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Posted November 5th, 2007 by Charles Purdy

Weekly € rates and comments – week commencing 5th November 2007


Sterling did okay this week. Various members of the Bank of England made comments that the UK was suffering a slowdown rather than anything worse [at this time] and this has led the market to believe that any UK interest rate cuts are unlikely until next year. This has lent some support to sterling which has gained against nearly every currency apart from the all conquering Canadian $ [C$1.954/£1 inter bank]. Although the UK housing market is less robust than it was, house prices “apparently” increased in September. I am slightly sceptical about these figures but it does indicate that we are not in the same dire straights that the US finds itself in.


The € lost a bit of ground and sit at €1.439/£1. Euro land interest rates are unlikely to be reduced any time soon especially as inflation is sitting at 2.6%. However, the Euro land economy is being squeezed and we are unlikely to see any increases in Euro land interest rates. Euro land was slowest to increase interest rates and is likely to be the slowest to reduce them! Still a good time to repatriate your €’s

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