Written by Canarian Weekly Business
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.
Latest currency news
Over the last fortnight, the GBP/EUR exchange rate has been fluctuating between €1.11 €1.12, as Brexit headlines drive demand. The EUR/GBP exchange rate, meanwhile, edged up from £0.89 to £0.88, while GBP/USD drifted from 1.24 to 1.22.
What’s been happening?
While sterling initially reacted positively to Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposal, the Irish-border issue remained contentious. The pound quickly gave up gains, as EU officials showed little enthusiasm for Johnson’s “final offer”.
However, GBP/EUR losses were limited, as the German composite PMI sank further into contraction territory in September, undermining support for the euro.
Investors were disappointed to find that the composite index slid to 48.5 last month, fuelled by a continued deterioration in the health of the manufacturing sector.
This latest underperforming German release raised concerns that the Eurozone’s powerhouse economy remains on track, to enter a technical recession in the third quarter.
Another poor month of factory orders added to this bearishness, with slowing global-trade conditions putting further pressure on the German economy.
What do you need to look out for?
French President Emmanuel Macron has given Boris Johnson until the end of the week to overhaul his plan. It would take positive Brexit headlines to dispel no-deal Brexit concerns, and return the pound to a firmer footing.
However, sterling could also be pressured lower by domestic data, with the UK’s GDP figure for August expected to show a decline in output.
A widening of the UK trade deficit could also see the pound fall further out of favour, this week, given the lack of clarity surrounding the UK’s future trade relationships. The euro is also likely to feel the heat, this week.
We’ve already seen the publication of poor German factory data, and a decline in the Eurozone’s Sentix consumer-confidence index. EUR exchange rates could be pressured lower, if the rest of the week’s data supports the case for further easing from the European Central Bank (ECB). The US dollar, on the other hand, will be reactive to global risk appetite, and Federal Reserve rate cut speculation.
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