Pound Sterling rises as Sunak expected to be third Prime Minister in a matter of months

GBP AUD Slumps After UK Cabinet Resignations 

The pound has started off the week on the front foot against all major currencies, following another weekend of political twists and turns for the UK.

As we headed towards the end of an eventful week, news broke that ex Prime Minister Boris Johnson was heading back from a Caribbean holiday to have a crack at  regaining his position at number 10, something that seemed a million miles away only a few weeks ago.

As most readers will know, the UK is full of surprises at the moment and this news gave the pound a slight wobble as further uncertainty was cast over where the UK would head next, and with expectations of a completely broken Conservative Government should Boris get back in, the outlook led to investors and speculators shying away from the already damaged pound.

Fast-forward a few days and we have had a lot of further change, Boris has pulled out, Penny Mordaunt is struggling for numbers and there is every chance that by this evening we will have a new Prime Minister – Rishi Sunak.

Currently he is odds of 1-50 with Skybet, so it appears ever likely we will have a winner by the end of the day, and this has actually given the pound a decent boost over the days trading.

Sterling is the best performing major currency of the day at the time of writing, and it appears that Rishi Sunak is deemed as a safer pair of hands, and someone that can start to guide the U.K out of these seeming murky waters.

What this does bring are further unknowns, what will new PM Sunak have planned, how will he approach the cost of  living crisis, will we have another change to taxes? All of the above present an interesting few weeks ahead again for the pound and how it is seen by investors and speculators alike.

What is for sure, is Sunak cannot afford to have a Kwasi Kwarteng moment, which spooked investors and shot the pound down significantly in a short space of time, his plans need to be thought out, well delivered and to be run past the office for budget responsibility before thrown into the spotlight.

Expectations are that the pound could have an interesting week once again this week, depending on how this all plays out, it is clear that investors seem to back Rishi so a strengthening on the pound over the week could continue once there is clarity he has won the contest, but lets be clear he has one hell of a huge job on his hands, and all eyes will be on his every move and hanging off his every word as to what the plans are both now and in the future.

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Pound Sterling Weakness – Why Is The Pound Dropping So Much?

Sterling exchange rates have taken a huge hit over the course of the days trading, as the new chancellor Kwasi Kwateng’s mini-budget appears to have knocked the pound totally out of fashion.

The pound has lost over 350bps against the Dollar sitting in the 1.08 territory, whilst dropping to 1.12 against the Euro and hitting the lowest level against the Swiss Franc since 1974 sitting in the 1.06s.

There is now talk of an intervention and whether HMT will make an attempt late on Sunday night ahead of the Asian markets opening to stabilise the currency, should this not happen or not have the desired effect the Bank of England may need to step in again and look at an emergency interest rate hike less than a week after they raised rates by 50 basis points, which in all honesty wouldn’t look great.

Sterling really is taking some big blows out in the financial markets and it is tough to see how the pound will fight back, the lower Sterling exchange rates go, the more costs will spiral and the bigger the potential problem, so we are stuck in a really tricky situation of late.

I like to monitor the pound against a basket of major currencies and today was the biggest drop I can remember since the referendum, with a loss of over 10% in value against a basket of major currencies.

So where does this leave you if you have a large purchase to make be it personally or for your business overseas? The key in the coming weeks is being agile and ready to act.

We could still see a bounce back should we have an intervention or a rate hike, but you must also exercise caution that if this trend continues and you keep holding on it could be an extremely expensive decision.

If you have foreign currency to exchange back through sale of goods with your business or a personal property sale then you are probably reading this feeling pretty happy as your foreign currency has just become worth a lot more, but do be cautious not to get caught in the vicious circle of waiting and waiting then finding it bounces back and it is too late, this is a common occurrence with people in my experience.

I have been helping people move money around the world for 15 years now, if you would like to discuss the pound’s sudden loss of value or chat about a potential trade you need to carry out then feel free to email me, Daniel Wright on [email protected] and I will be happy to get in touch with you personally.

