Pound collapses against the Australian Dollar after Brexit talks stall (Tom Holian)

The Pound collapsed against a whole host of currencies including vs the Australian Dollar after a bad week politically for the UK.

The Pound began to drop on Thursday when the unofficial EU meeting didn’t go very well with a number of EU leaders rejecting the Chequers plan put out by Prime Minister Theresa May.

She criticised the EU and said if they reject her plan then they will need to come up with a plan of their own. Clearly there is no plan coming at least in the short term and this uncertainty caused problems for the Pound vs the Australian Dollar.

Even further losses came on Friday afternoon as Theresa May gave a statement on Brexit and confirmed that a second referendum will not be coming and that she is focused on making sure democracy will prevail. The markets weakened during the statement with GBAUD exchange rates falling below 1.80 after trading above this resistance level for a while.

The Australian Dollar was also given a boost after the Trump administration confirmed that they will not be putting tariffs on Australian steel and aluminium exports.

The Aussie Dollar has been under pressure recently caused by the Trade Wars between the US and China and as China is Australia’s largest trading partner this will often have a negative effect on the value of the Australian Dollar. However, as Trump has not included them in his latest weight throwing exercise this has helped the Australian Dollar to strengthen against Sterling.

The Australian economy had a further boost recently with credit ratings agency S&P upgrading Australia’s credit outlook from negative to stable for the first time in two years.

With the Australian trade surplus improving as well as record growth in employment this has been another reason for the fightback by the Australian Dollar vs Sterling.

As we go into next week the GBAUD is likely to be heavily influenced by the ongoing Brexit saga so make sure you’re well prepared for some volatility ahead for the Pound vs the Australian Dollar.

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to help you save money when buying or selling Australian Dollars as well as helping you with the timing of your currency transfer.

If you have a currency transfer to make or would like further information as to what is happening to GBPAUD rates then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Selling falls against the Australian Dollar after chances of a No-Brexit deal increase

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate has fallen below the key 1.80 mark during today’s trading session. This is key as the GBP/AUD pair had previously consolidated above this level and traded as high as 1.85 before the recent fall which has taken place because of the Brexit related comments this week.

At the time of writing the EU leaders are all currently in Austria, as they have been for the past couple of days as there is an informal summit taking place. Whilst there have been some positive comments regarding Brexit recently the summit has all together been a negative for the Pound as the currency has fallen dramatically against a range of currency pairs, with the fall against AUD being quite dramatic in terms of recent price movement which has mostly been thin.

Much of the talk revolves around the Chequers deal, and whether or not it will be both the preferred approach of the UK government and also accepted by the EU members, which at the moment is looking unlikely especially after a speech by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May today.

There is a bank holiday down under on Monday of next week, as it’s the Queen’s birthday and there aren’t any major releases until next Friday which means I’m expecting the Pound to be the main driver of currency fluctuation between the GBP/AUD pair.

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/AUD exchange rates – Brexit and trade wars will be the main drivers in my opinion

So far the Pound has had a fairly quiet start to the trading week but all eyes will be on the EU summit today in Salzburg, it is during this conference that we will expect Brexit to be discussed in more detail and this is the type of situation where snippets of news and rumours may hit the wires at any time, leading to Sterling volatility. This volatility may create good buying or selling opportunities depending on the news so if you have a fairly imminent currency exchange to carry out it is well worth contacting me today so that I can keep you fully aware of the latest market movements,

There are officially 191 days to go until Brexit will more than likely be official, and there will be plenty of market movement from now until the lead up to March 2019.

There are plans for a further summit in October and then an extraordinary EU summit is pencilled in for November, and this is where at present we would expect a final deal to be thrashed out.

Towards the end of this month we also have the Conservative party conference on 30th September which may also be one to watch, with Theresa May still seemingly under a little pressure any further negative news surrounding her position may weaken Sterling exchange rates.

In terms of economic data to come out this week, we have Retail Sales figures tomorrow morning at 09:30am and analysts expectations are for a slight drop off in the Retail sector so do be cautious of this release tomorrow if your currency requirement is imminent.

Personally I still feel that Brexit news is going to be key to where the Pound heads next and unfortunately the unpredictable nature of these discussions and the fact that you just do not know which way this is going to head next makes it extremely difficult to know where Sterling exchange rates will be in the coming weeks.

On the Australian Dollar side we have Donald Trump and trade wars that are still very much impacting global attitude to risk, when Trump and China lock horns you tend to see Australian Dollar weakness and when things start to settle the Australian Dollar is fighting back.

The rest of this week is quiet for economic data that may impact the Australian Dollar so I feel that most movements will be based on attitude to risk and political issues.

If i had to stick my neck out and make a prediction I feel that there is more chance of GBP/AUD going up in the next few days than coming down.

Should you not be of a gambling nature and you want to remove the risk or your currency exchange costing a lot more than you had budgeted for then the sensible option may be to look into booking something sooner rather than later as we enter the final stages of Brexit talks. There are a number of contract options that we have available to protect you including a forward contract, stop loss or limit order. If you would like further information on any of theses contract types, or you would like to discuss a potential exchange in more detail with one of our brokers here then please feel free to call our trading floor on (+441494 725353) or email me (Daniel Wright) directly on djw@currencies.co.uk and and I will be more than happy to help you personally.

Brexit Clarity could cause further gains for Sterling against AUD. (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – We have seen Sterling strengthen over the Australian Dollar of late, breaching the 1.80 resistance point and remaining above it. One of the main catalysts is positive news on Brexit. Chief EU Negotiator, Michel Barnier stated recently that he believes it is realistic that a Brexit deal could be in place in 6-8 weeks. It has also been revealed that there maybe a solution to the Irish border. There maybe the opportunity to use technology to solve the problem using barcodes on shipping containers to verify where goods have come from and where they are going to.

The Australian economy does have it’s own worries however. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s exports, with China engaged in a trade war with the US this will hit Chinese growth which in turn will hit the Australian economy. With global economic uncertainty causing investors to seek safer haven investments the Australian Dollar is not as popular as it once was. The US Dollar is the destination of choice offering the highest 10yr bond yields for several years and there is the prospect of further rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this year.

There is also problems with consumer spending. High wage growth areas are becoming increasingly more expensive which is forcing Australian’s to spend there funds on necessities rather than luxury goods.

I feel Sterling could be set for further gains against the Aussie, but be wary as Brexit talks intensify we could see volatility. If you are buying the Aussie short term aim for high 1.83s, possibly 1.84. I feel 1.85 will be difficult to breach unless we receive firm news on Brexit.

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What can we expect this week for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The week ahead for the Australian dollar looks set to be dominated by continuing news on the likelihood of future interest rate hikes down under. Last week saw a mixed bag of data as investors weighed up the conflicting signals and the overall outlook on the currency pairing. This was underscored by a very positive unemployment report which helped the Aussie to rise against its counterparts. Good news on the Australian dollar has however been tempered by the worrying prospect of fresh economic tariffs from Trump on China, Australia’s main trading partner.

The main economic news this week will be the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia Meeting Minutes and also the House Price Index released this evening. Later in the week we will also see the the RBA Bulletin and also a speech by Assistant Governor Christopher Kent. It was a speech by RBA Assistant Governor Bullock last week which saw movement on the rates as he highlighted growing household debt.

Clients with a currency transfer involving the Australian dollar could now face a range of events to move the rates, it does appear the factors which have weakened the Aussie in recent weeks, are set to remain. Global concerns over Trade Wars which are set to negatively impact China will weigh on economic sentiment and this will influence the Australian dollar.

If you have a transfer to consider buying Australian dollars with pounds there is also the EU Summit which is coming up which could see a volatile week on GBPAUD exchanges. Brexit continues to be the main driver on the pound and this information could see some volatility on the pair.

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Could we see further gains for Sterling against the Aussie ? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Sterling has made gains against the Aussie of late following a statement from chief Brexit negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier. Barnier said that it is realistic that a Brexit deal could be in place in 6-8 weeks. Following the announcement we have seen GBP/AUD hit 1.83.

There are also concerns from down under which was another catalyst for the Spike.  Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s exports and if there is an impact to the Chinese economy it can have repercussions on Australia. The ongoing trade war between China and the US is an example of this.

China have vowed to match the US Dollar for Dollar on tariffs and both sides are preparing further tariffs. As the war escalates investor confidence in the Australian Dollar is waning. During times of global economic uncertainty investors seek out safe haven investments with solid returns.

The US Dollar is the destination of choice, 10yr bond yields are currently the highest for years and there are also expected to be further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year.

There is also the problem of living costs. Many seek to live in high wage growth  areas such as Sydney or Melbourne. Housing prices in these area are proving overly expensive and Australians are being forced to spend their hard earned money on necessities rather than luxury goods which is hurting the Aussie.

Although the lack of Brexit progress is holding back the pound I think the Aussie is one of the few major currencies we could see further gains.

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Could we see further gains for the Pound vs the Australian Dollar this week? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has continued to improve against the Australian Dollar creating the best level to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds since April which is a 5 month high.

The Australian Dollar has weakened owing to the ongoing threat of a trade war between the US and China and as China is such a large trading partner with Australia this is causing the Australian Dollar to weaken.

We also saw an improvement for Sterling during yesterday afternoon’s trading session following the comments made by EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier who suggested that a deal could be in place in the next 6-8 weeks.

However, as we saw what happened last week with GBPAUD exchange rates the comments sent the market up quickly but it then fell shortly afterwards.

Ultimately, the rate to buy Australian Dollars with Sterling is likely to be dominated in the next few weeks with the ongoing Brexit talks but the Trade Wars between the US and China are also causing big problems for the Australian Dollar.

Indeed, the US has threatened to impose further tariffs and have claimed they are ready to go and with China suggesting they may try to match the tariffs Dollar for Dollar this is clearly a big problem for global markets.

We have already seen the Pound make some huge gains vs a number of different commodity based currencies including the New Zealand Dollar and the South African Rand and with the Pound hitting 1.83+ against the AUD yesterday I think we could see further gains coming in the short term.

We have a big day coming on Thursday with Australia releasing the latest set of unemployment down under and this will be followed at midday by the latest Bank of England interest rate decision so be prepared for a volatile end to the week if you’re in the process of making a transfer involving Australian Dollars.

If you would like to save money when converting Australian Dollars compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for further information or a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk


Will the Australian dollar rise or fall in September?

The Australian dollar is likely to come under increasing pressure in my opinion, as we approach a series of important domestic events in Australia and also some global issues which might driver its value. At home, concerns over the political outlook from a fractured government combine with concerns about the economy. Abroad the Trade Wars between Trump and China puts pressure on the Chinese economy, Australia’s biggest trading partner.

The Australian dollar has typically attracted investment from abroad owing to its high interest rates, a currency’s value can often be determined by the yield or return available to investors. Expectations for the Australian dollar are now lower with the US raising interest rates to a level now higher than Australia. Even the UK and Eurozone, both scarred by political and economic uncertainties in recent years, are on a path to raise interest rates.

This puts the Australian dollar on the back foot and means it cannot perform as well as it has done in recent years. Australian interest rates reached a peak of 4.75% but are now currently 1.75%. This has generally made the Australian dollar a less attractive currency to hold and I believe this will continue.

Some of the fundamental factors driving the currency markets are good indicators of future performance. The fundamentals on interest rates suggest that Australia will not be raising before either the UK, possibly the Eurozone and certainly not before the US. This will mean these currencies become more attractive to hold and might gain against the Aussie.

Political concerns in Australia have not diminished in Australia and these could see further weakness for the currency in the future. Wider global concerns could also be felt by the escalation of tensions from the Trade Wars in China, there is plenty to weaken the Aussie down the line.

If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars then please do not hesitate to contact me Jonathan Watson to discuss further.

Jonathan Watson


Australian Dollar Boosted on Strong Growth Report (James Lovick)

Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers released yesterday have helped support the Australian dollar after a strong number was produced. GDP rose by 0.9% which was higher than expected due to higher consumer spending which is lending support to the dollar. On an annual basis the figures have highlighted the fastest growth since 2012. Whilst the data presents a positive outlook the implications of the current trade wars are unlikely to have yet been realised.

Chinese import and export data this weekend could see a big market reaction for the Australian dollar. With heavy trade tariffs imposed on US and Chinese imports there are fears this could filter through into the wider global economy. Any signs that China’s economy is slowing down could see the Aussie come under renewed pressure. The trade wars between these two superpowers show no signs of easing at this time and so the outlook for the Aussie looks less stable. There is a high chance this could hamper the Aussie going forward with room for a sizeable drop.


Rates for GBP AUD have seen a boost higher this week with rates jumping higher to 1.80 for the pair. In fact the pair has risen by around 7 cents since the beginning of August creating a good opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars. The pound was boosted against the Australian dollar yesterday on reports that Germany and the UK were softening their stances with regards wording for the withdrawal agreement although this proved short lived.

Politics and Brexit are the number on driving force for GBP AUD and now that parliament has resumed after the summer recess then these next few months will be paramount in the future direction for the pair. I am expecting a hugely volatile few months and with this come opportunity for buyers and sellers alike.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how to make the most of any market movement when either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Will the Australian Dollar continue to weaken, and what’s causing the weakness?

The Aussie Dollar is under pressure at the moment, with the currency hitting a 20-month low against the US Dollar earlier this week which has hit the headlines. This most recent drop off was spurred by a number of major Australian banks such as Westpac, Suncorp and Adelaide Bank have all increased their mortgage lending rates.

The ongoing saga surrounding the US and Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement has also weighed on the Aussie Dollars value as sentiment surrounding the emerging markets has waned, after the talks between the US and Canada didn’t result in an agreement. The South African rand has also lost a lot of value recently for similar reasons.

No interest rate hikes are expected from the Reserve Bank of Australia until at least this time next year, and with US interest rates now higher than Australia’s the currency has lost a competitive edge which is another reason for the AUD weakening.

Moving forward I’m expecting to see the issues between the US and Canada as well as the issues with China to continue to weigh on the Aussie Dollar’s value. This is because of the Australian economies dependence on a strong global economy especially as the country becomes more service based.

This week there are a few further data releases that will provide us with an overview of the Australian economy, as trade Balance figures are released tomorrow and Home Loan Figures will be released on Friday.

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.