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Mar 3

Pound all set for Budget Day

Sterling’s recent run has hit the brakes…

The Pound has fallen to a 2 week low against the US Dollar.

And against the Euro, the Pound hit a peak 7 days ago.

The UK’s accelerated vaccine roll-out had a positive effect on the Pound, but it was always going to be temporary.

Many countries are now moving from rescue to recovery mode.

Some central banks are even considering raising interest rates due to fears that there’s too much stimulus in the system – as can be seen by rampant stock and property markets.

Closer to home, the UK is set for the latest Budget.

Most Budgets are widely leaked to the press these days, so it may not make for exciting news.

Expect to hear the words ‘support’, ‘navigate’ and ‘recovery’ on a perpetual loop.

As always, we are here to take advantage of any favourable moves in currency markets.

Being pro-active with timing can make a significant financial difference.

If you would like to discuss your upcoming requirements, you can call us on 01872 487 500.

To find out our latest exchange rates, just click below.

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Have a great day, Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 09:30

£1.00 GBP = 1.1577 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3989 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7874 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9172 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7644 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.8670 ZAR

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Feb 28

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Hello Sharon,

Thank you for your message, at this moment in time we don't have any plans to travel to France as my better half is working for the NHS and I don't have to say anymore!

May I add that I am a true fan of your web site and the work are doing is brilliant.

Keep up the terrific work in these difficult times and stay safe.

Regards, John & Tricia.

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Feb 24

Is the Pound heading for 3 Year Highs?

Sterling continues to defy expectations…

Against the US Dollar, the Pound has surged to its highest level in over 1,000 days.

If it climbs another 1% it will approach 5-year highs.

The recent gains are not limited to USD.

A similar uptrend has formed against the Euro, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar and Japanese Yen.

We aren’t getting carried away, though.

The golden run is being attributed to Britain’s speedy vaccine roll-out.

At some point, other countries will catch up – which could see a reversal of fortune.

There is also talk that the Bank of England is getting uncomfortable with the Pound’s appreciation and may be forced to act.

What should You do?

If you have a requirement to purchase EUR or USD with GBP, please do consider locking in some of the recent gains.

Should you wish to speak with a member of the team to discuss your specific requirements, feel free to call us on 01872 487 500.

To find out our latest rates, click below.

Cle France and Key Currency

Thanks For Reading, What Next?

Have a great day, Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 09:15

£1.00 GBP = 1.1649 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.4172 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7902 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9181 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7824 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.6938 ZAR

  • Want to Learn More?

  • We have created a selection of Free PDF Guides for you to download covering many aspects of buying property abroad, visit our PDF Guides Page today or download our "Buying A Property in France" Guide PDF document.
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    • At Clé France / Key Currency, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.
    • We are pleased to offer our customers favourable exchange rates on international currency transfers.
    • As a Clé France website visitor, you qualify for preferential exchange rates when you transact through Key Currency.

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Feb 17

Pound Hits a 1,000-day High

Sterling has continued on its merry way.

With the UK a lot further along in it’s vaccine roll-out, investors are pushing the Pound higher.

Against the US Dollar, the Pound has surged to a 34-month high – it’s been over 1,000 days since the GBP/USD rate was last at these levels.

In fact, the Pound has gained over 20% against the Dollar since its COVID lows last year.

Against the Euro, the Pound has climbed to 10-month highs.

That’s a gain of over 8% since March last year.

These are big moves for currency markets.

But you just don’t know how long the gains will last.

No doubt, other countries will begin to catch-up with their vaccine roll-outs, which would diminish Sterling’s outperformance.

And let’s not forget, the UK economy is still being propped up by enormous government support.

Right now, buyers of Dollars and Euros are in a great position.

For buyers of Sterling, it may be prudent to protect your budget from further losses.

Call us on 01872 487 500 to discuss your individual requirements.

For our latest rates, click on the link below.

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Thanks For Reading, What Next?

Have a great day, Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 09:10

£1.00 GBP = 1.1504 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3894 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7891 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9279 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7639 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.3839 ZAR

  • Want to Learn More?

  • We have created a selection of Free PDF Guides for you to download covering many aspects of buying property abroad, visit our PDF Guides Page today or download our "Buying A Property in France" Guide PDF document.
  • Want to Live in France Post-Brexit? download our "PDF Guide to Living in France Post-Brexit" document.

    Brexit Guide Download

  • Need to Send Money Abroad?

    • At Clé France / Key Currency, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.
    • We are pleased to offer our customers favourable exchange rates on international currency transfers.
    • As a Clé France website visitor, you qualify for preferential exchange rates when you transact through Key Currency.

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How to Save Money on your foreign currency transfers

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Feb 12

UK Pancake Day celebrations and yummy recipe

Shrove Tuesday on February 16th 2021 means that across the UK there will be people practising their pancake tossing !

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday as it is more formally known, is a much loved day in the calendar as it a day to indulge yourself by eating delicious pancakes!

Of course even if you are in France on a viewing trip with one or more of the Cle France agents there is no need to miss out on your pancakes, in fact everyday is like pancake day at a French market where they is nearly always a Crepe stand serving freshly made French crepes, so another reason to buy a house in France! See how the French celebrate here.

So how did Shrove Tuesday start? Well the word ‘Shrove' comes from the old English word ‘shrive' which means to confess ones sins. The tradition of Shrove Tuesday began when Christians had to clear out their pantry before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. Today many people give up just one thing for Lent, however hundreds of years ago all meats, eggs, milk and other rich foods were given up for 40 days to remember when Jesus went into the desert and fasted  for 40 days and 40 nights. The idea was that instead of throwing out the fats and eggs; they should be used to make pancakes as a final feast before the fasting period began.

As well as Shrove Tuesday being a day for making pancakes we must not forget it is also a day for pancake races. This tradition is thought to have began in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445 when a woman was making pancakes and she forgot the time. Then suddenly she heard the church bells ring to signal the start of the service and in her panic she ran out of the house and to the church still holding the frying pan with the pancake inside. Pancake races are held in villages and towns across the country, usually with several different races so that all ages can take part. The race usually requires the competitors to run a course while tossing a pancake in their frying pan; the winner is the person who crosses the line first after tossing the pancake a certain number of times.

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Our Pancakes above may be a little fancy but all Pancakes are delicious, when cooked right. If you have not tried before or struggle to make perfect pancakes, why not follow this simple recipe by Delia Smith.

Traditional Lemon & Sugar Pancake Recipe 

Makes: 12-14 pancakes

Preparation time: 30 mins

Frying pan: Good heavy one not more than 7 inches / 18 cm in diameter (inside base)

Ingredients

For the pancake mixture:
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
50g/2oz butter
To serve:
caster sugar
lemon juice
lemon wedges

Method

Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets a airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs - any sort of whisk or even a fork will do - incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.

Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake. 

Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you're using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It's also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.

Recipe Source: Delia Smith - Complete Cookery Course Book

Blog submitted by: Alex at Cle France.

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