Business & Finance

Will GBP/EUR hit parity?

OVER the last month, the GBP/EUR exchange rate has steadily fallen from 1.1432 euros, to 10-month lows of 1.0969. During the same period, EUR/GBP has advanced from £0.8747 to £0.9115. EUR/USD has also hit new, multi-year highs of $1.1885, with the US dollar faltering in the face of geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty. The pound […]

Euro ‘exchange’ shock for expats and tourists

THE euro will be worth more than the British pound by the end of the first 2018 quarter, according to analysts at global, financial-services company Morgan Stanley. And, in its latest FX Overview paper, the firm argues that a stronger euro and a weakening pound will combine to make the euro more valuable than the […]

BoE and ECB in the spotlight

PARTWAY through July, the pound tumbled to an eight-month low against the euro, with GBP/EUR sliding from 1.1432 euros to 1.1123. While the pound has briefly pushed above 1.12 euros a couple of times in recent weeks, GBP has failed to sustain any momentum. EUR/GBP, on the other hand, has been moving between £0.8830 and […]

‘You are our top priority’

By Simon Manley (British Ambassador to Spain) GIVEN the success of the recent Spanish State Visit to the UK, which, among other things, highlighted the importance of people-to-people links between our two countries, I thought it timely to return to the subject of citizens’ rights in the negotiations on our Brexit departure from, and future […]

And it’s a problem for universities

A LARGE Brexit question mark also hangs over Britain’s university sector because EU academics, researchers and students, who have chosen to make their careers in the UK, are unsure about their future. Their dilemma is whether they should they remain at some of the world’s leading educational institutions, or move abroad to centres which may […]

UK inflation sends GBP/EUR reeling

HOPES that the Bank of England (BoE) might increase interest rates in the not-too-distant future helped the pound firm against the euro over the first couple of weeks of July. However, recent developments have seen the GBP/EUR exchange rate experience a reversal of fortunes. Since the beginning of the month, GBP/EUR has fallen from highs […]

Income tax to go down next year!

CRISTÓBAL Montoro, Spain’s Economy Minister, will lower income tax next year in exchange for the opposition agreeing to his cap on public spending. Montoro (pictured left, next to Vice-President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría) wanted to raise the limit on what the country’s 17 regional governments could spend by around 1%, to just under 120bn euros. […]

Pound recovers, thanks to BoE STAYING on top of the latest currency news can help you time your transfers more effectively, so find out what you should be looking out for over the next couple of weeks. After sliding in the wake of the UK’s general election, the pound was able to recover from its […]

GBP kept on its toes

STAYING on top of the latest currency news can help you time your transfers more effectively, so find out what you should be looking out for over the next couple of weeks. The UK general election certainly didn’t go the way PM Theresa May expected when she called for it, back in April, and all […]

Is your financial plan still ideal?

By Paul Montague (Partner, Blevins Franks) FOR most people, the key aim of financial planning is to protect their wealth. Whether it’s your investments, tax-planning, pensions or estate-planning, there are two key elements to consider: are they up-to-date, and, specifically, designed around your circumstances and objectives? Protecting your wealth We need to protect the value […]

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