Monday, 24 April 2017

Pound, dollar and euro exchange rate update

The GBP/USD cross has been relatively subdued today, with markets instead focusing on the result of the yesterday French elections.

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As you can see from the graph below the GBP/USD cross has spent the majority of today's session bouncing between $1.2780 and $1.2830.

GBP/USD graph




Although the pound has done very little, the euro has surged against the dollar since yesterday afternoon after Emmanuel Macron won the first round of votes, easing fears that Marine Le Pen will become the next President of France.

The euro touched on a five and a half month high against the dollar of $1.0938 last night, and although the euro has slipped slightly over the course of the day, the currency pair is still trading around 1.5% higher than on Friday afternoon.

EUR/USD graph




Markets now see Macron as the clear favourite for the second round of voting in two weeks' time, with some polls suggesting he will beat Le Pen by nearly 30%. Investors had been cautious about heading into the euro after the shock result of the UK referendum and Donald Trump's victory last year. However, with Macron holding such a big lead, it would appear markets are now prepared to start buying back into the euro.

With the first round out of voting out of way, it won't be long until attention turns back to the UK and the Brexit negotiations.

GBP/USD is still close to the highest levels we have seen since October, but once the official divorce talks get underway, we could easily see the pound come back under pressure.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

GBP/USD exchange rate breaks $1.28

This morning saw the GBP/USD cross continue to rise with the currency pair climbing to a fresh six month high of $1.2873.

Although the pound has edged slightly lower over the course of today's trading session, the current rate of exchange is still around three cents higher than yesterday morning.
 
Sterling is still benefitting from Theresa May's surprise announcement to call a general election on the 8th June. However, with the official Brexit negotiations set to begin before the end of April we could easily see the pound come under pressure again and give up the ground it has made over the past two days.

With GBP/USD currently trading at its highest level for over six months and with so much uncertainty over the impact Brexit talks will have on the UK economy, if you have a requirement to buy dollars then it could be worth taking advantage of the recent gains.

We have seen the GBP/USD cross climb rise over six per cent since the middle of March, and the recent move has made quite a difference to the cost of a transfer. Converting £250,000 in dollars today will now achieve you around $18,000 more than a month ago.

GBP/USD graph




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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The pound hits six month high against the U.S. dollar.

Today has seen the pound rise to its highest level against the dollar since the 4th October, with the currency pair hitting $1.2763.

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The pound received an unexpected boost after UK Prime Minister Theresa May shocked the markets by announcing plans to hold a general election on the 8th June.

As you can see from the graph below, the pound surged on the back on the news with the GBP/USD cross rising from $1.2523 to $1.2763.

GBP/USD graph



 

Why has the announcement caused the pound to rise?


Theresa May's plans to hold a general election have been seen as a positive by the markets, largely because of the lead she currently holds in the opinion polls.

Figures released over the weekend showed that the Conservative Party currently hold a 21 point lead over Labour and it would seem Theresa May believes that now is the time to strike.

By holding the general election now it will also allow Theresa May to see the Brexit negotiations through to the end, another positive in these uncertain times.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

GBP/USD exchange rate hits fresh high

The GBP/USD cross rose to its highest levels since the 27th March this morning, with the currency pair hitting $1.2573 following comments from President Trump yesterday evening.

The move means the pound has now risen around two cents since the start of the week, pushing the GBP/USD exchange rate away from the three week low we witnessed on Monday morning.

GBP/USD graph




What did Trump say?


The dollar has fallen across the board after President Trump spoke to the Wall Street Journal, telling them that he thought the U.S. dollar was "getting too strong" and if continued it would end up hurting the U.S. economy. He also said he would prefer the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low.

Trumps comments have come as a huge surprise to the markets, it is unusual for the President of the United States to talk about the value of the country's currency and monetary policy.

Both are normally left to the Federal Reserve, but it would appear Trump still has his own agenda, with markets taking the comments as a fresh reminder of his protectionist trade stance, a stance that has been hurting the dollar for the last few months.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

GBP/USD holds above $1.24.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, this morning saw the UK release its latest inflation figure. However, with the reading remaining unchanged at 2.3% it has so far done very little to impact the GBP/USD cross.

As you can see from the graph below we saw a small spike as the data was released, with the currency pair climbing around 30 pips to hit $1.2439. Some forecasts had suggested we would see inflation fall slightly to 2.2%, which if had happened could have caused the pound to lose ground as it would reduce the chances of a rate increase from the Bank of England.

GBP/USD graph.




World events holding back the U.S. dollar.


Despite Fed Chair Janet Yellen reinforcing the U.S. central banks stance that additional rate hikes are on the horizon, the dollar is being weighed down by the events in Syria and North Korea.

Investors have readjusted their positions after President Trump ordered the strikes in Syria last week, and with the possibility of U.S military action against North Korea, the dollar is struggling to find any momentum and fell against a basket of currencies during the Asian trading session.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

GBP/USD exchange rate climbs back above $1.24

The pound edged up against the dollar today, with the GBP/USD cross climbing back above $1.24. There is very little to report as we have had been no major data releases from the UK or U.S today, although Fed Chair Janet Yellen is due to speak at the University of Michigan this evening and her comments could cause some volatility for dollar pairs.

As you can see from the graph below the pound/dollar exchange rate has risen around half a cent over the course of today's session, despite some evidence UK consumers are starting to reduce their spending.

According to Visa, monthly spending dropped in March, and they also reported the lowest quarterly rate for nearly four years.

GBP/USD graph




Key data tomorrow.


There are a number of key eco-stats being released from the UK tomorrow (Tuesday) that could have an impact on the value of the pound.

The main one being the latest CPI (Consumer Price Index) reading, which is published by the Office for National Statistics. The reading is considered the UK most important inflation data, as it's used by the Bank of England's inflation target.

In recent months there have been calls for the Bank of England to raise interest rates to combat the rising inflation figure. Last month inflation rose above the central bank's target of 2%, hitting 2.3%.

However, tomorrow's reading is expected to show that inflation has dropped back to 2.2%, which if confirmed could see the pound fall across the board as it would reduce the charges of a rate hike in the near future.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

GBP/USD rates fall as economy slows

Pound/Dollar rates have fallen away from the recent highs today, due to data from the UK and USA. The rate started to fall this morning at 09:30am when a raft of UK data was released that was worse than forecast. Industrial and Manufacturing both showed a decline, House prices didn’t rise and Trade balance numbers were also worse than expected. All of this combined to weaken the Pound and pull GBP/USD lower. It shows that perhaps the economy isn’t quite as resilient as many think, and with Brexit negotiations due to begin within a few weeks, there’s every chance that the Pound will weaken further.

Will Pound rise or fall against US Dollar?


Sterling had been doing quite well over the last few weeks, but most forecasts seem to suggest that GBP/USD rates will fall. On the one hand, the Pound isn’t likely to strengthen much until it becomes clear what kind of deal we’ll get with the EU. Also the US are expected to raise interest rates 3 more times this year, and if they do it should strengthen the US Dollar and make it more expensive to buy. Also with events in Syria escalating from a proxy war to direct intervention by the USA, investors may move to safe haven currencies like the USD strengthening it further.

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