Bank of England the focus for sterling this week!

Carney's comments help to lift the Pound vs the Swiss Franc

The Bank of England will take the focus this week with their meeting on Thursday which could see some volatility for the pound. Expectations are centered around a weaker sterling if the Bank of England fail to hint at any future rate hikes and I personally would not be surprised to see sterling lower. Any change in the value of sterling could be short-lived so if you have a transaction to consider and wish to capitalise on any sudden improvements, please email me on jmw@currencies.co.uk to highlight your position.

A key reason for the Bank of England not raising interest rates back in May was the lack of growth in the UK economy. Blamed largely on the ‘beast of the east’ weather conditions, economic growth in Q1 was poor. What could prove very interesting for the Bank of England to consider will be the recent GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data which showed a fall in GDP over the course of Q2.

The general impression had been the Bank of England will link raising interest rates to growth having used this as a reason not to raise in May. With GDP so important to the Bank of England’s calculations, the likelihood for me will be a weaker pound as the market scrambles to review the prospect of any interest rate hike in 2018, which for me now, looks much less likely.

Clients buying or selling the pound are now faced with a key piece of news which could move exchange rates, preparation is key to maximising any deal as it gives you the opportunity to lock in any sudden improvement. If you have a position that you will need to consider in the future, please feel free to contact me Jonathan to run through the market, your options and what strategies might suit you best.

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Sterling Exchange Rates Volatile on Brexit Detail This Week (James Lovick)

The pound continues to hold the upper ground against the Euro after the developments last week from the European Central Bank. Rates for GBP EUR are sitting at 1.14 after the Euro dropped sharply when the ECB confirmed it will finally complete its asset purchasing scheme in the final quarter of this year. The Euro weakened further after the ECB stated that it will not look to raise interest rates until beyond December 2019. The markets had assumed that the central bank would follow more closely in the footsteps of the US and UK but that has been completely put back under a very strong dose of forward guidance.

Economic data is light this week for the UK although focus will move to Thursday’s interest rate decision at the Bank of England. Although there is not expected to be any change in rates any suggestion that there could still be a hike in August is likely to help see the pound rally. Retail sales bounced higher last week which was a much needed boost for the British economy. One set of data though is unlikely to persuade the Bank of England to take action now. In my view though the uncertainty on how Brexit will ultimately look will create a more cautious mood within the Monetary Policy Committee.

Before the meeting on Thursday though the ongoing ping pong of the Brexit withdrawal bill is likely to direct the price of sterling. The House of Lords have discussed the bill today and it will go back to the House of Commons for another vote on Wednesday. This could be a big market mover ahead of the EU summit at the end of the month.

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Pound makes gains vs the Euro and could we see further gains when the Bank of England meets on Thursday?

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The Pound has had a good end to the week vs the Euro after much better than expected UK Retail Sales data which were published on Thursday morning.

The better weather caused Retail Sales to jump higher than the estimated figure and this in part caused the Pound to have the biggest improvement against the Euro in one day all year.

The good news was further exacerbated by the European Central Bank’s announcement to end their QE programme in December.

The previous expectation was to end it in September so to carry it on until December caused the Euro to weaken.

The further losses for the Euro came when the central bank suggested that any interest rate hike may not be coming for a very long time and this also panicked investors which caused the Euro to come under pressure against a number of different currencies including vs the Pound and the US Dollar.

With the US having raised rates twice this year and seven times since December 2015 this caused a big sell off from the Euro and into the US Dollar.

As we go into next week the big day in terms of movement is likely to come on Thursday when the Bank of England hold their latest interest rate meeting.

Previously the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold with a 7-2 split but with Retail Sales showing a massive improvement this could potentially provide some evidence in favour of hiking interest rates in the future.

I personally still think a rate hike is a long way away but if there are any hints that one may be coming then this could potentially send GBPEUR exchange rates up towards 1.15 if the news is positive next Thursday.

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Mixed day for GBP exchange rates as UK Retail Sales figures improve

After a busy day for economic data releases the Pound had a mixed day of trading yesterday, gaining against some currencies whilst dropping against others.

The good weather along with the Royal wedding last month appears to have buoyed shoppers after Retail Sales figures jumped by 1.3% after initial expectations of just 0.5%. This gave the Pound a boost against all major currency pairs early in the morning but the tide soon changed against the likes of the US Dollar which appears to be back on the front foot after another interest rate hike in the US this week.

The Euro had a bad day and the Pound to Euro exchange rate had its biggest one day gain since March. After the European Central Bank announced that it’s Asset Purchasing Programme (APP) will end towards the end of the year and that there will be no interest rate hikes until the end of next year, the Euro weakened.

