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Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – Brexit Limbo does not bode well for the Pound

UK & Brussels at Impasse

Although investor concerns may have been eased following the Brexit extension the Pound still remains fragile and I would be surprised to see any significant gains against the Australian Dollar until we have firm news on Brexit. It seems as though the UK and Brussels are at a complete impasse, Theresa May has put several different alternatives to her deal to the House of Commons all of which have failed to gain a majority and Brussels have stone walled the UK stating it is the current deal or nothing.

European Council President, Donald Tusk sent out a warning to his “British friends” saying “please do not waste this time .” It seems as though another extension will be unlikely.

Brexit remains in Limbo and I would not be surprised to see us in a similar situation come October.

The Australian Dollar has its own problems however, Housing prices remain inflated in high wage growth areas such as Melbourne and Sydney. It mean Australians are being forced to spend their hard earned money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services.

Australia  has a heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods. The US/China trade war is causing a slowdown in Chinese growth which is having a knock on effect to the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar. Iron ore is Australia’s primary export and fluctuations in its price can cause a change in Australian Dollar value, it is worth keeping an eye on if you have a trade involving the Aussie.

Recent news coming from US/China trade talks suggest an end could be in sight. US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin has stated we could see a conclusion to the trade war in under a month. If this is the case we could see substantial gains for the Aussie.

There are still however key points of contention. The US would like to keep existing tariffs in place in order to keep pressure on China , while Beijing would like them stopped immediately.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.
If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 18yrs and FCA registered.
If you would like my help feel free to email me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

Pound against the Australian Dollar falls as RBA may not cut interest rates

The Australian Dollar has seen some signs of strength recently as it appears as though the Reserve Bank of Australia may not be looking at cutting interest rates as soon as previously expected.

The Trade Wars between the US and China also appear to be getting closer to a resolution and as China is Australia’s largest trading partner this has helped the value of the Australian Dollar.

Australian is also a huge producer of Iron Ore and its main export market is China. Australia has approximately 65% of the global market and any price change in the value of the commodity will often affect the value of the Australian Dollar.

Chinese demand has started to increase for the commodity and rumours are increasing that many Iron ore mines in Brazil are due to be closing. This means that global supply will reduce which will in theory increase demand for Australian iron ore.

However, although the news is good concerning the news above, the risk going forward is that of the Australian election which is due to take place in just over a month’s time.

Labour are doing well in the polls so a change in leadership could see the Australian Dollar come under pressure once again so make sure you keep a close eye out on the election campaign as this is likely to have a big impact on the Pound against the Australian Dollar.

Meanwhile, the ongoing uncertainty caused by Brexit has caused the Pound to weaken marginally against a number of different currencies which is good news for anyone looking to buy Pounds at the moment as GBPAUD exchange rates are at the lowest rate in two months.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money on exchange rates then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you. Having worked in the currency industry since 2003 for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers  I’m confident that I can save you money compared to using your bank for the transfer of Australian Dollars.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – Daniel Johnson

GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to dictate GBP/AUD and at present the situation remains in Limbo. Theresa May has now failed on three separate occasions with her deal and at present the default action if a deal is not reached by 12th April is the UK will leave the EU with no deal. Both sides are desperate to avoid this situation and it looks as though the outcome will be an extension.

How long the extension will be and with what stipulations is what is being hastily negotiated. May favours a short extension whereas Brussels would like a flexible year extension in place.

I believe an extension is already factored into current GBP/AUD levels as the market moves on rumour as well as fact. I would expect Sterling to gain value if an extension is confirmed as investor concerns are eased. Do not expect any great shakes however.

GBP/AUD has remained above the key resistance point of 1.80 despite the lack of progress in Brexit talks, I think this can be mainly attributed to the probability of a no deal remaining low with the vast majority of the House of Commons set against allowing a no deal scenario to occur.

I think Sterling will however remain fragile until we have firm news on Brexit, which now could be some way off. The Australian Dollar has it’s own concerns however. Housing prices in high wage growth areas continue to inflate and Australians are being forced to spend their money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services which is hurting the economy. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is also a key concern. Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports, particularly iron ore. In fact iron ore value has been known to cause sways in the value of the Aussie.  The trade war is influencing Chinese growth which in turn has an impact on the Australian economy and the Australian Dollar.

Investors are choosing to shy away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of what is considered to be safe haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or the US Dollar.

I think if it were not for Brexit we could be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present you really need someone with an eye on the markets for you if you wish to take advantage of any spikes on the market, which recently have only been small windows of opportunity.

