Sterling exchange rates begin the year in negative territory, is a move below 1.10 for GBP/EUR realistic?

Brexit news: Is a move below 1.10 for GBP/EUR realistic

The Pound is trading in negative territory against the board of major currency pairs this morning, with GBP/EUR dropping into the 1.10s at the time of writing. The pair have been range bound for a while now, mostly trading between 1.1050 and 1.1200, although there are plenty of key dates this month that could push the pair out of this trading range.

Brexit uncertainties are likely to remain an issue for Sterling until at least the middle of this month. MPs will return from their Christmas break on the 7th of this month and then on the 14th there will be the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. This vote was delayed early last month after she felt that there could be a dramatic loss on the cards. This vote is likely to be followed closely and if you’re planning on making a currency exchange involving the Pound or Euro then this date should be followed closely and planned around.

A week later, on the 21st there could also be market volatility as this date is the final date the Government has to release its withdrawal plans. If it hasn’t happened by then MPs will gain influence on the PM’s next steps. The outcome of the vote one week prior to this date is likely to tie into this deadline.

GBP/EUR rates: Brexit related updates to remain the key driver

The Brexit is planned to take place on the 29th of March and by this date Parliament must have passed the EU Withdrawal Bill which at the moment is looking like a difficult task. I’m expecting Brexit related updates to remain the key driver although there will be PMI Construction figures released at 9.30am tomorrow and then Services PMI figures released at the same time on Friday.

There could be movement for GBP/EUR brought on by Euro price changes later in the week when Consumer Price Index figures will be released, covering Inflation levels throughout the Eurozone. A positive for the Euro has been the agreement between the Italian Government and the EU regarding its domestic spending allowances but I think this strain on the relationship could resurface in the future. Another potential downside for the Euro’s value is the impact to the French economy the recent protests have caused.

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Pound to US Dollar Trades Lower on Brexit Uncertainty

GBPUSD Slips Away from 9 Month High

The pound to dollar exchange rate is set for a volatile few months as we start 2019, with the final Brexit withdrawal date approaching. There is a growing chance that a no deal scenario could emerge which is one of the reasons the pound is trading at these lower levels. Rates for GBP vs USD are sitting at 1.27 for the pair.

There are some important dates approaching in January and any political developments over Brexit will inevitably be the main driver for sterling exchange rates. MPs return for the Christmas recess on the 7th of January ahead of an important vote in the House of Commons on the Brexit deal that Theresa May has agreed. If she is able to find support for her deal then this would likely prove positive for the pound but in practice it will be a difficult vote to win.

Irish backstop still a key barrier to Brexit agreement

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have it made clear that they will not support the deal unless the Irish backstop is removed in its entirety. Due to the nature of this hung Parliament Theresa May will be seeking cross party support to find votes and with so many Conservative MPs also unhappy with the deal it seems less than likely to go through. This is likely to keep the sterling exchange rates under considerable pressure in these coming weeks with such an uncertain outcome over Brexit.

UK Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data for the manufacturing sector is released this morning which could create some volatility for the pound although Brexit will more than likely keep any gains for GBP to USD muted.

The US dollar could find itself in a weaker position in 2019 with confidence in the US economy starting to wane. Although the US Fed raised interest rates at the December meeting last month, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has signalled that the pace of rate hikes may need to slow down. There has also been a strong suggestion that the guidance offered by the Fed will lessen this year which will try to keep the markets guessing on monetary policy. This is how the Fed operated back before the financial crisis of 2008 and there could be bigger market reactions to US economic data should the Fed adopt this policy once again.

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GBP/EUR Forecast for Q1 2019

Pound Sterling Strength: Sterling Making Impressive Gains Against the Euro

GBP/EUR Forecast: For clients that are planning GBP/EUR currency transfers throughout 2019, Q1 is going to have a major influence on the exchange rate for the remainder of the year. The ongoing Brexit negotiations are coming to an end and MPs are preparing to debate Theresa May’s Brexit deal the first week they return. Following the debate MPs will have the meaningful vote which is crucial for the Prime Minister and ultimately the strength of the pound.

If Conservative MPs vote in favour of Theresa May’s plan, quite simply I expect GBP/EUR exchange rates to rally, and by the end of Q1 I expect GBP/EUR to be trading in the higher teens (1.16/1.18). The reason I believe GBP/EUR will rally significantly is the uncertainty will be removed meaning businesses do not have to worry about not being able to trade within the EU and I also expect the Bank of England to up growth forecasts and hint towards hiking interest rates towards the back end of the 2019 summer.

