Monthly Archives: November 2018

Australian Dollar to Pound Rates Strengthen on Hope of Positive G20 Summit (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have fallen lower to below 1.75 for the GBP AUD pair as Brexit uncertainty remains the biggest threat to the pound ahead of the parliamentary meaningful vote around the 12th December. There are reported 100 Conservative MP’s who have signalled that they will vote against the Prime Minister which leaves an even more uncertain period ahead. If the Prime Minister is unable to push forward with her Brexit deal then there are a number of different outcomes. A second vote in the House of Commons is perhaps the most likely outcome although a change of Prime Minister, a second referendum, a no deal Brexit or a Norway style trade deal cannot be ruled out.

The EU have stated that this is the best deal the UK will receive so in the event that Theresa May is unable to secure a better deal then the prospect of no deal in my view is starting to look much more likely to happen. The Bank of England has made worst case scenario predictions that there could be a crash in the pound of up to 25% which is making the price of sterling extremely sensitive to political developments in the UK.

The Australian dollar could also see a substantial boost if there is a breakthrough or at least a statement of intent for the US and China to reduce tariffs on trade and come to a future trade agreement. The Australian dollar could be big beneficiary if progress is made at the G20 summit this weekend where a slot has been put aside for US China talks. We’re not there yet and US President Donald Trump has been threatening more tariffs this week so it remains to be seen how constructive these talks will be if talks don’t well and tariffs are imposed on all Chinese goods then the Aussie could weaken considerably lower as those concerns grown on the future of global growth.

For more information on the Australian dollar exchange rates and for assistance on making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Brexit Impact papers push Sterling lower against the Australian Dollar

After a strong start to the trading session yesterday, Sterling exchange rates have seen their fortunes reverse since yesterday afternoon when Brexit Impact papers were released by both the Government as well as the Bank of England.

Both releases suggested that the UK will be worse off by carrying out the Brexit with the BoE outlining a number of worse case scenarios for the UK economy in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Their report outlined the potential for the Pound to lose 25% of its value against both the Euro and the US Dollar which would put Sterling below parity vs both of these key currencies. Property market falls of 30% were also contained within this worst case scenario Brexit report as well as unemployment potentially rising to 7.5% and since this report we’ve seen a sell-off of the Pound’s value which has accelerated this morning.

After almost reaching 1.77 yesterday we’ve seen the pair drop below 1.75 this morning which goes to show how much the currency has been impacted by these reports. It’s also worth noting that the Australian Dollar has lost value recently owing to the sharp drop in the value of iron ore which is a key export of the Australia’s. Iron ore prices have dropped by 9% this week which represents the largest drop in over a year. The rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leaders has also ramped up with concerns of a global slowdown owing to the trade war once again impacting currencies such as AUD’s.

Economic data releases are light for the remainder of the week between the UK and Australia so it’s likely that Brexit talks will remain the main driver of currency fluctuations.

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.

Will the current Brexit deal make it through Parliament? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to be the main driver on GBP/AUD. Despite little movement on the market we did see significant progress in negotiations this weekend. Yesterday saw the current Breixt draft agreed. The deal was accepted by Brussels after just 38 minutes. All 27 member states endorsed the agreement after 18 months of  uncertainty. The £37 billion exit fee was confirmed along with the elusive back stop agreement on the Irish Border. It also gave an insight into trade relations moving forward.

Perhaps the reason we did not see a boost in Sterling was that the market had already moved on rumour. It was common knowledge that the deal would go through following May conceding on the Gibraltar situation. Investors are aware the real test for the deal is when it is put before parliament for acceptance. This is expected to take place in the next two weeks prior to the Christmas recess.

May has also released an open letter to the public in an attempt to get support for the deal. She has stated it is this deal or no deal. The majority pf book makers have it at around 50/50 the bill will be passed.

Theresa May’s position under Threat

Theresa May’s position is still under threat, there are rumours of around 35 letters of no confidence that have been put forward, 45 are required for a leadership challenge. It may be the case that some MPs are hanging on for an opportune moment as a leadership challenge can only be undertaken once over a 12 month period.

While the deal has not been approved by parliament I expect the Pound to remain vulnerable. If I had to put my money on it I would say a deal will go through. The threat for the Tories is that if a leadership challenge takes place and the potential new leader fails to gain a majority victory they could be looking at a general election and risk Labour gaining power. Brexit would also be thrown completely up in the air. No doubt this would cause Sterling weakness.

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GBP to AUD Exchange Rates Uncertain ahead of EU Summit 25th Nov (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates remain on the back foot as uncertainty over Brexit continues to the big driver for GBP to AUD rates. The pound is trading at just over 1.76 against the Australian dollar and whilst there has been some support this week any major improvement is likely to be limited for the pound. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is still trying to seal a deal on the political declaration for the future trading relationship between the UK and EU and a meeting last night failed to provide a breakthrough. Theresa May will now fly back to Brussels on Saturday ahead of the emergency EU summit which commences on Sunday.

