Monthly Archives: February 2019

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker as poor economic data and also global concerns weigh on the currency. Investors have been closely monitoring developments with the trade wars, which have seen China and the US go head to head threatening increasing tariffs on each other. There has also been the North Korean – US Summit in Vietnam, which has not proved successful for Trump, thereby putting further pressure on the Australian dollar.

The Australian dollar is a barometer of global trade which has seen the market moving in the favour of any clients looking to buy the Australian dollar, expectations are for a very busy time ahead, as investors seek greater clarity on what lies ahead. Global trade could now be under greater pressure as investors seek to obtain more certainty around the Trade Wars and the possibility of destabilisation in the North Korean peninsula.

The Australian dollar is also suffering from pressures at home, as investors seek to obtain greater clarity over the outlook globally, and the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, seek to consider cutting interest rates in order to ease the wheels of their economy, in order to be able to manage any possible downturn.

The slowing economy globally, and increased uncertainty in global markets, has seen the Australian economy weaker as it depends so much on strong global demand for its natural resources which include coal and aluminium and other commodities. The Australian economy has been weakening owing to these global concerns and this is now beginning to weigh on the market, as investors seek other shores and remain unconvinced about what lies ahead.

Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars should be aware of a few volatile sessions ahead, we are in business to help with the planning and execution of any transfers. GBPAUD in particular, could be in for a very volatile month as we await the latest news from the Brexit. Trading levels on GBPAUD could ever surpass 1.90 at the top end of the ranges.

Thank you for reading and please let feel free to contact me if there is anything that you wish to discuss for the future.

Jonathan Watson

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GBP to AUD Rates Break 1.85, Brexit Extension Possible (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rates has rocketed higher with levels breaking 1.85 for the GBP to AUD pair. The pound has spiked higher after a statement from Theresa May yesterday where she referenced a potential extension to Article 50. There has been pressure from members of her cabinet who have threated to resign unless no deal is removed as a potential outcome.

The markets must now wait for the meaningful vote to be held before 12th March which will see whether the existing withdrawal agreement can be pushed through parliament. If the deal does not go through as insufficient changes have been made to the backstop then there will be a vote on 14th March for an extension of Article 50 if MP’s reject a no deal.

Meanwhile Prime Minster Theresa May is in Brussels meeting with Michel Barnier to try and make legally binding changes to the contentious Irish backstop. The attorney general Geoffrey Cox has also been present in meetings to try and work a legal codicil to go with the withdrawal agreement that would carry legal force and would then pass through parliament. When the outcome of these talks is known this is likely to result in considerable market movement for the GBP vs AUD pair. Expect high volatility and potential good opportunities on the back of any new developments surrounding Brexit in these final stages.

The Australian dollar meanwhile has found support after a calm statement from US Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated the Fed would be patient with interest rates. Since the beginning of the year the Fed have been more dovish in its approach to raising interest rates and softening its stance with concerns of a slowdown in the US and more importantly the global slowdown stemming for China which is being exacerbated by the US China trade war. Investors are now considering whether to continue to invest in the dollar if the Fed is coming to an end of its rate tightening cycle which bodes well for the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar.

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Pound Australian Dollar Forecast – Pound improves after coal tensions

The Pound has continued to make gains vs the Australian Dollar after it emerged that the Chinese have put an indefinite ban on the amount of Australian coal coming in to the country.

The amount has been capped at 12mn tonnes per year and as China accounts for 34% of Australia’s export market it is a big concern for the Australian economy and this has been reflected in the Australian Dollar which has weakened to its lowest level vs Sterling since October 2018.

Clearly this issue could become a big problem for the Australian Dollar and Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is seeking some clarity on the situation before the issue gets worse and RBA governor Philip Lowe has said ‘if it were to the sign of a deterioration in the underlying political relationship between Australia and China then that would be more concerning.’

Yesterday morning Australian unemployment came out at 5% which was in line with expectation and typically this would have helped the Australian Dollar to strengthen vs the Pound but it did little to impact GBPAUD rates as the markets focused on the tensions between China and Australia.

During the next few days and as we come to the end of the month there is little economic data due out for Australia so the coal story is likely to dominate the next few days for the Australian Dollar.

In the meantime the UK may be holding the next vote on Brexit on 27th February and at the moment it appears that the deal is far from being approved so I expect another loss for the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

This could give the Pound a boost as it means that Brexit may not be happening 5 weeks from today and the likelihood is that Article 50 is extended.

Although this will not solve anything it does mean that the finite period of uncertainty is removed and this could provide the Pound with a lift against the Australian Dollar.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank or another broker then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

RBA under pressure causing the Pound to make gains vs the Australian Dollar

The Reserve Bank of Australia has once again signalled that things are not looking in great shape for the Australian economy owing to higher unemployment levels combined with lower inflation if UK house prices continue to fall.

Indeed, according to some reports there has been a drop of almost 60% in investment from foreign buyers in to the property market in Australia.

Up until last year Australian house prices had been rising significantly but both Sydney and Melbourne which were leading the market in terms of house price growth have both started to feel the effects and have started to drop during the last 18 months.

