Daily Archives: November 8, 2017

Iron prices continue to put pressure on the Australian dollar

GBPAUD exchange rates have increased in value by 8 cents since September as the Australian dollar has been under pressure and sterling has rallied off the back of an interest rate hike and Brexit developments. To put this into monetary value a £200,000 conversion into Australian dollars now generates our clients an additional 16,000 Australian dollars.

The Australian economy relies heavily on iron ore, as iron ore makes up 16.3% of Australian exports. When iron ore prices fall this tends to have a direct impact on Australian dollar exchange rates. China is Australia main trading partner and as construction activity has been slowing in the 2nd largest economy the need for the commodity iron ore falls. Forecasters are suggesting that in the upcoming months iron ore prices will continue to fall and the price per tonne could plummet to $50.

The Australian dollar has also lost value in recent weeks as the Reserve Bank of Australia continue to give a dovish outlook in regards to interest rates. Governor Philip Lowe has insisted that monetary policy will not be changed in the foreseeable future and this was supported by the poor inflation numbers last month.

A data release to keep a close eye on for the remainder of the year is the US interest rate hike in December. If the US hike interest rates (87% chance according to forecasters) I expect a major sell off of Australian dollars which would make the Aussie cheaper to buy.

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Australian Dollar Finds Support on Stronger Commodity Prices (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar could see a renewed boost in its fortunes with the rising price of commodity prices to include oil and iron ore. Climbing commodity prices are normally a good signal that the global economy is functioning well which bodes well for currencies like the Aussie dollar. Australia of course has a large export market for raw materials and is the reason it is referred to as a commodity currency. As such when the price of iron moves higher as it has done in the last three months then this is welcome news for the Australian dollar. Any further increases in commodity currencies in these coming months should only help support the dollar further.

The Australian dollar had come into a little bit of trouble of late with some sizeable losses seen after the Reserve Bank of Australia made clear that it is not even considering any interest rate increases at this time. Rates for GBP AUD moved into much more attractive territory for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars although those gains are now being brought back down after the recent rally in commodity prices.

The pound appears to have found support above 1.70 for the moment and any changes to commodity prices are likely to see the dollar react.
For those clients buying or selling Australian dollars for sterling would be wise to pay close attention to the next round of Brexit discussion which will resume tomorrow in Brussels.

The perceived stalemate is likely to keep pressure on the price of sterling and movement round this impasse is not expected until December of even January. As such clients looking to buy Australian dollars in the short term are unlikely to see rate much higher than the levels currently available. Once again the Brexit negotiation will continue to be the single biggest driver for sterling exchange rates in these unpredictable markets.

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RBA Interest rate decison (Daniel Johnson)

RBA keep Rates on hold

During the night we saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) interest rate decision. Rates were kept on hold at 1.5%, this was anticipated so id did not have a significant impact on Australian dollar value. The market moves on rumor as well as fact, volatility is created when things don’t go according to the general consensus.

Interest Rate Forecast

I would expect interest rates to remain at these levels for the foreseeable future due to the situation with the Australian housing market and Chinese growth. Housing prices in Melbourne and Sydney are well above the national average due to the higher wages being offered in the cities. This is all very well, but when you have foreign investors buying the properties unconcerned with the inflated process we are starting to see a housing bubble start to emerge. A very similar situation to London, a bubble that can not afford to burst.

There is also Australia’s heavy dependence on the Chinese to purchase their raw materials. Iron ore is Australia’s primary export and as such it’s price can influence Australian Dollar value. Despite Chinese growth still being healthy it is by no means as strong as previous years which is worrying considering Australian’s heavy reliance on the Chinese. It is wise to keep an eye on both Chinese growth data and Iron ore prices if you are considering trading Aussie.

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