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GBP/EUR continues to trade at annual low with BoE meeting in focus in week

In the early hours of this morning, the Pound to Euro exchange rate hit a fresh annual low of 1.1385, which is the lowest level the pair has traded at in close to 20 months.

The weak start to this week’s trading follows on from a 1.25% drop last week, after Friday’s sell-off pushed the Pound lower off the back of some concerning economic data for the UK.

UK Retail Sales were expected to have dropped by 0.5% in August, but data released on Friday showed a drop of 1.6% month on month. With the cost-of-living crisis a mainstay in the news a drop-off wasn’t a surprise but it was the size of the drop that shocked the currency markets and pushed the Pound lower across the board of major currency pairs.

The Office for National Statistics confirmed that all retail sectors were affected and economic reports such as Friday’s confirm that the economy is likely to slide into a recession.

There are hopes that the newly appointed Prime Ministers’ announcement of a two-year cap on energy prices will help ease the cost-of-living crisis and boost spending but the announcement came this month so moving forward retail sales figures are likely to be followed closely and could impact the Pound’s value as we saw on Friday.

This week both the FED Reserve in the US and the Bank of England here in the UK are expected to hike interest rates. There could be further market movements for the Pound as there is uncertainty regarding how much the Monetary Policy Committee will decide to hike interest rates by.

At the last meeting, the BoE hiked by 0.5% and although it’s likely that they will do the same again, the voting patterns haven’t been unanimous with some favouring a 25-basis point hike and others 75 basis points so this Thursday’s release is certainly worth looking out for.

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Pound Sterling losses continue as cost of living crisis dominates headlines – New Prime Minister to be announced today

Pound to Euro rate continues to fall, making history in the process

Sterling exchange rates have continues to drift to kick start a new trading week, as the cost of living crisis dominates headlines across UK media.

With today being an important day for UK politics as we see the announcement of the winner in the Conservative party leadership contest, and ultimately who will be the new Prime Minister, they will almost instantaneously have to announce how they plan to combat what appears to be an extremely challenging winter for the majority of households and businesses.

It is widely expected that Liz Truss will be announced later today at 12:30 and all eyes from investors and speculators will be on her plans to keep people and certain business’s afloat as we face a difficult winter of rising costs, forced closures of retailers, and people simply having to choose between food on the table or heating the house.

This is still clearly impacting the value of Sterling exchange rates, and many feel that it will continue to impact them in the coming months too.

Capital Economics, a well-known independent economic research business has some fairly negative predictions out there for the pound, with expectations that Sterling will lose roughly 5% on a trade-weighted basis in the coming months. This essentially means they expect weakness against most majors, a 5% drop for GBP/EUR or GBP/USD would see Sterling drop below 1.10 as an example, so although it feels low now, if these predictions come true then there may be much further to fall.

It has to be said that the markets can change very quickly and forecasts can be wrong, so it is key to retain the view that things could change, however economic data in the States and the Eurozone is way outperforming the U.K at present, and the drop off in the pound only adds fuel to the fire.

A lower pound means everything imported costs more, from food to gas prices, the lower it drops the higher inflation rises and the more people are paying for goods and services, I personally am noticing costs for almost everything rising and that will be down to many things, but also a lower pound pushing up fuel, transportation, energy and packaging costs for basically every product on our shelves.

The week ahead

We have the news on the new PM later this morning to kick start the week, and as mentioned previously I believe the plans laid out off the back of that could be key for the pound in the early stages of the week.

For those with an interest in Australian or Canadian Dollars, we have the RBA interest rate decision tonight and the Bank of Canada later this week on Wednesday.

Euro followers will note growth figures on Wednesday and more importantly the European Central Bank interest rate decision on Thursday, where the market expects an aggressive 75 basis points hike in interest rates, any change to this could cause immediate volatility, and the wording used regarding future fiscal policy in the press conference after is also likely to set the tone for how the Euro performs over the rest of the trading week.

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