With a lot of wealth for Australians tied up in their houses the fall in value is clearly a concern for the central bank as this could trigger a fall in consumer spending and then cause GDP to fall.

At the moment Australian interest rates are at their lowest levels in over 50 years and there appears to be little appetite to consider raising interest rates any time soon.

Indeed, if anything the expectation is for the Reserve Bank of Australia to look at cutting interest rates during 2019 and this is one of the main reasons for the weakness in the value of the Australian Dollar against the Pound.

In the meantime the Australian Dollar is also feeling the pressure owing to the ongoing Trade War issues between the US and China.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner so any signs of a slowdown in growth or reduced demand will often have a negative impact on the value of the Australian Dollar and this is another reason why the GBPAUD exchange rate has been trading around the 1.80 level recently.

Relations between the two superpowers appear to have stalled once again and hopes are that a deal covering Chinese goods coming in to the US will be resolved before the deadline of 1st March.

Both sides are hoping that a resolution can be found but we are less than 2 weeks to go before the proposed deadline and this could negatively impact the value of the Australian Dollar which is good news for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars in the next fortnight.

If you would like a free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

US/China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Progress in US/China talks

Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services any fall in growth from China has an impact on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is a huge concern amongst investors, a trade war between the world’s two largest economies has huge implications. The Trump administration wants China to change its economic strategy, something Chinese President,  Xi Jinping will be reluctant to do. The changes that are being asked for would hit the Chinese economy hard and  long term. It may be the case that the Chinese will try and give very small concessions in  bid to lengthen the trade war and out last Trumps reign. A dangerous game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs to 25% should their terms not be met. 25% is a huge increase and if China retaliate both economies will suffer not to mention the global impact.

At present, trade talks seem to be progressing well.  When asked about how talks were going yesterday in Beijing, US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin replied “so far so good.”

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think Sterling would be making gains against the Aussie. Although, the pound could lose value as negotiations with Brussels intensify I think the likely outcomes are either an 11th hour deal or an extension, both of which could cause significant Sterling strength. Morgan Stanley recently suggested there was less than a 5% chance of a no deal scenario. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so due to a no deal Brexit being largely factored out of the equation at present, if it were to occur expect  a large drop in the pound as this outcome is definitely going against the grain.

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AUD Forecast – What are the Current Factors Affecting GBP/AUD Rates? (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has seen its value slip against the Pound over the past week, falling back below the key threshold of 1.80.

GBP/EUR rates were trading above 1.82 yesterday and despite the AUD finding some support around this level, it has yet to threaten any significant realignment against the Pound.

As regular readers will know, much of the current market sentiment and ultimately investors risk appetite on GBP/AUD, is being driven by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit with the EU. Whilst the UK government and Brussels are yet to agree upon the final transition, there is still hope that a deal will be in place prior to the deadline of March 29th, the date by which the UK must exit the single bloc.

Whilst Brexit uncertainty has proved a major handicap for the Pound for a prolonged period, it is also likely to have helped to support the AUD, at least to some extent, during a period of deep economic instability for the Australian economy. In fact, due to the major slowdown in global trade, brought about partly because of the escalating trade stand-off between the US & China, the AUD could have expected heavier losses against GBP, than it has experienced up until this juncture.

The AUD, like all commodity-based currencies, relies heavily on a buoyant global market to proper. In years gone by it has always been considered a riskier asset, which in times of global growth can bring about quick returns due to the generally bigger market swings and at one point higher yields due to an attractive interest rate.

Of course, the flip side brings with the potential of heavy losses and with interest rates now at record lows for a prolonged period, the AUD is not as an attractive propositions as it once was for investors.

If the UK and EU to agree upon a Brexit deal over the coming weeks, then the market spike could be favourable for the Pound. I would anticipate that the AUD could see heavy losses in the short-term, with a move back above 1.85 likely and the pliability of a run at 1.90 distinct possibility.

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Pound remains strong against the Australian Dollar even after poor UK GDP figures

The Australian Dollar has continued to struggle against the Pound hitting 1.82 during today’s trading session creating some good opportunities for anyone looking to convert Pounds to Euros at the moment.

The Reserve Bank of Australia was relatively dovish during its recent press conference and accompanying statement and it appears as though the next rate change for the central bank down under could be a rate cut in the future.

One of the reasons why the RBA has yet to make a change to interest rates is owing to the recent higher than expected inflation data, which although lower than the 2-3% target has been rising recently.

Typically if inflation rises then the usual strategy to combat this would be to increase interest rates but as the property market in Australia is showing real signs of slowing down then an interest rate rise down under could cause big problems for the Australian housing market and could send home owners in to negative equity.

According to many sources an interest rate cut before the end of 2019 now seems like a certainty and this is part of the reason why the Pound continues to remain relatively strong against the Australian Dollar.

Whilst the Trade Wars between the US and China continue to rumble on then global investment appears to be bypassing the Australian Dollar in favour of the US Dollar and this is another reason for the continued weakness of the AUD vs the Pound.

Earlier on today UK GDP showed a slowdown for the final quarter of 2018 combined with some lower than expected Industrial and Manufacturing Production data but this did little to negatively impact Sterling as the market appears to be waiting to see how the Brexit talks will progress during the course of this week.

