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Posted September 28th, 2010 by Charles Purdy

EUR/GBP Rate & Comments for 28th September 2010

EUR/GBP – 1.178

Sterling rose against the US dollar to hit a 7 week high of $1.5867/£1 as the US currency struggled to shake off concerns that the Federal Reserve would ease monetary policy further to stimulate the flagging recovery. The movement is clearly more down to US dollar weakness than sterling strength, as sterling’s continued weakness against the euro shows. Sterling continued to languish around the 1.1750 mark against the single currency, as the pound continued to track the euro’s recent strength against the US dollar. UK data didn’t help either, with a survey from property market researcher Hometrack showing that UK house price growth has fallen by 0.4% in September – the lowest rise for 18 months. However, the impact of this was limited, as a flagging housing market has already been priced in to sterling’s value. In terms of data today, the main release is the trade balance figures. Investors are desperate for exports to increase and start driving a ‘rebalancing’ of the economy from debt led growth to export led growth, and this figure will give a good idea of the situation. Additionally, the final GDP figure for the 2nd Quarter is released. This should remain unchanged at 1.2%. Call in now to ensure any unforeseen surprises don’t end up costing you more than they should do.

In the Euro zone, the euro continues to benefit from concerns in the USA. Against the US dollar, the euro is holding strong at $1.3480/1 as market participants back the single currency with the prospects of further Quantitative Easing in the USA. Monetary supply in the Euro region came in higher than expected showing a 1.1% increase against an expectation of 0.4%. More money flowing round the economy means better growth prospects, so this data helped the euro. It is quite incredible that sentiment towards Europe is as good as it seems given the serious structural issues that remain with debt in most of the region. There is a fair amount of data released today, with consumer spending, preliminary German inflation data and German consumer confidence data. Call in now to speak to one of the team about managing your risk in the run up to Christmas.

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