Category Archives: Australian Dollar Forecast

Could the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar this month and possible reasons why? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has been steadily increasing against the Australian Dollar since the turn of the year and although we have seen some small losses for the Pound, generally speaking the market for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars has been very positive.

With the US threatening to continue raising interest rates the next interest rate hike by the Fed is likely to come in March and this is in part why we have seen the Australian Dollar struggle against the Pound.

On Tuesday the latest set of minutes are due to be released by the Reserve Bank of Australia and I think this could provide the catalyst for Sterling strength against the Australian Dollar as I think the RBA will be relatively cautious in their tone.

If you look at the markets through the eyes of a global investors if you have available funds it is likely that you would look to invest in the US as with interest rates planned to be going up as well as strong growth in the world’s leading economy this could potentially be a good investment.

This could result in a sell off for riskier based currencies such as the AUD and this is why I think in the longer term that we’ll see GBPAUD exchange rates challenge 1.80 before the end of this month.

On Tuesday the UK releases the latest Quarterly Inflation Report Hearings and as inflation has continued to remain higher than the target I think this will put pressure on the Bank of England to look at raising interest rates possibly as early as May.

On Wednesday the latest UK unemployment data is due to be published and although this has been very strong one of the concerns is Average Earnings which have been lagging behind inflation so this could see a bit of volatility for GBPAUD exchange rates in the middle of the week.

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RBA Interest Rate Forecast vital to AUD value (Daniel Johnson)

NAB predict Rate Hike as early as August

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has a very optimistic forecast in regards to rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). They are a minority. They are of the opinion we could see an interest rate hike by 0.25 basus points as early as August.

“The RBA has indicated that it is in no rush to raise rates in lock-step with global central bank counterparts. However, lower unemployment, and evidence of wages growth moving upwards — even gradually — should be enough to give the RBA confidence that inflation will eventually lift above the bottom of the band,” said Alan Oster, NAB Chief Economist.

“We continue to forecast two 25 basis point rate hikes in August and November, although acknowledge the risks are that these hikes could be delayed.”
Oster attached a couple of warnings which could change the RBA’s decision, noting that a slowing in household credit and house prices due to macro-prudential measures implemented by APRA “may help alleviate some concerns about household debt”.He continued “higher AUD may also threaten this outlook although our revised forecasts are for the currency to be 75 US cents by year end”.

Personally I do not share his view. I think a hike by August is very optimistic and economic data is not consistent enough to warrant a hike . Inflation is some way from where it needs to be and there is no reason to suggest there will be a rapid rise between now and August. This a viewpoint shared by the man that counts. RBA Governor, Philip Lowe who recently stated the following.

“further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to the midpoint of the target range”, adding that it was “likely that the next move in interest rates in Australia will be up, not down”.

He also said “while we do expect steady progress, that progress is likely to be only gradual.

The general consensus is there will not be a rate hike until at least early 2019.

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Will GBPAUD hit 1.80 in February?

The pound has risen against the Aussie to post-Referendum highs recently nudging the 1.80 mark which is presenting some very favourable opportunities for Australian dollar buyers who have so far been suffering since the EU vote. Here at the blog we try and keep clients up to date with the latest news and trends in the market that could influence your decisions on when to buy or sell currency.

The key news driving the GBPAUD this week has been events in the United States with the movement on the stock market and the US dollar triggering some big swings on USD/AUD, which in turn has seen some big movements on GBPAUD. As the Australian dollar lost ground to the US dollar which strengthened following uncertainty over the stock market, the Aussie was weakened against the pound. This is what saw GBPAUD hit the highs of last week.

Flip this all around the soothe of the those stock market fears this week has seen the US dollar lose value as investors have confidence to reinvest in more profitable shores elsewhere like stocks. This has seen the Aussie gain back some ground against the pound. Other factors on the GBPAUD pairing include the Australian Unemployment data released overnight, whilst this didn’t directly see movement on the Aussie it is important.

In underlining the strength of the Australian labour market it leaves the door open to further rate hikes this year but generally the market does not appear likely to want to factor in any hikes. Raising interest rates in Australia almost appears to be necessary in some respects but could prove very damaging.

What we may see is markets gently realising any hikes are unlikely and this could weaken the Aussie. Couple this with some strength fort he pound and GBPAUD could easily test that 1.80 level. If you are looking to make any transfer at 1.80 please speak to us about all of your options and the best way forward to maximise and capitalise on any position you will need to consider.

