What might impact my currency in the run up to Christmas?

As we head into the final week before Christmas I have outlined below the major data releases to watch out for before the markets slow down for the Christmas break:
- Tuesday 19th - Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) minutes. The latest minutes from the RBA will show how the central bank voted and give clues as to what future monetary policy the RBA may have in store.
- Wednesday 20th - Bank of England Governor mark Carney is due to speak at 13:15. Nothing is expected to come from his speech but it is always one to keep an eye on.
- Thursday 21st - Gfk Cosumer confidence and Public Sector Net Borrowing figures
- Thursday 21st - US initial jobless claims data and US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annualised figures.
- Thursday 21st - Canadian Retail Sales figures
- Friday 22nd - UK GDP Q3 figures
As you can see this week could still see plenty of movement on the currency market before things settle over the Christmas break. Should you need to get any transfers arranged and you would like as…

Currency update - GBP, EUR, USD, AUD, CAD, NZD

Below is a brief outline regarding how some of the major currency pairs have been performing. GBP/EUR in particular is back above €1.14 today folowing some weakness in the Euro.

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Pound Sterling – Brexit has remained one of the driving forces of GBP exchange rate movement over the last couple of weeks, with concerns that the UK would fail to reach an exit deal with the EU in time for the summit on 14th December piling pressure on the Pound. Although the UK and EU did eventually make a deal, concerns that discussions on trade and a transitional deal will be delayed until February next year left Sterling struggling. The EU summit could inspire considerable Pound movement on Thursday. If the tone adopted about the progress and path of Brexit negotiations is positive, the Pound could climb. This week GBP exchange rates will also be fluctuating in response to the UK’s inflation, employment and retail sales…

GBP/EUR reaches a 6 month high to then fall away heavily in the afternoon session

Those of you that were in a position to act swiftly managed to catch sterling at its highest level against the single currency in nearly 6 months this morning. For the first time since June the pound pushed over 1.15 but these levels were not to last. In fact by the close the pound had fallen by over 1% to reach 1.1360.

Initial signs were  good this morning following news that Theresa May had struck a last minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks onto the next phase. There will be no "hard border" with Ireland, and the rights of the EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU will be protected. Its so called "divorce bill" will amount to between £35 and £39bn - less than the £50bn as speculated a week or so back but still enough to push the pound through 1.15.

As mentioned, however, these gains did not last and anyone hoping for a push towards 1.16 will have been mightily disappointed. For me this see-saw effect is a trend that will continue and for…

Australian Dollar rallies overnight

The Australian Dollar gained more than two cents against the pound following the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) latest interest rate meeting.

As expected the central bank decided to keep the base rate on hold , but a far more optimistic outlook from the policymakers regarding wage growth, helped push the Australian Dollar significantly higher during the Asian session.

We are still seeing some strong buying levels for those looking to secure AUD, particularly the GBP/AUD pairing. Prior to the RBA meeting the pound was at its strongest level in over a year topping 1.78 - we are now back in the 1.75's again highlighting how volatile the pairing is currently.

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Brexit talks cause volatility for the Pound.

It's been an interesting Monday for the Pound, with exchange rates proving to be very volatile due to Brexit talks and rumours of a deal. This morning, there was talk that a deal was going to be announced, and Sterling/Euro shot up to €1.1420 as a result.

Then this afternoon, news broke that actually a deal would not be announced today, and down the Pound went. It's stabilised a little now, with GBP/EUR currently at around €1.1350.

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Sterling is incredibly susceptible to any rumours and news about Brexit at the moment. Anything that hints or suggests that trade talks will start soon is sending the Pound higher against other currencies. Any news that casts any doubt on the progress of the talks will send the Pound lower again. As you can see from the GBP/EUR chart below, this is creating quite a choppy market for the Pound:

With a key EU summit coming up later this morning, I think that the Pound will remain very volatile in the short term. A…

Sterling hits a 13 month high against the Australian Dollar

Sterling exchange rates have rallied overnight to reach a 13 month high against the Australian Dollar (AUD). The move has been even more significant against the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) with the pound now sitting at its highest level since August 2016.

Sterling has now gained over 5% against both these currencies in a relatively short window creating some strong buying opportunities.

These gains have come following yesterdays announcement that the UK divorce settlement for Brexit could be as much as £50bn, considerably higher than figures of £18bn discussed earlier this year.

Although the Prime Minister Theresa May downplayed these figures it was a much needed shot in the arm for the pound which also reached a two month against the US dollar.

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Pound rises1.5% against Euro, but will the gains last?

Following on from my post yesterday evening, the Pound has risen further against both the Euro and US Dollar, to €1.13 and $1.34 respectively.

As I mentioned in my post last night, the gains are due to reports that the UK will pay a 'divorce' bill to the EU of €50bn.

It could be argued that with the UK blinking yet again without the EU making any concessions, it does not bode well for future negotiations. However in terms of market reaction, the Pound has gained as it is now more likely that trade negotiations will begin in December.

For those that need to convert Sterling to Euros or other currencies, then it's worth considering taking advantage of these gains. Only a few months ago the rate was as low as €1.07, and this makes a huge difference when converting a large sum.

Purchasing a €150,000 property in France or Spain today is £7500.00 cheaper than a few months ago due to the gains in the Pound. When you look at the last 8 months you can see the rate has reached these…