However if MPs vote Theresa May’s Brexit plan down, depending on how many votes she loses by I believe will dictate what happens next. If she loses by a handful of votes, I expect she will contact certain MPs directly and try to persuade them to change their minds and another meaningful vote will follow shortly after. Furthermore, if she loses by a significant amount I personally don’t believe she will take the UK out of the EU with a no deal Brexit, therefore I expect her resignation or Jeremy Corbyn will file a motion of no confidence against the Government. Either way both scenarios will cause further uncertainty and therefore I expect the pound to make further losses.

If Theresa May resigns then a leadership contest will follow and I find it difficult to see who will take over as the Conservative Party are so torn between leaving with no deal and a peoples’ vote. In addition if Jeremy Corbyn files a motion of confidence, I’m not convinced the DUP will continue to support the Prime Minister. Both scenarios I expect will push GBP/EUR rates towards 1.05.

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Volatile period ahead for Pound vs Euro with Brexit just three months away

Pound to Euro Forecast: Will GBP/EUR rates continue to rise?

The Pound is close to its lowest level all year as we are now just three months away from the deadline when the UK is due to officially leave the European Union.

The latest key date will come in the next fortnight when MPs will meet once again to vote on the current Brexit deal.

Earlier this month the vote was postponed after it emerged that Theresa May clearly didn’t have enough support to get the Brexit deal through and since then she has tried to lobby the EU to make some amendments to the deal on offer.

Could the UK stay in the European Union?

What has emerged during the course of this month is that there is clearly a lot of support in favour of remaining in the European Union. At the moment MPs have made it clear that they are in favour of staying in the EU. The EU clearly wants to make things difficult for the UK to leave and indeed it could be argued that as Theresa May previously voted to remain, is the plan to keep challenging the deal until we get towards the end of March?

The European Court of Justice has said on a number of occasions that the UK will be allowed to revoke Article 50 until the end of the two year period which ends in March 2019 so if we face the prospect of a no deal could the UK revoke Article 50?

Theresa May has committed to lead us through Brexit but if she is unable to get the Brexit deal through parliament I think she could end up stepping down as she will not be able to complete her mandate, so could we see another leader by Spring 2019 or indeed a general election coming by then?

What’s next for Pound vs Euro rates?

There is a lot of uncertainty over the next few months and this has caused the Pound to remain under pressure. The future of Pound vs Euro rates will be heavily reliant on how the first quarter of 2019 goes in terms of the Brexit discussions.

In the short term I think we could briefly dip below 1.10 on Pound vs Euro exchange rates, but I think the losses will be limited as GBP/EUR has remained between 1.10-1.15.

Indeed, during this year the foreign exchange markets still appear to be adopting a wait and see approach as to what may happen when or if the Brexit does take place. My current suspicion is that we could either see a second referendum or Article 50 revoked.

Whatever happens I expect a very volatile next three months for the Pound vs Euro so it may be worth getting your currency organised in the short term to avoid the heightened risks of what may happen.

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Will the Pound to Euro rate drop below 1.10? What may happen to GBP/EUR in early January?

Will Sterling drop below 1.10 against the Euro? What may happen in early January?

The Pound has remained reasonably flat against the Euro this week as we enter the festive season and I feel that this may be the situation until the end of the trading year, unless any large surprises pop up.

With very little news due to come out from Brexit now that Parliament are due to take their recess period the market will be reliant on general sentiment and any surprise news that hits the media.

Generally at this time of year you can find that trading levels are much thinner, so if there are any developments with Brexit or any market moving releases, then you may see the rates move a little more than normal.

Will Sterling Euro drop below 1.10?

Many of my clients are now asking me if I feel the rate could drop back below a key resistance level of 1.10 and I have to say that in my opinion the answer is yes. Whether or not it stays below 1.10 for a long period of time will be dependent on how things go for Theresa May in her Parliamentary vote. As it stands if you look at both sides of GBP/EUR politically and in terms of economic performance the Pound has more chance of dropping than rising.

UK growth downgraded

Growth expectations were yesterday downgraded for the UK by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, from 0.3% to 0.2% and even matters like the Gatwick drone issue will not help economic performance for December as airlines will have a huge headache to try and overcome.

Parliament expected to vote down current Brexit deal

The Parliamentary vote on Brexit is due to happen in mid January and I really do not see how Theresa May is going to get enough support to push through her deal. I cannot see her getting enough improvement on its current terms to turn enough heads.

I would expect Sterling to wobble in advance of this vote, however it would not be a surprise to see the Pound strengthen after it, even is she loses as although it does open up the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit it does also give the potential of Theresa May leaving and someone else taking the reigns. This may delay or even cancel Article 50 which could actually give Sterling a huge boost.

