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21 January 2018

How to Secure a 12-month Currency Rate

It can be frustrating having to follow foreign exchange rate movements when you’re changing up your money, whether for business or for pleasure.

What if there was an easier way, where you can instead rely on a trusted brokerage to undertake the time-consuming task of monitoring prices? Even better, what if you could guarantee a fixed price that would remain in place for up to a year?

This is just one example of the services that Accendo FX can provide for you. This report contains further details of how forward contracts can benefit you, as well as other ways to avoid currency risk.

How do fixed prices work?

When you rely on currency exchange, not knowing the daily value of your expenses can be stressful, to say the least.

Why take the added risk of paying your business’ invoices or transferring money abroad at the going market rate, whether attractive or not, when instead you can enjoy the security of Forward Contracts.

Instead of a spot rate, where the current market price is paid for a currency transaction, regardless of future movements, a forward contract guarantees the trade price is held over a given period at a specific value.

For some currencies, this can last up to 12 months and crucially, the price of the forward will not change during the year irrespective of market movements.

How to secure your rate

Forward contracts can be agreed with your Accendo FX broker and guaranteed with a deposit of up to 5% of the trade’s value. This is then attributed to the final settlement when funds are required.

The only obligation of a forward contract is that the trade is settled by the agreed date, regardless of the subsequent market movements.

An example of a forward contract

In recent times, perhaps the best possible example of how a forward contract may benefit you is Brexit.

The surprise result of the EU referendum saw Pound Sterling fall sharply against both the Euro and the US dollar. Should you have used a forward, you may have managed to escape the increased costs.

For example, using a forward contract a trader would have been able to book a specific value of Euros before the referendum at roughly €1.30 per £1.

Subsequently, despite sharp Sterling devaluation, you could have accessed the forward trade at the agreed value at any point over the predetermined time frame, potentially saving you thousands.

Do note, however, should FX markets move in your favour during that period, you are still obligated to complete the forward contract.

How can you avoid further currency risk?

A common strategy when undertaking a large transaction is to book a select percentage of the trade’s cost using a forward, leave the remaining total to a series of spot trades or even further forward trades should the price move in your favour; doing this effectively raises your average price.

Working with Accendo FX, you can navigate the risks FX markets can throw at an individual or business.

Our talented team will help you to secure forward contracts to help alleviate the risks of FX dealing, and will also provide you with crucial information about pivotal events for your chosen currency pairing.

Read on to find out the key events that are set to impact your currency pairing, alongside forecasts City of London analysts are making for Sterling, the Euro and the US dollar. Which is set to outperform?

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What’s next for Pound Sterling, the Euro and the US dollar?

The dollar is in decline. The global reserve currency had a torrid 2017, and that trend has continued into 2018. Having initially rallied after the election of President Trump, since his January 2017 inauguration the dollar has fallen consistently. Even the first major overhaul to the US tax system in 30 years has done little to aid sentiment.

This has subsequently impacted both Sterling and the Euro. The former traded a post-Brexit high above $1.39 within the first three weeks of 2018, while the latter climbed to a 3-year high above €1.23 against the greenback.

But what could help plug the dollar leak? In the early part of the year, traders will be carefully watching both the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve as both institutions make drastic in-house changes.

The former has begun tapering its vast Quantitative Easing (QE) scheme in 2018, a process which will eventually see asset purchases fall to zero. Just how fast President Draghi and the rest of the Governing Council decide to taper purchases will be key to the Euro’s performance over the course of the year. With the current tapering deal running until September, expect an announcement in the preceding months and potentially as early as March.

Meanwhile, the US Fed will have a new face at the helm. Outgoing Chair Janet Yellen will be replaced by Governor Jerome ‘Jay’ Powell, a former investment banker nominated to the top job by President Trump. Many on the outside believe that Powell will be more hawkish than his predecessor, accelerating the rate at which the Fed will hike rates. But as a conforming member of the FOMC since beginning his governorship during the Obama administration, will Powell instead follow his former boss in committing to a steady pace of hikes?

Last, but certainly not least, Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU will reach full throttle in 2018, and are expected to reach a critical venture in Autumn. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has suggested a transition agreement could be reached by October. But with a colossal amount of legal complexities needing to be resolved, can a deal be hammered out in time? Or might delays put Britain’s EU exit in a precarious position?

How might forward contracts benefit you in 2018?

As mentioned earlier, forward contracts can act as protection when FX markets move against your positions.

In a hypothetical example, if an individual wanted to exchange $100,000 into Sterling after selling their US home, but GBP/USD (Cable) rallies to 2016 highs of $1.50 by the end of 2018, securing a forward contract at $1.35 could save the individual £7,400. Forwards also work should your currency pairing be subject to a sharp devaluation.

For example, a business needs to exchange £100,000 into Euros to buy goods, but GBP/EUR falls to €1.05 (2017 lows) by the end of the year, securing a forward contract at a rate of €1.13 now could save the business £6,000.

Remember, in both examples, if the market moves in your favour you are still obliged to pay the agreed forward contract rate by the agreed date, regardless of the rate.

Over the page, our report concludes with technical analysis of our clients’ top three traded currency pairings, GBP/USD – or ‘cable’ – GBP/EUR and EUR/USD. Which currency pairing are you most affected by?

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GBP/USD ‘Cable’

Will Cable rally to 2015 highs of $1.50 (+8.1%) or return to ‘flash crash’ lows of $1.18 (-15%)?
  • Cable has broken out to a fresh post-Brexit high of $1.39. Will the rally continue to pre-Brexit levels?
  • Relative Strength Index (RSI) at highest level since September, while Stochastics are overbought
  • Momentum has retreated marginally after trading at highest level since September
  • Brokers are negative on Cable, with only 30% seeing upside to the current price


Bullish: ING Financial Markets, Target $1.53, +10.4%, (7 Dec 17)

Average Target: $1.35, -4.1% (18 Jan 18)

Bearish: RBC Capital Markets, Target $1.20, -13.4% (18 Dec 17)


Pricing and consensus data sourced from Bloomberg on 18 January. Please contact us for a full, up to date rundown.

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Will GBP/EUR rally to 2017 highs of €1.25 (+10%) or return to ‘flash crash’ lows of €1.075 (-5.1%)?
  • GBP/EUR has found rising lows support at €1.12 having failed to overcome €1.145 resistance
  • RSI in rising channel towards overbought, while Stochastics also approaching overbought
  • Momentum turning back towards zero after reaching highest level since December
  • Brokers are negatively biased, with just 40% forecasting upside from the current levels


Bullish: Barclays, Target €1.176, +3.8% (5 Jan 18)

Average Target: €1.10, -2.9% (18 Jan 18)

Bearish: Societe Generale, Target €1.02, -10% (3 Oct 17)


Pricing and consensus data sourced from Bloomberg on 18 January. Please contact us for a full, up to date rundown.

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Will EUR/USD rally to 2014 highs of $1.40 (+14%) or return to 2017 lows of $1.035 (-15%)?
  • Eurodollar has broken out to fresh 3-year highs. Will it keep climbing towards 2014 levels?
  • RSI bullishly holding around overbought level, whilst Stochastics retreat from overbought
  • Momentum positive but narrowing. Will it break higher or lower?
  • Brokers are negatively leaning, with just under 45% forecasting upside from the current levels


Bullish: Nomura, Target $1.35, +10.4%, (24 Nov 17)

Average Target: $1.22, -2.9% (18 Jan 18)

Bearish: Commerzbank, Target $1.12, -8.5% (12 Jan 18)


Pricing and consensus data sourced from Bloomberg on 18 January. Please contact us for a full, up to date rundown.

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