Will the pound get stronger? Growth figures show a surprise positive reading on Friday

The UK looks set to avoid a recession in 2022 as GDP data was announced on Friday. The UK economy grew by 0.1% in November, with the services sector providing a welcome boost when a 0.2% expansion was announced. This came as a surprise to many forecasters, with a 0.3% GDP contraction the market expectation. Despite this, the pound failed to make any significant gains against the Euro, finishing the week trading at 1.1280 – a near 0.75% decrease since markets opened on Monday. The Pound...

Sterling exchange rates against Euro and Dollar this week

As we entered the new year, sterling ended a turbulent week on the up against both the euro and the dollar after a wave of data across the continent and the pond was released. The pound finished the week over 0.5 cents higher (1.1360) than where it started (1.1290) against the euro and at similar levels to where it started (1.2060) against the dollar. The pound managed to recover over 2 cents alone against the greenback on Friday after early week losses. The cause for...

What will 2023 Bring For Sterling Exchange Rates?

Sterling exchange rates have dropped on the whole throughout 2022 and it is fair to say there are a number of quite obvious reasons behind the poor performance of the pound over the course of the year. Here is a summary of GBP paired against a selection of major currencies and the movement since 1st Jan 2022 as an example. GBP/USD -10.79% GBP/EUR -4.97% GBP/CAD -5.44% GBP/AUD -4.69% GBP/CHF -9.97% All in all, the above suggests the pound indeed had a torrid time of it, most notably shortly after Liz Truss...

Red hot week for economic data, as temperatures across the UK plummet

Things have been looking brighter for the pound in recent weeks and the pound finished last week strong, after suffering a near two and a half cent (1.2345 to 1.2106) slide against the greenback (GBP/USD) from Monday to Wednesday. The pound has benefited from an improved ‘risk on’ appetite in recent weeks and responds well to positive news. Cable finished the trading week on the 1.23 handle. The positive news in question relates to recent comments from US Federal reserve chair Jerome Powell’s comments around...
Pound to Euro Starts the Week off Steady

Is the pound set to weaken?

Sterling exchange rates hang in the balance Sterling exchange rates once again hang in the balance following a subdued start to the week. Yesterday, the pound recovered most of the gains lost during Tuesdays session, however, struggled to break much higher. Data released on Monday triggered the sterling sell-off after the pound had risen to monthly highs against the dollar and the euro towards the end of last week. PMI data confirmed the UK services industry contracted last month, which is negative for the country’s economic...

Will The Pound Keep Rising This Week?

The Pound has had a fairly good week or two against most major currencies, so I thought I would look at the probability that Sterling exchange rates would continue to gain ground against them over the course of this week. Now that the Autumn statement has passed without any huge drama, unlike Kwasi Kwarteng's attempt, there is a feeling that there is a little more confidence in the U.K and investors are starting to head back into UK stocks and shares, thus heightening demand for...

Strong start to the week for Pound Sterling – What could this week bring...

We have seen a strong start to the trading week for the Pound against every major currency, as Sterling exchange rates have bounced back from losses towards the end of last week. The Pound did drop off at the back end of the week due to a fairly dovish tone set out by the Bank of England at the BOE interest rate decision, where the markets were informed not to expect as greater hike in interest rates in the coming months as had been originally...
Pound to Euro Gains After Weaker German Retail Sales

Pound Sterling strikes back against the Dollar as ECB decision looms

Cable rates (GBPUSD) climbed to 6-week highs yesterday as the pound continued its comeback following the announcement of Rishi Sunak as the next Prime Minister. The pound also enjoyed improvements against the euro and the Canadian dollar. Gaining more than a 1% against the latter by close of play. Sterling opens the day a little softer. Political instability can weigh heavy on a currency and the last few weeks have been far from stable in the UK’s political arena. Jeremy Hunt was re-confirmed as Chancellor of...
GBP AUD Slumps After UK Cabinet Resignations 

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

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...

Pound set for another eventful day – Will the Pound rise or fall?

The Pound is set for a fairly volatile trading day again today, with politics being firmly in focus over the course of the day. The latest Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is due to release an emergency statement on the mini budget at roughly 11am today, which may involve further U-turns, tax hikes and changes to the plans laid out by Kwasi Kwarteng merely a few weeks ago. That mini-budget sent the markets into turmoil and dented the pounds value significantly, his exit and a U-turn recently have...