The European Central Bank (ECB) today announced its Quantitative Easing (QE) package, outlining over €1tn of stimulus for the economy. It’s been the main driver of exchange rates in recent weeks and today it became a reality. You can read a very good outline of the measures and how they work here on the BBC website.
What has it meant for exchange rates?
The Euro has weakened as markets expected it would. As you can see from the chart below, Pound/Euro rates have risen to a new 7 year high of €1.32, so fantastic rates for Euro buyers:
Will it go higher or drop back down?
I can’t see rates going that much higher, and given the GBP/EUR cross is now comfortably above the €1.30 benchmark, I think it will stay at this level. For this reason anyone that needs to buy Euro soon should consider fixing a rate while it’s so good. If you want to gamble on the hope of higher rates, then you should place a ‘Stop Loss’ order to protect against rates going back down.
Euro sellers don’t have much on the horizon that could improve things. This weekend’s election could cause further uncertainty for the beleaguered Eurozone, and so if you need to sell Euros, consider cutting your losses and getting something done sooner rather than later.
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