Monthly Archives: May 2018

Australian Dollar after New Trump Tariffs (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar looks set for another volatile period after the announcement this afternoon for US tariffs to be imposed against the EU, Canada and Mexico. US President Donald Trump is moving forward with tariffs on steel and aluminium imports which could result in a trade war across the globe. The Australian dollar could see a period of weakness if this outcome materialises as the Aussie is a higher risk currency and generally performs worse in times of global uncertainty. Things could escalate quickly as the EU have made clear it will look to apply tariffs on American brands such as bourbon whiskey and Levi’s jeans. The US tariffs will take effect at midnight this evening so there could be some considerable volatility when the Australian markets open and a particularly volatile end to the week.

The Aussie did come under added pressure at the start of the week following developments in Italy which could have seen fresh elections. The outlook in Italy has improved throughout the week although it wouldn’t take much to see tension rise and an anti-establishment push from the two new parties seeking to form a government. Expect more uncertainty for EUR AUD on the back of developments in Italy.

Clients with a GBP AUD requirement should pay very close attention to what is happening in the UK with the ongoing Brexit. Whilst we may have been talking about it for over two years the process is about to become very interesting in these coming weeks as a vote on the Brexit withdrawal bill in the House of Commons approaches. There are whispers of a potential vote of no confidence in the government if UK Prime Minister Theresa May is defeated and this scenario could see major volatility for GBP AUD exchange rates. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars should plan around this event to avoid disappointment.

For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Is the Australian Dollars reverse in fortunes likely to continue?

The Australian Dollar is continuing to strengthen, and put in another strong performance yesterday as sentiment surrounding the Aussie Dollar appears to be turning for the better.

There is renewed hope that the coalition in Italy will pull through after it stalled over the weekend, and this is helping push the Aussie Dollar higher as it removes uncertainty from the markets to a certain extent. There cost of commodities has also increased recently which has boosted the Aussie Dollars value, as the Australian economy is highly export driven.

I also think that now the talks of a trade war between the US and China have subsided, fears surrounding the global economy have also subsided leaving the Aussie Dollar in a stronger position. The positive moves for AUD recently can be highlighted when we consider that the Pound has lost almost 10-cents vs AUD in a short space of time.

It has also emerged that the US economy isn’t growing at the rate some economists had expected, meaning that there may not be as many rate hikes in the US as some had expected. This has boosted AUD as it could means investors will be less likely to move funds from AUD into USD in order to get a greater return.

Moving forward I expect to see AUD continue to strengthen, although further rate hikes from the US Fed Reserve later in the year could impact AUD negatively.

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.

Little reason for optimism for AUD buyers (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD –  Sterling has lost significant ground against he Aussie of late. The buoyancy levels of 1.80-1.85 are gone. GBP/AUD currently sits in the 1.75’s.

This is predominantly due to Sterling weakness rather than AUD strength. There is little reason to be optimistic at present for Aussie buyers. The Brexit situation is likely to be drawn out and problematic, with votes on areas of the deal having to be passed back and forth between the House of Commons and the House of Lords for approval. Throw into the mix that many of those involved in negotiations have ulterior motives, seeking to fulfil there own agendas and Sterling could remain weak for the foreseeable future.

Economic data has also been appalling from the UK, particularly GDP which came in at 0.1%, the worst data release on GDP for over five years. The proposed interest rate hike from Bank of England (BOE) in May did not occur and I would be surprised to see one this year.

Australia is heavily reliant on China buying it’s raw materials, in particular iron ore and the US threatening to impose huge tariffs has the potential to slow Chinese growth which in turn will hit the Australian economy. China has agreed to purchase more than USD 200bn in goods and services from the US which has put a hold on the tariffs, the Aussie benefited as a result.

Current trading levels are poor for Aussie buyers, but it could get worse. I can appreciate the reluctance to trade due to the psychological aspect of trading at current levels when it was 1.84 only a short time ago, but believe me there is very little justification to get to those levels again in current market conditions.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximise your return. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free, no obligation trading strategy for you. If you have a trade to perform I will also happily provide a free quote and I am confident our rates are among the best in the industry. I would be willing to demonstrate this in form of a comparison with any competitor. You can trade in safety knowing you are dealing with company FCA registered and one that has been trading for 16yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

If you would like my assistance I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading. Daniel Johnson

 

 

Australian Dollar still open to risk sell off – Italy key at present and Chinese data rounds off the week

Italian politics have been one of the surprise movers for Australian Dollar exchange rates so far this week, with news of a breakdown in talks to form a Government coming out earlier in the week this has led to a rise in political instability which can impact investors and speculators attitude to risk.

With the Australian Dollar being deemed as a ‘riskier’ currency it is open to the elements of global political and economic issues, so situations like the one in Italy at present or even the on-going situation between Donald Trump and North Korea can have quite an impact on the value of the currency.

In times of uncertainty the Australian Dollar tends to weaken and when matters are settled you can see the Australian Dollar get a little stronger.

