Monthly Archives: August 2019

Is QE on the cards from the Reserve Bank of Australia? (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

The Australian economy has suffered of late with a drop in house prices, increased unemployment and a cut in interest rates to a record low of 1%. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and due to this the US/China trade war is having an impact on the Australian Dollar.

China is in the midst of its slowest economic expansion in thirty years and the Chinese Yuan continues to drop in value posting a fresh 11 year low on Monday. Dr Adam Triggs of the Australian National University’s Asian Bureau of Economic Research points to the Trade War as a huge contributor to the Australian economy’s recent stalling “We trade a lot more than most countries and we rely on foreign money for investment, so when you start to get international turbulence we feel that a lot more than others.”

The  concerns around the Chinese economy and its drop in demand for Australian goods and services has meant that the Pound has managed to regain a footing above 1.80 on interbank despite the Brexit chaos Boris Johnson has been inflicting since taking over as Prime Minister.

As Australians interest rates follow the global trend of cuts there has been much speculation over the Reserve Bank of Australia’s, (RBA) next step in efforts to stimulate economy. For some time Westpac has led calls for the Reserve Bank to consider a further cut to 0.5% while Deutsche Bank says it expects the cash rate to drop to just 0.25% by as early as the end of this year. However, Philip Lowe the governor of the RBA has ignited a debate over whether Quantitative Easing (QE) would be the next step for the RBA. QE is essentially pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth. It is a controversial monetary policy as historically results have been mixed, it is far from a proven method and can also put the country in question in huge levels of debt. In the face of an economic crisis when he commented “we are prepared to do unconventional things if the economy warranted it” when questioned in Parliament.

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Australian economy under pressure and Boris attempts to suspend parliament

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has been moving in a positive direction recently.

The Australian economy has been struggling as of late owing to a fall in house prices, rising unemployment levels and a cut in interest rates to their lowest level on record at 1%.

The ongoing US China trade war is causing problems for the Australian economy and this is causing an issue for the Australian Dollar.

The Australian economy is heavily reliant on what happens in China as as China is such a large importer of natural resources from down under this can negatively affect the value of the Australian Dollar.

China is growing at its slowest level in over thirty years and the Chinese Yuan is now at a 11 year low.

The ongoing issues surrounding the Chinese economy and its drop in demand for Australian goods has allowed the Pound to push above 1.80 vs the Australian Dollar recently.

There are also rumours that the Reserve Bank of Australia are under pressure to cut interest rates even further from their current levels.

Westpac is calling for an interest rate cut to 0.5% whilst Deutsche Bank has predicted that we may even see rates as low as 0.25% by the end of the year.

However, RBA governor Philip Lowe has suggested that they may even consider Quantitative Easing as a form of monetary easing.

Indeed, he spoke out recently claiming ‘we are prepared to do unconventional things if the economy warranted it.’

In the meantime things are up in the air politically with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson having moved to suspend parliament.

His aim is to remove the chances of MPs trying to legislate against a no deal Brexit. This has caused a lot of movement for GBPAUD exchange and I fully expect this to cause even further moves this week.

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

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Could we see Monetary Stimulus from the RBA? (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

This year the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has continued to cut interest rates leaving the base rate at a record low of 1%. The change in monetary policy has so far failed to stimulate growth in the Australian economy which has resulted in the RBA board looking at  alternative methods of stimulus to try and aid the struggling economy.

There is the potential that quantitative easing (QE). QE is essentially pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth, printing money causing huge levels of debt.  The minutes of the RBA’s July meeting revealed that these unconventional monetary policy measures were discussed.

Both the Pound and the Australian Dollar are under pressure at the moment, although for different reasons as the Australian Dollars are mostly due to economic uncertainty as opposed to the UK’s ongoing political issues.

Over the past year the GBP/AUD rate is almost flat although in recent months the Aussie Dollar has mostly benefited from Sterling weakness which has kept GBPAUD below 1.80 for almost 2-months now.

The time scale for a deal on Brexit does not make good reading. Parliament is not due to reconvene from recess until early September which will leave just under eight weeks for Boris Johnson to get a deal in place. This is something Theresa May couldn’t do in over two and a half years.

Boris has threatened to leave the EU with no deal in place and has said he is not willing to negotiate with Brussels unless they’re willing to drop the Irish back stop. This is something Brussels have stated on numerous occasions they are not willing to do. The situation has not been taken well by investors and sterling has fallen in value as a result.

There is also the possibility of a general election and it will be interesting to see how the market will react. If we look at the 2010 general election for example, we saw sterling lose value due to the political uncertainty, but if Corbyn were to call for an election the probability of a no deal decreases which could cause a rally for the Pound.

The higher probability of a no deal the weaker you  could expect the pound to become.

Despite the problems surrounding the Australian economy unfortunately it seems that the problems surrounding Brexit outweigh those down under. Until there is some sort of clarity surrounding the Brexit debacle, there could be little reason to justify significant gains for the pound.

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 19yrs. 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

 

Pound to Austrlian dollar predictions: Major volatility expected for pound to Australian dollar exchange rates

Of late mixed outlooks for the Australian dollar has caused the pound to remain range bound against sterling, with GBPAUD fluctuating close to 1.80. The Reserve Bank of Australia recently cut interest rates and forecasters second guessed that another cut is on the horizon as the RBA would need to follow the trend of its nearest neighbour as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut rates by 0.5% as their last meeting. In addition the RBA has even hinted at more unconventional methods such as quantitative easing and history would tell us that this could have a detrimental impact on the value of the Australian dollar.

However in recent RBA minutes, the RBA have stated that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have actually been on the rise in recent months which is positive news for Australia as the housing market is a key cog to Australian economy. Therefore further cuts in interest rates should help the housing market however the RBA will have to think again if house prices continue to rise.

In less than two weeks MPs in the UK will return to the House of Commons and all eyes will turn to the leader of the opposition. Jeremy Corbyn has stated that he will file a motion of confidence against Boris Johnson and it will be interesting to see if any Tory rebels will back Corbyn in a bid to stop a no deal Brexit. Forecasters are suggesting that a no deal Brexit will cause the pound to crash, therefore if Boris is ousted this could help the pound, however if Boris takes the UK out of the EU without a deal this should help clients that are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

Australian housing market causes concern for the Australian Dollar vs the Pound

The Pound has made some gains vs the Australian Dollar over the last few days with another increase during today’s trading session.

The market has appeared to have focused less on Brexit and looked closer as to what is happening with the Australian economy.

Westpac has reported more and more clients recently getting in to trouble, which ultimately has led to many clients going in to mortgage arrears which has led to an increase in the number of bank repossessions.

According to reports Westpac has repossessed a total of 550 up from 482 mainly in Western Australia.

ANZ & the National Australia Bank have also reported an increase in mortgage arrears during the previous quarter.

Australian unemployment remains at manageable levels but the increase in repossessions could be a sign of further problems ahead for the Australian economy.

Could the Pound struggle with Johnson in Europe this week?

In the meantime UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel later this week.

This will be followed by a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday. This could cause further movement for Sterling exchange rates as both leaders are likely to stick to their current stance which is no movement on the current EU Withdrawal Bill.

This could cause movement for the Pound as it steers us once again towards the chances of a no deal Brexit and if this is the case this could see the Pound lose some of its gains vs the Australian Dollar later this week.

Therefore, if you’ve got an upcoming requirement to exchange Australian Dollars then make sure you pay close attention to what is happening politically in the UK this week.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 I am confident that I can save you money on exchange rates when converting Australian Dollars . If you need to buy or sell Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

US/China Trade War hurting AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Australian Dollar Forecast

AUD  has proved fragile of late due to several contributing factors. There are domestic issues, such as the high value of living in high wage growth areas. This is causing Australian residents to cut back on retail spending. One of the key issues at present is the knock on effect from the US/China trade war.

Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing its’s goods and any effect on Chinese growth can have ramifications on the Australian economy. As the trade war escalates so does the potential for the Australian dollar to weaken. President Trump has recently implemented a further 10% tariff on $300bln worth of Chinese products. The Chinese have retaliated by urging  Chinese businesses  to cease purchasing US agricultural products.

Goldman Sachs believe the trade war could continue for some time which does not bode well for the global economy let alone for Australia who has close economic ties with China.

There is the possibility of further interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in 2019 according to the bank Governor, Philip Lowe. This could cause movement for the Australian dollar.

Despite the problems surrounding the Australian economy unfortunately it seems that the problems surrounding Brexit outweigh those down under. Until there is some sort of clarity surrounding the Brexit debacle, I can find  little reason to justify significant gains for the pound.

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 19yrs. 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 under pressure against the Pound owing to Chinese data

The Australian Dollar has experienced a problem in recent times vs the Pound owing to a number of different factors.

The Australian economy is currently under pressure domestically caused by the cost of living in high wage growth areas.

This is causing Australian citizens to limit their spending but I think the main issue is that of the uncertainty caused by what is happening with the ongoing US China Trade wars.

Australia is heavily reliant on what happens in the world’s second leading economy so any negative effects on Chinese growth can cause problems for the Australian economy.

US President Donald Trump has recently imposed another tariff, this time totaling 10% on US$300bn worth of Chinese goods. This has caused the Chinese to retaliate by attempting to stop Chinese companies from buying agricultural products in the US.

