12th January 2011
Good morning. The pound stayed close to a 4 month high against a struggling euro yesterday as sovereign debt worries plagued the Euro and the increasing prospect of higher interest rates in the UK supported the pound. Rates at 08:30am this morning are as follows:
- GBP/EUR 1.2023
- GBP/USD 1.5651
- GBP/AUD 1.5786
- GBP/NZD 2.0539
- GBP/CAD 1.5445
- GBP/CHF 1.5241
- GBP/ZAR 10.673
- GBP/JPY 129.90
- GBP/HUF 332.72
- EUR/USD 1.3014
Pound vs Euro; Portugal bailout to cause more weakness?
The euro remained on the back foot with the focus on whether Portugal will be able to raise funds in the debt market today, or be forced to turn to the European Union and IMF for financial aid. Bond auctions in Spain and Italy will also be closely scrutinised this week.
The bond auction will try to raise the funds necessary, as currently they pay 7% interest on their debts. It was just after Greece and Ireland reached this figures that they had to be bailed out.
Most analysts now think it’s a question of when, rather than if, they will have to be supported by the richer nations such as Germany. Other EU countries facing problems will face bond auctions this week, and the market will be watching with keen interest.
If they are indeed bailed out, then it may well weaken the Euro further pushing GBP/EUR rates higher. However, because markets are already expecting Portugal to need support, this may have already been priced into the market.
So will GBP/EUR rates rise?
We think there could be further Euro weakness and this could cause rates to rise. This depends of course on UK figures. If there are better UK economic figures then this could also help push rates up in addition to the Euro weakness expected.
If however we get poor or worse than expected figures, the pound could weaken cancelling out any gain due to EU debt.
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Stop Loss Orders
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If the market continues to rise, then you can increase your Stop Level in line with any increase. In this way you can continue to take advantage of any gains, without the risk of losing out significantly should rates decline.
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Bond Auctions for Portugal is the main thing to watch today. We also have UK Trade Balance Figures, and EU Industrial Production. Expect some volatility for Sterling to Euro exchange rates.