The political declaration will be an important component to the deal and the specific wording of the text will help determine whether parliament will vote in favour of the deal that is almost on the table. Ultimately it will all come down to a meaningful vote in parliament on the final deal which will decide the future of the UK and the pound in the short term. It leaves a very uncertain few weeks for sterling exchange rates whilst the markets await this key vote in parliament.

The Australian dollar could come under some renewed pressure in these coming weeks as the issue of trade wars continues to impact on global markets. So far there has been no compromise for a future trade deal between the US and China as preparation are being made behind the scenes for a summit in Buenos Aires. Relations are likely to become even more tense as both Europe and China seek to argue that Donald Trump cannot continue to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium on the basis of national security.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will need to rule on this subject and the outcome will likely create added turmoil in the financial markets. If for example the WTO challenged the US on this point then in an extreme scenario the US could find itself breaking away from the WTO entirely. This could see a flight to safety to the US dollar leaving the Australian dollar in a risky position. Once again there is another focal point in the diary which will help direct GBP vs AUD.

For more information on Australian dollar exchange rates and how to find the optimum time to convert funds either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Aussie Dollar comes under pressure as US-China tensions resurface, and fears of a global slowdown take hold

The Australian Dollar has come under pressure in early trading today, although the fall has a lot further to go to wipe out the gains made by AUD over the past month and a half. Against the US Dollar the currency has lost over 1% over the past 24-hours as investors have piled into safe haven currencies and taken funds out of riskier currencies such as the Aussie.

Over in the US the Federal Reserve Bank has indicated plans for a less aggressive monetary policy next year than the markets had previously anticipated, and signs of a global slowdown with stock markets still selling off is concerning financial markets hence the sell-off.

AUD exchange rates haven’t been helped by comments out of the White House yesterday either. In the lead up to the G20 meeting next week there have been hopes of a truce between US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but yesterday as the White House said Beijing has failed to alter its ‘unfair’ practices. As China is such a key trading partner of Australia’s this is negative news for AUD which perhaps explains yesterday’s sell-off of the Aussie Dollar.

There are no economic data releases out of Australia this week, so I expect the GBP/AUD rate to continue to be driven by Brexit related updates which are coming through thick and fast at the moment. UK PM, Theresa May will be in Brussels today to discuss the Brexit agreement text with EU leaders for the first time since the text was announced last week.

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.

 

Housing market a concern for Australia

Over the last year Australian banks have found themselves tightening lending standards to the recommendations given by the Royal Commission in Australia and reports are suggesting further recommendations are on the horizon. Research found that banks were not checking peoples incomes and spending patterns correctly which meant the public were borrowing money they could not repay.

Early next year the Royal Commission are set to release their final report in regards to lending and if the commission decides further tightening is needed this is going to have a major impact on the Australian housing market and consequently the economy and dollar. If the banks stop lending UBS believe that the market will crash 30%. It’s key to note that house prices have dropped 13% in Perth and the figures are similar in other major cities.

For clients that are holding Australian dollars and are looking to purchase a foreign currency in the months to come, I’m expecting the dollar to have a tough start to 2019. It’s clear in my opinion that the Reserve Bank of Australia have their hands tied in regards to raising interest rates. House prices are falling and no ‘new’ money is coming into the market. If the RBA hiked interest rates it would put further pressure on Australian’s pockets and you would see people trying to sell their houses for cheaper and the housing market would fall further.

However it’s always important to analyse the other currency you will be converting. For example the pound is back under pressure due to Brexit, and opportunity has presented itself. If Theresa May manages to get the Brexit deal through Parliament you would expect the pound to strengthen in the upcoming months and the Australian dollar will lose value against the pound.

However on the other hand the US economy has been producing magnificent economic numbers over the last 12 months, however reports are suggesting a slow down in raising interest rates is on the horizon and now that Trump has lost the House, next years congress is going to be extremely interesting. Will they ask to see Trump’s tax returns and could this put major pressure on the dollar?

For more information in regards to a specific currency pair feel free to email with more information and I will get back in touch as soon as possible drl@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

Australian Dollar loses ground against most major currencies as trade war tension rises

Australian Dollar exchange rates have dropped away against all major currencies in treading today as tensions between the U.S and China rose once again over the weekend.

The Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar topped the weakest major currencies of the day and much of this can be pinned down to the uncertainty surrounding the trade negotiations between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

As many regular readers will be aware any heightened tensions between the U.S and China can lead to weakness for the Australian Dollar, as the Australian economy can be susceptible to bad news from China.

 RBA meeting minutes tomorrow morning

We have seen a slight improvement in certain areas of the Australian economy recently, however most analysts do not believe that there has been enough to warrant a change in stance from the Reserve Bank of Australia regarding any interest rate changes. Interest rates have remained stable in Australia for a long time now and this is also another reason why the Australian Dollar has lost ground against a number of major currencies over the course of the year.