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Trump and Brexit stealing the headlines

Trump and Brexit stealing the headlines

So far this week the pound has recovered slightly against the US dollar, however I am putting this down to US dollar weakness over sterling strength.

Earlier in the week President Donald Trump was trying to convince the Federal Reserve to leave interest rates on hold, however on Wednesday night the Fed decided to hike interest rates further by 0.25%. Furthermore, following the hike the Fed provided a fairly dovish statement which insinuated that the cycle of interest rates hikes could be slowed throughout 2019. This led to investors selling off the US dollar.

US Defense Secretary resigns

Donald Trump was back in the spotlight yesterday, when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed in his resignation due to the difference in opinion he has with the President. The Defense Secretary has made it clear over the last 12 months that his job is to defend US troops, however the President’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria he couldn’t support. This is another close member of Trump’s staff to resign due to the President, which can only be a problem for the President going forward.

All eyes will turn to congress when they return next year. Will new members of congress want further reassurances from Donald Trump in regards to the meddling in the election or even to see his tax returns? I expect the US dollar could come under pressure early next year.

However it’s certainly not good news for clients that are buying US dollars. The ongoing Brexit saga is causing concern for investors. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has not confirmed that she has received any further concessions from the EU therefore in the second week of January, I expect MPs will be debating the same Brexit deal that was on the table 4 weeks earlier.

If it’s the case that MPs make it clear that they won’t back Mrs May then the vote looks to be a complete waste of time and this is a concern for clients holding onto sterling. Could Theresa May’s time as Prime Minister be coming to an end? If the vote isn’t passed I believe she will resign which could lead to further sterling weakness.

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GBP to CAD forecast: Brexit Fears Helping to Support CAD Value

GBP/CAD rate remains around 6 month high as markets prepare for Brexit Plan B votes

Sterling has climbed away from last week’s low against the CAD, with the pair once again trading back above 1.70.

This will feel like a small victory for many clients looking to execute a GBP to CAD exchange over the coming days, considering at last week’s low the Pound had fallen below 1.68.

The recovery came in line with Theresa may withstanding a vote of no confidence by her own Tory party. However, with a Brexit deal seemingly no closer and more public spats between the PM and leading Government figures both past and present, I am not anticipating an aggressive increase for GBP to CAD rates as we head towards the Christmas break.

Market confidence in the Pound is ebbing lower seemingly by the day, as investors continue to shy away from the Pound amidst the ongoing

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit

With the prospect of the UK leaving the EU by March’s deadline without a deal being in place growing, there is certainly no guarantee that the pound will be able to hold its position above 1.70 as we head into the New Year.

The difficulties for the Canadian dollar

Looking at the Canadian economy and this is also facing difficulties of its own. Economic forecasts are predicting that the Canadian economy will slow next year, predicting it to fall to 1.9% from the expected 2.1% this year.

A fall in oil prices is having a detrimental effect on Canada’s export driven economy. Canada is one of the largest exporters of crude oil globally, so this drop along with a general slowdown in global trade is causing the Canadian economy to slow, thus weakening the CAD as a result.

It is likely that the CAD’s current value against GBP is being support, at least to some extent, by the growing market concerns regarding how the UK economy will fair post Brexit.

However, if Theresa May does manage to get her Brexit deal with Brussels approved by the House of Commons next month, then I would anticipate a spike for the Pound and we could see a run back towards 1.80 against the CAD.

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Pound to Dollar forecast: What’s next for Sterling and will the US Dollar get stronger in 2019?

Brexit, EU interest rate decision and non farm payrolls to influence cable.

The Pound hit a 20 month low against the Dollar in trading sessions earlier in the week as the markets digested the fact that Theresa May had to face a vote of no confidence, which led to political uncertainty for the UK and Sterling weakness.

Sterling then made gains back against the Dollar as the week progressed following a victory for Prime Minister May and Brexit talks getting back into the swing of things. It does appear that very little progress is being made and it appears unlikely that we will see any major changes to the current Brexit deal before the vote is finally put to Parliament on January 14th.

Parliament goes into recess at the end of next week until January 7th so during the festive season I would not expect any major changes politically until they return. Behind closed doors I believe Theresa May will still be going cap in hand to a number of European leaders trying to squeeze any extra positives into her deal that she can.

Sterling weakness expected as we enter 2019

I would be surprised to see enough changes to have been made for Parliament to accept the deal and this could lead to a very shaky start to the year for the Pound against the Dollar. I would not be surprised to see the rate slip back down into the lower 1.20s unless there is a chance of article 50 being revoked or a strong chance of a second referendum, this could lead to significant gains for the Pound against all major currencies.

Will the Dollar strengthen in 2019?

