Monday 1st May 2014
It’s been a little quiet on the markets today, with an EU bank holiday meaning trade is thin, and economic statistics are also thin.
We have seen Sterling rise a little this morning however after UK Consumer credit and net lending figures were quite a bit higher than expected. This means if people are borrowing more money, there is in turn more confidence in the economy, hence the spike for Sterling. This has pushed GBP/EUR close to €1.22 and GBP/USD to $1.69.
Today we will have a look at what might happen to exchange rates in the coming weeks. Remember also that if you need to convert currency, perhaps to buy or sell property abroad, then get in touch with me for a free quote and a chat about which way the rate could move. I can source excellent rates of exchange that could save you a considerable sum.
What next for Pound/Euro rates?
Next Thursday, we have the latest decision by the European Central Bank. While I don’t think that they will announce any change to interest rates, in the press conference afterwards they may well hint at some sort of monetary stimulus such as Quantitative Easing or a negative deposit interest rate. If they do, then this could well weaken the Euro a bit and push the rate higher.
For those buying Euros, I think that’s your best hope of an increase, and I can’t see it going too much higher, as the Bank of England have also warned that if the GBP/EUR rate goes too high, it will hurt the UK recovery and so they may in turn take action to weaken the Pound.
What next for Pound/Dollar rates?
Sterling/Dollar rates are trading at their highest level in 5 years! Again, much of this is to do with the strength in the Pound, and weakness in the US Dollar. This week US growth figures came in at 0.1% – it was forecast to be 1.2% so it’s much worse than thought. This has caused the Dollar to weaken, become cheaper to buy, and push rates above $1.69 today briefly.
If you need USD, it would be wise to consider fixing the rate while it’s so good. Their economy will recover at some point, and when it does expect them to taper their stimulus measures which could give the Dollar back to strength and bring rates back down. How long this will take to happen though is impossible to know.
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