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Sterling exchange rates drop to start the day only to recover – Theresa May to speak tomorrow at 11:45am (Daniel Wright)

The Pound had a bad start to the week, dropping against most major currencies in the Asian market session on Sunday night.

By the time we entered the trading floor rates had started to recover a little and U.K Manufacturing data released this morning helped to push the Pound back closer to where we saw it end last week.

Sterling really is having a rough ride of things lately and we are seeing multi month and even year lows against some major currencies. The GBP/AUD rate almost hit its lowest point since 2013 on Sunday night, giving those looking to bring Australian Dollar sellers into Pounds a great opportunity to repatriate their funds.

Now that the dust has settled on an extremely busy trading day we look ahead at what to expect tomorrow.. And it certainly does not look like a quiet one.

We have a flurry of inflation data out over the course of the morning for the U.k, with inflation expected to have risen ever so slightly. This is not a great surprise with the low value of the Pound and the Bank of England to have slight concerns over this so they will be looking to avoid the rise in inflation being too sharp.

The main event of the day will be Prime Minister Theresa may speaking about all things Brexit at 11:45am. Personally I feel we will just here more of the same comments that we have had come out from recent interviews but anyone with a currency requirement involving either buying or selling the Pound should still be poised and ready for action.

Investors and speculators alike will be moving off of every word and looking for any hints on what we are to expect so the market may be extremely volatile during this period and for the rest of the day.

If you are in the position where you are buying or selling a property overseas, your business moves funds between currencies or you have a foreign currency requirement for any other reason then it is key to keep a close eye on rates in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.

We keep our clients fully up to date with market movements and also assist with large foreign exchange transfers too. I created this site over 7 years ago to help people with market information but we also welcome new clients to assist with their money transfers on top of this.

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Sterling Euro rates hit lowest point since November (Tom Holian)

Sterling Euro exchange rates have continued to tumble during the week with GBPEUR rates now at their lowest point to buy Euros since early November 2016.

The Pound has also fallen against all major currencies with big losses seen vs the US Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

The Pound has struggled as it appears, at least for the moment, that we could be facing a hard Brexit which means we may not necessarily remain in the single market which has sent shockwaves through the currency markets and therefore Sterling has fallen.

Personal debt per household has continued to rise and this means that with inflation also set to rise it may be difficult for the Bank of England to increase interest rates in the future as this could cause further problems and this has resulted in weakness for the Pound.

Indeed, Bank of England member Andy Haldane went on to say ‘interest rates are still very low, and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future.’

On the continent the Eurozone’s leading economy Germany has announced strong economic data in the form of GDP which came out at 1.9% for 2016 which was better than expected.

As the Eurozone’s strongest economy this has led to the Euro strengthening against the Pound creating some excellent opportunities to sell Euros to buy Sterling.

Next week Prime Minister Theresa May is set to address the nation on Tuesday and hopefully we will have the announcement of the recent Supreme Court judgement coming soon.

However, MPs have been explicit in that they want Theresa May to clarify her position with regards the single market before any Brexit talks can begin.

With the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit I feel there are further problems ahead for the Pound vs the Euro as well as other major currencies so if you need to send money abroad in the next few weeks it may be worth looking at buying a forward contract which allows you to fix an exchange rate for a future date.

Having worked in the currency markets since 2003 I am confident that not only can I offer you bank beating exchange rates but also able with my experience to help you with the timing of your transfer.

To find out more or if you’d like a free quote when buying or selling currency then feel free to contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Sterling exchange rates still looking shaky as we await news on Supreme Court – On the plus side a trade deal with New Zealand may be agreed (Daniel Wright)

As most of our regular readers will be more than aware, Sterling exchange rates have had a pretty torrid time this week, with the pound dropping to its lowest point on a trade weighted basis since October.

We have seen Sterling almost drop below 1.20 on against USD, 1.13 against EUR, 1.60 against AUD, 1.70 against NZD, 1.20 against CHF and it is sat below 1.60 against the Canadian Dollar as I write this!

