Daily Archives: March 23, 2018

Buying Australian Dollars with Pounds? (James Lovick)

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars have seen a great spike this week for the GBP AUD pair. Rates for GBP AUD have broken over 1.83 although the recent rally appears to be running out of steam. The pound has been given an excellent boost after agreement was reached between Britain and the EU on a transitional deal in the Brexit negotiations. The pound has benefitted from this as a degree of confidence for British business has been restored and this is seen as welcome news for the British economy.

Clients looking to buy Australian dollars would be wise to consider taking advantage of the current highs as spikes likes these in recent months have so far proved very short lived. There are a number of thorny issues which will resurface in the coming weeks and revolve around the Irish border and financial services.

If no agreement is reached over the Irish border and if a deal cannot be found which includes financial services for the city of London then the prospect of a no deal scenario suddenly starts to look considerably more likely. It is for this reason that any gains beyond these levels seem unlikely in the short term at least.

Clients looking to sell Australian dollars should see some spikes in the coming weeks and months although my view is that a deal on Brexit will be reached and this could see the pound perform very well. A move towards 1.90 for GBP AUD cannot be ruled out in these markets especially as the Brexit appears to have finally turned a corner with an apparent accord and will to move forward from all sides.

For more information on Australian dollar exchange rates and how to make the most of these opportunities in this volatile period then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Will GBPAUD remain above 1.80?

The pound to Australian dollar rate is looking like it might rise further in the future so for clients looking to sell AUD for pounds a quick move is probably sensible. With the levels now safely above 1.80 fr over a week the prospect for it to dip back below 1.80 seems unlikely. Overall the expectation for clients who will need to buy pounds with Aussies is that moving sooner will probably be best.

We learned this week that the pound should find more favour against the Australian dollar on the back of improved expectations relating to the prospect of interest rate rises. The GBPAUD rate was dealt a double whammy when the US raised interest rates but also confirmed extra buoyancy in future hikes which has kept the AUD weaker against both currencies.

We learned very recently that the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be looking less likely to raise interest rates in the future, this has seen the Australian currency weaker. Interest rates are a major barometer of what will happen to a currency in the future, the expectations that the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England will raise interest rates ahead of the RBA is putting the Aussie on the back foot.

The next stages of progress will be made in the coming weeks, any surprise twists and turns on Brexit could unsettle the pound GBPAUD rate but the overall impression looks more positive. If you have a transfer buying or selling pounds and Australian dollars making plans ahead of any spike is the best course of action.

If you have a transfer and wish for some expert information and assistance on the currency markets, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing back from you.