Author: Laura Barrett

Laura Barrett
Laura Barrett
Laura moved from the US to the UK several years ago. As a corporate sales executive for a leading foreign exchange company, Laura has expert knowledge of currency movements and market trends and is able to offer specialist guidance regarding making a trade at the most lucrative time and protecting transactions from currency risk.

Laura Barrett's Articles

British Favourite Expat Destination Spain becomes World’s 7th Best

Monday, October 6th, 2014

British Favourite Expat Destination Spain becomes World’s 7th Best It has long been established that the British expats favour sun-kissed Spain as the ultimate destination, but a recent study has revealed that the castanets call further afield as Spain ranks as the world’s 7th best. A survey by networking community InterNations has shown Spain to […]

UK government plans to scrap 15-year voting rule for British expats

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

UK government plans to scrap 15-year voting rule for British expats According to reports, the UK government could soon end the highly unpopular 15-year rule that stops millions of British expats from voting in national elections in the UK. Cynics might say that the announcement is just an attempt by the Conservative led coalition government […]

Exchange Rate Outlook: GBP/EUR Close to One-Year High

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Pound Sterling With UK industrial/manufacturing production reports forecast to show that output increased in November, the Pound was heading for a five day gain against peers including the US Dollar. Sterling was also within touching distance of a one-year high against the Euro. Today’s NIESR UK GDP estimate for December will also be of interest. […]

Exchange Rate Outlook: GBP/USD Heading for 5-Day Decline

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Pound Sterling After softening yesterday following the Bank of England’s rate decision the Pound was heading for five-day declines against both the Euro and US Dollar. However, Sterling was able to edge higher during European trading as UK house prices accelerated by more than expected. Today’s UK inflation report could inspire further movement. GBP/EUR is […]

What does the tapering of stimulus mean for Expats and their money?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

What does the tapering of stimulus mean for Expats and their money? Over the past six months currency market movement has been driven by speculation surrounding the prospect of major world economies reining in the stimulus measures introduced to kick start economic growth. The quantitative easing measures introduced by nations like the US have not […]

Expat Nations with the Highest Wage and Disposable Income – Part Two

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Expat Nations with the Highest Wage and Disposable Income – Part Two In our two-part look at expat nations which offer the highest wage and disposable income we used data collated in the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey. In Part One we listed the top ten nations (Switzerland, China, Qatar, Thailand, Cayman Islands, Indonesia, Germany, […]

Expat Nations with the Highest Wage and Disposable Income – Part One

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Expat Nations with the Highest Wage and Disposable Income – Part One When you’re planning a move overseas, factors like the weather, culture and lifestyle play a big part in what nation you chose to emigrate to. But the economy of the country, and particularly what kind of wage you would be able to command […]

GBP/EUR Little Changed Before BoE Minutes

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Pound Sterling Last week the Pound achieved a three-week high against the US Dollar as the odds of the Federal Reserve tapering stimulus in December fell. Although a report published this morning has shown that UK house prices dropped this month, Sterling was holding steady against the Pound and Euro in a comparatively quiet news […]

GBP/EUR Heading for Five-Day Gain

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Pound Sterling While the Pound did soften yesterday as UK retail sales unexpectedly declined, the British currency is still heading for a weekly gain against the Euro. This week Sterling has been supported by the expectation that the Bank of England may increase interest rates earlier than expected. With UK news thin on the ground […]

Weaker Pound Slashes Expat Pensions

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Weaker Pound Slashes Expat Pensions With encouraging economic data for the UK indicating that the nation’s economic recovery is becoming increasingly robust the Pound has strengthened against peers like the US Dollar and Euro since the start of 2013. However, the British currency is still trading notably below the historic averages recorded prior to the […]