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Will Australian Unemployment data send GBPAUD rates towards 1.80? (Tom Holian)

We are in for a big end to the week for anyone looking to transfer Australian Dollars as tomorrow brings with it a number of economic data releases down under.

We start tomorrow with the latest Unemployment figures for January as well as the Participation Rate which rose last month showing a small slowdown in Australia and this has weakened the AUD vs GBP following last month’s announcement.

I expect another slightly negative release for Australia overnight and I think this could provide the Pound with some support vs the Australian Dollar sending GBPAUD exchange rates in an upwards direction.

The Australian Dollar has remained under a lot of pressure against Sterling since the start of the year as the Australian economy has shown signs of a slowdown with the RBA unsure about what to do with monetary policy.

Inflation levels are very different from the west to the east coast and so a change in interest rates will not necessarily be of benefit to the whole country which is why the RBA are likely to keep interest rates on hold.

Meanwhile, the UK have hinted that the next interest rate hike may be coming in May and this is why I think we could see GBPAUD rates heading towards 1.80 before the end of the month. We end the week with RBA Governor Philip Lowe addressing the market so make sure you’re prepared to move quickly.

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AUD Forecast – UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Speaking Today (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/AUD rates have remained flat overnight, as the markets turn their attention towards today’s speech by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The speech is expected to outline the governments vision to untie both the Leave & Remain camps and whilst it has been sanctioned by No 10, Boris has a tendency to deliver the unexpected.

The speech is likely to have strong undertone but it is no secret of Boris’s political ambition and any indication of a fractured government, or disjointed approach to the Brexit talks, could put pressure back on the Pound.

In truth, Sterling has held its positions against the AUD better than it has against many other major currencies, with GBP/AUD rates continuing to float around 1.77.

Commodity based currencies such as the AUD are often considered riskier currencies for investors. This means that at time of global prosperity when investor confidence is high, funds will be moved away from the safer haven currencies such as the USD or CHF and into these potentially higher yielding ones.

Whilst there is no direct correlation to the currency markets, last week’s downturn in the global stock markets has seemingly sapped investors risk appetite and as such this is likely to put pressure on commodity based currencies such as the AUD.

Whilst there are many external factors to consider, this is one of the reasons why the AUD is struggling to make much of an impact against GBP, despite the currency uncertainty engulfing the UK economy.

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Consumer confidence and unemployment the key data over the coming days

Tomorrow we have the release of the Westpac Consumer Confidence reading, Consumer Confidence is a measure of sentiment that individuals have in economic activity, and is a really good overview of how the general consumer is feeling about their economic situation. A higher reading would be good for the Australian Dollar as it suggests that Consumers may be ready to spend more, and a lower reading would usually weaken the Australian Dollar as it suggests that people have less disposable income in their pocket to spend on goods and services.

On Thursday we will also see the release of unemployment figures for Australia, with expectations of unemployment to have dropped from 5.5% to 5.3% which would be a strong figure. The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) had lowered their unemployment expectations recently to 5.25% for the year ending June 2018 so this figure would fall in line with the RBA’s predictions and may give the Australian Dollar a good solid Thursday should this come out as predicted.

For those with a currency exchange to carry out involving the Australian Dollar in the coming days, weeks or months you must also be wary that the figure may come out worse than expected, for example should the figure remain at 5.5% or only come down to 5.4% then we may witness Australian Dollar weakness as we head towards the end of the trading week.

We do have a flurry of inflation data out tomorrow afternoon from the U.S which can impact Australian Dollar rates due to the flow between the Australian Dollar and U.S Dollar, anything positive for the U.S can generally weaken the Australian Dollar at present, as it heightens the chance of an interest rate hike in the States.

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Inflation to influence GBPAUD exchange rates

Tomorrow morning the UK will release their latest inflation numbers and a slight fall is to be expected. Normally a slight fall would lead to a weakening pound however I expect a fall in inflation could strengthen the pounds position against the Australian dollar. My reasoning is that the Bank of England last week announced they expect inflation to fall and wage growth to rise, which will lead to an interest rate hike. The release is at 9.30am for further information in regards to the inflation release feel free to email me on drl@currencies.co.uk.

Later in the week (Wednesday) Boris Johnson is set to address the public in regards to Brexit. The aim of the speech is to unite remain and leave voters. Past history leads me to think that Mr Johnson may go off topic, especially if he is asked about Michel Barnier’s comments last week. For clients buying Australian dollars with pounds, I would be tempted to take advantage after the inflation numbers and not wait for Mr Johnson’s speech.

Economic data releases are thin for Australia until Thursday at 1.30am in the morning. Unemployment and employment change numbers are to be released. Unemployment numbers are set to fall to 5.3%, which is fantastic for the Australian economy. Employment change numbers are set to show a slight decline however I expect the Unemployment numbers to outweigh the employment change numbers, therefore I expect a positive morning for the Australian dollar.

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Brexit jitters causes the Pound to fall against the Australian Dollar (Tom Holian)

In what has been a very volatile week on global stock indices the GBPAUD exchange rate has started to move in a negative direction during the course of trading on Friday.

After touching close to 1.80 against the Aussie Dollar on Thursday the gains have now been eroded.

The Pound rallied on Thursday afternoon following the Bank of England’s latest interest rate announcement.

Although the central bank kept rates on hold there is now an increased chance that a rate hike now may come as early as May.

UK growth forecasts for both this year and next were raised which gave the Pound a real boost against the Australian Dollar.

However, since early on Friday morning the Pound has once again started to fall against the Australian Dollar.

UK Trade Balance figures showed a decline on Friday morning and combined with comments from EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier this led the Pound to decline against all major currencies.

Barnier suggested that the transitional period which takes place between March 2019 and December 2020 is far from getting resolved which could cause problems for the UK when it next meets in March to discuss phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations which are to be focused on future trade agreements.

The Irish border issue appeared to be sorted back in December but now this could raise issues with the movement across the border and the uncertainty has caused the Pound to fall.

As we go into next week the UK releases its latest set of inflation data predicted to come out at 2.9%. With inflation continuing to remain high if we see the data come out the same or higher than expected this could see the Pound make a recovery as it provides further support for a future interest rate hike.

If you have a need to buy or sell Australian Dollars in the near future then feel free 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 compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. 

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Australian Dollar liable to global stock market sell off and RBA warning leads to Australian Dollar weakness

The Australian Dollar has had a fairly choppy week so far this week, generally losing ground against most major currencies due to comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia that indicated that any interest rate hikes may be quite far away, and also due to global uncertainty in the stock market, seeing the Dow Jones and other indexes around the world drop considerably over the week.

The issue with the Australian Dollar is that it is perceived as a riskier currency, therefore when you tend to see a volatile global market, and uncertainty politically or with economic data  around the world you tend to see the Australian Dollar weaken, as investors will shy away from riskier currencies and head to safer havens, such as the U.S Dollar and the Swiss Franc.

As I indicated earlier in the week I do feel that the Australian Dollar may have a tough period coming up, with interest rates due to be raised by various central banks around the world this may lead to a further flow out of the Australian Dollar and into more attractive currencies with better returns on investment.

The RBA also released a monetary policy statement last night, and although economic data is still fairly good there are concerns around slowing wage growth and inflation rising too.

Poor wage growth and high inflation is a big issue for an economy, as it means the cost of goods and services is going up yet the amount the general consumer has to spend is not rising in line with it, another potential issue for the Australian Dollar going forward.

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BOE comments causes Sterling Spike (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – In Depth

Sterling has struggled against the Aussie following the decision to hold a referendum to leave the EU. GBP/AUD sat above 2.20 pre referendum and of late has been mired in the 1.70s. We have seen a recent spike for Sterling which can be atributed to several contributing factors.

Although there was a recent surge in retail sales figures from down under the spike for the Australain Dollar did not last long, as predicted it was an an anomamly that could be put down to Black Friday sales and the release of the iphone X.

Since then the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have indicated that they will keep interest rates on hold for the considerable future the Aussie has lost value. This can be justified due to the infalted property prices in high wage growth areas. Foreign investors are willing  to pay these prices as investments but it is causing the locals to struggle spending the majority of their funds on neccesities rather than luxury goods. This does not bode well for the Aussie.

The recent surge to 1.79 was caused by hints from the Bank of England (BOE) there could be a rate hike as early as May 2018. The market moves on rumour as well as fact and investors bit.

It is important not to have too high expectations if you are an AUD buyer however, the uncertainty surrounding phase two of Brexit talks has the potential to hurt the pound. Davis and Barnier are far from being on the same hymn sheet.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take a couple of minuites and could be well worth your while.

You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.