Australian Dollar still losing ground against most currencies – Interest rates are key globally

The Australian Dollar is not having a great run of things lately, as numerous economies appear to picking up and the U.S have once again raised interest rates, bring them ahead of the current rate in Australia.

The reason this current movement is important is that U.S interest rates are now higher than interest rates in Australia, so what essentially happens is investors will move their funds out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, as it offers a more attractive return on their money and is seen as a more stable currency.

The outlook for Australian interest rates still does not suggest any hike in the near term, however the Federal Reserve in the States did dampen expectations a little for the year ahead in last nights monetary policy statement.

I still feel there is further room for Australian Dollar weakness in the coming weeks, most notably we have seen a big movement for Sterling against the Australian Dollar over the past week or so, breaking through the key level of 1.80 and not stopping there.

Sterling is on a good run at present, and now that average earnings figures have fallen in line with inflation there is room for interest rates in the U.K to start coming up again too, the Bank of England interest rate decision later this morning will be key and so will the minutes from the meeting, as they may give an indication on future plans.

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Best rate to buy Australian Dollars since June 2016 (Tom Holian)

The Pound has risen close to EU referendum highs this week against the Australian Dollar after news that a transitional deal has been confirmed.

This has given Sterling a boost against a number of major currencies and with the EU summit due to take place if the talks go well this could see GBPAUD exchange rates continue to rise.

The Australian Dollar has also struggled in recent weeks as the chances are that we will see a number of interest rate hikes in the US during the course of this year and tonight the US Federal Reserve are due to increase interest rates, which will take them higher that in Australia.

In recent years global investors have moved money into Australia owing to the higher yield but as the US economy is improving and a series of rate hike plans are planned this has caused the Australian Dollar to weaken.

In a number of my previous articles I wrote that I thought we would see Sterling break past 1.80 during the course of this month and this has all been proved right.

The minutes from the recent Reserve Bank of Australia meeting suggested that the chances of an interest rate hike down under are very low and this in my mind has caused investors to sell the Australian Dollar in favour of the US Dollar, which has pushed GBPAUD rates in an upwards direction.

Australian unemployment figures are due overnight as well as Australian employment change data and this could cause a lot of movement overnight so make sure you keep a close eye out on what happens with this data release.

Arguably the most important event for GBPAUD rates will be the EU summit which starts tomorrow so expect a lot of volatility in the days ahead.

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AUD Forecast – Brexit Developments Putting Pressure on the AUD (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has come under some pressure this week despite the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) optimistic outlook, following the release of their monthly minutes overnight.

The AUD has lost ground against its Sterling counterpart this week, with the Pound hitting 1.8266 at its high today.

The AUD was finding plenty of protection around 1.80 but now this threshold has been broken, the key question is whether the AUD is likely to fall further.

Looking at the catalyst behind the current trend and there is no doubt that the current loses against Sterling are the result of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations.

Reports yesterday confirmed that a Brexit transition deal has all but been reached and this boosted investor confidence in the UK economy, which was to the detriment of the AUD.

Despite the initial positive reaction it seems as though investor confidence cooled, with some key issues still to be resolved. These include the Northern Irish border, which has proved a red herring up until now. Unless an agreement is reached over this, it is likely that we will see further negative reports surface, which in turn could put some pressure back on the Pound.

The AUD found some support today, following the RBA’s minutes released overnight. As has been the recent rhetoric, the RBA remained bullish in their global outlook and also internally regarding the prospects of the Australian economy.

Despite this bullish outlook, the AUD is fighting something of an uphill battle with the global markets under pressure at present. This in turn is causing investors to sell off riskier assets such as the AUD, instead choosing to move into safer haven currencies such as the CHF or USD.

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Best rates to buy AUD with GBP in 21 months!

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has risen to fresh highs, largely owing to a stronger pound. The outlook for the pound against the Australian dollar is now much better as progress on Brexit and confirmation of a transitional deal helps the pound to rise. The Australian dollar could come under further pressure this week as central banks in the UK and US are in focus.

Overnight the Reserve Bank of Australia Minutes have been released which has seen the Australian dollar relatively unchanged, if you need to buy or sell Australian dollars against pounds the markets appears that it will be favouring the pound for this week anyway. Another major factor this week will be what happens with the US interest rate decision on Wednesday evening, this is when the US dollar might rise.

