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You can see our currency news market reports, published daily, on this page. Jargon-free and with our archive back to 2011, bookmark this page to stay on top of the latest currency news relating to your transfers.

House prices down in February

28 July, 2011

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More bad news for the UK economy today as Nationwide announced a 1.8% drop in February house prices.

House prices need to stabilise in order for confidence to return to the UK economy – and the Pound is likely to remain low until that happens, says Chuck Hall, senior analyst at UK-based Currency Index Ltd.

“The low Pound is helping international investment into the UK, with sending money to the UK now around its cheapest for many years”, says Hall.

However, for those of you wanting the best exchange rates to send money to Germany or the Eurozone, or needing to buy US dollars at the best rates, things are still looking gloomy.

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Recession to last to 2010?

28 July, 2011

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Ben Bernake, chairman of the Federal Reserve in the USA, said in his speech today that the US Recession my last into 2010.

This is the first time a central bank has indicated its concerns so far into the future.

As a result, the US Dollar weakened, making sending money in Dollars cheaper this afternoon. However, the Pound is also vulnerable to such comments (when America sneezes, we catch a cold in the UK) – so today some of the gains made in recent days have been wiped out in terms of exchange rates.

Euro money transfers are some of the worst affected, down 2c this afternoon, while South African Rand transfers have also got more expensive today.

Of course, if you are bringing Euros back to the UK, the news is the other way round – and you will get more sterling than you would have done yesterday.

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Taxpayer liability over £1tn

28 July, 2011

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Government insurance schemes to protect banks from further losses arising from their bad loans and investments, will bring the taxpayer’s total liability to £1.3tn – more than the entire output of the British economy each year.

With Mervyn King telling an audience we are “deep in recession”, it is unlikely the Pound will be able to recover much this year, meaning that foreign currency transfers will remain expensive for some time.

For those of you wanting to buy overseas property, the only good news is that bargains can be found in Europe and elsewhere, to make up for the poor exchange rate against the Euro and US Dollar.

Use a currency company to make sure you get the best deal on any currency transactions.

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Sterling – Euro rallies

28 July, 2011

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The Pound has gained nearly 2c against the Euro today – giving some of the best Euro exchange rates we have seen this year.

Positive news from the UK banking sector, including Northern Rock and RBS, have given some new-found confidence in the British economy.

While those of you who need to be sending Euros overseas will not be doing cartwheels just yet, it could at least be a good time to speak to your friendly currency broker if you have any Euro requirements in the coming weeks and months.

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This week’s data releases

28 July, 2011

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Week Commencing Feb 23rd – important data releases for currency rates

Pound Sterlingsending money overseas? Receiving money from abroad?
Wednesday 0930 – GDP figures for the last quarter of 2008
Friday 0001 – Consumer Confidence survey

Eurozone
Tuesday 1000 – Industrial Orders
Friday 1000 – CPI inflation data

Canadian Dollar
Monday 1330 – Canadian Retail Sales

US Dollar exchange rates
Tuesday 1500 – Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech
Wednesday 1500 – Home resales data
Thursday 1330 – Durable Goods orders
Thursday 1500 – New home sales
Friday 1330 – GDP and personal consumption data

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Exchange Rate News

28 July, 2011

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Weekly Exchange Rate and Currency Update 16/2/09

With uncertainty in the financial markets set to continue, a summary of this week’s major data announcements which could affect exchange rates and currency movements. All times are GMT.

Pound Sterling
Tuesday 0930 – UK consumer and retail price index
Wednesday 0930 – Bank of England minutes
Wednesday 1100 – UK industrial trends survey
Thursday 0930 – public sector net borrowing

If you are sending money abroad, the value of your Pound could be volatile during these announcements, specially the Bank of England minutes on Wednesday which give the results of the MPC’s last interest rate vote earlier this month.

Eurozone
Tuesday 1000 – Eurozone trade balance

Canadian Dollar
Monday 1330 – Canadian investment data

Sending money to Canada has been increasing in cost due to the weak Pound – this release is not a major one but could make a difference to your Canadian dollar exchange rate.

US Dollar
Tuesday 1800 – US housing market index
Wednesday 1330 – US housing starts and building permits
Thursday 1330 – US producer price index

As the US dollar has been strengthening in recent weeks, look to these data releases for clues as to the Greenback’s future direction.

Swiss Franc
Thursday 1000 – ZEW business sentiment survey

Transferring money to Switzerland, whose Franc is seen as a ‘safe haven’ currency, has not been helped by the recent financial problems in the UK. In risky climates, investors tend to buy safe currencies and assets such as the CHF, which means demand increases and the currency therefore becomes more expensive.

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Canadian Dollar Exchange Rates

28 July, 2011

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If you need to send money to Canada in the near future, keep an eye on Monday’s Canadian retail sales data, released at 1.30pm UK time.

Canadian Dollar rates have been falling for some time, as the Pound has been losing ground across the board. A positive reading on Monday is likely to strengthen the Canadian Dollar, making exchange rates worse if you send funds across the pond.

Don’t forget, a currency broker will enable you to save money against using your bank, and also offer the facility to fix exchange rates up to 2 years ahead. If you are emigrating, fixing your exchange rate can sometimes save you thousands of pounds, without needing all your sterling available.

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South African Rand stays steady

28 July, 2011

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Historically, the South African Rand has been a volatile currency while many others stayed steady against the Pound. However, with the recent financial volatility in the financial markets, the Rand has been relatively stable.

Sending money to South Africa is therefore becoming an increasingly attractive option for investors in overseas property. The best South African Rand rates have remained within a manageable range over the last 12-18 months.

Of course, using a currency broker such as Currency Index Ltd will save money compared to using typical high street banks.

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Today’s Exchange Rate Update

28 July, 2011

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Mid-market rates at 1700 GMT:

Sterling – Euro = 1.1090
Sterling – US Dollar = 1.4233
Sterling – Australian Dollar = 2.1829
Sterling – New Zealand Dollar = 2.7275
Sterling – South African Rand = 14.3150
Sterling – Canadian Dollar = 1.7758

The Pound has followed yesterday’s dip with further losses against major currencies, with US Dollar exchange rates particularly volatile after good retail sales data released earlier on.

European data out showed weak production figures, but the Euro failed to move much, finishing about a cent lower than yesterday. A Pound now buys Euros for overseas transfer just above the 1.10 mark.

Friday sees Eurozone GDP data released in the morning, as well as German data and US consumer sentiment in the afternoon. There are no major releases scheduled for the Pound.

Make sure you are in touch with a currency broker if you need to send or receive any payments in foreign currency.

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Today’s Exchange Rate Update

28 July, 2011

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The Pound has followed yesterday’s losses with a further drop against major currencies. The Bank of England’s governor Mervyn King spoke of a deep recession in the UK which has dented confidence further in the UK economy, leading to sell-offs for the Pound.

Tomorrow sees the monthly report from the European Central Bank’s, as well as US jobless claims in the afternoon, so it could be another volatile day on the forex markets. For those of you sending money to New Zealand, tomorrow night could also be key with NZ retail sales announced.

Whether you need to send or receive any currency, make sure you have a reliable currency broker working to get you the best available exchange rates.

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