This report will examine the factors that could affect exchange rates this week in order to help you stay informed if you need to make a currency transfer. The table below shows the difference in Euros you would have received when buying £200,000 at the high compared to the low for the past month.
|Currency Pair||% Change||Difference on £200,000|
The Euro finished last week on another high against the Pound, after the UK released some less than impressive data on Friday, and Brexit negotiations continued to weigh down the value of Sterling. EU chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis, were once again at loggerheads regarding the transitional Brexit agreement, and if a resolution is not found this could mean that the March deadline is not met. One factor which has been holding the Euro back from making substantial gains of late is the ongoing uncertainty around Germany’s government coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her choices for the ‘painful’ concessions required in order to strike a deal, which still needs to be agreed by 460,000 SPD members in March.
Brexit negotiations are also continuing to have an impact on Euro exchange rates, and this is expected to continue over the coming weeks.
Prime Minister Theresa May will be giving a speech in the next few weeks, although no date has been set for this as yet, with Boris Johnson beginning a series of speeches outlining ‘the road to Brexit’ on Wednesday. If these provide clarity and positivity on what Brexit will mean for the UK, I would expect GBP/EUR to strengthen back towards 1.15, therefore clients selling Euros may wish to take advantage of the current levels to limit themselves from potential losses.
Looking at economic data releases which could impact Euro exchange rates for the week ahead, on Wednesday Inflation readings for Germany will be released. This is of high importance as Germany is the Eurozone’s largest economy, and any deviation from the 1.4% expected could result in swings on Euro exchange rates. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures for the whole of the Eurozone will also be released, showing the percentage of growth for the final quarter of 2017. Get in touch with your Account Manager today to help you to plan around these events.
For more information on how future data releases could affect your currency requirement, call our trading floor on 01494 725 353 or email me here.
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