Latest News and ArticlesCurrency exchange rates are affected by a number of things happening all over the world, from economic, political and law changes to scandals. We publish the latest news and articles to help keep you up to date and stay informed when making payments overseas.
The pound has been bouncing up and down in early trading this week as the aftershocks of the General Election continue to be felt through the currency markets. On Thursday night we hit a three-year high against the euro within 5 minutes of the exit poll showing a decisive Conservative victory, and we continue to see volatility in the market.read more
So you’re heading off to look at homes abroad. Unlike in the UK, in many countries you’ll need to pay a...read more
Our partner, Property Guides, recently did a survey to find out about property buyers' plans for moving...read more
If you're transferring money overseas, such as from pound or euro to dollars, then...read more
To say the start of 2019 has been a rollercoaster ride would be an understatement. We've had Brexit...read more
Spring is the time for new beginnings and exciting projects. Such as moving abroad. But while emigrating has rarely been easier, avoiding becoming a “boomerang Brit” who comes flying back too soon requires careful planning. Keeping your finances on a firm footing will help you settle in and enjoy your new start, and that’s where Smart can help.read more
As we reach the exciting part of the process for many property buyers, viewing trip time, it’s those who are proactive and prepared who tend to get the bargains and be enjoying their home this summerread more
Although the best things in life abroad – sun, space and a fresh start – may be free, establishing...read more
Are you thinking of buying a quaint Gîte in the south of France, a slick apartment in Italy or maybe a...read more
2019 is looking to be a bumpy year politically and economically – but that shouldn't mean you put your...read more
Taking the complexity out of currency
Currency exchange rates are among the most complicated parts of the financial world. Where exchange rates will go is impossible to predict, as they are buffeted by the world events and news of the economy, both at a global and local level.
Vast quantities of currency are traded by the financial institutions based on the smallest piece of economic data, or rumour of political events – 90% of the currency markets are speculative. At the end of all this might be you, about to make the biggest and most complicated purchase of your own life, a home abroad. You may be desperately hoping that rates won’t change, taking the property of your dreams out of your budget, even as vital decisions are taken far away that will do just that.
Smart Currency Exchange may not be able to tell fortunes, but we can help you protect your property purchase by budgeting effectively, managing risk and suggesting solutions. But we want you to stay informed too.
Our team of writers and traders will be digesting all the global and local news that might affect you, and creating content that you will (a) enjoy reading and (b) use to good effect.
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News and events affect exchange rates
If you’re buying property abroad, you may be paying close attention to how your pounds are rising and falling in value as euros or dollars. You may also be keeping a close eye on current events and changes to the law that could affect your purchase, such as Brexit.
You may want to know why those changes are happening, or you might just want to know what could affect your money in the future. Either way, Smart covers the political, property and currency related news you need to know, giving both detailed analysis and readable, usable guidance, all free of charge.
Having been in operation for more than a decade and helped thousands of people to buy abroad, we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge that we are very happy to share.
You can read all about it, both on this website and in our Daily Market Updates. But we also write for other key organisations, including the global business news service Forbes, and the largest property website in the UK, Rightmove. Our expert opinion is frequently sought by national newspapers too.
Our news and advice covers all the major countries and the major currencies. Staying up to date will help you to minimise risks with your currency and protect your budget, so please keep coming back to this site, and you can also sign up to our mailing list.