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Posted May 18th, 2010 by Charles Purdy

EURO/GBP – 1.167
US$/GBP – 1.450
CHF/GBP – 1.637
CAN$/GBP – 1.493
AUS$/GBP – 1.652

The pound suffered yesterday as concerns over the UK’s escalating deficit saw sterling hit a 13 month low of $1.4250/ £1 against the US dollar and slip against the euro. With many investors shying away from highly indebted countries, many analysts expect the downward trend against the US dollar to continue. With no real data released today, the big news was the announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne that the government will create a new independent watchdog to monitor the budget and economic forecasting. In a move similar to Labour’s creation of an independent interest rate setting body early into their first term in 1997, the new Chancellor is looking to ensure that he and his new government are held to account on cutting the deficit. He also announced that the first budget would be announced on June 22nd. With the government committed to delivering £6bn worth of spending cuts in the next year, the markets will be waiting to see exactly where the cuts will come from. Whilst the City is keen on the tough stance on spending, there are concerns that an overly aggressive round of cuts will stifle the UK’s fragile growth. With poor house price figures out yesterday morning, the Chancellor has a lot to prove. Inflation data out later today could cause some movement and many expect the pound to suffer in the run up to the budget. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the Euro zone, the single currency had a torrid day slipping to a 4 year low against the US dollar as the markets remained sceptical that the IMF bailout will be enough to stop the wave of risk and poor sentiment towards the region. With Greece expecting the first 14.5bn instalment today, a European Central Bank board member was keen to stress that nobody was questioning the euro in an interview on Austrian radio. With so many European officials seemingly desperate to keep faith in the euro, this may cause a stumbling block in future if the single currency does come into question. Out today we have German economic sentiment and European inflation data. This could see further volatility if it underperforms. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the US, despite a strong week for industrial data last week, the ‘Empire’ manufacturing index came in a lot worse than expected fuelling expectations that the US recovery may not be as strong as many thought. The US dollar is experiencing a lot of strength related to negative sentiment – both towards the euro zone and the UK as growth prospects fall. Out later today we have building permit data giving an idea as to the state of the housing market and also purchasing data. Get in touch now to ensure you don’t miss out.

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Posted May 11th, 2010 by Charles Purdy

EURO/GBP – 1.165
US$/GBP – 1.484
CHF/GBP – 1.646
CAN$/GBP – 1.518
AUS$/GBP – 1.649

Sterling gained against the US dollar throughout most of yesterday, hitting a high of $1.5054/ £1 as speculation over a deal between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats helped calm market concerns over the political situation in the UK. Despite being up nearly 1.7% against the US dollar, the pound fell in late trading as news of Gordon Brown’s resignation opened the doors for a potential Labour-Lib Dem coalition and left the markets as concerned as they were at the start of the day. Against the euro, the pound was fairly volatile as traders digested the announcement of a 550bn package to help Greece avoid defaulting on its sovereign debt. The announcement initially caused the euro to strengthen, but the pound recovered ground later in the day as the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold and kept the emergency funding level at £200bn. Out later today we have manufacturing and industrial production data for the month. The key market moving data is the continued uncertainty over the election. Call in now for a live exchange rate.

In the Euro zone, the euro started the day well, recovering losses against the US dollar following the announcement of a new bailout deal. The bailout saw stock markets rally by several percentage points. However, in trading early this morning, the gains made by the euro have been lost again as the wave of optimism created by the 750bn injection has given way to concerns that the support will not avert a slowdown in the region as seen in Japan in the 90’s and in the USA in 2008-09. At this stage, the bailout has eased some of the concern of the last few weeks, but the Euro zone now has a tough few years ahead of it. Out today we have had German inflation data which has shown an unexpected rise. This has had little effect on the euro though. Get in touch now to ensure you plan your next payment efficiently.

In the USA, Deutsche Bank – the world’s biggest currency trader – said that the US dollar is likely to extend its 12% gain against the euro as Europe needs more than just emergency funding to help strengthen the single currency. Looking at purchasing power parity (the equivalent cost of two identical goods in two different currencies), the bank’s ‘fair value’ exchange rate prediction for the /$ is between the 1.15 – 1.20/ $1 marks. Following yesterday’s bailout the US stock markets surged by nearly 4%. Out today, we have some minor economic data which is unlikely to have any effect. Get in touch now for a price.

Elsewhere, Chinese inflation jumped 2.8% since last April and with inflationary measures building, the country’s economy is at risk of overheating. This builds the case for stronger interest rates in the country and a revaluation of the currency to allow it to strengthen. The Chinese yuan is ‘pegged’ (i.e. fixed) against the US dollar. Any revaluation of this could impact UK importers as prices of goods in the country will rise. Additionally, yesterday saw the Polish zloty’s biggest daily gain ever – gaining over 2% against the pound as the currency benefited from the European bailout. However, the currency has reversed some of these gains this morning. Get in touch now to ensure you don’t miss out.

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