The uncertainty caused by comments from Prime Minister Theresa May over the weekend and during the week are still causing investors and speculators to remain shaky over the Pound, and economic data has not done anything to provide a backup like it has been over the past few weeks.

The key talking point now is just what will the Supreme Court decide to do? As previously mentioned this decision matters a huge amount not only because it will show us what the next steps will have to be for article 50 being invoked, but it will also more than likely lead to lots of MP’s having their say afterwards and every single comment has the potential to move the market considerably.

On Tuesday we also have Prime Minister Theresa May speaking about Brexit, which makes me wonder whether or not she is expecting to have a result from the Supreme Court before then, if we do then Sterling is set for an extremely busy week.

One positive for the Pound today was news that we appear to have all but agreed a trade deal with New Zealand, and it appears that this is ready to go as soon as possible after Brexit. A number of major economies are stepping forward and happy to do business with the U.K which is no great surprise to me.

More and more good news like this that comes out during this long winded process should only lead to the Pound getting stronger, we just need to get over the potential banana skin of the Supreme Court and Article 50 being invoked first.

If you are in the position where you need to carry out a large currency exchange either imminently or in the coming weeks and months then it is extremely important to have an experienced and proactive broker on your side. Most brokers out there will only try and convince you to buy or sell your currency as soon as possible but we are here to help you try and make the right decision for you.

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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.

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Sterling Exchange Rates Uncertain ahead of Supreme Court Ruling (James Lovick)

The pound is on the cusp of a very volatile and symbolic period. The Supreme Court ruling on whether UK Prime Minister Theresa May must consult Parliament is expected imminently and if it is not made this week then realistically it will be offered next week some time.

Considering how much is riding on this decision then I feel that the judges will want to move as quickly as possible in producing the outcome. This topic has been discussed at length on this blog but for me at this point in time the verdict will be the single largest driver for the price of sterling as we approach the end of March. The problem is that nobody know what the outcome will be which is why the markets are likely to react wildly.

Any clients looking to move a sizeable amount of currency in either direction would be wise to get in touch to be able to take advantage of the market volatility expected in the coming days. Those clients needing to sell Euros could potentially see a very good opportunity around the corner. Similarly those needing to sell Australian dollars may also see a win outcome on the exchange rates.

Should Theresa May win the appeal then the pound is likely to see a very sharp fall which may be seen over the course of a few days. A good few percent could be wiped off sterling’s value very quickly and it will dampen hopes of those opposing groups which are gathering momentum which are trying  to keep Britain in the single market.

Data is light for the UK today with no economic releases either today or tomorrow. Those client with a GBP USD requirement see a host of data this afternoon to include US jobless claims, import / export data and speeches from some of those policy makers on the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The dollar is also likely to be impacted by this latest mind-blowing surrounding President-elect Donald Trump which has supposedly been produced by Christopher Steele, the former British MI6 agent. The former agent is now on the run in fear and this story may have some mileage in it yet.

GBP EUR has seen a poor start to the year although things have stabilised marginally with a lift yesterday and another jump higher this morning taking levels for his pair 0.5% higher to 1.1550.

If you would like further information on buying or selling pounds and to discuss how we can assist then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for James. Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on jll@currencies.co.uk

Sterling tentatively up but US Dollar steals spotlight away from buying Euro exchange rate gains (Joshua Privett)

The very politicized landscape for 2017 has struck the currency markets once more, with Sterling gaining strength following very encouraging economic performance news, but still losing out heavily to improvements on the US Dollar and Australian Dollar today.

I’m sure many of the readers here would have seen the news coming out in the last 24 hours about the alleged ties between Trump and Russia. Rather than Russia seeming to be the outside actor influencing the election, there is now talk of the Trump campaign team and Russia actively working together.

What does this have to do with exchange rates?

