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Posted February 27th, 2013 by Charles Purdy

The Italian elections continue to worry markets | Smart Daily Currency Note

GBP/EUR – 1.1532
GBP/USD – 1.5114
EUR/GBP – 0.8665
EUR/USD – 1.3082
GBP/AED – 5.5514
GBP/AUD – 1.4786
GBP/CAD – 1.5492
GBP/CHF – 1.4077
GBP/CNY – 9.47
GBP/HKD – 11.7152
GBP/HUF – 341.49
GBP/INR – 81.03
GBP/JPY – 138.50
GBP/NZD – 1.8304
GBP/RUB – 46.16
GBP/SEK – 9.7372
GBP/ZAR – 13.3356

Sterling

Sterling had a mixed day yesterday – starting off on the front foot reaching highs of 1.1650 against the euro and 1.5220 against the US dollar before losing ground later in the day. Sterling struggled after one of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) members from the Bank of England (BoE) suggested he was open to more monetary easing and furthermore, that the prospect of negative interest rates had been raised at central bank meetings. Furthermore, realised sales data from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) came out lower than expected. Out today we have the second estimate of the UK’s fourth quarter GDP which is expected to show a contraction of 0.3%, the same as the first estimate. Moreover, more MPC members will be speaking today, and following yesterday’s volatility, the market will pay close attention to what they have to say. Call now for the latest updates on sterling.

Euro

It has been a turbulent few days for the euro, news of the inconclusive Italian election yesterday drove the euro to a seven week low against the dollar – whilst weakening by three cents against sterling. The damage was not as widespread as first feared however, as traders became confident that the European Central Bank (ECB) would intervene to limit the fallout, and the euro strengthened in the afternoon. Today is likely to be just as volatile with two important events. Firstly, we expect an Italian 10 Year Bond auction this morning – a key way for governments to borrow money and high yields mean high borrowing costs for the Italian Government. Secondly, in the afternoon the ECB President is speaking in Germany, we traditionally see a great deal of volatility during his speeches as markets look for hints as to future monetary policy. Get in touch now for the latest news and rates.

US Dollar

The US dollar generally performed well yesterday, strengthening against the majority of its currency partners with Consumer Confidence figures and New Home Sales data (rising in January to the highest since 2008) both coming out much better than expected. Along with this, the Federal Reserve Chairman backed the central bank’s current stimulus program, saying that they will support the asset purchases with “little risk of inflation or asset-price bubbles” causing the dollar to strengthen further. In the testimony he stated that “We do not see the potential costs of the increased risk-taking in some financial markets as outweighing the benefits of promoting a stronger economic recovery.” Although he also warned that the automatic federal budget cuts in line to begin 1st of March will add a “significant” burden to the economy if lawmakers are unable to avert from the reductions. Today we will see Core Durable Goods orders along with the second part of the Chairman of the Federal Bank’s “congressional testimony” on monetary policy.

Worldwide

Elsewhere, the Canadian dollar fell to a eight month low versus the US dollar following better than expected data out of the US and the comments from the Chairman of the Federal Bank. The commodity backed currencies struggled in general yesterday whilst the Japanese yen prospered due to risk aversion driving the markets and traders seeking safer havens for their money. The Russian rouble was one of the worst performers yesterday after GDP data released showed that the economy had contracted by 0.3%. Call in now for a market update and a live quote.

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Posted November 24th, 2011 by Charles Purdy

Daily Currency Note

EURO/GBP – 1.1602
US$/GBP – 1.5556
CHF/GBP – 1.4254
CAN$/GBP – 1.6251
AUS$/GBP – 1.5940
ZAR/GBP – 13.1824
JPY/GBP – 119.92
HKD/GBP – 12.1131
NZD/GBP – 2.0870
SEK/GBP – 10.7151
AED/GBP – 5.708
US$/EURO – 1.3388

 
 

Important notice: Today is Thanksgiving (a public holiday) in the USA and as a result, US dollar payments will be delayed by one day as US routing banks will be shut. Please allow an extra day if you are paying suppliers in US dollars. This may also impact other currency payments so bear this in mind.

Sterling fell to a further 6 week low against the US dollar yesterday, falling below $1.55/ £1 following steep drops in the prices of riskier currencies/ commodities. A raft of poor data from the euro zone saw investors pull back from positions in riskier positions. With sterling seen as a relatively riskier option to the US dollar, the pound has come under pressure as the European crisis intensifies. The pound wasn’t helped either by the Bank of England’s minutes that showed policymakers unanimously voting for no change to monetary policy. One positive was that sterling strengthened against the euro. Call in now to ensure you take advantage.

In the euro zone, the euro tumbled yesterday following poor demand for German bonds. Germany is seen by many as the ‘safe haven’ of the euro zone and the lacklustre bond auction yesterday may be the first signs of the markets beginning to question Germany’s ability to handle the European crisis. In addition, data showed that industrial orders and purchasing figures fell in the region, signalling an impending recession. Call in now for a price to make sure you don’t lose out. 

In the USA, the US dollar strengthened to the highest level against the euro since early October as investors became more and more concerned over the impact that the European debt crisis was having on France and Germany – the region’s largest economies. Markets are becoming more and more concerned globally and as such are seeking the safe haven of US dollars. Ensure you protect yourself by speaking to one of the team today.

Elsewhere, Chinese data released yesterday showed a sharp contraction in manufacturing activity. The figures shocked many who had been relying on China to drive the global recovery forward.

 

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Posted June 1st, 2010 by Charles Purdy


EURO/GBP – 1.186
US$/GBP – 1.447
CHF/GBP – 1.683
CAN$/GBP – 1.516
AUS$/GBP – 1.737

Sterling had a good week last week gaining ground on greater risk appetite in the markets against the US$ and the . Following the bank holiday here in the UK on Monday we have opened up with sterling slightly up on the euro and slightly down on the US$. This week we have UK purchasing managers indices for both manufacturing and services. Both are expected to be similar to last months figures which if met would show the economy continuing to expand. We also have some housing data for mortgages and house prices. It will be interesting to see how the influence if any of the election in early May has on these figures. But we continue to be in very volatile times with exchange rates moving very quickly. That is why it is so important to get in touch now if you have an upcoming requirement.

The euro zone is still trying to find a way out from its problems with government debt. Various governments are now working out how to cut their costs and as such the markets are getting concerned about how this will affect euro zone growth. Today we have unemployment figures for the euro zone which are expected to be at steady at 10% for the whole euro zone. So the euro zone has huge problems and as such we need to be aware that movements in exchange rates will be continue to be erratic and hence the sooner you get in touch the better.

The US$ has been the main beneficiary over the last few months given the problems in the euro zone and the UK and its safe haven status. But having said that the US has just revised its growth figures for the first quarter from 3.2% to 3.0% whereas the markets were expecting it to be increased to 3.4% which makes it clear that nowhere is going to have a smooth run out of recession. Later this week we have unemployment figures and purchasing manager’s indices for both manufacturing and services. So a busy week for economic data and as such expect volatility in the exchange rates.

Last week the commodity backed currencies such as the Australian and New Zealand dollars regained some ground on the back of increased risk appetite. It will be interesting to see what happens in the short to medium term as we may be seeing a pull back in Chinese demand which would have a negative affect on these currencies.

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