Will the slowdown in China put pressure on the Australian Dollars value?

The main news within the financial markets this morning is the release of 4th quarter Gross Domestic Product from China. The figure is followed closely owing to its importance, as the Chinese economy is the 2nd largest globally and GDP data measures economic output.

The figure released is 6.4% year on year in the forth quarter, and this was expected. The headlines will centre on the annual figure which is now officially 6.6% through 2018 which is the lowest figure on record since 1990, almost 30 years ago.

Now that the annual GDP figure has been released the concerns surrounding a slowing Chinese economy have been confirmed, and this could spell trouble for the global economy with economies such as Australia’s likely to feel the pinch considering the extent to which the Australian and Chinese economies are intertwined. The negative effects of the US-China trade war can now been seen so hopes of a deal being stuck will be a high as ever, and it’s likely that the talks could impact AUD exchange rates as AUD could react to US-China sentiments.

From the UK side, this afternoon could offer GBP exchange rates some direction as UK Prime Minister, Theresa May will announce the governments Plan B now that her deal hasn’t made its way through parliament. The pound has dropped off slightly at the beginning of this week which is likely due to the anticipation of what will be said later. For now, cross party discussions have come to a halt as the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has stated that we won’t talk until a no-deal is ruled out.

I think that this afternoon’s announcement is likely to drive GBP exchange rates to begin with and that the Irish backstop will be a major talking point regarding the new plan.

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.

The reasons why the Pound could break 1.80 this month against the Australian Dollar

The Pound has briefly touched 1.80 against the Australian Dollar this week but has yet to make a sustained break past this particular level of resistance. However, I’m confident that the Pound will keep knocking on the door of 1.80 before eventually breaking through before the end of this month.

The political uncertainty in the UK has actually done the reverse of what many expected to happen in terms of the value of Sterling.

Clearly the Brexit deal on offer is not something that MPs have much confidence in, which saw a majority vote of 230 against the deal. Since then, the Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to once again survive a vote of no confidence with the Tories and the DUP voting in favour of supporting the Prime Minister.

The reason why the Pound has found support against a whole host of currencies including vs the Australian Dollar is because it looks more and more likely that the withdrawal from the European Union with a no deal Brexit will not happen.

Theresa May has yet to confirm officially if the UK will rule it out and I think that she is doing so to keep her negotiating power as strong as possible when she next meets with the European Union.

It appears also that the UK will attempt to extend Article 50 as it is clear that neither the UK nor the European Union is ready for the end of March.

Even though the uncertainty as to what may happen next with the Brexit talks still exists the good news for the Pound is that the finite period before the end of March may not now happen and this either moves the UK towards a softer Brexit or perhaps even no Brexit if MPs do not manage to agree on the terms of any future deal.

The market will ultimately want trade not to be adversely affected and therefore this is why I think we will see the Pound break through 1.80 during January.

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Mixed messages on Trade Wars mystify AUD Exchange rates

The Australian dollar has been pulled from pillar to post as conflicting reports on the Trade Wars between China and the United States send mixed signals to the currency markets.  A report from the Wall Street Journal newspaper indicated the US might be ready to temper down some of the tariffs and their tone in the talks, to try to seek a resolution. This report was then quickly dismissed by the US Treasury Department, leading to the Australian losing value.

The Trade Wars are a major driver on the currency as investors seek to gauge the likelihood of Australia suffering any economic slowdown as a result of the expected slowdown in China. China is predicted to come off the worst from any developing tensions and a closely monitored Chinese Manufacturing survey earlier in the year indicated a slowdown. This saw the Australian dollar weaker and has set the tone for 2019 for currency so far.

We have expected a more negative twist and turn of events on the Trade Wars, Donald Trump is not the kind of person to easily step back from confrontation even where it causes harm. This attitude has seen the US Government enter its longest ever shutdown which has weighed heavily on sentiment and could put further pressure on the global economy.

Of benefit to the Australian dollar could be any quick turn resolution in sentiments but it does seem likely the Trade Wars will continue. Donald Trump’s actions will continue to be under scrutiny and he is unlikely to easily and quickly back down from the rhetoric that has driven the Australian currency lower.

Worsening economic data for the Chinese economy will only heap pressure on the Australian currency as investors have to weigh up the longer term prospects for economy in such uncertain global conditions. Whilst any surprise twists in sentiment could see pockets of Australian dollar strength it does feel that the general trajectory will be negative and the risks are to the downside with the currency.

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Pound to Australian Dollar Rates Move Higher Towards 1.80 (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has moved higher towards 1.80 for the GBP AUD pair having found support after the historical vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday this week. UK Prime Minister Theresa May was able to win the vote of no confidence in the government which took place last night having been put forward by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Brexit negotiations continue to be the main driver for GBP to AUD and the markets now await a statement from the British prime Minister on Monday having lost her vote by a staggering 230 votes.

The pound has found some support as it is becoming increasingly clear that there is not a majority in the house of Commons for a no deal Brexit, even though the default option in the event of a no deal is enshrined in law. The markets at least appear to be feel more relaxed that a no deal is not a likely outcome anymore and this is helping to support the price of sterling. Clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars are likely to see a hugely volatile period in these coming weeks ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU 29th March 2019.

UK retail sales date are released tomorrow where a small drop is expected although the headline figure should nonetheless look healthy taking into account spending on the high street over the festive period. Next week sees important unemployment data which also includes the wage growth numbers, something the Bank of England monitors very closely to determine its monetary policy.

The Australian dollar meanwhile is also struggling as continuing concerns over global growth hamper AUD to GBP. With a serious trade war still yet unresolved between the US and China and evidence of a downturn in the global economy the Australian dollar could be set for some tough times ahead. There are talks of China looking to stimulate their economy through injections of cash and also tax cuts which could help see a boost of the Australian dollar although these measures may take some time to have any effect.

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Sterling climbs as May’s Brexit deal is emphatically rejected

It’s been a volatile 24-hours for the GBP/AUD exchange rate, as the Brexit talks ramp up and the UK parliament decides how best in carry out the Brexit.

Late yesterday evening the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted against by Parliament. The amount of votes she lost by was in the top-end of expectations, as she lost by 230 votes with was a much larger number than many analysts had expected.

Since then, the leader of the opposition (Jeremy Corbyn of Labour) has called a ‘vote of no-confidence’ in the government which will take place this evening. May is expected to win as no members of her own government have announced that they will vote against her and the DUP Party of Northern Ireland has also offered their support.

Tonight’s vote at 7pm is the next step in the Brexit process that could impact the Pound’s value, but what happens next is now quite unclear. The existing government has 3-days to announce their plan-b which could also be a market mover, so if you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to register your interest.

The Aussie Dollar, like the stock markets in the region remain under pressure whilst we wait for more clarity on global growth and trade war concerns between China and the US. The GBP has regained a lot of ground against AUD recently and last nights vote has helped. The pair are currently trading in the 1.79’s so it will be interesting to see whether the pair will manage to break through the psychological 1.80 level.

Moving forward I expect to see the pair continue to be driven by Brexit related updates, although early tomorrow morning there will be a number of releases from Australia concerning new home sales and inflation data.

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.

GBP to AUD Exchange Rate Weakens after Chinese Yuan Strengthens (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has fallen lower overnight with rates for the GBP to AUD pair falling to a low of 1.7653 this morning. As featured yesterday Brexit remains the dominating driver for the pound not just against the Australian dollar but against all of the major currencies. With Brexit appearing to be in stalemate and the continued pressure from opposition parties to seek other options such as a second referendum, general election or cancel Brexit, the list goes on; the uncertainty is putting added pressure on sterling exchange rates. The weekend will inevitably see all the big political beasts doing interviews with the political shows on the TV. Any clues as to what may happen next week could see a volatile start to next week ahead of the crucial parliamentary vote to be held on Tuesday.

As things stand the government is widely expected to lose the vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Following that she will now just have three days to return to parliament with a Plan B after she lost a vote in parliament this week which forces Theresa May to act swiftly. How Plan B might look is less than clear and the Prime Minister is reportedly keeping a tight lid on how things will play out from here. The lack of information would suggest a very volatile period for GBP vs AUD next week.

Whilst the pound is falling amidst Brexit uncertainty in these final stages of Brexit the Australian dollar appears to have been boosted following an appreciation in the Chinese Yuans value. As the Chinese currency strengthens this is often seen as good news for the Australian dollar which is a commodity currency and due to the fact China is one of Australia’s most important export markets.

The stronger Yuan is having a positive knock on effect on the Australian dollar. Chinese trade balance data released next week is a data release to pay close attention to as the markets have been showing serious concern as to the strength of the Chinese economy. The trade wars appear to be hitting China adversely and the Australian dollar is likely to be disproportionately affected by any changes in China.

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Will next week’s vote on May’s Brexit deal cause movement for GBP/AUD?

The Pound has been trading within relatively thin volumes this week against most major currency pairs as the currency comes under pressure in the lead up to next week. On the 15th of this month, which is next Tuesday there will be a ‘meaningful vote’ on Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Brexit plan and much of the speculation this week revolves around that date.

The Australian Dollar, despite being the biggest loser in terms of currency throughout 2018 of the G10 countries, has actually been increasing in value over the past week as hopes of a agreement between the US and China over the trade war talks increase. There have been ongoing discussions recently between the two leading economies, and this is a positive for Australia as China is the country’s main trading partner.

So far this morning the Pound has got off to a poor start, as pressure builds in the lead up to next week’s vote, especially after the first planned vote was delayed as May was concerned of a major loss. The latest Brexit related update is that yesterday evening Parliament voted in a new amendment specifying that the government has 3-days to report back to the commons with its ‘plan B’ in the event that May loses next week.

