Problematic German Colation could cause volatility on GBP/EUR (Daniel Johnson)

ECB interest rates and Brexit update

Merkel faces troubles forming coalition

There are rumours circulating that Angela Merkel could be replaced by Germany’s defence minister, Ursula Von Der Leyen. Germany is losing faith in Merkel’s ability to form a coalition. Merkel failed to build a coalition following her narrow victory in the election in September. She was attempting to unite her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens, which was dubbed the “Jamaica alliance”.

Merkel is currently trying desperately to form a government with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The electorate is losing faith, some of the latest polls have shown that 46% wish her to step down immediately. Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question, but with Ursula Von Der Leyen potentially gaining power this does not bode well for Sterling. Von Der Leyen is a firm believer in a in a federalised United States of Europe, she grew up in Brussels and is the daughter of Ernst Albrecht, former director general of the European Commission.
There is also the possibility she will attempt to strengthen the alliance with French President Emmanuel Macron as Von Der Leyen shares his views on reforms to integrate the Eurozone. This is definitely not good news for the Brexit process and could make matters even more problematic and has the potential to impact Sterling.Brexit negotiations will be a key factor in GBP/EUR exchange rates. Phase two negotiations are set to be problematic with David Davis and Michael Barnier already at loggerheads. The next phase will be in regards to trade deals and is probably the most important factor in the Brexit process. How talks progress will have major influence on Sterling value.
I think the pound is set to struggle for the foreseeable future. The pound has been range bound against the majority of major currencies and it is often difficult to take advantage of a spike when there may only be a small window of opportunity. If we look at GBP/EUR, the highest rate of exchange we have seen in the last six months was 1.15, following the announcement of an Irish border deal. There was only a very small time frame to take advantage of the situation, thankfully many of my clients managed to get their trade booked during this time frame. I had rate alerts in place to notify my clients of the spike and also called each one letting them know of the opportunity.

If you have a large currency transfer to perform in the coming days, weeks or months then I will be happy to speak to you directly as I will be willing to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the best possible rate when you do come to trade. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a significant difference so for the sake of taking a few minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can contact me (Daniel Johnson) on [email protected] and I will endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading.