Euro Forecasts for 2020

Forecasts for the euro change all the time, affected by news events and relative sentiment towards the overall Eurozone economy. This continually updated article reviews EUR bank forecasts and popular cross-rate trends.

After several months of strength the Euro weakened in early September briefly after it touched $US1.20.

The trigger for the pull-back were worries in the market that the EUR rise had come too fast and strong for the ECB’s liking.

Still Credit Agricole see the Euro hitting US1.20 by the end of 2020 due to a growing diversification away from the greenback and more positive news out of Europe.

On Brexit, Nordea Research has said that “no deal” will have the euro buying £0.95, that a Norway-type Brexit (“Norway plus”) or permanent customs union will lead to £0.81-0.83, and a deal akin to the current withdrawal agreement should see £0.83-0.84.

EUR/AUD could be a lot higher by year-end, at rates between A$1.67 and A$1.785, based on implied forecasts from Danske Bank and Westpac.

September was a relatively quiet month for the euro, which it is not as vulnerable as commodity currencies when sentiment shifts from risk-on to risk-off. However, the euro did see losses against the USD and JPY which fell 2.28% and 2.63% respectively, due to the risk-off environment driving safe-haven demand in those currencies. Trade negotiations will continue to weigh on both the pound and euro until an agreement is reached. Both parties agree the deal needs to be made in October. Watch for the ECB announcement on interest rates and monetary policy on October 29 which could trigger volatility. October Currency Update

EUR in the markets

The euro is currently a more appealing investment than the US dollar as fiscal support and COVID-19 containment open the door to a faster paced recovery than what is likely in the US. With current USD weakness and strong long-term prospects for the European Union, there is speculation that the euro could be a contender as the world’s new reserve currency. In the short term the euro could be susceptible to swings, however in the longterm the euro has very good prospects. The currency is poised to move above 1.1850 and extend toward 1.20 in coming weeks.

In mid-July euro strengthened four-month highs (around 1.15 against the US dollar) as european leaders delivered a difficult agreement on a coronavirus rescue package to help member states manage the economic downturn.

The historic stimulus package will see the bloc issue 750 billion euros (US$860 billion) of joint debt and is seen by market commentators as positive for the euro.

The Euro spent 2019 on a downwards trajectory, starting the year with highs at US1.1550 but then slid all year until October where it bottomed out at US$1.09 on Oct 1, close to long-term lows. Since then it has climbed back over the 1 year average of US1.11 towards US1.20.


EURUSD Trend & Alerts

EURUSD at 1.186 is a little above its 90-DAY average, range 1.1417-1.1936.
🔔 EURUSD is at 30-DAY HIGHS.
Alert:30-DAY HIGHS |

You can also read our full Foreign Exchange Guide to the Eurozone.

What is a good Euro exchange rate?

This is a difficult question and the answer really depends on many factors. The best way to consider an exchange rate’s current relative value is to look at the euro’s history against a range of currencies and in particular against the currency you are interested in exchanging it with.

For example, the following tables look at the change in the EUR exchange rate to the present day for periods going back 10 years for popular EUR exchange rates.

EUR/USD rateChangePeriod
16 Oct 2020 : 1.17161.2% ▲1 Week
23 Sep 2020 : 1.16571.7% ▲30 Days
25 Jul 2020 : 1.16561.8% ▲90 Days
24 Oct 2019 : 1.11046.8% ▲1 Year
25 Oct 2015 : 1.10167.7% ▲5 Years
26 Oct 2010 : 1.386914.5% ▼10 Years

EUR/USD 10 year historic rates & change to 23-Oct-2020 : 1.1860

EUR/GBP rateChangePeriod
16 Oct 2020 : 0.90720.2% ▲1 Week
23 Sep 2020 : 0.91680.8% ▼30 Days
25 Jul 2020 : 0.91120.2% ▼90 Days
24 Oct 2019 : 0.86495.1% ▲1 Year
25 Oct 2015 : 0.719326.4% ▲5 Years
26 Oct 2010 : 0.87454% ▲10 Years

EUR/GBP 10 year historic rates & change to 23-Oct-2020 : 0.9093

EUR/AUD rateChangePeriod
16 Oct 2020 : 1.65460.4% ▲1 Week
23 Sep 2020 : 1.65000.7% ▲30 Days
25 Jul 2020 : 1.64051.3% ▲90 Days
24 Oct 2019 : 1.62912% ▲1 Year
25 Oct 2015 : 1.52618.9% ▲5 Years
26 Oct 2010 : 1.407318% ▲10 Years

EUR/AUD 10 year historic rates & change to 23-Oct-2020 : 1.6613

Please note that the opinions of our authors are their own and do not reflect the opinion of Best Exchange Rates and should not be taken as a reference to buy or sell any financial product.