours of Wednesday.  The Aussie has also clawed back a bit of ground versus the pound compared with the last 48 hours however I expect the see-saw to continue in the short term until one or other central bank makes a decisive policy change.

For the US Dollar we have CPI data on Tuesday afternoon and Durable Goods orders on Friday- US data recently has been very disappointing so it will be interesting to see if this can turn at all.  At some point it must surely and force the Federal Reserve into a slightly more hawkish stance, but until it does Cable is offering a great buy.

It is a huge week for sterling next week as the pound made big gains recently particularly on the back of this weeks high inflation figures.  However the Bank of England Minutes are published on Wednesday so we will get to see whether any members did indeed vote to hike rate this month.  Last month was a unanimous 9-0 in favour of holding interest rates steady despite some calls and indicators to hike.  If it is the same on Wednesday it could suggest we are still a way off an interest rate rise and the pound may give up some of its recent gains.  However any members voting to hike could give sterling another boost.  We also have GDP for Quarter 2 due on Friday- if this shows the UK economy is still picking up then it will likely consolidate the pounds position and put it in line for further gains.

There is very little European data out next week so I expect the Euro to remain under pressure until the next ECB rate decision rolls around, as investors are nervous what the ECB may do.

Finally the Reserve Bank of New Zealand announce their latest rate decision on Wednesday evening.  The Kiwi has fallen lately as some feel calls for another rate hike may be wide of the mark so expect to see a bit of volatility here.

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Will the pounds positive trend continue? (Mike Vaughan)

Sterling has started he day on a relatively quiet note with the only notable shift being against the Australian Dollar having lost nearly 1 cent between the high and low. Today is a quiet day in terms of any data and I would expect the pound to remain relatively stable against most majors.

Following yesterdays suspected shooting down of a Malaysian airline it is difficult to predict the impact this may have on the markets and may create some volatility as the events surrounding the tragedy unfold. Keep in contact with your broker for updates on the market.

Looking ahead and the main focus for me will be the Bank of England minutes scheduled for release on Wednesday next week. The report will give insight as to how the nine members of the MPC voted in relation to interest rates and will also give clues as to future monetary policy. What the market is looking for is clues as to when the bank is likely to raise interest rates with some analysts forecasting a rate hike during Q4 of this year. For me I still believe the bank will wait until 2015, but it is this speculation that has pushed the pound to a near two year high against the Euro and a six year high against the US dollar. For me I believe this trend is likely to continue and I would expect more value from the pound in the coming weeks.

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Will Current GBP Trend Continue? (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/EUR rates have moved back through 1.26 on the exchange this week, moving the currency pair up to a two year high. It looked as though Sterling may come under pressure yesterday when UK employment figures were released, with average earnings coming in worse than expected. It quickly recovered however and with unemployment figures holding firm at 6.5%, it is likely the Pound will continue to find support around the current levels.

Looking ahead to the end of the trading week and there is little data of note for the UK. This morning we have some inflation data out for the Eurozone, which could prove to be a key market mover if figures come outside expectation.

GBP/USD rates continue to hold firm above 1.70, despite yesterday’s announcement by FED governor Janet Yellen that the US economy was improving. GBP/USD rates have been trading above 1.70 for some time now and every time the USD spikes and it seems pressure will be on this resistance level, it quickly runs out of steam.

GBP/AUD rates have moved back through 1.83 this week and close to a 3 month high. GBP has performed well against the AUD recently but as yet, we have not seen levels return to the four year highs witnessed at the turn of the year. Personally I feel this is unlikely to happen in the short-term, even more so following the release of the latest Chinese GDP figures. These were released yesterday and showed an improvement from Q1, news which has boosted the AUD this morning and could help to push levels back below 1.82 on the exchange.

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Sterling has another positive day against most majors (Daniel Wright) Why did inflation data lead to Sterling strength?

The Pound has had a fairly good day on the market once again with a further small improvement against the Euro pushing the GBP/EUR exchange rate extremely close to a two year high which makes it an extremely tempting time to secure Euros for the purchase of property overseas or indeed for any business requirements.

I have had many clients this week decide to lock into their exchange rate on a forward contract to make sure they do not miss out on this current spike should the Pound drop away again and it is indeed turning into a very prudent approach, as many of those clients agreed to buy their property in Europe when the rates were a lot worse.

