The UK is leaving the EU – So now is not the time to bury your head in the sand. HOW DO THINGS STAND AT PRESENT? The UK economy appears to have weathered the initial shock of the Brexit vote, although the British pound’s value remains near a 30-year low, opinion is sharply divided over the long-term effects of leaving the EU. Major firms such as EasyJet and John Lewis have pointed out that the sterling slump has increased their costs. Britain also lost its top AAA credit rating, meaning…Read More
The British Financial Industry could lose up to £38 billion (43 billion euro) in revenue if the UK undergo a so-called “Hard Brexit” restricting access to the European single market. This will result in the UK being subject to both tariffs and non-tariff barriers. A report by Oliver Wyman ordered by the industry lobby group TheCityUK, summaries two different outcomes following a “Hard Brexit”. One outcome would see the UK cut all ties with the single market. If this were to happen, revenue may fall by £20 billion causing a…Read More
Currently the Euro has strengthened which is affecting Irish Exporter margins, find out what you can do. Today’s modern economy places the exporter/importer at the forefront of an economy. Within Ireland, 51% of all economic activity in 2014 was purely exporter related.Read More
The Euro over the next month to six weeks could have a double whammy consecutively. Today the entire Forex market is expecting and aligned for a 0.25% interest rate rise from the Federal Reserve, which will take interest rates in the US to 0.375%. While the Euro has broken the $1.10 mark this week. Ultimately this is due to the ECB surprising the markets two weeks ago and the Forex market being unprepared to make any drastic movements before today’s meeting.Read More
If part of your job involves converting foreign currency to US dollars or vice versa, 2014 could have been a challenging year for you.
If you are based in the U.S. and selling to clients overseas, your products – depending where you sell them – this year became on average 10% more expensive (US Dollar Index+9.8%). If you were importing it was a banner year – you just saved on average 10% on your products. By historical standards this was one of the best appreciations of the dollar over the last 15 years.Read More