The value of the US Dollar is heavily linked to the Australian Dollar, and today was the confirmation hearing for the US Secretary of State. With all of this news, markets were worried he would flounder and create an issue for his confirmation hearing. Quite the opposite. He confirmed the party line and seemed to allude to a continuation of previous foreign policy under Obama (i.e. critical of Russia), and market confidence in the Dollar soared, taking the Australian Dollar with it.

So US Dollar and Australian Dollar sellers were gifted some tempting exchange rates from this sudden situation found in the US and the way it was dealt with.

The positive news today for the Pound, however, is still suggestive of further improvements for Sterling in the medium-term. The Supreme Court could be released any day from tomorrow now that they are back in session, and the anticipated result should improve Sterling’s buying power against its major currency pairings.

As in November, when the initial ruling from the Judicial Court stated that Parliament must be consulted to trigger Article 50, rates for buying Euros and Dollars soared.

However, as we edge closer to Article 50 being triggered, this is causing heightened anxiety surrounding the Pound. The sudden drop in the Pound on Monday in reaction to Theresa May’s very vague and hardly shocking comments in an interview on Sunday.

So with the risk of May and other European leaders having to make more and more comments on the aims of the negotiations as we edge closer to March, it can be argued that the clear result of the Supreme Court decision could bring a ‘sweet spot’ on buying Euro and Australian Dollar rates in particular before we edge further into this period of heightened political risk to the value of the Pound.

To ensure you make the most of this particular opportunity, a premium will be put on being able to move quickly over the next few weeks. There are a number of options through a currency exchange specialist which makes sure you are never ‘last to the party’ when more tempting buying opportunities arise, as they are rarely available for long.

You can contact me overnight whilst markets are quiet on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximizing your currency return and protecting it from any sudden pitfalls, which can occur in this marketplace with little warning.

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Brexit Uncertainty Causing Sterling to Weaken (Matthew Vassallo)

Sterling has come under pressure this week following comments made over the weekend by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, regarding how she wished the UK to facilitate our exit from the EU.

She stated the UK would look towards a “hard Brexit”, which ultimately means that we will be cutting nearly all ties with the EU. This has caused investors to panic and the markets have reacted accordingly, with the recent loses against all the major currencies a result of this.

Despite these obvious fears May also mentioned she wanted the best deal for the UK in terms of leaving the EU but stated that we will not be keeping part membership and we were going to break off completely. This means that trade deals and immigration rights will need to be renegotiated and this causes a huge amount of market uncertainty.

Market uncertainty is a currencies killer and this is why the Pound is fighting an uphill battle. Talk of Brexit and how we will facilitate this is likely to drive investor confidence and in turn the Pound’s value for months if not years to come.

These comments were clouded somewhat by UK Chancellor Philip Hammond who admitted no decision had yet been made as to whether the UK would stay in the single market post Brexit. It may be that the Prime Minister is trying to give herself a strong bargaining positon ahead of negotiations with the EU but wither way we just don’t have enough information to hand to make a firm decision either way.

I would not be gambling on the current market and with the UK economy so fragile in the minds of investors and GBP/EUR falling back below 1.15 at yesterday’s low, it may be time to secure your Sterling position and remove the uncertainty surrounding the whole debacle.

With the Supreme Court meeting again today we could get a decision regarding the triggering of Article 50 at any time, so it would be wise for anyone with a Sterling currency requirement to keep in close contact with their personal currency broker, to ensure any opportunities that arise are not missed.

If you have an upcoming Sterling currency exchange to make and you are looking for the best exchange rates available, then please feel free to contact us on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for Matt.

We can provide key market information and analysis ahead of any transfer, whilst keeping you up to date with all the latest market movements. We help our client to time their exchange to maximise the market value available and have awards for our exchange rates and service.

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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

 

Sterling continues to fall following Theresa May’s comments (Daniel Johnson)

Sterling has a rough start to the week

Following Theresa May’s comments this weekend, where she hinted toward a hard Brexit sterling has fallen heavily with GBP/EUR sitting in the 1.14s and GBP/USD in the 1.21s.  She stated during a Sky News interview that she would consider giving up free trade for control over immigration.