At the moment the Pound to Euro rate is trading in the 1.14’s and over the last year its highest levels have been in the 1.15’s, so it’s a good time to be making that conversion considering recent historical levels.

Next week there could be movement for GBP pairs, especially on Thursday when the Bank of England will be updated us with their monetary polcicy plans. If you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to register your interest with us.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Pound makes biggest single daily gain against the Euro this year after ECB meeting

The Pound has made some huge gains vs the Euro during today’s trading session after the latest European Central Bank meeting.

The central bank has announced that it will be ending its QE programme in December and reducing the currently monthly spend of €30bn in September to €15bn until the end of the year.

The central bank has also said that it is likely that they will be keeping interest rates on hold as the growth in the first quarter is at 0.4% and they have also downgraded growth for this year and this is why we have seen the Euro have its worst day of the year against the Pound so far.

ECB President Mario Draghi also said that the bank have not decided when they may look to raise rates owing to the rise in geopolitical tensions. However, some have suggested that a rate hike could potentially occur in a year’s time which is hardly anything to get excited about.

The Pound started the day on the front foot after a big surprise with UK Retail Sales which came out much better than expected. Figures for the year showed 3.9% year on year compared to the estimate of 2.4% and this gave the Pound an unexpected boost against a number of different currencies including vs the Euro.

Tomorrow morning the Eurozone will announce the latest set of inflation data and I think we could see further weakness for the Euro as it is likely that the ECB already have these figures.

If you are looking to buy Euros at the moment it may be worth taking advantage of these current levels as the Bank of England are due to meet next Thursday and therefore these gains for the Pound vs the Euro could be short lived.

If you would like a free quote when converting currency and would like to save money on exchange rates then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you. Alternatively, call me directly on 01494787478 and ask for Tom Holian when calling.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk 

 

Big movement ahead for the US Dollar

GBP/USD hits lowest level in 2018

We could be in for a very busy next 24 hours for GBPUSD exchange rates as the House of Commons begin their second day of debating the EU Withdrawal Bill as well as the latest interest rate decision by the US Federal Reserve later on this evening.

The debate in the House of Commons has already caused one minister to hand in their resignation and so far we have seen a 26 majority to reject an amendment made by the House of Lords at their previous meeting.

The result was seen as a positive but there is still a long day ahead and the uncertainty is causing the Pound to struggle particularly vs the US Dollar.

It is almost a certainty that the US Federal Reserve will increase interest rates tonight which will be the second time this year and the seventh time since December 2015.

We have seen GBPUSD rates hit 1.33 during the course of the week and a further rate hike, although fully expected, could see GBPUSD rates fall below these levels so make sure you’re well prepared to take advantage of these rates if you’re looking to sell US Dollars to buy Pounds or even Euros.

Ultimately though I think the EU Withdrawal Bill will be the biggest market mover so depending on the outcome this is likely to result in a lot of movement overnight for US Dollar exchange rates.

Tomorrow morning once the dust has settled we could see further problems ahead for the UK with the latest UK Retail Sales data.

We have already seen a number of high street stores close recently and with jobs cuts ahead I think this sector could show real problems resulting in Sterling weakness.

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Brexit Talks and ECB Meeting to dominate Sterling vs the Euro next week

The Pound has had a relatively quite week vs the Euro and ended the week lower against the US Dollar as politics and the Brexit issue has started to rear up again.

Brexit secretary David Davis had a disagreement with PM Theresa May but they have now come to an arrangement with the backstop deal and a final date has been agreed and this has helped to stabilise Sterling.

However, as we go into next week there are a number of key economic data releases due out which could impact the Pound but for me the biggest event next week will come on Tuesday and Wednesday when the EU withdrawal bill will be debated in the House of Commons.

Previously, the House of Lords had rejected some of the terms and this is why it will be debated next week. The bill is primarily aimed at repealing the European Communities Act of 1972 and will involve the UK adopting EU law once we officially leave the European Union.

The government will be keen to get things resolved prior to the EU summit due to take place in the next fortnight so if we get a positive result then this could end up with the Pound making some gains but if things remain unresolved this could cause a big problem for the Pound.

Then on Thursday the European Central Bank will be announcing their latest monetary policy decision.

At the moment the European Central Bank are contemplating what they will do with their current QE programme so if there are any hints that this may be coming to a close then this could strengthen the Euro as it will mean the next step for the ECB in the future will be to look at increasing interest rates at some point next year.

Therefore, with two very important days next week it is important to keep a close eye out on rates and if you have a currency transfer to make then feel free to contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Brexit talks put pressure on the pound

Will today's UK data provide another boost for the Pound?

