At Gerard Associates Ltd we continue our daily look at factors affecting markets and currencies allowing some insight into conditions affecting exchange rates. Cash and income timing from a UK Pension or QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) should be considered to maximise the Pension, QROPS and investment income taken. Investment market volatility and currency exchange remains a challenge.The global economics are volatile and unprecedented in history. Currency exchange continues to concern expats with UK Pensions, QROPS and now QNUPS (Qualifying non UK Pension schemes). Friday saw sterling rally against the dollar as the markets were driven by gains made by the Euro against the dollar. Weak US jobs data also put pressure on the dollar as the Labor Department data showed non-farm payrolls rose by only 39,000 in November which was much weaker than the expected figure for 140,000 new jobs. I just found a great list of
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The unemployment figure also rose to 9.8% overall. The euro continued its two day run of gains against the greenback and held onto the gains made the previous day against the pound as reports the European Central Bank’s buying of Irish and Portuguese bonds went some way to ease concerns over the euro zone debt crisis. Yet many analysts believe the euro could resume the selling pressure it has seen over recent weeks with investors wary about how long the ECB will continue to buy bonds after the European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet on Thursday did not commit to ramping up bond buying as was reported recently by the finance group at BNI London.