Daily Archives: February 5, 2019

Australian dollar mildy firmer after RBA Meeting!

The Australian dollar has been mildy firmer after the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, kept their interest rates on hold overnight. The expectations for the RBA is to have moved their outlook to a slightly more dovish tone but overall they kept up their current viewpoint, which is essentially that they will keep interest rates on hold for now.

The RBA did cite increased global risks, which could lead to a lower economic outlook in the future. This might well prove indicative for future Australian dollar weakness, there is now increased expectations that the longer term future for the Australian currency remains subdued. However, for now, as the RBA are not directly forecasting a rate cut, the market is likely to err on the side of caution.

In other news overnight the latest Australian Retail Sales figures weighed slightly on the market, coming in slightly worse than expected. This could be another sign of what the future might hold and be an indicator that the Australian dollar might in the future be struggling.

Some of the downside risks for the currency include global events such as the Trade Wars with China, and also recession in Italy. With the IMF recently having downgraded global growth, we could see the Australian currency lose value longer term if global confidence does not improve.

I expect the Australian dollar to weaken longer term and think clients looking to sell the currency would be better to move sooner than later, to avoid the risk of any losses. The Australian currency is effectively a barometer of sentiments on global trade and with those sentiments likely to suffer further, it seems likely the currency will fall in the future.

Next week is a series of Australian releases, including Home Loans and also some Chinese data. With Chinese economic news weighing on the economic outlook for the region, clients with Australian dollars to sell might wish to take advantage of the more recent improvements and lock in their gains.

Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have a transfer that we might be able to help out with, or you wish to discuss.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk