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Best HKD to GBP Exchange Rate

There are two main numbers that you need to understand if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible HKD to GBP rate, these are the foreign exchange market rate and the transaction margin you will be charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider.

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Right now the HKD to GBP rate is but will most likely be quite different by the time you make you currency exchange. You can calculate with the current mid-rate using our HKD to GBP calculator below.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

Why can't I just get the same HKD/GBP market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

When you look up the current Hong Kong Dollar to British Pound Sterling exchange rate on the web the figure you find quoted on sites like google or mentioned on TV is is commonly referred to as the mid-market rate.

HKD to GBP mid-rate on google

HKD to GBP mid-rate on google search

Getting a great mid-market rate is all about timing, so unless you are able to wait, watch and time the market this is largely beyond your control. This mid-market rate will go up and down with varying amounts of volatility depending on the currency pair.

This mid-market rate is really only a reference and is just the starting point for calculating the actual rate you will get for your transaction, luckily we can also use this same rate to determine how good a deal a rate that a provider offers you actually is!

You can use the below HKD to GBP converter to calculate currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates. Then choose your transaction type for specific Hong Kong Dollar cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.

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Hong Kong Dollar - Recent Performance

The Hong Kong dollar fell in early August to a nineteen-month low of 7.828 against the US dollar but recovered slightly by mid-September to 7.813. At the time of this report, Hong Kong’s currency had fallen in every month of 2017 against USD and in all but one month against the euro. It remained Asia’s second worst performer of the year, ahead of only the Philippine peso.

By its own standards, HKD experienced a tumultuous time on September 7th and 8th, on which the currency made back three months’ worth of losses against the US dollar over an eighteen-hour period. It was stated afterwards by a Mizuho analyst that the move was driven by “a sizeable amount of capital being moved into HKD, which triggered stop-loss [orders].” Gains were short lived however, with the currency giving back two-thirds of those gains in the days that followed.

Rates paid on HKD have remained depressed in 2017 even as the HKMA has raised borrowing costs in step with the US Federal Reserve. The US-over-Hong Kong rate premium (around 55 basis points in August) is the principal reason for the Hong Kong dollar’s decline this year.

In September, Hong Kong’s Finance Secretary, Paul Chan, issued a warning on the country’s housing market for the second time since June.

“One has to be very careful if one really wants to buy a property in Hong Kong…I would not be surprised if there will be a certain adjustment in the market,” said Secretary Chan.

In June, Secretary Chan had described Hong Kong’s housing market as a potentially “dangerous situation.”

British Pound Sterling - Recent Performance

Between mid-September and mid-October, sterling fell 3.5% against the dollar to $1.319, taking “cable” back to levels experienced in the three-month period following 2016’s EU referendum.

Against the euro, within the same period, sterling fell by 1.3% to €1.121 but it remains within the middle third of its 2017 range.

In mid-October, opinions on the British currency were mixed. Although Bank of England hawkishness meant that 75% of economists were predicting a November interest rate hike, which would normally be sterling-supportive, a “no deal” Brexit was looking increasingly possible and that prompted some pretty gloomy predictions.

In a “no deal” scenario, both ING and J.P. Morgan predicted that the pound would lose 13% of its value against the dollar by falling to $1.15.

Other negative news for the UK came in October with the ONS’ surprise downward revision to the UK’s wealth by some £490 billion! Ratings agencies had already been downbeat on the UK’s finances. In September, Moody’s downgraded the UK’s credit rating from Aa1 to Aa2 on the grounds that “fiscal pressures will be exacerbated by [the UK’s] departure from the EU.”

On a more positive note, in September, HSBC cancelled its forecast for the pound to fall to parity with the euro. HSBC’s revised year-end forecasts now place GBP/EUR at €1.12 and GBP/USD at $1.35.

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