Monthly Archives: March 2019

Will the Australian dollar weaken this week?

The Australian dollar exchange rate has been trending lower in 2019 on the increased expectation that we will in the future see the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia cut their base interest rate. Numerous commentators have for now many months been commenting that we could soon see the RBA forced to take action against numerous global and domestic factors.

In Australia there has been a growing concern over Inflation levels which the RBA had targetted to see at 2-3% but has been averaging around 1.5%. To boost Inflation levels which are now at close to 10 year lows, the RBA might need to cut interest rates to help provide some stimulus to the economy.

Cutting interest rates by a central bank can do various things which can help an economy to grow. Firstly, it can make the currency cheaper to buy which can help the country to increase exports, thereby improving the economy. Secondly, it makes loans and borrowing less costly which can encourage business and consumers to spend more, thereby increasing economic activity.

The currency becomes less valuable from the cutting of interest rates in a similar fashion to the way a lower or higher rate of interest makes a particular savings account more or less attractive.

Interest rates are of importance on the Australian dollar and are a major factor in determining the relative strength or weakness of the currency. There is a growing expectation that we could in the future see the RBA cut rates which will see the currency weaker.

It is not just the domestic issues of a sluggish economy, it is also the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the more global problems and concerns which are relating to the economic outlook on global trade.

A key example is the ongoing Trade Wars and spat between China and also the US, this has seen global trade drop and with China being such a key partner to Australia, could continue to be a major factor.

With such global pressures on trade continuing, as evidenced by the United States Federal Reserve stating they will not be raising interest rates as soon as many thought earlier this year, the Australian dollar might continue to suffer from weakness, as it responds to continuing and ever-changing global shifts.

Pound to Australian Dollar: Brexit continues to Dictate GBP/AUD

The Brexit saga continues and now we are looking at an extension. GBP/AUD rates had recently risen to the highest levels since June 2016, breaching 1.88. This can be attributed to positive news surrounding Brexit, rumours were circulating that Brussel’s could make concessions on the Irish border and the chances of a no deal scenario dropped considerably.

PM Theresa May addressed the nation yesterday evening and made a plea to MPs to support her deal ahead of what is likely to be a third and final meaningful vote.

May also confirmed she had written to President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk to request an extension to Article 50. she has requested an extension until 30th June.

She also stated that she would not approve a long term extension to Article 50. This immediately raises the question whether this means she is prepared to step down as Prime minister should her deal be voted down and and then vote for a lengthy extension for talks.

She also said “this House will have to decide how to proceed”, if her deal is rejected for a third time.

If May were to resign you can expect this to hurt Sterling significantly.  GBP/AUD has now dropped into the 1.84s.

 US/China Trade War –  Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services and slow down in Chinese growth has a kick back on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is currently hurting the Australian Dollar and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling could be making decent gains against the Aussie.

There were rumours the trade war could be resolved by the end of the month, but Trump yesterday threw a spanner in the works saying the following:

“We’re not talking about removing them, we’re talking about leaving them for a substantial period of time,”  “Because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China that China lives by the deal because they’ve had a lot of problems living by certain deals.”

Brexit will continue to be the key driver on GBP/AUD. I think at this point we are looking at an extension as both parties do not wish to deal with a no deal scenario. I think if an extension is called there will not be any great shakes on the market. If Brussels do give concessions on the Irish border however, expect substantial Sterling strength.

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Pound to Australian Dollar rate today and what will happen to rates after 29th March?

The Pound has been challenging 1.87 on the Interbank level against the Australian Dollar over the last few days but has struggled to hold on to its gains for any sustained period.

Sterling has made the gains owing to a number of reasons but arguably the two most important factors affecting the Pound vs the Australian Dollar is that of China and Brexit.

The impact of China on the Australian Dollar

China appears to be back tracking on its arrangements with the US in terms of its trading position and this is likely to impact trade between China and Australia. The Trade Wars are still going on between the two superpowers and this is causing a problem for the Australian Dollar.

China is Australia’s largest consumer of its natural resources and as Australia is heavily influenced by commodity prices as well as demand from the world’s second largest economy any reduction in demand will often tend to weaken the Australian Dollar and this appears to be what is happening at the moment.

The impact of Brexit on the Pound to the Australian Dollar

Turning the focus back towards what is happening in the UK and it is Brexit that is dominating all the headlines at the moment. The Speaker of the House John Bercow recently announced that the Prime Minister will not be allowed to hold another ‘meaningful vote’ if the new deal is very similar to that already proposed which was voted against recently.

With just ten days to go before the UK is set to leave the European Union things are still uncertain as to what will happen next. The likelihood is that Brexit will be postponed but for how long is the most important question.

Theresa May is due to travel to Brussels to discuss the terms of any delay but all the 27 members of the European Union will have to agree to any proposed extension period so there is still a risk to the value of the Pound.

I personally think that a no deal Brexit will be avoided and an extension will be granted and once this happens depending on the length of the delay I think this could provide the Pound with some real support against the Australian Dollar.

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AUD Forecast – Despite Brexit Uncertainty the AUD Remains Under Pressure (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has come under increasing pressure over recent weeks, with the Pound now trading around 1.87.

