CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 67% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider (Saxo Bank). You should consider whether you understand how CFDs, FX or any of our other products work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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 past couple of weeks, we have seen the pound make some convincing gains, supported by the UK’s success in its vaccination programme.

During this period, we’ve seen GBP/EUR climb from €1.10 to €1.12, whilst EUR/GBP slipped back to £0.88.

Meanwhile, GBP/USD briefly broke through to an eight-month high of $1.37 before settling at $1.36, while EUR/USD slipped from $1.22 to $1.21.

What’s been happening?

The pound has made convincing gains over the past couple of weeks as GBP investors welcome the UK’s impressive progress in vaccinating the most vulnerable of its population.

Also boosting Sterling were comments from Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey, who downplayed speculation the bank could slash interest rates below zero.

The euro, meanwhile, has suffered in response to Europe’s slow rollout of vaccines, some political uncertainty in Italy, and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) concerns over the strength of EUR exchange rates.

At the same time, the US dollar has fluctuated, gaining support in mid-January due to renewed coronavirus concerns, before retreating as Biden optimism swept through markets.

What do you need to look out for?

Looking ahead, GBP investors will be looking for some payoff for the UK’s vaccination programme, with the pound potentially facing some headwinds if the government remains resolute in keeping the lockdown in place past mid-February.

The euro is also likely to remain sensitive to vaccination efforts in Europe, where further delays could put additional pressure on the single currency.

Meanwhile, the direction of the US dollar rests upon Joe Biden’s ability to push through the massive stimulus package, with any setbacks likely to sour market sentiment and boost the US dollar.

 

Our friends at Currencies Direct

At Currencies Direct we’re here to talk currency whenever you need us, so get in touch if you want to know more about the latest news or how it could impact your currency transfers.

Since 1996 we’ve helped more than 250,000 customers with their currency transfers, just pop into your local Currencies Direct branch or give us a call to find out more.

Exclusive Offer for Collins Sarri Statham Clients & Newsletter Subscribers

Find out more

Get Started with CSS

Open an Account

Subscribe to our award winning daily newsletter

Voted "Best Market Newsletter" in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 by the City of London Wealth Management Awards

Subscribe to our newsletter (Popup)

By signing up to our free email, you are consenting to receive these promotions. The newsletter is sent up to three times per day during the week and up to once per day over the weekend and is directed at UK residents. The newsletter contains company news, market movements, CSS research and promotions and breaking economic news. Occasionally our newsletter will contain advertisements from trusted partners. However, we will never give, sell or rent your email address to any other companies. If you want to stop receiving our free emails you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of each email. You can read our privacy policy here.

Sending
No, thank you I am already subscribed