Friday, 25 November 2016

GBP/USD exchange rate holding firm

The GBP/USD cross has been holding around $1.2450 for the past twenty four hours. With most of America still enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday and little out in terms of data from the UK, I would imagine we are unlikely to see any major movements until the start of next week.

GBP/USD graph

The Office for National Statistics did publish its second GDP estimate for quarter three this morning, but with the reading coming in exactly as forecast at 0.5% it did very little to impact the value of the pound.

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With little to report on and not wanting to sound like a broken record, I thought I would take the opportunity to explain in a bit more detail the different ways you can purchase your currency to ensure you are making the most of your FX transfer.

Ways to buy currency

Spot Contract is the quickest, easiest and most popular way to buy currency. You simply buy or sell one currency in exchange for another, whenever you need it. You have two days to send us the money and as soon as your funds are cleared, we will forward the currency to the account of your choice.          

A Forward Contract can help you take advantage of current exchange rates. You can fix the price now for a transaction that will take place up to two years in the future. You secure the Forward Contract with a deposit of 10% of the total value of your transaction (you'll need to pay this within two working days of agreeing the contract) and then pay the balance before the contract expires. Once secured the agreed exchange rate will apply for the duration of the contract.             
With a Limit Order you specify the exchange rate you are hoping to achieve, a price that may not be currently available. Your currency will automatically be purchased if the market exceeds this level and you'll get the rate you wanted. This type of contract is particularly useful when the markets are moving in a positive direction for you.           

A Stop Loss Order will instruct your broker to buy if the currency goes down to a pre-determined level. When combined with a Limit Order you can hold out for a better exchange rate and still protect yourself from a sudden fall in the market.

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If you have a requirement to buy or sell dollars in the weeks or months and want to make sure are making the most from your transfer, contact me today for a free, no-obligation currency consultation.

As a specialist in currency exchange, I have a wide range of tools at my disposal to help protect you against adverse market movements or target a rate of exchange that might not be currently available.

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