Monthly Archives: September 2019

Reserve Bank of Australia update: Interest rate cuts expected

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has rallied higher today with rates for the GPB vs AUD sitting above 1.8250. There is a growing expectation that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) may look to cut interest rates further at the meeting tomorrow morning. Some of the major banks including Westpac are predicting an interest rate cut which could be putting further pressure on the Australian dollar. Westpac has predicted rates for AUD/USD could hit a 10 year low as a result of further interest rate cuts. The RBA cut rates consecutively in June and July to try and add some stimulus to the economy to try and halt a slowdown down under. Unemployment in Australia recent climbed higher to 5.3% up from 4.9% the month prior which is causing alarm amongst policy makers at the central bank.

In the UK, Brexit remains the single biggest driver for sterling exchange rates. Expect a highly volatile week with the Conservative party conference in full swing despite a number of cyber-attacks making communications out of the conference difficult. Today is the second day of the conference and a speech from Chancellor Sajid Javid will be made this afternoon. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be making his speech on Wednesday.

However with parliament now sitting after the Supreme Court ruled the proroguing of parliament to be unlawful the outlook as to whether there will be a deal or not is looking very cloudy and leaves an unclear picture for GBP to AUD exchange rates. Much of the Brexit debate focuses on a bill that was approved in parliament that requires the Prime Minister to request an extension for Brexit, something Boris Johnson strongly opposes. There have been reports that parliament will seek to introduce further legislation against the government to try and stop Boris Johnson from not committing to do this and he refuses to rule out a no deal Brexit.

It is worth mentioning that Nigel Farage announced over the weekend that he would stand for a seat in Westminster at the next general election which only highlights how tense the Brexit situation currently is.

Those with pending requirements to either buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to consider their options with just one month to go before the Brexit deadline of 31st October. For more information on the Australian dollar and assistance in making transfers when either buying or selling Australian dollars please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Outlook after Supreme Court Rules against British Government

Parliament set to return today

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate remains supported with rates having touched 1.84 for the GBP vs AUD earlier today. Yesterday saw the Supreme Court in Britain rule against the government finding that it was unlawful to prorogue parliament for 5 weeks. Today will now see parliament return at 11:30 and more uncertainty will inevitably come out of this. There have been calls from opposition party leaders for the Prime Minister to resign.

It has been reported that the government may use the opportunity of asking an ‘urgent question’ to try and force a debate on having a general election. The opposition parties that wish to see Boris Johnson depart from office are unwilling to call a vote of confidence which would trigger a general election which leaves a continuing deadlock in parliament. Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the Labour party is not expected to call for a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister today. Expect high volatility for GBP to AUD exchange rates as the Brexit deadline of 31st October approaches. Those with pending requirements to either buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to plan around all the latest developments coming out of Westminster.

Will the RBNZ cut interest rates in November?

The Reserve Bank of Australia have said that the Australian economy is at a “gentle turning point”. The RBA cut interest rates twice this year with two consecutive rate cuts in June and July putting the pressure on Australian dollar exchange rates. The speech from Governor Philip Lowe was perceived as more dovish than expected. Keeping all option open he said that the RBA would “take stock of the evidence” on whether to cut again or not but the tone was seen as softer than the previous rhetoric. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is also expected to hold rates having shocked the markets wit ha 50 basis point rate cut this year. It is relevant for the Australian dollar as the RBA was quick to act after the RBNZ made its policy decision to cut rates. The RBNZ are tipped to cut rates again in November and there is an argument to say it may have some sway on the RBA’s decision making.

For more information on the Australian dollar and assistance in making transfers when either buying or selling Australian dollars please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast: GBP to AUD exchange rate makes strong gains

Australian unemployment data disappoints the markets

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has made strong gains after Australian unemployment data released this morning disappointed the markets. The interbank rates for GBP vs AUD have rallied higher to 1.8375, at the time of writing. The unemployment level down under rose in August to 5.3% from 5.2% the previous month. The last Reserve Bank of Australia minutes hinted at a weaker jobs markets and the concern now in that the numbers may disappoint further going forward. The unemployment data coincide with recent weak Gross Domestic Product data for the second quarter which was recorded as the lowest in the last decade.

Bank of England expected to leave rates on hold

UK retail sales data is released this morning ahead of the Bank of England interest rate decision at 12pm. The Bank of England is not expected to make any changes to the headline interest rate today with Brexit so close by as well as the growing prospect of a general election. Rates are expected to stay on hold at 0.75% with so many external distractions. This is despite UK inflation data released yesterday which fell to its lowest level since 2016 and below the Bank of England target rate. It has also been reported that in the event of a no deal Brexit then interest rates may be cut further in the coming months.

How will the Supreme court ruling affect the GBP to AUD exchange rate?

Brexit meanwhile continues to dictate the travel for sterling exchange rates and today will see the third and final day at the Supreme Court. The courts are hearing whether it was unlawful for Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament. An outcome may come as soon as today although the top judges may want the time over the weekend to come to a unanimous decision. Expect volatility based on the outcome especially if the courts did rule against the government. Expect high volatility for the GBP AUD pair and those clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to plan around all the latest developments.

The EU have also given the UK until the end of September to produce written proposals which could see a shift on where Brexit is heading. To date the Prime Minister has reportedly progressed discussions on the controversial backstop by providing alternatives where checks could be done away from the border. However the EU are keen to see these proposals in writing, something the British side is reluctant to do at this stage.

For more information on the Australian dollar and assistance in making transfers when either buying or selling Australian dollars please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate breaks through 1.80 barrier

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has been supported with rates sitting just below 1.80 for the GBP to AUD pair. Brexit uncertainty has kept the pound at bay in recent weeks although some optimism that a deal will be reached is helping lift the pound slightly. What is interesting though is that despite some stronger economic data from the UK the pound is struggling to find any real momentum for a big jump higher. It highlights how the wider issue of Brexit is preventing the pound from gaining until clarity is offered on a deal. The risk of a no deal remains and with parliament now prorogued until October 14th it leaves an uncertain period ahead of that Brexit deadline of 31st October 2019. The markets will now pay particular attention to the next EU summit to be held 17th October. It remains to be seen whether a last minute concession will be offered at this time for an agreement to be reached between Britain and the EU. Those with pending requirements to either buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to plan around these important dates. A hearing in the Supreme Court next week will also be held after arch Remainer Gina Miller lost a court case in the high court when it was concluded it was legal for Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament. Today the highest civil court in Scotland has overturned that ruling stating the suspension is unlawful. Expect more volatility and Brexit twists and turns depending on that outcome at the Supreme Court next week.

UK economic data is light for the UK so focus will turn to Australian inflation expectations released overnight. The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut interest rates twice over the summer which has helped see the dollar weaken. The ongoing trade was between the US and China continues to impact on the global economy to which the Australian dollar is adversely affected. For more information on the Australian dollar and how to plan around these important events then please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk and I will be happy to assist.