Many analysts actually believe that the Dollar may not have a good year next year. With a slowing global economy the current pace of interest rate hikes in the U.S may be likely to slow up and Donald Trump’s exceptional run of economic data may start to take a turn back the other way.

Of course for GBP/USD rates Brexit will be the main driver to start off the year and what happens there will most likely be key to the first quarter of 2019 and possibly beyond. The general feeling is that as the year progresses we may see US Dollar weakness as data sets start to disappoint.

Pound to Dollar forecast – GBP/USD prediction

If I had to predict where I see Dollar exchange rates, (in what is a highly unpredictable market) I would expect GBP/USD to remain within the 1.24-1.30 range in early January with a view to moving up into the 1.33-1.40 range in the second quarter of the year, assuming there are no major Brexit banana skins that knock the Pound drastically.

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GBP/CAD Rates Fall after Disappointing Outcome at EU Summit for British PM

Pound to Canadian Dollar: Sterling loses ground due to Brexit Uncertainty

Pound to Canadian dollar exchange rates have slipped lower as Brexit uncertainty continues to drive the price of sterling. UK Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels yesterday for the EU summit, seeking concessions or reassurances over the Irish backstop which has proved to be the most contentious of issues.

The response from the EU however was not in the Prime Minster’s favour having stated that the withdrawal agreement is not to be reopened for renegotiation. Theresa May made a special plea last night to get the deal over the line and suggested a time limit on the backstop, but her performance was described by commentators as bad and vague.

Further Sterling weakness could be on the horizon

GBP/CAD rates have fallen to 1.6850 for the pair and there could be further weakness in the pound if there is more hostility against the Prime Minister from within the Conservative party. It was only this week when a vote of confidence was held in the Prime Minister and although she won that vote there were still over 100 Conservative politicians who voted against her. There are calls for her to resign and these views may harden in light of the disappointing outcome that she received from the EU last night. Clients looking to buy Canadian dollars are likely to struggle to make major headway.

Oil prices affecting GBP/CAD rates

In Canada the Bank of Canada has highlighted risks ahead stemming from a fluctuating price of oil and also the risks to global trade as a result of the trade war between the US and China. These risks are significant and are likely to create a volatile period ahead for the Canadian dollar in the New Year.

Trade negotiations between the US and China, which are relevant, have hit a stumbling block after the US arrest of a high ranking Chinese national which has been involved with the Chinese telecoms company Huawei. It has been reported that there may be an intervention from US President Donald Trump which could make a deal to trade more likely. For the moment any future trade tariffs are on ice for three months whilst a deal is potentially hammered out.

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Pound to Euro Forecast: Theresa May stonewalled by Brussels

GBP/EUR rate hits new 22 month high of 1.1766

In today’s pound to euro forecast we discussed the latest events affecting the rates, starting with Theresa May’s Brexit deal which appears to stand little chance of passing through the House of Commons. The PM’s hopes of gaining assistance from EU leaders to push through her Brexit deal in the House of Commons have been dashed. She now must return home to face the wrath of her Party.

May’s intention was to head to the EU’s winter summit in Brussels to try and gain legal assurances that the Irish back-stop would be a temporary situation.

May stated the following upon her arrival, “I don’t expect an immediate breakthrough but what I do hope is that we can start work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary”.

The response from Brussels was far from positive and they offered no legal assurances on the Irish back-stop. Apparently Mrs May offered one plan which was not to agree a conclusion date of the Irish back-stop, but she wanted a start date for the future trade relationship.

Shortly after the meeting a series of conclusions were reached by EU leaders without May.

It has been reported that one of the crucial draft lines to be removed was “The union stands ready to examine whether any further assurance can be provided”. The line was replaced with the following, “Work on preparedness at all levels for the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal to be intensified, taking into account all possible outcomes”.

European Commission President, Jean Claude Junker stated the following, “We don’t want the UK to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear. We can add clarifications but no real changes. There will be no legally binding obligations imposed on the withdrawal treaty”.

What next for the pound to euro rate?

This is devastating news for the PM and brings us to the next question of what happens next? The House of Commons will not be happy and the vote has already been delayed due to the lack of support for the current Brexit deal.

There are several possible outcomes. A no deal, which would be negative for the pound, a general election which would also potentially be Sterling negative and a second referendum which could cause potential Sterling strength, although I wouldn’t say by much.

The official date for the deal to go through the House of Commons is 14th January but in it’s current status it looks as though there is zero chance of it going through. Jean Claude Junker’s comments also seem to make it clear there will be no amendments.

The Eurozone is currently in no healthy state with the situation in France and Italy, but Brexit continues to be the key factor on pound to euro rates. The pound is fragile, there is little justification for any significant Sterling strength.

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