As an example, if you were buying €120,000 three weeks ago it would have cost you roughly £3,000  less now – This could pay for you to start furnishing your new holiday home or indeed pay for flights over there and back ten times over! To lock into a rate of exchange you only need to have a small deposit available so you do not even need the full availability of funds and you can lock in your rate for anything up to a year – Feel free to email me directly on for more information on how to take full advantage of this handy contract type and I will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have, along with helping you book something out if you wish.

The reason we saw the main spike yesterday was all due to a climb in inflation. A way to combat high inflation is to raise interest rates and generally a hike in interest rates can be seen as positive to the currency concerned. With the markets moving on rumour as well as fact this high inflation level did spark investors to believe that rates may go up earlier than first thought.

Today we saw unemployment figures improve a little for the U.K to 6.5% however this was pretty much cancelled out by the fact that wage growth was a little worse than expectations  and the Bank of England have also stated they need to see wage growth out weight inflation for a period of time before they feel that the recovery is on top form and they really can start to move interest rates up so this was a minor setback.

We do not have a huge amount left to come out this week for the U.K however one release to watch out for, for anyone following the Euro we do have European inflation data out at 10:00am.

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So just when will the UK raise interest rates?

Tomorrow is a range of UK data to beware of for any short term needs including the Bank of England Interest rate decision. Sterling rates are at such interesting levels compared to the last few years making some careful preparations seems to me sensible. Contact our trading floor directly on 01494 787 478 to speak with one of our team who can let you know of everything important that may move your rates.

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Sterling is at multi-year highs against most currencies and this is primarily related to the high expectation interest rates will rise sooner rather than expected. Even the Governor of the Bank of England is contributing to the unease with badly thought out comments causing 1-2% swings on sterling rates which as you can see from the table is significant. With such high expectations for sterling it is very easy to forget the long road to where current levels have found themselves.

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Weaker manufacturing and industrial production data hurts the pound (Mike Vaughan)

This mornings weaker manufacturing and industrial production data caused a drop off in sterling value pushing GBP/EUR below 1.26 and GBP/USD briefly below 1.71. This data follows on from poor industrial production data from Germany yesterday, is this a trend that is set to continue from the developed economies? For me this is likely to be a short term blip for sterling and halts the run of recent positive data, indeed it is still worth noting that although levels were not as forecast, they were still much better than that released by Germany indicating to me that the period of sterling strength is set to continue, particularly with the prospect of an interest rate rise in the UK within the next 6-12 months.

Looking ahead to the data for the rest of this week and  tomorrow is relatively quiet from the UK and Euro zone with focus on the release of the US FOMC minutes from its latest interest rate meeting. This is scheduled for release at 19:00.

Heading into Thursday and overnight will see the Australian unemployment figures which are forecast to rise from 5.8% to 5.9% and is likely to keep pressure on the Aussie as a result. Thursday will also see the Bank of England releasing its latest interest rate decision at 12:00. Is likely to be a bit of a non-event with rates almost certain to stay at 0.5% but sill one to watch.

Prior to the decision from the Bank of England, the European Central Bank will release its latest monthly report that contains a detailed analysis of the prevailing economic situation and the risks to price stability within the Euro zone. Look for any clues as to future monetary policy at its scheduled release of 09:00.

To finish the week on Friday Canada will announce its latest unemployment data at 13:30. Forecast to remain at 7% and unlikely to impact the loonie too much.

As you can see there is plenty of data out for the rest of the week. To get further insight into the impact these might have on the pound and other majors then please contact the office on 01494 787478. Alternatively email me with an overview of your particular currency requirement and I will happily run through the full currency service we can provide. Email Mike at

Pound makes gains against most majors following ECB press conference (Daniel Wright)

The Pound had another good day on the markets today even with slightly worse than expected Service sector data released this morning.

The main market mover of the day  was during the European Central Bank press conference held by Mario Draghi this afternoon.

Draghi announced that he would not be ruling out the possibility of QE (Quantitative Easing) in the future should the assessment of inflation change in the near future.

For those of you that are not aware QE is basically printing more money and injecting it into the economy through the purchases of gilts and bonds and has been used by the U.S and U.K to seemingly positive effect. generally with even the mere mention of QE you do tend to see a currency get a little weaker and we hit a fresh 21 month high to buy Euros this afternoon.

Following also seeing this news it also put Sterling back to the top of the triangle between Sterling, Dollar and Euro and the Pound appeared to gain against almost all major currencies making them cheaper to buy.

Terrible Retail Sales figures overnight from Australia also led to Australian Dollar weakness so we have seen a good spike in favour of anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars in the near future.

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