As regular readers  of the site will be aware it does not look like we will be seeing a rise in interest rates for Australia in the coming months which may keep the Australian Dollar out of fashion for a little while, especially when you note that the Federal Reserve over in the U.S are consistently raising rates and have been for a while now.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as a positive for a currency as it makes that currency more attractive to investors and a cut in interest rates can been seen as negative, so with the action seen from the U.S over the last year or so we are witnessing a flurry of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar which is perceived as a safer currency and now offers a better return as well.

We have minimal economic data out for Australia this week but we do have Chinese manufacturing tomorrow and Friday which may also impact the Australian Dollar as the week nears an end.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or even months ahead and you would like my assistance then I would be more than happy to help you personally. Not only can we better rates of other brokerages, well known apps or online platforms but we go the extra mile and offer assistance with both the timing of your transfer and getting the money where it needs to be safely and securely.

Feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) directly on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get back to you with further information on our services.

Could Australian Dollar strength continue this week?

The Pound has continued to remain under pressure against the Australian Dollar as the markets are still waiting to hear how the Brexit talks will go in the weeks ahead.

The ongoing uncertainty has piled more pressure on Sterling and one of the only currencies that Sterling is performing well against is the Euro which has struggled owing to what is happening politically in Italy at the moment.

On Friday UK GDP confirmed that the figures grew at the slowest pace in 5 years and this has provided further support for the recent decision made by the Bank of England to keep interest rates on hold earlier this month.

Looking ahead to the next few days there is not too much economic data coming out apart from UK Consumer Confidence figures on Wednesday followed by some housing data due to be published on Thursday.

One of the biggest events of the week in terms of the currency market will come on Wednesday as the US announce their latest GDP figures and typically this will often have a big impact on the Australian Dollar as it will either increase or discourage risk appetite and as the AUD is deemed a riskier currency this can often move the market for GBPAUD exchange rates very quickly.

On early Thursday morning the Chinese publish manufacturing data and then Private Sector credit data a few hours later so if you’re in the process of making a currency transfer involving Australian Dollars over the next few days I think the biggest day of the week could come tomorrow with US GDP data.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers I am confident of being able to offer you bank beating exchange rates as well as helping you with the timing of your currency transfer.

If you would like a free quote then email me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Australian Dollar Wobbles on Geopolitical Concerns – US / North Korea (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar has seen another wobble after that has been a good performance from the Aussie over the last month. The Aussie has slipped lower on the back of developments stemming from both China and North Korea. The trade war between the US and China appeared to be cooling off which was working in the commodity currency’s favour although Trump was reported to have said that “There is no deal” signalling that there might not be an agreement on how to reduce the size of the US deficit with China.

There are mixed signals coming out of the US on this important matter and there did appear to be progress up until recently. The Australian dollar is directly impacted by these events as China is Australia’s largest export market and a slowdown in the global economy is generally seen as bad for the Aussie.

It’s not just the US China trade battle to consider though, US President Donald Trump has indicated the summit with North Korea may not happen with a strong chance that it won’t work out. These geopolitical concerns continue to have a negative impact on the Aussie so expect more volatility for AUD exchange rates in the coming weeks.

Selling Australian Dollars for Pounds?

Those clients with pending requirements should monitor developments in Britain over these coming weeks. I have posted previously that the House of Commons will shortly vote on the Brexit withdrawal bill that has been put forward by the House of Lords with a series of amendments. UK Prime Minster Theresa may does not have a sufficient majority to push through her vision of Brexit and if the amendments are defeated in the Commons then there could be a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. This could create considerable volatility for the pound on the back of political uncertainty. It could also end up in a general election.

Clients looking to sell Australian dollars could see some better opportunities around the corner although it is my view the Prime Minister may have a shot at putting pressure on other politicians who represent Leave backing areas of the country. If she is able to win votes from Labour politicians then she could sail through with her Brexit which could see the pound rally on renewed confidence. Clients would be wise to plan around this event in these coming weeks as there is a huge amount at stake on how this ends up for GBP AUD.

To discuss your currency requirement and for assistance to achieve the best rates of exchange then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP/AUD could be set to fall further after UK inflation unexpectedly drops

Bets in favour of the Bank of England hiking interest rates in the UK this year slid yesterday, after the UK inflation data released showed a drop in the cost of living in the UK.

Markets weren’t expecting this, and the Pound’s trend appears to have reversed after losing almost 10-cents against the Australian Dollar over the last month or so.

The markets had expected to see an interest rate hike two-weeks ago today after the UK economy had been showing some positive signs, but the drop in economic growth (its fallen to a 5-year low according to the latest GDP figures) has put the brakes on these plans.

Some economists are now predicting that it may not be until November this year until the next hike happens and that will of course be determined by how the UK economy performs.

There haven’t been a lot of reasons for the Aussie Dollar strength and I think the recent price changes can be put down to the Pound’s weakness. There aren’t expected to be any rate hikes down under this year and the Australian economy has also demonstrated signs of a slowdown.

The current GBP/AUD level is trading at a 2-month low, and if you wish to be updated in the event of a spike in the price do feel free to register your interest.