GBP has regained approximately 5 cents in the past few weeks, which is the equivalent of an additional 5000 AUD on 100k GBP/AUD currency exchange.

The Pound has made these inroads despite the on-going uncertainty surrounding Brexit. With the UK’s current exit deadline fast approaching, we still do not have any clarity on what the final outcome will be and this in itself you could argue, should be restricting any major improvement for GBP.

It seems as though the markets have spiked on the back of Parliaments decision last week, to move away from a no-deal Brexit outcome. However, unless UK Prime Minster Theresa May can convince MP’s to vote on her Brexit deal at the third time of asking, then an extension to Article 50 looks like the only remaining option.

How long any prospective extension might be is now what the markets will likely focus on and any further improvements for the Pound, will likely be impacted by this decision. With rumours of a two-year extension being floated, how will investors and the public react to such a scenario?

If an extension is granted without any indication of an agreement being virtually in place, then investor confidence could take a hit. It is likely to be followed my major public unrest, with people seemingly losing patience with the on-going saga.

Looking at the Australian economy and with concerns over falling house prices and a slowdown in global trade, investors seem to be shying away from the once popular AUD.

Add this to concerns that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will look to cut interest rates possibly twice this year and it is easier to understand why the Pound has made inroads against the AUD of late, despite investors remaining cautious about the Pound and its future prospects.

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Will the Australian dollar weaken this week? RBA Meeting Minutes are key

Tomorrow is the latest RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia meeting minutes. Investors are closely monitoring this for any news that we could well see key changes in the outlook for the Australian dollar, as the RBA responds to the change in economic outlook for both the global economy and the domestic Australian economy.

Pressures are mounting on the RBA to be more conscious of a consideration for a more dovish, or soft interest rate policy as investors seek to gauge the likelihood that up ahead interest rate cuts will become much more necessary for the Australian economy. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the market is of the belief continued economic troubles will see the Australian economy suffer, and therefore need to cut rates ahead.

The raising and lowering of interest rates is a big factor in the currency markets, as investors seek to position themselves in a currency which they believe will ‘yield’ a higher return. For example, the higher an interest rate, the stronger generally a currency will be. It is similar to the way that a higher interest rate will attract investment into a savings account.

Likewise, when an interest rate is cut, or investors believe that it might be up ahead, the currency will lose value. This is because it makes the currency less attractive to hold by those concerned with a stronger investment. Such is the case with the Australian dollar at present, as a lower interest rate prediction makes the currency less attractive to hold by investors.

Moving forward, the RBA and Australian economic data will face tough scrutiny as the market gauges the likelihood of the future cuts in the rate. Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might benefit from a quick review with our team to ensure they are fully up to date with what lies ahead, and how they might benefit from the volatility.

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GBP/AUD – Where Next? (Daniel Johnson)

Brexit Extension

Since December the Pound has been losing value against the Australian Dollar. Sterling reached its highest level against the Aussie yesterday since the 2016 referendum. This was following the news that a Brexit no deal had been taken off the table until 29th March combined with the news that MPs have now voted to extend Article 50 in order to come up with a mutually acceptable deal between the UK and the EU.

The Australian economy is currently experiencing problems which is proving to be another catalyst for the rise in GBP/AUD. Consumer confidence, business confidence and housing loans data all showed a decline. Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s goods and services is hurting the Aussie as Chinese growth, although still impressive has slowed quite considerably since the US/China trade war commenced. It was announced yesterday that China’s industrial output fell to its lowest level in 17 years during the first two months of 2019, unemployment has also been on the rise. There is the potential that Chinese President, Xi JinPing and US President, Donald Trump could come to an agreement at the end of the month and cease tariffs which could boost investor confidence and in turn strengthen AUD.

Will the RBA minutes give an insight into future Monetary Policy?

Although Brexit will continue to be the key driver on GBP/AUD there are plenty of other factors that can have an impact on the currency pair. On Tuesday morning, during the early hours the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will release minutes following the recent interest rate decision where rates were kept on hold at 1.5%. The RBA have already hinted at potential rate cuts and if this is mentioned again we can expect further Australian Dollar weakness.

Next Thursday has the potential to cause market movement with the release of RBA Bulletin and unemployment figures for February. If the data arrives away from expectation expect volatility.

Personally, I think the Aussie could be in for a tough time due to the increasing problems surrounding the economy, I haven’t even touch on the housing price bubble. If it is announced there is a deal on the Irish Border I would expect significant Sterling strength. I feel Pound is currently chronically undervalued. If I was sitting on Aussies I would not be hanging around for improvements considering risk versus reward.

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No to a no deal Brexit and the impact on the Australian Dollar

The Pound has hit a 2 1/2 year high against the Australian Dollar after the House of Commons voted in favour of saying no to a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

MPs will now be voting later on today to ask the European Union for permission to delay Brexit after the 29th March which is the the current expected date when the UK is due to leave the European Union.

Owing to what happened last night, once or indeed, if an extension is granted this could carry on for a long period of time according to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Pound has moved in an upwards direction against a number of different currencies including against the Australian Dollar and we could see further gains later today if the vote goes the right way.

Theresa May has also warned that if her deal is not voted through next week then an extension would need to be very long and I think this could provide the Pound with support as it means trade with the UK can breathe a sigh of relief at least for the foreseeable future.

In my opinion the longer the negotiations last means that I think negotiations will continue to be in stalemate and this could inevitably result in a call for a second referendum.

Clearly there is little appetite at the moment for this to take place but if there is no headway made over the next few months with the talks then this could be one of the only options left.

The Australian economy is feeling a lot of pressure at the moment owing to the slowdown in China with Chinese GDP at 6.6% which is the lowest level in 28 years.

Australia is heavily reliant on Chinese demand and with Australia exporting a third of their goods to China then any slowdown will typically have a negative impact on the value of the Australian Dollar and this is what appears to be happening at the moment.

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Could the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker in the latest few weeks as investors fears over the Trade Wars remain, plus the expectations on the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, increase to potentially cut the interest rate in the future. There has been a growing expectation that perhaps the Australian central bank has been under estimating the extent to which they would need to cut interest rates in the future, based on the ever-changing global developments. If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars in the coming days and weeks an awareness of all of these options and outcomes is sensible.

The market is looking like it could be in for a rollercoaster ahead for the Australian dollar as a series of events develop overseas and at home to trigger volatility. One of the key aspects of the Trade Wars is that in disrupting global trade, they are putting pressure on the global economy which will ultimately lead to a weaker Australian currency. Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the global economy performing well which will support strong demand for the export of their raw materials.

Overall, there is a belief that the Australian dollar is destined to lose value over the longer term, this is evidenced by its recent weakness which will only continue should the market continue to be faced with the evidence of a slowing global economy.

There is important economic news ahead for the Australian dollar with key information released this week on Consumer Inflation Expectations and National Australia Bank Business confidence figures. This will all be seen in the light of the ongoing developments with the US and China trade wars which had been more positive, but just lately have seen uncertainties creep back.

If you have an important currency transfer to make, being prepared is key in this market where events can quickly and suddenly change and unfold. If you would like to run through or discuss the market or our services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

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GBP to AUD Rates before Brexit Votes in Parliament this Week (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar has been performing well in recent weeks with rates testing the 1.85 levels for the GBP to AUD pair. However the pound has weakened as concerns over Brexit continue to dictate the direction of travel. There is currently a deadlock in the ongoing Brexit negotiations with a breakdown in talks with no compromises being made over the contentious Irish backstop. The UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay have been unable to find common ground over the weekend ahead of a meaningful vote to be held in parliament on Tuesday.

With no changes to the backstop it seems almost certain that the Prime Minister will be unable to get through parliament the current withdrawal agreement. It leaves the pound on shaky ground with so much riding on the outcome of Tuesday’s vote. If the vote does not pass then a further two votes are to be held on Wednesday or Thursday and these will determine if there is to be a no deal Brexit or if there is a majority in parliament to delay Article 50. This week represents one of the biggest weeks in British political history and there is likely to be substantial market volatility for GBP vs AUD depending on the outcomes of these events.

Home loan data down under should make for an interesting start to the week with concerns still hanging over the Australian property market. Property prices have been falling in the major cities as a result of global economy concerns as well as domestic rules on lending standards. Australian home loans took a nose dive last month with a drop of -6.1% highlighting a significant drop in the market.

The consensus is for a climb to 1% which could help reassure the market and may help boost the Australian dollar. With the full effect of the trade war yet to be felt then the housing market in Australia may have further to fall which could paint a bleaker outlook down under.

Those looking to buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to plan around this week’s major political events in the UK. For more information on how to tackle the exchange then please feel free to contact me James at

Will the Pound increase after the Brexit vote next week?

The Australian Dollar has continued to struggle recently against the Pound hitting the best rate to buy Australian Dollars since June 2016 this week.

Since the lowest point in December the Pound has improved by as much as AUD14,500 on a currency transfer of £100,000 highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with current events both in the UK and Australia.

The Reserve Bank of Australia have continued to remain in a rather neutral position concerning monetary policy by keeping interest rates on hold earlier this week.

The Australian economy has continued to show signs of concern during recent months and this is clearly being reflected in what is happening with the Australian Dollar at the moment.

The Australian economy is also heavily reliant on both growth and demand in China and with the world’s second largest economy slowing down this is causing the Australian Dollar to weaken.

Problems with coal coming in to China from Australia have hit the headlines recently and it appears to be only directed at Australia rather than other countries who trade with China so is this a political move by the Chinese who are maybe punishing Australia for their support to the US concerning the recent Trade Wars between the US and China?

Turning the focus back towards what is happening in the UK and we have a number of key votes due to take place in the House of Commons surrounding Brexit.

On March 12th the House of Commons will hold their ‘meaningful vote’ about what MPs think of the current Brexit deal on offer. The likelihood is that it will be voted against and this means the following day will see a vote on whether or not MPs will back a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Therefore, I expect a huge amount of volatility on GBPAUD exchange rates and could this see the Pound break past 1.90 against the Australian Dollar.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for over 16 years and I’m confident that I can save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank so if you would like a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian