Below you will find out the highs, lows & averages of the Pound to Euro rate, its full history, why you can't trust forecasts, and how to achieve a better rate.
Highest pound to euro rate ever
The Pound reached an all-time high of €1.752 against the Euro on 3rd May 2000.
Following the Euro's launch in 1999, it performed poorly relative to the Pound as investors had concerns about whether it would be a short-lived experiment.
Lowest pound to euro rate ever
The weakest the Pound has been compared to the Euro was €1.02 on 30th December 2008.
This was during the global financial crisis at which point the UK banking system was fragile and required government support to stave off collapse.
What is the average pound to euro rate?
The Pound to Euro rate has averaged €1.33 over its full 20-year history.
Therefore at current levels, the Pound sits well below the average rate since inception.
Over the past decade, the Pound has traded at much lower levels than the decade before.
In the past 10 years, the average GBP/EUR rate has been €1.20.
Brexit effect on Pound to Euro
Following the Brexit referendum result, the Pound dropped sharply in value against the Euro.
The Pound fell 16% against the Euro in the 4 months following the Brexit referendum, including 6% on the day of the result.
The large fall was due to the uncertainty it created.
For the last few years, the Pound to Euro rate has spent most of the time in a range between €1.10 – €1.20.
Since Brexit, the highest the Pound has been is €1.2046 on 18th February 2020, and the lowest its been was €1.0681 on 23rd March 2020.
Beware: The Pound to Euro rates you see online are often 'fake'
You can easily get a Pound to Euro rate off the internet these days.
Websites like XE, FX Street, Oanda and Daily FX, offer live Pound to Euro rates to 5 decimal places.
Even Google automatically gives you a rate now.
But here's the problem...
The Pound to Euro rates that are readily shown online are not customer rates.
What you are actually seeing is something called an 'interbank rate'.
What on earth is an interbank rate?
As the name implies, an interbank rate is a rate used by one bank to trade with another bank.
In simple terms, it's a wholesale rate.
Even large corporations, who buy and sell currencies in the billions, don't trade at interbank rates.
Now if all you want is just a rough idea of the GBP to Euro rate, then by all means, use interbank rates as a yardstick.
However, if you actually want to convert Pounds into Euros, interbank rates are misleading.
Here's the sneaky bit...
Some of the websites that show these rates are using them as a hook to lure in customers.
They dangle wholesale rates, then provide a link to their money transfer service.
But when you go to convert your money, you get a different rate.
It's only when you dig around that you will find a disclaimer that reveals that the rates shown are "not transactional" or "not accessible".
So what can you do about it?
If you need to convert Pounds to Euros in the real world, then I would suggest getting a genuine quote from a bank or a money transfer specialist.
Using a real Pound to Euro exchange rate will allow you to budget more effectively and avoid any unexpected shocks later on.
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Pound to Euro graph (with the ups and downs explained)
Pound to Euro - its 20-year history in a nutshell
- The GBP/EUR rate started out in 1999 at just above the €1.40 level.
- For its first few years, there were doubts over the Euro's credibility. The Pound gained in value relative to the Euro.
- Within a year of the Euros launch, the value of the Pound shot up to €1.752 - which remains the all-time high.
- By 2003, the Pound was back down to the launch rate of €1.40 as the Euro became firmly established as a currency.
- From 2003-2007, the GBP to EUR rate hovered between €1.40 – €1.50. A rare period of stability.
- During the global financial crisis of 2007/8, the Pound nosedived as the UK government provided £500 billion in support to prevent a collapse of the British banking system.
- In late December 2008, the Pound hit an all-time low of €1.02.
- From 2013-2015, the Euro fell heavily as debt problems emerged with the ‘PIGS’ (Portugal, Greece, Spain & Italy). The future viability of the EU was questioned.
- In February 2016, the Brexit referendum was announced. The Pound began another steep descent.
- On the day of the 'shock' result in June 2016, the Pound suffered its biggest ever one-day fall against the Euro of 6.02%.
- Since the Brexit vote, the Pound had been clawing its way back up against the Euro (until Coronavirus triggered another sell-off).
Can you trust Pound to Euro forecasts? (Hint: No)
I’m just going to come out and say it: I don't trust exchange rate forecasts.
For the sake of full disclosure: I don't believe in the tooth fairy or the easter bunny either.
Nor do I believe in Father Christmas (although I still want to).
Don't get me wrong; I understand why forecasts exist.
People naturally want to know what the future holds...me included.
But that doesn't mean someone or something can somehow come up with a reliable answer.
When I have searched for Pound to Euro forecasts on the internet, I have found a bunch of rubbish.
The methodology used (if there is one) is highly questionable.
Most of the time it is a simple extrapolation of the current rate with a tweak here and there.
I've worked in finance for over 20 years.
I know that whatever I say won't change the fact that people crave certainty and will go looking for it.
But as my old boss would say "to the left is history, to the right is mystery".
I have yet to find anyone with a crystal ball, magic wand, or secret potion that can predict exchange rates in the future.
There are just too many moving parts in currency markets to make a computer model remotely accurate.
If someone could predict the future, the last thing on Earth they would do is post the information on the internet.
They would be making billions trading foreign exchange themselves.
It's basically like believing someone can predict next week's winning lottery numbers.
It's fantasy land.
Don't shoot the messenger please. I come in peace.
Getting the best Pound to Euro exchange rate
While I am sceptical about predicting the future, I'm not suggesting you should ignore exchange rate fluctuations.
The exchange rate you achieve is important.
Even small movements in GBP to Euro exchange rate can make a large financial difference.
In fact, a lot of people underestimate how sensitive currency exchange is to the rate.
Here's a quick example...
Say you've bought a property in Spain for €80,000.
To pay for it, you need to convert your Pounds into Euros.
At the time you agreed to buy it, the rate is £1 to €1.15.
The price in Pounds works out at £69,565.
However, until you actually exchange your money, the price of your Spanish property will keep moving with the GBP to Euro rate.
One morning, a bit of bad economic news comes out, and the Pound drops 1.5% against the Euro.
The rate has now dropped to £1 to €1.133.
Which means the price of the property has increased to £70,590.
That small exchange rate fluctuation just cost you an extra £1,000.
Moves of 1-2% happen all the time - sometimes within a day.
Over several weeks you can see accumulated moves of 3%, 4% or even 5%.
Now you're talking serious money.
It's why you might find it useful to speak to a professional who is watching rates continuously throughout the day.
As a money transfer specialist, we watch rates very closely.
It's a key part of our job.
We try and help our clients achieve a better rate and take advantage of favourable moves.
I appreciate that foreign exchange is an unfamiliar world to most people.
And unless you are glued to the screens all day, you could easily miss a good rate or be unaware of upcoming events.
Which is why getting some guidance on exchange rates can help take away 'rate anxiety'.
Most people have a window of time in which they can carry out their transfer.
You could have a few days, weeks or even months.
During this time, there will be ups, downs and everything in between.
It can be an advantage to have someone monitor the rate on your behalf.
That's a fundamental difference in the way we operate.
A bank or online platform obviously won't offer that kind of service.
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We will help optimise your position and execute your trades to your best advantage.
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