Today Theresa May held crunch Brexit talks with Conservative MPs as Brexit Secretary David Davis led a revolt due to the terms of the ‘backstop’ plan. The Brexit secretary yesterday evening made threats that he would resign if the PM did not add a deadline to the ‘backstop’ proposal. With the relationship between the two appearing to be deteriorating by the day, sterling exchange rates struggled against the US Dollar throughout the mornings trading session until reports were released suggesting a final leave date has now been added to the proposal.

The ‘backstop’ proposal is a fallback agreement which will state that the UK will remain part of the customs union for an extended period of time if the UK and EU cannot come to an agreement by March next year.  No surprises Brexiteers are not happy with the arrangement as the UK will remain closely linked to the EU and this could have an influence on future trade deals that the UK try to put in place.

The EU summit at the end of the month had the potential to have a major impact on sterling exchange rates and with the recent commentary coming from the Conservative party I believe this has amplified the situation. Unfortunately I don’t believe its good news for clients buying a foreign currency, as its only a matter of time until the PM confirms that the UK and EU cannot come to an agreement in regards to the Irish Border.

Quite simply if I were buying a foreign currency I wouldn’t taken any risks and would look to make arrangements sooner rather than later.

When buying or selling the Pound its important to analyse both currencies that you will be trading. If you would like to save as much money as possible feel free to email me with the currency pair you are looking to trade and the time-scales you are working too and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

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Minimal data out today for the U.K – European growth and U.S employment figures the large releases of the day – Political issues in the U.K also key this week

We have minimal economic data out for the U.K today, the Pound has remained fairly flat in early morning trading.

As the day progresses we do have other economic data releases from around the world that may impact the Pound against the Dollar, Euro and Canadian Dollar along with other major currencies.

At 10:00am today we have the release of European growth figures, expectations are for the quarter on quarter figures for the first quarter of 2018 to remain at 0.4% with year on year growth unchanged at 2.5% as well. Any change to these expectations may lead to a volatile morning for the Euro, is has been mentioned in recent times that growth around the Eurozone has slowed a little so should this be shown in the figures today the Euro may weaken.

Later in the day we have jobless claims figures out from the States which of course will be important for both the Dollar and all major currencies as it will impact global attitude to risk. Non-farm payroll data, which is the number of people in non-agricultural employment came out better than expected last week so we may see further positive news for the Dollar should these figures follow suit which may push GBP/USD rates back down again in trading today.

On top of all of this we still have a huge amount of problems hanging over the head of the Government, mostly regarding Brexit and their plans going forward regarding this. There are reports that David Davis,  Secretary of state for exiting the European Union is not happy with the current plans set out by Prime Minister Theresa May and may even stand down from his position, should this happen then I would expect that uncertainty for the U.K would increase and the Pound could easily lose value fairly rapidly.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out involving either buying or selling the Pound and you would like my assistance with it then you are more than welcome to contact me personally. I would be highly confident that not only would I get you a better rate than your current provider but also a first class level of customer service too. Feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) directly on djw@currencies.co.uk with a description of your needs and I will be happy to contact you personally for a free no obligation discussion about them.

Italian political issues appear to be the main driver for currencies so far this week

The week so far has seen quite a lot of volatility for Sterling exchange rates, however the reasons for the Pound moving against most major currencies are not down to political or economic data from the U.K but actually mainly driven by Italian politics, Donald Trump and North Korea.

Italian politics has been one of the main focuses for the week for investors and speculators, as news broke earlier in the week that the two big winners from the election – Five Star and The League had failed to form a Government, this instantly led to a drop in the value of the Euro and also for all of the perceived ‘riskier’ currencies, for example the Australian Dollar and the New Zealand Dollar.

As the week has progressed it does appear that the heightened uncertainty has lifted and only just this afternoon the two groups had agreed to give the matter more time and that they would once again continue talks and try to come to a positive conclusion so that they can move forward together.

Due to this we saw GBP/EUR exchange rates drop back  down into the 1.13s and the Pound also lost ground against the riskier currencies once again too.

The main key piece of data left for the U.K this week is manufacturing data due out on Friday morning at 09:30am, we do however have European unemployment and inflation figures out tomorrow morning, and also Non-Farm payroll data from the U.S on Friday lunchtime at 13:30pm.

Non-farm payroll data can impact all major currencies as it has an effect on global attitude to risk, so be sure to keep a keen eye on the market on Friday afternoon to see what impact this has had.

If you do not have time to watch the markets closely and the broker or bank you currently use does not do this for you then it may be time to change. If you would like my assistance with your exchange, both in terms of getting the best exchange rate and also helping you take advantage of the timing of the transfer when spikes occur then feel free to contact me (Daniel Wright) directly. You can email me on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to contact you personally for a no obligation discussion about your whole situation.

 

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