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Euro weakened by indecisive German election result

By HiFX  /     Sep 25, 2017  /     Germany  /     0 Comment

The Euro came under pressure on Monday after Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU/CSU party remained the largest party in Germany’s parliament but with its worst result in almost 70 years, taking 33% of the vote. Currency markets worried by shift in German politics Forming a coalition is not unusual in German politics. But these election results […]

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Pound rises as Bank of England suggests it may increase interest rates “over the coming months”

By HiFX  /     Sep 14, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Minutes of today’s Bank of England meeting showed that members voted 7-2 to keep rates on hold. Michael Saunders and Ian McCafferty maintained their vote to increase rates, while the newest member to the committee voted to keep rates on hold. However, the minutes show that the Bank of England appears to be considering raising […]

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Euro jumps as ECB signals QE decision in October

By HiFX  /     Sep 08, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

The Euro strengthened over one percentage point against the Dollar, hitting its highest level since January 2015, following yesterday’s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, despite them leaving monetary policy on hold. The Euro also strengthened against the Pound, as ECB President Mario Draghi signalled a decision on their quantitative easing (QE) programme would likely come […]

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Could the German election deliver a surprise result?

By HiFX  /     Aug 10, 2017  /     Money Matters  /     0 Comment

With a political system designed to ensure balance and stability, German politics tends to remain fairly free from surprises. Despite doubts about the reliability of opinions polls after the unexpected election results in the UK and USA recently, it is reasonable to expect German politics to remain relatively uneventful. But with national elections due to […]

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In Conversation: Protecting your bottom line from the impacts of currency fluctuations

By HiFX  /     Jun 14, 2017  /     Global  /     0 Comment

Welcome to In Conversation, foreign exchange insights and discussions from HiFX to support businesses that send or receive international payments. For more on effective foreign exchange risk management, join us at our free CIMA Bitesize Briefing events in London (21st June) and Bristol (22nd June).   The foreign exchange markets have become more and more […]

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Pound under pressure on possibility of a hung parliament

By HiFX  /     Jun 06, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

When Theresa May called a snap General Election on 18th April, a huge Conservative victory seemed almost a certainty. At the time, numerous polls gave the Conservative party a 20-point lead over Labour, which would translate into a substantial increase in their working majority in the House of Commons. However, with just a couple of […]

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In Conversation: Introducing the HiFX General Election Seatometer

By HiFX  /     May 18, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Welcome to In Conversation, foreign exchange insights and discussions from HiFX to support businesses that send or receive international payments.   This time last year, the currency markets were focusing on what was likely to happen in the EU Referendum and we were using our Brexit Barometer to take a look at the potential impact […]

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Macron wins French election; Euro breathes a (small) sigh of relief

By HiFX  /     May 08, 2017  /     Market Updates  /     0 Comment

Emmanuel Macron has emerged triumphant after one of the most closely fought French presidential elections ever. The official result shows that Macron beat his far right opponent, Marine Le Pen, by 66.06% to 33.94%. At 39, he now becomes the country’s youngest president. Euro stable after ‘Frexit’ risk averted After weeks of political uncertainty in France, […]

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