The relationship of the US dollar to the Australian dollar is very important and one that will see the big movements on GBPAUD and EURAUD too. When the US dollar rises it will often lead to the Australian dollar weakening too which gives the better opportunities to buy AUD with sterling.

There is a real belief that we could see further improvements for AUD buyers this week if the US Federal Reserve are positive in their outlook on interest rates. The pound is now at some of the best levels to buy Australian dollars since the Referendum 2016, this might well see the pound stronger further if more Brexit progress is announced.

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Pound hits referendum high to buy Australian Dollars (Tom Holian)

As predicted in a number of my previous articles covering the Pound vs the Australian Dollar I did say that I thought we could see GBPAUD rates break through 1.80 this month.

During Friday’s trading session my prediction came true after the one of the RBA members Debelle suggested that Australian interest rates are likely to be kept on hold for quite some time to come.

This saw GBPAUD rates move past 1.80 creating some excellent opportunities to buy Australian Dollars with Sterling.

Indeed, the Pound had a good week against most of its counterparts in anticipation of a lot of movement during the course of next week.

On Tuesday the UK releases its latest inflation figures for year on year with the latest Consumer Price Index for February.

Inflation is currently at 2.9% which is a long way above the target of 2% so another high reading could provide support for another interest rate hike in the UK.

Indeed, interest rates were raised towards the end of 2017 following a long run of high inflation so on Tuesday this could provide further justification of another rate hike currently 75% priced in for May.

On Wednesday UK unemployment figures are due to be published which are close to the lowest since records began over 40 years ago. However, one issue is that of Average Earnings which will be announced at the same time as the jobs data. Wages are struggling to keep up with inflation so this could see a potential banana skin for the Pound.

On Thursday the Bank of England will announce their latest monetary policy and although there is almost no chance of a rate hike if there are any suggestions of this coming in the near future I expect Sterling to rise in the value against the Australian Dollar.

However, arguably the biggest impact for anyone with an Australian Dollar requirement will come on Thursday when the EU Summit takes place. At the moment the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union is very uncertain and uncertainty often results in heightened volatility.

Therefore, if you’re concerned about what may happen it may be worth getting things organised prior to Thursday.

If you would like further information about how to save money when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

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GBPAUD hits 1.80!

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate is currently rising and has hit the magical 1.80 level this afternoon. This is presenting some of the best fresh opportunities to buy AUD with sterling since the Referendum. This is a very important psychological level of resistance and now this is breached we might struggle to get back below if certain conditions are met.

These conditions stem from a technical analysis of the market that states, generally once a rate has broken a certain level and can remain above it consistently, it will then be more likely to remain above that price. The belief on the rates is that this needs to be sustained over a few sessions for it to be seen as a consistent move. Much will now depend on sentiments towards the ongoing events which have of course driven this shift on the exchange rate.

I feel the pound will now continue to rise against the Australian dollar, this move has been widely expected and appears to be the path of least resistance. With little sign the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be raising their base rate anytime soon, the Aussie will in my opinion remain on the weaker side.

Sterling is rising on increasing confidence over what lies ahead on Brexit, next week’s EU summit will be a major driver on the GBPAUD pair. Important too will be the latest news from the US Federal Reserve Bank on Wednesday next week, as they look to raise interest rates. A stronger US dollar has seen a weaker Aussie in recent months and years, this could be a very important week ahead for GBPAUD rates!

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AUD Weakness after Hints on US Trade Policy (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar came under pressure in afternoon trade yesterday taking considerable losses against most of the major currencies. Rates for GBP AUD have climbed higher breaking over 1.79 for the pair which has created a good opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds.

The weakness in the Aussie has stemmed from events in the US rather than negative data down under. The new economic adviser to US President Donald Trump has signalled he is in favour of a strong US dollar whilst also signalling that he is preparing for another round of tariffs which will target Chinese exports.

The prospect of a trade war appears to be looking more likely on the back of these comments and the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar are likely to be impacted upon badly. The Canadian dollar in particular has come under substantial pressure on the back of protectionist policies and the Aussie may have further to fall. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars in these coming weeks could see some even better opportunities to purchase with a move higher to 1.80 for the GBP AUD pair looking likely. Whilst the steel and aluminium tariffs imposed so far have had little real market reaction any other measures could see the Australian dollar come under renewed pressure.

The dollar had until recently been supported following upbeat trade data from China which is normally seen as a vote of confidence for the Aussie but the comments from US economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Australia’s largest export market is China and so when the Chinese economy is performing well it is generally a good sign that global economic growth is being seen and Australian exports are on the up. Any perceived slowdown in economic growth is likely to result in a rocky ride for the Aussie going forward.

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Predictions of a higher GBP/AUD rate mount as Brexit transitional deal hopes grow (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate climbed during today’s trading session, with the pair now trading almost at the very top of the current trend.

The mid-market level for the pair hasn’t breached 1.80 in some time but the pair are currently trading in the 1.78’s, meaning that for those planning on making a GBP to AUD transfer are looking at attractive levels considering recent trading levels. I would add that the lower end of the trend is 1.60 so hopefully you can see my reasoning as to why the current levels are around the top of the market.

There are hopes that the Pound will climb further, and this week the Brexit Secretary, David Davis said that the UK ‘can live with’ a shorter transitional period which has boosted the Pound’s value along with the likelihood of UK interest rates climbing sooner than many had expected.

Analysts at Lloyd’s Bank have recently upgraded their forecasts for the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate this year. They had previously expected to see the pair trade at 1.72 at the inter-bank level although the changing tones from the Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of Australia has changed their minds, with them upgrading their views on the Pound’s potential.

There isn’t any major economic data coming out of the UK or Australia this week, so I expect the pair to be driven by politics for the remainder of the week.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Key factors impacting Australian dollar exchange rates this week

So far its been a varied week for the Australian dollar against sterling and the US dollar, and therefore there has been opportunity for people buying Australian dollars and selling. When the market is up and down like it is at the moment, a contract that we offer is a limit order which allows clients to set a rate and if we can buy at that rate our computer systems do it for you. If you are buying or selling Australian dollars and want to find out more my direct email is

Below are a few reasons to why the Australian dollar has faced a varied week so far.  

US President Donald Trump and ‘trade wars’ is continuing to put pressure on the currency market and investors are retreating to assets they see as safe, therefore we are seeing unusual movements. At times we have seen investor flows out of the US dollar and into the Australian dollar, which isn’t the ‘norm’ however investors are heading to the Aussies for high returns of interest.

China released their latest industrial output numbers on Wednesday which impressed and many forecasters are suggesting a slight rise in commodity prices due to the demand from China in the upcoming months. This gave the Australian dollar a boost.

Over in the UK, the Chancellor of the Chequer Philip Hammond confirmed growth forecasts had been increased from 1.4% to 1.5% and the deficit predictions were far hawkish than at the last budget. No surprises this caused the pound to make gains against the Australian dollar.

If you are Australian dollars this week, month or year I would recommend emailing me with the the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and your timescales and I will response with the options available to you Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

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RBA Interest Rate outlook could cause AUD weakness (Daniel Johnson)

Keep an eye on Fed rate forecast as this will have bearing on AUD

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have stated it is unlikely there will be a rate hike in 2018, this could be worrying news for those holding AUD.

Investors often place their funds in the Australian Dollar due to high returns due to the current interest rate being sat at 1.5%. The problem at present is that the US are also offering similar returns with the interest rate at 1.5%. The US dollar is considered a safe haven currency and the Federal Reserve representatives have said there could be as many as three further rate hikes this year.

This means the US Dollar is a far more attractive prospect and as those in possession of Australian Dollars leave to the US Dollar you vcan expect Australian Dollar value to fall.

Personally, I would be surprised to see as many as two rate hikes from the FED if you consider recent history despite the recent change in Fed chair from Janet Yellen to Jerome Powell.

It is being swept under the carpet that a rapid rate in hikes has the potential to cause serious problems in the US economy.

The most serious effect of a steep rise in rates would be the increase in pressure on US tax payers to repay current debt.

Quantitative Easing has been one of the major contributors to US debt increasing to nearly USD 21 trillion from 12 trillion in 2010. No doubt it will not be addressed and played down. If it is made common public knowledge however this could be good news for the Australian Dollar.

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