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.

Australian Dollar loses a little ground with economic data miss and Chinese debt still a concern for the RBA

The Australian Dollar lost a little ground in trading yesterday following poor construction data and concerns from the RBA over Chinese debt and the two together led to a drop in demand for AUD and a slight drop in value to go with it.

Construction work was 18% down on figures over the same period last year and only rose 0.2% for the quarter compared to expectations of 1.3% which is quite a big miss.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe remained firm that the RBA would not be in any rush to make adjustments to monetary policy anytime soon and he also commented that a clear build up of debt and bad loans in China is also a considerable risk to the Australian economy. He cited that there have been similar situations in the past that have led to economic slowdown or a full blown financial crisis.

China at present is a large importer of Australian food and service and Chinese tourists currently account for 25% of all tourist Dollars spent in Australian currently, not to mention China being a large importer of Australian iron ore and coal.

This news unnerved investors who are already getting mixed news regarding Donald Trump and trade tariffs  and are already looking to come out of the Australian Dollar due to stagnant interest rates where other seemingly more stable economies around the world (for example the United States) are making their moves and raising interest rates, even now to a point where the USD is a more attractive currency than the AUD as it offers a better return for investors money.

If you are in the position that you need to carry out a currency exchange involving Australian Dollars and you would like to be kept up to speed with any rate changes then you are more than welcome to get in touch with me and I will be  happy to help you personally. The brokerage I work for has been operating for 18 years now and we pride ourselves on getting clients not only the best exchange rates on the market but also offering the very highest level of customer service too.

If you would like to discuss a specific scenario or exchange with me then feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get in touch personally.

US-China Trade War Truce bodes well for the Aussie (Daniel Johnson)

Halt on tariffs benefits the Aussie

There has been an ongoing trade war between the Chinese and the US following Trump’s appointment as President. He has a thinly veiled issue with the Chinese and is highly agitated at the amount of debt the US is in to the Chinese. His mantra is “make America great again” and he took fire at the Chinese by threatening to impose tariffs that were simply unrealistic, that would be detrimental to both sides.

These tariffs would impact Chinese growth and in turn hit the Australian economy. Australia is heavily reliant on China for the purchase of it’s raw materials, particularly iron ore. If the Chinese economy suffers due to Trump’s tariff s the knock on effect will impact the Australian Dollar.

The US and the Chinese have recently agreed to put a halt to the trade war under the premise that China will purchase USD 200bn worth of US goods and services. Following this announcement the Aussie strengthened significantly. In particular against Sterling, this news along with poor economic data and a very  poor interest rate forecast from the Bank of England (BOE) has caused the pound to lose nearly 10 cents against the Australian Dollar. It was only recent we saw GBP/AUD at 1.84, we were in the 1.76s during today’s trading.

When to move?

AUD Sellers- Take advantage of current levels, 1.80 is an incredible selling price, let alone 1.76. Keep in mind GBP/AUD was 2.20 pre Brexit and the Pound is chronically undervalued.

AUD Buyers – If you have to move short term I’m afraid 1.79 should be your new target, the 1.80 resistance point has now been broken.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximise your return. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free, no obligation trading strategy for you. If you have a trade to perform I will also happily provide a free quote and I am confident our rates are among the best in the industry. I would be willing to demonstrate this in form of a comparison with any competitor. You can trade in safety knowing you are dealing with company FCA registered and one that has been trading for 16yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

If you would like my assistance I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading. Daniel Johnson

 

Will the Pound increase towards the end of the week vs the Australian Dollar?

The Australian Dollar has improved vs the Pound during the last few days as political tensions between the US and China appear to be easing recently.

Previously, it was suggested that Australia could be caught in the middle of the trade wars between the world’s two largest economies and as Australia is heavily reliant on what happens with the Chinese economy this can often have a big impact on the value of the Aussie Dollar.

Longer term I still think the Australian Dollar will weaken once again as the economy is still rather fragile down under. Inflation is still below the required figure and the Reserve Bank of Australia have suggested on a number of occasions that they will be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile I fully expect the US to continue on its path of increasing interest rates during the course of 2018 and whilst growth continues to rise in the US I think this will cause global investors to sell off the Australian Dollar in favour of the US Dollar which will provide strong growth and a very positive yield.

This would typically cause the AUD to weaken against a number of different currencies including vs the Pound so I would expect the Pound to make gains in the medium to longer term vs the Australian Dollar.

In the short term the focus will likely turn to what is happening with UK economic data as data in Australia is rather thin on the ground this week.

Tomorrow morning UK inflation is due to be published and this has been a big factor in how the Bank of England has reacted recently as if inflation continues to remain high the general theory is that a central bank increases interest rates to combat high inflation and this would typically strengthen the currency involved.

On Thursday UK Retail Sales are announced and with the previous release having been affected by the ‘beast of the east’ I think we could see the data come out rather positively which could see GBPAUD rates recover towards the end of this week.

If you would like further information about what is happening with the Pound vs the Australian Dollar or if you’d like a free quote to buy or sell Australian Dollars then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk