You Win. Whitehouse upheaval may mean big money for expats.

With the U.S. election looming many expats are wondering: is this the right time to move my money? UKForex looks at the lessons learned from Brexit to help you make wise choices in the lead up to the U.S. election.

 

Why is Brexit relevant to the US election?

Just like the U.K. referendum on whether or not to stay in the E.U., the U.S. election is an intensely polarised offering. Even the most accurate polls cannot predict who will show up to vote on November 8th. If one group dominates in terms of turnout, the US dollar may experience a volatile shift–just as the pound did.

 

Who will be the winners?

The biggest winners post-Brexit were expats and overseas investors who were ready to cash in on the pound’s decline by buying property in London. Indeed, house prices in London swelled 12.3% in July to accommodate demand from overseas investors.(That’s still a bargain considering the pound has been down 20-30% against various currencies.)

From a high of 1.30 against the euro, the pound now sits at €1.12. Importers and exporters in Europe have profited from British products at up to 20% off the usual rate. For British online sellers using Amazon, eBay, and Etsy to sell their products abroad, they’ve been able to offset losses by tapping into foreign markets.

 

What should you do?

If you have a big international purchase coming up, like a destination wedding, consider your options carefully. How the election will affect your payment will depend on the currency you’re trying to exchange. If you’re worried about your money losing value, you can lock in an exchange rate with UKForex to help protect your bottom line.

If you sell products on global marketplaces like Amazon, using UKForex to process your cross-border payments means you can choose when to bring your money home, which could mean the difference between profit and loss on your overseas operations. You can also use our risk management tools to keep your cash flow predictable.

Keep in mind that UKForex saw 2.5 times our usual trading volume on June 23-24, 2016 (the date of the Brexit vote) as expats buying and selling pounds scrambled to move their money. We’ll be live tweeting on the day, so you’ll know which way others are moving their money, which may help you make an informed decision. Follow us on Twitter @UKForex_Oz so you can be the winner of the U.S. election.

 

Sources: 1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/housing-market-cools-in-first-post-brexit-official-figures-but-p/

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