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US China Trade War Intensifies (Daniel Johnson)

AUD losing investor confidence

Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and services. Any fall in Chinese growth has a knock on effect on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US China trade war is a serious concern for investors and it is pushing them away from riskier commodity based currencies such as the Australian Dollar. The US and China are currently in talks and the Trump administration wants China to make fundamental  changes to its current economic strategy.

If China were to make some of the changes requested it would have serious implications on the Chinese economy. Chinese President, Xi Jinping knows this and it may be the case that he will try to make as little concessions as possible in an attempt to outlast Trump’s reign.

It is a risky game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs by 25% on $200bn worth of goods. The US has said they will implement the tariffs if the two sides fail to make progress by 1st March.

According to a UN trade agency report Asian countries would be the most effected. The implications of such an increase should not be understated. With two super powers trading blows the effect will be wide reaching and will hit the global economy.

The Australian Dollar could be among the hardest hit until we have a resolution, which could be some way off, AUD will remain fragile.

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think we could see some decent gains for Sterling against the Aussie, unfortunately the uncertainty over Brexit is outweighing concerns down under and the Pound continues to be anchored at low buoyancy levels. There are alternative options to May’s deal being put forward, but there is still no firm way forward. May’s intention is to gain concessions from Brussels that will be accepted by parliament. She has already attempted to this in December after delaying the initial vote. May was stone walled by Brussels and European Commission President, Jean Claude Junker has continually stated there will be no concessions made. Many still believe a deal may be struck at the 11th hour, but Brussels have stuck to their guns up until this point. The PM is currently in a worse position than in December following the diminishing probability of a no deal scenario (one of her only sources of ammunition) with Morgan Stanley predicted there is less than a 5% chance of a No deal Brexit.

If you are looking to move GBP – AUD short term aim for the 1.83s.

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Australian Dollar weakens after RBA comments and how will the Irish backstop issue impact the Pound and the Australian Dollar

The Pound has been improving once again against the Australian Dollar and has moved by almost 4 cents during the course of this week.

The Australian Dollar weakened against the Pound after RBA Governor Philip Lowe’s comments that there was a chance that the Reserve Bank of Australia may be preparing for an interest rate cut later on during 2019.

Tomorrow morning the RBA will announce their latest Monetary Policy Statement, which will cover the issues and the reasons why the members voted as they did at the recent meeting.

The reason why this Statement could be key to the short term future of the GBPAUD exchange rate is because it will give us an insight as to what the appetite is of a future interest rate cut.

With the US Federal Reserve having increased interest rates by 9 times since the end of 2015 although they do not appear to be increasing interest rates at the same pace during this year, the risk for the Australian Dollar is that it does not offer the same yield of interest that is available in the impressive US economy at the moment.

If the RBA do decide to cut interest rates later this year then the likelihood is that this will cause the Australian Dollar to weaken in the future but there are many variable in between including the latest Brexit issues.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is currently in discussions with European leaders to try and sort out the issue of the Irish backstop as the UK and the EU are currently at loggerheads as to how this scene will play out.

The Bank of England are also due to meet today to decide their latest monetary policy decision. Clearly at the moment there is little chance of any change to interest rates whilst we are just 7 weeks from when the UK is due to leave the European Union so it will be the accompanying press conference that will provide any clues as to what will happen to the Pound vs the Australian Dollar. Bank of England Governor has been rather cautious in his tone towards Brexit so any more of the same could see a small wobble for Sterling later on today.

If you would like a free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

AUD Forecast – Heavy Losses for the AUD Overnight as Interest Rate Hike Looks Extremely Unlikely (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound has made significant gains against the AUD overnight, gaining almost three cents.

It currently trading at 1.8176, having been marooned below 1.79 during the early part of the trading week.

What’s surprising is that this improvement has come about despite the on-going uncertainty surrounding the UK’s impending Brexit, with talks between the UK and EU once again seemingly at an impasse.

This indicates that last night’s heavy losses for the AUD were linked to a sharp drop in investor confidence in the AUD, rather than any major influx into the Pound.

This means those clients holding GBP and looking to buy AUD have been given a window of opportunity, which equates to an additional 3000 AUD on a 100k GBP/AUD currency exchange.

The reason the AUD lost significant value is likely linked to comments made overnight by the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Philip Lowe, who indicated that the central bank were unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon, meaning that they will likely be kept at record lows for the foreseeable future.

The Australian economy was already under pressure due to the current trade standoff between the US and China. With no long-term solution in sight, despite rumours that President Trump will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this month, the outlook for the AUD does not look overly positive.

Australia relies heavily on trade with China and with China’s demand slowing, this will inevitably have a negative impact on the Australian economy and ultimately the AUD.

With a slowdown in global growth also impacting commodity-based currencies such as the AUD, how GBP/AUD rates will evolve over the coming weeks and beyond, will depend much on whether or not the UK can ultimately agree a Brexit deal with the EU.

If the UK fails to do this, then the AUD is likely to be inadvertently boosted by a sell-off of GBP positons.

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