I think more important however will be the ruling in regards to the supreme court judgement on whether parliament will get to vote on the triggering of article 50. If parliament do get the vote it is probable there will be a soft brexit, with temporary trade deals in place while negotiations take place. This eventuality should cause the pound to rise.

If parliament do not get the vote a hard brexit becomes the probable outcome and this could result in trade negotiations being troublesome and elongated. Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK ambassador to the EU recently resigned  due to what he considers to be unrealistic estimations on how long brexit will take. The current target for a full exit from the EU is two years, Sir Ivan thinks it will be nearer ten.

I would expect the the supreme court ruling to come through between the 12th-17th January, keep your eyes on developments on the case as this could have major implications on the value of the pound.

UK data releases that could effect Sterling short term

Tomorrow will see the release of UK manufacturing data where I would expect to see an improvement which could cause some respite for the pound. GDP figures are also released on Wednesday and I would again expect a slight improvement. Please be aware however that any news from the supreme court judgement is likely to outweigh these data releases.

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Sterling strength expected later in the week, Euro and Dollar sellers should be looking to act soon (Joshua Privett)

It’s been a fairly uneventful beginning to the year on the currency markets, with Sterling exchange rates against the Euro and the US Dollar moving heavily each day, yet by close of business we’ve tended to find ourselves back where we started.

GBP/EUR has reamined around the 1.16/17 mark, GBP/USD has held quite firmly at 1.23, and GBP/AUD around the 1.68-1.70 range.

This exchange rate behaviour is indicative of a market awaiting some very important news.

I hate to flog a dead horse for our regular readers by continuing to address the upcoming Supreme Court decision and the implications this will have for the Pound, but it is incredibly pertinent to anyone planning to buy or sell Sterling for a foreign currency. Not just over the next few weeks as we await the verdict, but over the next few months in the run up to the triggering of Article 50.

For those who are not aware, the Supreme Court is currently ruling an appeal of November’s Judicial Court decision to allow Parliament to vote on the enactment of Article 50 – the formal process to leave the EU.

As in November, financial markets should react well to the decision to involve Parliament in the Brexit process. The Pound’s value increases with investors gaining confidence that Parliament’s involvement will mean the Brexit process will be delayed to some degree due to cumbersome Parliamentary procedures, and that this increases the likelihood of a softer exit from the EU.

You can also argue that Parliament’s involvement means that the aims of the negotiations and how well they will progress will be much more public. This permits greater confidence to invest in the Pound as investors and financial institutions will have a greater understanding of what trajectory the UK economy, and therefore the Pound, will be taking in the medium-term.

The expectation is that the Supreme Court will uphold the initial conclusion of the Judicial court a few months ago. Based on November’s currency movements, this will likely cause 1-2 cent improvements on GBP/EUR, similar gains on GBP/USD, and likely larger positive spikes on GBP/AUD due to the volatile nature of the currency pairing.

The verdict is expected between the 12-17th of January, so if you are a Euro or Dollar seller, it may be wise to move ahead of this coming Thursday to avoid being caught up in any sudden and unannounced spikes in Sterling value when we are told the decision.

Furthermore, on Wednesday data sets for manufacturing and industrial sectors of the UK economy, and a first look at growth for the final quarter of last year, will be released in the morning for markets to react to.

The manufacturing sector has enjoyed a resurgence following the sudden devaluation of the Pound in June, and growth in the UK economy has shown on mutliple occasions since the June vote to Leave the EU to be resiliant to the economic shocks this had entailed.

So, in short, very good news is expected to be provided to Euro, US Dollar and Australian Dollar buyers in the short-term. Two major events are expected to make your transfers more profitable, which is why anyone looking to conduct a Sterling purchase, even over the next few months, should look to how you can secure these still historically favourable exchange rates before Wednesday.

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 touch with me on jjp@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.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, and these current exchange rates can be fixed in place for anyone wanting to prebook their currency transfer later in the year at current exchange rates.

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