In the meantime Goldman Sachs have suggested that the trade war could continue to rumble on which does not bode well for the Australian economy and therefore this could continue to negatively impact the Australian Dollar vs the Pound.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut interest rates a couple of times already this year and I think we could see more rate cuts coming in the future especially if economic data continues to see a slow down in Australia.

On Thursday, Australia will release it latest unemployment figures. Expectations are for a figure of 5.2% in July so anything different could cause movement for GBPAUD exchange rates. Therefore, if you’re planning a currency transfer involving Australian Dollars in the near future make sure you pay close attention to the data.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank 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 continues to trade just below 1.80, which factors could see the pair breach this level?

Earlier this morning GBP/AUD tested the 1.80 resistance level, with the pair hitting 1.7998 before easing off and at the time of writing the inter-bank level is 1.7940. The Pound to Australian Dollar rate has remained below the 1.80 handle ever since dropping below it at the beginning of July and based on the number of times we’ve seen the pair test 1.80 it could take some significant to see the pair return to trade levels in the 1.80’s.

AUD was dragged downward by the New Zealand Dollar earlier this week when the Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprisingly cut interest rates by a greater margin than market commentators had expected, resulting in a drop in the New Zealand Dollars value and this negatively impacted AUD also.

Later this week there will be a speech from Reserve Bank of Australia governor Lowe, and I think the markets will follow this closely in case he decides to follow the footsteps of the RBNZ and signal further cuts in future from Australia’s central bank. This could potentially result in a weakening of the Aussie Dollar which could then help the GBP/AUD rate move above 1.80 so those following he pair should be aware of the speech this Friday.

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 news: Australian dollar plummets

The Australian dollar has plummeted against most major currencies overnight, as New Zealand surprised the markets and cut interest rates by 0.5%. The RBNZ cut the cash rate to record lows of 1% which now matches the RBA’s interest rate. The cut follows the news this week that US President Donald Trump has told China another 10% tariffs on $300bn of Chinese imports is on the horizon. In addition the President has now stated that China has artificially devalued their currency in a bid to counteract the tariffs.

Forecasts are suggesting that the RBA could continue to cut interest rates early next year, combining that with lower commodity prices such as iron ore, further pressure could be on the horizon for the Australian dollar.

Pound to Australian dollar news

The pound has recovered slightly against the Australian dollar and mid market exchange rates have increased past 1.80, however I am putting this down to Australian dollar weakness not sterling strength. In fact the pound has been losing value against most major currencies this summer due to the ongoing Brexit saga. At present Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s position is that the UK will be leaving the EU without a deal by October, if the EU do no renegotiate.

The spike we have seen for Australian dollar buyers with pounds, should be considered as it looks like a vote of no confidence is on the horizon in the UK once MPs return from their summer break.  If this occurs the pound could face another bout of pressure.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer excellent exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation & US/China trade war a concern for Australian Dollar Investors

The Pound has lost ground against the Australian Dollar of late which can be largely attributed to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit.  Australia has had it’s own trouble however.  Inflation continues to be a problem down under and it is still some way behind the Reserve Bank of Australia’s  (RBA) 2-3% target. The RBA cut rates earlier in the year to 1% in an attempt to combat inflation and there is the possibility of further rate cuts during 2019. The next interest rate decision is due during the early hours of tomorrow and although rates are expected to remain unchanged the statement following the decision from the RBA could influence markets if it is again reiterated there is the possibility of further cuts later down the road.

The heavy reliance on China purchasing Australia’s exports is also causing problems for the Australian Dollar. As the US impose increased tariffs on China, China’s growth slows which in turn has a knock on effect to the Australian economy. Investors are choosing to move away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of save haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or US Dollar.

Increasing probability of a Brexit No Deal

Despite the problems in Australia, Sterling still could face further losses. Boris continues to threaten no deal and stated last week he would be ‘turbocharging’ preparations to leave the EU without a deal. Boris is using the threat of a no deal as ammunition to gain a more favourable deal on Brexit. Basically speaking however, the higher the probability of a no deal the weaker you would expect the Pound to become. Brussels stance remains unchanged again reiterating there will be no concessions to the current deal on the table. It is not in Brussels interest to let the UK leave with a decent deal, they do not want other members of the bloc to consider following suit.

The timeline is also a concern. The parliamentary recess concludes 3rd September leaving less than 8 weeks to get a deal in place, keep in mind Theresa May had two and a half years. According to Bet Fair there is a 57% chance of a general election, if you look at when previous elections have taken place the currency in question tends to considerably weaken.  The British 2010 general election serves as testament to this.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 18yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are authorised with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving.  I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading