Australian Dollar Weakens on Uncertain Outlook (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar remains under pressure having fallen to a 4 month low following a decline in commodity prices including the price of metals. The US dollar has also seen a rise in US bond yields and this is something that impacts negatively on the Aussie. The Australian dollar has traditionally performed well when global investors have invested their funds into the higher yielding Australian dollar when interest rates have been considerably higher than in the US for example. The tide has turned now though after the US has begun raising interest rates and looks set to continue doing so throughout 2018. Funds have been moving out of the Aussie and back to the safety of the US dollar which has resulted in a stronger US dollar and a weaker Aussie.

The trade tariffs which have been imposed by the US and China also weigh heavily on the Australian dollar due to the wealth of raw materials down under and also considering the volume of exports that go to China. Any further signals that trade could slow down and impact negatively on global growth could see the Australian dollar weaken further.

In my view any progress on NAFTA which covers the trade agreement between the US, Mexico and China could end up having a positive impact on the Aussie if a positive trade arrangement can be reached. Pressure is mounting to have a decisions made by the time of the Mexican elections in the summer which could make for an interesting period ahead. Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds are seeing excellent prices available which are close to 1.85 for the pair. The Bank of England interest rate decision in May is also likely to throw up some sunrises and the rate hike that had been promised is no longer a certainty. In my view it is more likely the Bank of England will pause which could see GBP AUD come under some pressure.

For more information on buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Is the RBA’s monetary policy working, and how will this impact AUD exchange rates?

Australian interest rates have been set at 1.5% for around 20-months now. This is the longest period of time the rates have remained the same and interestingly, this is the lowest that interest rates have been in Australia.

Rates were dropped to this level back in August 2016 in order to stimulate the economy after it begun to show signs of a slowdown, and since then the RBA monthly meetings have been non-eventful. This is in stark contrast to back in 2008-2009 when the rates were changed on almost a monthly basis.

There are no changes expected for the next 6-months, which differs to the forecasts in the UK for example where the Bank of England is expected to hike rates at least once this year, with some forecasters predicting up to 4 over the next 18-months or so. The Fed Reserve in the US is pushing forward with the most aggressive monetary policy changes within the developed world, and this has negatively impacted the value of the Aussie Dollar as people are beginning to pool funds in the USD now that they can get a better return than when they hold funds in AUD.

Due to the Aussie economy not picking up much steam despite the low rates, and the RBA’s tentative approach to raising rates due to fears over an overheating house market, I think that we may see the AUD continue to lose value as the year progresses.

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 jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Interest rate hikes look extremely unlikely

For the first quarter of 2018 Australian core inflation hit 1.9% and headline inflation was 0.4% down 0.6% from the final quarter of 2017. The quarterly inflation numbers support the Reserve Bank of Australia’ stance to keep interest rates on hold for the time being. Many economists are suggesting a hike for the RBA will not materalise until the summer of 2019 and I have to agree which is a problem for Australian dollar sellers.

An interest rate hike has the potential to collapse the property market as many Australian’s have 0% mortgages and others have properties that they struggle to pay for now due to property prices rising over the years. My personal opinion is that average earnings need to rise and inflation would have to become out of control before a hike materialises.

As it is Anzac day tomorrow there are no data releases to look out for tomorrow. The next batch of releases to look out for are import and export price index numbers and both are set to show a steep decline. If this is the case you would expect the Australian dollar to come under pressure further.

In regards to GBPAUD exchange rates, with exchange rates now remaining buoyant above 1.80, the golden question is what is next? UK MPs are set to meet in the house of commons on Thursday to discuss the customs union. With MPs split whether to leave and remain and the PM stating there is no choice the UK has to leave this story could put pressure on the pound.

If you are trading 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 drl@currencies.co.uk. 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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Australian inflation comes in slightly below forecasts, AUD weakness as a result

Today Australian inflation figures were released and fell slightly below analysts expectations, leading to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar over the course of the trading day.

Expectations had been for inflation to come in at a level of 0.5% however the figure released only came in at 0.4%, the annual rate posted at 1.95%, this does show that inflation is rising but we are still seeing the level of inflation posting below the target rate that the Reserve Bank of Australia have which is a level of 2.5%.

This will more than likely lead to the RBA now continuing to hold off on any interest rate hikes, and I would still be surprised to see a hike in interest rates for Australia this year, although of course a lot can change in the currency markets over a few months so watch this space!

The reason the lower inflation figures led to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar is that this has dampened the chances of an interest rate hike happening in the near term, and an interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency. With the markets moving on speculation as well as an actual event happening, the fact that an interest rate hike is now deemed to be further away for Australia then leads to weakness for the Australian Dollar.