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 registered 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 .

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.

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 18yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

If you would like my assistance I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

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.

Thank you for reading and please get in touch if there is anything that you wish for us to run through or discuss, relating to a transfer of Australian dollars.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

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.

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 registered 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 .

 

 

 

 

 

Australian dollar outlook : Will the RBA cut interest rates?

The Reserve Bank of Australia has been predicted to be cutting interest rates in the future, despite not so far making any firm inroads into the plans. Their Tuesday interest rate decision saw the Australian central bank confirm that they are taking note of the recent shifts globally but that it has not shifted their current outlook on interest rates.

The currency markets are however quite sceptical over this seem to feel that in fact the RBA will be forced to cut sooner than later. Global growth has slowed and despite some apparent respite in the Chinese to US Trade Wars, the market seems to think there is more chance of the Australian interest rate being lowered in the future. Expectations are rising that the global economy will slow in the future and and a commodity based currency, the Australian dollar will suffer.

The Australian dollar will rise and fall on the alternating prospects in the global economy, the current belief is that the general trend lower will continue. Of particular concern is the outlook for China where the market is finding concern over what lies ahead. The Chinese economy is suffering as investors face difficulty over what lies ahead and continue to predict a longer term decline of the Chinese economy.

Investors face many challenges in 2019, not least with the rising uncertainty over the negative outcomes from the Trade Wars, which will only see further uncertainty in the future on global trade. Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars should it appears be gearing themselves up for a potentially weaker Australian dollar in the future.

If you have a possible transfer and wish to get an update on the latest news and information concerning the Australian dollar and what might lie ahead, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss this further. We have a range of tools and options to help you to maximise your position, please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker as poor economic data and also global concerns weigh on the currency. Investors have been closely monitoring developments with the trade wars, which have seen China and the US go head to head threatening increasing tariffs on each other. There has also been the North Korean – US Summit in Vietnam, which has not proved successful for Trump, thereby putting further pressure on the Australian dollar.

The Australian dollar is a barometer of global trade which has seen the market moving in the favour of any clients looking to buy the Australian dollar, expectations are for a very busy time ahead, as investors seek greater clarity on what lies ahead. Global trade could now be under greater pressure as investors seek to obtain more certainty around the Trade Wars and the possibility of destabilisation in the North Korean peninsula.

The Australian dollar is also suffering from pressures at home, as investors seek to obtain greater clarity over the outlook globally, and the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, seek to consider cutting interest rates in order to ease the wheels of their economy, in order to be able to manage any possible downturn.

The slowing economy globally, and increased uncertainty in global markets, has seen the Australian economy weaker as it depends so much on strong global demand for its natural resources which include coal and aluminium and other commodities. The Australian economy has been weakening owing to these global concerns and this is now beginning to weigh on the market, as investors seek other shores and remain unconvinced about what lies ahead.

Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars should be aware of a few volatile sessions ahead, we are in business to help with the planning and execution of any transfers. GBPAUD in particular, could be in for a very volatile month as we await the latest news from the Brexit. Trading levels on GBPAUD could ever surpass 1.90 at the top end of the ranges.

Thank you for reading and please let feel free to contact me if there is anything that you wish to discuss for the future.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

US/China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Progress in US/China talks

Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services any fall in growth from China has an impact on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is a huge concern amongst investors, a trade war between the world’s two largest economies has huge implications. The Trump administration wants China to change its economic strategy, something Chinese President,  Xi Jinping will be reluctant to do. The changes that are being asked for would hit the Chinese economy hard and  long term. It may be the case that the Chinese will try and give very small concessions in  bid to lengthen the trade war and out last Trumps reign. A dangerous game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs to 25% should their terms not be met. 25% is a huge increase and if China retaliate both economies will suffer not to mention the global impact.

At present, trade talks seem to be progressing well.  When asked about how talks were going yesterday in Beijing, US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin replied “so far so good.”

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think Sterling would be making gains against the Aussie. Although, the pound could lose value as negotiations with Brussels intensify I think the likely outcomes are either an 11th hour deal or an extension, both of which could cause significant Sterling strength. Morgan Stanley recently suggested there was less than a 5% chance of a no deal scenario. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so due to a no deal Brexit being largely factored out of the equation at present, if it were to occur expect  a large drop in the pound as this outcome is definitely going against the grain.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.
If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 18yrs and FCA registered.If you would like my help feel free to email me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.