Economic data is taking a back seat at the moment owing to the importance of UK politics at the moment, but it’s worth being aware that on Friday there will be UK GDP figures released at 9.30am with growth of 0.1% expected. I would expect to see a drop in the Pounds value if this figure disappointing especially if the figure shows a negative figure.

If you wish to be updated and to plan around what could be a busy week for the GBP/AUD pair, do feel free to register your interest with us.

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.

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Rate Weakens ahead of Key Brexit Vote on Tuesday (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have fallen lower after what was a good rally in the GBP AUD pair. Rates for GBP vs AUD are currently sitting below 1.78 for the pair.

Brexit continues to dictate the direction of travel for the pound and yesterday’s performance in the House of Commons only highlights the uncertainty that the pound faces. The meaningful vote in parliament which is being debated this week will take place on Tuesday 15th January and high volatility for the pound to Australian dollar is expected in the run up to and after this event.

The screws were turned on UK Prime Minster Theresa May yesterday after the government lost an important vote in the House of Commons. An amendment put forward by Dominic Grieve was controversially allowed to be voted on despite the speaker John Bercow receiving advice that it should not be allowed. There could now be some implications from this government defeat adding another layer of uncertainty in the Brexit debate.

The pound is taking losses against all of the major currencies this morning and the markets may now be beginning to price in the prospect of another general election in the UK or possibly an extension of Article 50 which could even include another referendum. There is also talk of cross party support to try and find a compromise on Brexit which could result in gains for the pound. It is the prospect of a no deal Brexit though which is still a strong possibility and is preventing the pound from jumping much higher against the Australian dollar.

Economic data down under is light as we end this week although UK Gross Domestic product numbers released tomorrow could result in some market reaction for the pound to Australian dollar rate of exchange. Chinese trade balance data released on Monday will be particularly important as the markets evaluate how much of a negative impact the trade wars are having on the Chinese economy. There are real concerns over the performance of the Chinese economy at the moment and this has a knock on effect on the Australian dollar. Those with pending requirements for buying or selling Australian dollars face a very volatile week ahead with the trade data and of course the vote in the British parliament which the government at the time of writing is expected to lose.

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Brexit debate to influence GBPAUD exchange rates

Today debating begins in the House of Commons and I expect this will be the key driver for GBPAUD exchange rates for the remainder of the week. Most media outlets are suggesting that Theresa May has failed to gain further concessions from the EU, therefore the next 3 days could be tricky for the Prime Minister and consequently the pound could suffer.

Going into next week, Conservative MPs are going to have to ask themselves whether voting in favor of Theresa May’s ‘good deal’ is better than voting against her and consequently entering a complete unknown. It’s likely if MPs vote against her, the Prime Minister will take the trip back to Brussels to try to renegotiate. However the problem I have with that is she has lost all of her bargaining chips now that MPs are pushing her to confirm that a no deal Brexit is completely off the table. If the UK are not prepared to leave the EU with a no deal Brexit why are the Europeans going to give further concessions?

Other alternatives would be for Labour to file a motion of confidence against the government which could force a general election, Theresa May to resign, a peoples vote or a no deal Brexit. Most of the alternatives I expect will cause more pain for clients that are buying Australian dollars.

Prime Ministers questions start at midday and the debate will follow. To be kept up to to date as developments unfold feel free to outline your requirements.

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Brexit continues to be the main influence on GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Could Brexit January 15th vote simply lead to another?

GBP/AUD rates continue to be largely dictated by Brexit. Theresa May has now confirmed 15th January as the date that parliament will vote on her current deal. The vote was originally delayed due to May’s lack of confidence in the deal going through. European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker has said there will be no changes to the current deal and he is only willing to clarify the current terms. Could it be the case that Junker will make concessions? Or could the threat of a no deal Brexit force a vote through?

May has suggested if the deal does not go through at her first attempt then there will be a second vote, this could point to out that she feels Brussels will change it’s stance. There is still a huge lack of clarity surrounding Brexit which is not sitting well with investors. The majority of scenarios are Pound negative, but if May were to be ousted or resign we could see a second referendum back on the table.

If May’s deal does not go through we  could see a leadership challenge from Corbyn or indeed we could see her resign if it looks like the deal will have no chance of going through, although  I don’t take her for a quitter. I am not a particular fan of May, but you cannot help but admire her perseverance.

If you look historically if a country loses it’s leader the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. We could see an initial fall due to political uncertainty, but if it appears a second referendum comes to the forefront it is widely predicted that the vote would come in in favour of remaining in the EU according to polls. This could boost investor confidence and in turn the pound.

Would I be hanging on for this if I was selling Sterling?

The answer is no. The majority of Brexit outcomes  result in Sterling weakness, if you have to move short to medium term I would be looking to take advantage of current levels or at least a tranche for safety. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is a concern for the Aussie and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling would be experiencing gains against AUD, unfortunately the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit is outweighing the trade war.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 16yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.