With numerous other central banks around the world inclusive of the U.S and U.K now making their moves and raising interest rates we are starting to see a flow of money come out of the Australian Dollar and moved into these perceived safer currencies as the rate of return is getting closer to that of the AUD if not better.

If you have the need to carry out a large currency exchange involving buying or selling the Australian Dollar and you would like my assistance then I can help you both get a better rate than the majority of brokerages and also help you put together a game plan on the timing of your transaction, which can also make a big difference.

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GBP/AUD When to move? (Daniel Johnson)

Is there still a rate hike still on the cards form the BOE?

We have seen Sterling fall in value against the Aussie of late following poor retail and inflation data. There was a host of positive data before this including a significant increase in average wage growth and unemployment hitting a 43yr low. We also have a transitional Brexit deal all but agreed with the UK being granted single market access until full exit from the European Union.

It was almost nailed on there would be a rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May. Inflation slowed however, falling below average wage growth and retail sales was predicted to come in at -0.5% in at arrived at a shocking -1.2%. Mark Carney spoke on the BBC following the retail figures and said there is the possibility of monetary policy change, but did not mention May. The markets were fairly stagnant following the data release, but Carney’s words or lack of them caused Sterling to weaken against the majority of major currencies.

Despite this a rate hike is already factored into current levels, if the hike occurs do not expect a huge movement in the pound’s favour, the market moves on rumour as well as fact. The danger is if there is no hike. The pound will lose significant value. It is always worth keeping an eye on Carney’s speech after the rate decision as any hint at a change in monetary policy can cause volatility.

I am of the opinion Sterling is chronically undervalued ant that we are only seeing current levels due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. AUD has been considered an investors choice due to it’s high levels of interest, but now with the USD promising higher returns and further rate hikes combined with it’s reputation as a safe haven currency it is almost a no brainer to move to the  US Dollar. I doubt the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will raise rates until 2019 at the earliest.

There is also the ongoing trade war with the US and China. The new tariffs could hit Chinese growth which will in turn hit the Aussie as Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s raw materials, particularly iron ore.

I personally think short to medium term  GBP/AUD will be stuck between buoyancy levels of 1.80-85.

If you are an AUD buyer and have to move short term, aim to move in the 1.84s.

AUD sellers, I would not hang on for significant gains as I feel the Aussie is fragile. Aim for 1.82 on Interbank.

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Will the Pound continue to improve against the Australian Dollar?

Sterling is now trading close to its best level against the Australian Dollar in almost two years as the Australian economy continues to shows signs of a struggle.

Australian inflation data is released on Tuesday and this could provide us with evidence of what the RBA may need to do in terms of monetary policy in the near future.

The RBA is under pressure at the moment as it appears as though the country is split between the east and the west with the western economy showing signs of a real slowdown compared to what is happening in both Sydney and Melbourne.

With the western part of the country so entrenched in the mining industry any slowdown in China will often cause the Australian Dollar to weaken and this is in part one of the reasons for the recent period of Australian Dollar weakness.

The Australian Dollar has also been affected by the decision made in the US to continue in their course of raising interest rates. In previous years Australia has had one of the highest interest rate yields available in the developed world.

However, the US has now overtaken them and this has caused global investors to move their money away from Australia and this has seen Sterling break past 1.83 during the course of this week providing some excellent opportunities to send money down under.

With the Bank of England due to meet on 10th May I think there is a strong chance of a rate hike coming in the UK as well and this could see further strength for the Pound vs the Australian Dollar. Therefore, if you’re considering selling Australian Dollars to buy Pounds it may be worth getting things organised in the near future.

For further information about how to save money when exchanging Australian Dollars and if you’d like to save money compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Australian inflation key to the next move for Australian Dollar exchange rates

The Australian Dollar has had a mixed week, the RBA meeting minutes from the last RBA interest rate decision suggested that we still cannot see any movement for interest rates in sight and both Chinese growth figures and Australian unemployment were fairly solid.

We have not seen a huge amount of volatility for the Australian Dollar off the back of these data sets, and all eyes now will look towards Australian inflation figures which are due out on Tuesday.

Inflation is expected to have got a little higher in Tuesday’s figures and this may lead to a little improvement for the Australian Dollar early in the week, in my opinion though any improvements in the Australian Dollar may be short lived, I still feel that we are set for a period of weakness for Australian Dollar exchange rates.

As I have mentioned in previous posts there are various reasons for this, inclusive of interest rates rising in other economies around the world, Australian economic data not being great, falling commodity prices and global risk sentiment dropping due to political issues and trade wars. The Australian Dollar is classed as a riskier currency so when global tensions are high you tend to see the Australian Dollar lose ground against most major currencies.

Interest rates are vital to the performance of a currency too as a higher interest rate will make a currency more attractive to investors, with areas such as the U.S now raising rates to a level above Australian interest rates we are seeing qwuite a flow of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, making the Australian Dollar weaker and cheaper to buy.

If you have the need to exchange Australian Dollars in the near future and you would like my assistance with achieving the best rate and the timing of it all too then you are moire than welcome to contact me directly and I would be more than happy to help you personally. You can email me (Daniel Wright) on djw@currencies.co.uk and i will be more than happy to contact you to discuss the options available to you.

Sterling suffers against AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Poor inflation and poor Retail Sales data could push back BOE rate hike

We have seen very positive news from the UK of late. We have had UK unemployment come in at a 43yr low, a rise in average wage growth and previous retail sales figures came in at 0.8%, well above the expected 0.4%.

We have also recently had news that a Brexit transitional deal has all but been agreed, with the UK having access to the single market until full exit.

GBP/AUD moved as high as the 1.84s. We have seen the Pound take losses over the last few days however. It first took a hit following a fall in inflation pushing away the probability of a rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May. Inflation has now fallen below average wage growth which some may deem as positive, but if people are making more money and not spending it, it does not bode well for the UK economy.

Yesterday there was a sharp fall in retail sales. There was predicted to be a drop from 0.8% to – 0.5%, but they landed at a shocking – 1.2%. The markets remained muted, which surprised me as this surely brings into question a rate hike in May. There was little Sterling weakness.

It was a dovish speech from the Head of the BOE, Mark Carney to convince investors the hike could be put off until later in the year. The pound weakened as a result.

Despite this I still feel the Aussie is fragile. With no hikes planned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this year and the US dollar proving to be far more attractive to investors due to higher returns and safe haven status I am not convinced we will see GBP/AUD drop below 1.81. If I was an Australian Dollar seller buying the pound I would take advantage of current levels. Aussie Buyers aim for the 1.84s, 1.85 is proving to be a firm resistance point.

If you have a large currency transfer to perform in the coming days, weeks or months then I will be happy to speak to you directly as I will be willing to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the best possible rate when you do come to trade. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a significant difference so for the sake of taking a few minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can contact me (Daniel Johnson) on dcj@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading.

 

Could the Pound continue its recent strong run vs the Australian Dollar?

Although the Pound dipped yesterday vs the Australian Dollar after UK inflation came out slightly lower than expected the Pound has risen once against vs the AUD during today’s trading session.

UK inflation is a key factor in determining when the Bank of England may look at raising interest rates and the chances are very high that a rate hike may occur when the central bank meet again on 10th May.

Indeed, according to some reports the chances are as high as 85% of an interest rate hike.

The Pound has made a lot of gains vs the Australian Dollar over the last few months and although we saw a brief fall earlier this week I think the negative movement will be relatively short lived.

With the US having increased rates recently the US interest rates now have a higher yield than having money in Australia and this is one of the reasons why the Australian Dollar has weakened recently particularly vs the Pound.

On Tuesday, Australia releases its latest inflation data and with the RBA having announced recently that interest rates are likely to remain on hold for the foreseeable future the data release could cause a lot of movement for GBPAUD exchange rates.

On Wednesday Australia celebrates ANZAC day so expect the markets to remain quite midweek so if you’re happy with rates are on Wednesday that may be the day to make your move.

If you would like more information about buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 I am confident of being able to save you money so feel free to send me an email directly with an outline of your particular requirement.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

AUD Forecast – AUD Fights Back After Recent Losses (Matthew Vassallo)

Sterling came under pressure against the AUD yesterday, following the release of the latest UK inflation data.

GBP/AUD rates have fallen back towards 1.82, a dip of almost 4 cents from last week’s high.

Inflation fell to 2.5%, which was under the markets predicted market figure of 2.7%. Whilst this could be viewed as a positive in the sense that it is creeping back towards the government’s target level of 2%, it has also dampened expectations of a prospective interest rate hike by the Bank of England (BoE).

This potential rate hike had most likely  been factored in to Sterling’s value, at least to some extent by investors, as such yesterday’s data has dampened the markets expectation and as investors have sold off their Sterling positions.

Looking at the AUD and it had started to find support against the Pound around 1.85, with the realignment welcomed by any clients looking to sell AUD.

One of the main reasons the AUD has struggled of late, is due to pressure on the global markets. Generally, when there is an upturn in global growth currencies such as the AUD will prosper as investors look towards riskier assets, with generally higher interest returns. When the global markets are under pressure, investors will move their funds away from these currencies and back into safer havens such as the USD or CHF.

President Donald Trump’s recent trade tariffs are  putting a huge strain on commodity based currencies such as the AUD, which is why clients holding AUD may wish to take advantage of the current spike and remove any market risk.

If you have an upcoming AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over eighteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

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