An higher interest rate will make a currency more attractive to investors as it means they are offered a greater level of return for their money, and with other central banks such as the Federal Reserve in the U.S raising rates on numerous occasions over the past year or so the Australian Dollar has been somewhat left behind.

Should the RBA take a more positive tone in their meeting minutes tomorrow then we may see a little strength back for the Australian Dollar, should their stance remain the same then focus will be back on any political news, such as the trade wars and for those that have an interest in the Australian Dollar against the pound then Brexit and Theresa May will be key.

Should you have the need to buy or sell a large volume of Australian Dollars in the near future and you would like my assistance then you are welcome to contact me (Daniel Wright) directly. You can email me on djw@currencies.co.uk with a brief description of what you are looking to do and I will be happy to contact you personally.

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast and the impact of the Brexit deal

After hitting above 1.80 earlier this month the rate to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds has fallen in to the 1.75 levels on the Interbank.

Primarily this was caused by the huge losses in the value of the Pound against a number of major currencies owing to the issues surrounding the proposed Brexit deal.

However, it was not just the news in the UK that caused the Pound to fall against the Australian Dollar.

During the course of this week the economy down under showed an improvement in the unemployment rate which fell to 5% and this caused investors to move money in to the AUD as it shows signs of a more positive economy.

The main news that caused the drop in the value of the Pound was the proposed Brexit deal. This caused a number of senior ministers to hand in their resignations including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. He left citing differences in the deal and that he could not be part of the government owing to certain issues in the proposed deal which he could not agree upon.

Could the Brexit deal be changed?

Meanwhile this weekend a number of senior ministers in the Conservatives are planning to try and make changes to the draft Brexit deal.

Included in the group are Michael Gove and Liam Fox who have previously thrown their support behind Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has been busy trying to persuade the British public that she is determined to see this deal through.

The next stumbling block could come on 25th November when the EU summit takes place. The likelihood is that this is likely to get ratified but the real sticking point will come when the parliament has its say.

The current expectation is that the EU will approve the deal but that parliament will reject it and then the UK government will have 21 days to put forward a new plan and I think this will will increase the pressure on the value of the Pound.

Therefore, if you’re planning to buy Australian Dollars in the near future it may be worth getting this organised relatively quickly.

If you are thinking about making a currency transfer and would like to save money when transferring Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – GBP AUD Crashes after Brexit Secretary Resigns (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have crashed dramatically with rates falling by more than 2% to the lows of 1.75/1.76 after a brutal day in British politics. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reached an agreement with the EU over the draft withdrawal agreement but support from her cabinet is not unanimous. So far and in a single day there were seven government resignations including Brexit Secretary Dominc Raab which sent the pound tumbling. GBP to AUD rates now face yet another volatile day as the markets prepare for more government resignations and a possible leadership challenge.

Brexit supporter and chair of the backbench European Research Group has called for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and believes that enough letters to the 1922 Committee will be reached in the comings days to trigger a vote of no confidence. The Prime Minister must also put in place a new Brexit Secretary and it has been reported that Environment Secretary Michael Gove has turned down the offer. Where that leaves Michael Gove is less clear and many are expecting a resignation which would add more pressure on Theresa May and further weakness for the GBP to AUD pair. The outlook is so uncertain in British politics that there is room for further weakness for the pound against the Australian dollar in the short term.

The Australian dollar meanwhile has been boosted after strong employment data down under pointing to health consumer spending. A further 42,300 jobs were created in October which was significantly higher than the September reading. This will be welcome news for the Reserve Bank of Australia which has held concerns over weak wage growth and low inflation. The belief is that an improving labour market will feed through to higher wages which will allow the central bank to start raising interest rates. This is starting to look likely for 2019 with a good chance we may see the first rate hike in August next year.

There are likely to be major movements in these coming days. For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP/AUD drops after May’s Brexit deal looks unlikely to get the support she needs

The Pound is down across the board of major currency pairs today, in most cases by over 1% at least with the GBP/AUD rate down by over 1.6% at the time of writing. Yesterday the Pound was increasing in value on hopes of May’s cabinet supporting her deal, but this morning the situation is very different with Sterling under increasing pressure.

This morning its emerged that Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary that took over from David Davis after he resigned, has this morning resigned himself stating that he ‘cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU’. This has put further pressure on Sterling with money markets now suggesting the chances of another interest rate hike from the Bank of England has now lowered.

Whether the Aussie Dollar will continue to climb against the Pound this morning will depend on whether there are further resignations from her cabinet, and also whether May can pass her Brexit deal through Parliament. The rumour mill suggests she will need to gain the support of of more than 50 hardcore Tory Brexiteers and Labour rebels. Donald Tusk has also hinted at concerns May could lose her position which would scupper the plans agreed over the past week.

Some key figures from within the hardcore Brexit movement have already announced their disapproval, and I think there could be further resignations based of the knee jerk reaction to her proposals.

Economic data is likely to take a back seat regarding GBP exchange rates at the moment, with Brexit remaining the main driver of currency value. If you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement 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.