Category Archives: GBP to AUD

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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Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

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 jll@currencies.co.uk

AUD Forecast – Australian Economic Output Continues to Heap Pressure on the AUD (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has been under growing pressure of late, with the Pound finding plenty of support above 1.85.

Australia’s economy remains stagnated, with concerns over global trade and uninspiring growth figures, handicapping any sustainable advances for the AUD.

This period of relative economic downturn is causing investors to shy away from the AUD, which like all commodity-based currencies is struggling to maintain its levels, due to investors risk appetite being minimal.

Yesterday’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, along with last night’s Retail Sales figures are likely to reinforce this negative undertone, although the silver lining for those clients holding AUD is that the poor figures have not yet caused the AUD to slip further against GBP.  GDP figures showed a drop to 0.2% month on month and whilst Retail Sales data showed an improvement from last month’s reading of -0.4%, they still came out under the markets expected result at 0.1%.

It is no real surprise then that the Reserve Bank of Australia continue to hold interest rates at their record lows of 1.5%. This is also causing the AUD to be less attractive to investors, who in years gone by would have looked at Australia’s previously high interest rates as an opportunity for a high yielding return on their funds.

Whilst the current climate is hardly like to inspire longer-term confidence in the Australian economy, things could be set to get wore before they get better.

One of Australia’s largest banks Westpac recently release their economic forecast for the rest of the year, in which they predicted the RBA would cut interest rates again, possibly twice by November. If this scenario comes to fruition, interest rate should fall to new record lows of 1%. This in turn will likely have negative ramifications for the AUD.

Whilst the UK continues to try and find some common ground with the EU in regards to the Irish backstop arrangement, as of yet, no breakthrough has been made. With the second “meaningful vote” fast approaching, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is running out of time to push through the amendments she will need, in order to convince parliament to vote in favour of her Brexit deal.

The markets focus will remain firmly on the UK ahead the current Brexit deadline of March 29th but any breakthrough in talks with the EU and a positive outcome to next week’s vote, is likely to drive investor confidence in the Pound and a move up to and even through 1.90 is certainly a feasible outcome.

If you have an upcoming AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company, we have over nineteen years’ experience in helping our clients extract the most from any given market.

Our award winning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

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GBP to AUD Strength – Brexit Imminent (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has rallied higher with rates for the GBP vs AUD pair sitting above 1.86. Brexit continues to dictate the direction of travel for GBP AUD and the more optimistic mood on reaching a deal is helping to support the pound. The markets have begun pricing in the prospect of a deal being reached by 29th March and failing that there is a chance that an extension of Article 50 may be required. Either outcome gives more certainty in the markets as to what the economic picture looks like for the next 18 months.

What is important to highlight is that the chances of a no deal Brexit are looking less likely which is seen as positive for sterling exchange rates. Meetings between Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and their EU counterparts resume today seeking to find legally binding changes to the contentious Irish backstop. Any breakthroughs this week could help lift the pound higher although to date there haven’t been any offerings from the EU to suggest a compromise is in the offing.

The hugely important meaningful vote is to be held before 14th March and the outcome should present considerable volatility for GBP to AUD. If the government is unable to push the vote through then the pound faces another uncertain two consecutive days as more votes will be held in parliament. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be speaking later today and any negative comments which he is known for especially when it comes to Brexit could see the pound come under pressure.

The Australian dollar could be set for a big boost in the weeks ahead depending on how the ongoing trade talks between the US and China unfold. Reports have emerged that the two sides are close to making a deal which should be seen as positive for the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar. A future US trade deal which will remove all of the already imposed tariffs and barriers to trade should be seen as welcome news for the global economy. In turn this bodes well for the Australian dollar due to the large volume of exports of its commodities. When the global economy performs in theory so should the Australian dollar.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how these events have a direct impact on your own currency transfer then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk and I will be happy to assist.

RBA expected to keep rates on hold, but could GBP/AUD see further gains this week?

Over the past week we’ve seen the GBP/AUD rate hit the headlines after the rate hit an almost 3-year high. With Brexit now just a few weeks away the Pound has defied many expectations and strengthened across the board of major currency pairs with GBP/AUD hitting 1.8732 at its highest point. At the time of writing the pair remain north of 1.87 on another strong start for the Pound so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the current 52-week high of 1.8732 tested again, if not today perhaps later this week.

Sterling has been climbing since the path for Brexit became clearer, and a number of MP’s have suggested they could support the Prime Ministers Brexit deal when the next vote takes place. The next meaningful vote will take place on the 12th of this month and after Theresa May lost the last key vote on this matter by a record margin I expect all eyes to be watching the Pound and the outcome of the vote on the 12th.

This evening UK time the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will announce their next interest rate decision. No changes are expected from the record low of 1.5% but the comments afterwards from the RBA could impact AUD exchange rates so it’s worth being aware of this release as the last time the RBA made some dovish comments and indicated that there could be further cuts we saw the Aussie Dollar sold off.

I expect political updates from the UK especially regarding Brexit to remain the main drivers of currency fluctuations owing to the Brexit being just a few weeks away now.

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.

AUD Forecast – Will GBP/AUD Rates Reach 1.90 Over the Coming Days? (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound has seen its value steadily rise against the AUD over the course of the trading week, moving back above 1.87 at the high overnight.

Whilst the AUD has found some support today around the current levels, the long-term outlook for the Australian economy remains dovish to say the least. Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks has predicted further interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this year.

With interest rates already set at record lows of 1.5%, any further decreases are likely to add to the growing sense that the Australian economy is set for a period of stagnation.

Add to this the prospect of Brexit talks finally moving yielding some kind of positive outcome, and it’s conceivable to imagine the Pound making further inroads back above 1.90.

Whilst the current outlook may seem more favourable for Sterling, the current optimism is based on Brexit talks actually yielding a positive outcome ahead of the second “meaningful” vote. This is scheduled to take place by March 12th and it will give UK MP’s the chance to vote on any amendments to UK PM Theresa May’s original Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Should the PM manage to negotiate any amendments, they would almost certainly have to include some type of concessions from the EU regarding the current Irish backstop arrangement. Many of the MP’s who voted against the PM’s initial deal in the House of Commons have stated that this is the key issue that needs to be resolved.  Therefore any softening the EU’s stance on this contentious issue, could bring it with renewed optimism that a deal can be reached by the current deadline of March 29th.

Needless to say any failure on her part to do so, will likely end the chances of a deal being agreed by the end of March and a different approach will have to be adopted. The EU would then have to grant an extension to the current deadline in order to help facilitate further talks, which will hopefully then lead to a positive outcome.

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make, you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over nineteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

Our award winning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

Feel free to email me directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk to find out all the options available to you ahead of your currency transfer.

GBP to AUD Rates Break 1.85, Brexit Extension Possible (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rates has rocketed higher with levels breaking 1.85 for the GBP to AUD pair. The pound has spiked higher after a statement from Theresa May yesterday where she referenced a potential extension to Article 50. There has been pressure from members of her cabinet who have threated to resign unless no deal is removed as a potential outcome.

The markets must now wait for the meaningful vote to be held before 12th March which will see whether the existing withdrawal agreement can be pushed through parliament. If the deal does not go through as insufficient changes have been made to the backstop then there will be a vote on 14th March for an extension of Article 50 if MP’s reject a no deal.

Meanwhile Prime Minster Theresa May is in Brussels meeting with Michel Barnier to try and make legally binding changes to the contentious Irish backstop. The attorney general Geoffrey Cox has also been present in meetings to try and work a legal codicil to go with the withdrawal agreement that would carry legal force and would then pass through parliament. When the outcome of these talks is known this is likely to result in considerable market movement for the GBP vs AUD pair. Expect high volatility and potential good opportunities on the back of any new developments surrounding Brexit in these final stages.

The Australian dollar meanwhile has found support after a calm statement from US Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated the Fed would be patient with interest rates. Since the beginning of the year the Fed have been more dovish in its approach to raising interest rates and softening its stance with concerns of a slowdown in the US and more importantly the global slowdown stemming for China which is being exacerbated by the US China trade war. Investors are now considering whether to continue to invest in the dollar if the Fed is coming to an end of its rate tightening cycle which bodes well for the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar.

For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

RBA under pressure causing the Pound to make gains vs the Australian Dollar

The Reserve Bank of Australia has once again signalled that things are not looking in great shape for the Australian economy owing to higher unemployment levels combined with lower inflation if UK house prices continue to fall.

Indeed, according to some reports there has been a drop of almost 60% in investment from foreign buyers in to the property market in Australia.

Up until last year Australian house prices had been rising significantly but both Sydney and Melbourne which were leading the market in terms of house price growth have both started to feel the effects and have started to drop during the last 18 months.

With a lot of wealth for Australians tied up in their houses the fall in value is clearly a concern for the central bank as this could trigger a fall in consumer spending and then cause GDP to fall.

At the moment Australian interest rates are at their lowest levels in over 50 years and there appears to be little appetite to consider raising interest rates any time soon.

Indeed, if anything the expectation is for the Reserve Bank of Australia to look at cutting interest rates during 2019 and this is one of the main reasons for the weakness in the value of the Australian Dollar against the Pound.

In the meantime the Australian Dollar is also feeling the pressure owing to the ongoing Trade War issues between the US and China.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner so any signs of a slowdown in growth or reduced demand will often have a negative impact on the value of the Australian Dollar and this is another reason why the GBPAUD exchange rate has been trading around the 1.80 level recently.

Relations between the two superpowers appear to have stalled once again and hopes are that a deal covering Chinese goods coming in to the US will be resolved before the deadline of 1st March.

Both sides are hoping that a resolution can be found but we are less than 2 weeks to go before the proposed deadline and this could negatively impact the value of the Australian Dollar which is good news for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars in the next fortnight.

If you would like a free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@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.

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AUD Forecast – What are the Current Factors Affecting GBP/AUD Rates? (Matthew Vassallo)

The AUD has seen its value slip against the Pound over the past week, falling back below the key threshold of 1.80.

GBP/EUR rates were trading above 1.82 yesterday and despite the AUD finding some support around this level, it has yet to threaten any significant realignment against the Pound.

As regular readers will know, much of the current market sentiment and ultimately investors risk appetite on GBP/AUD, is being driven by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit with the EU. Whilst the UK government and Brussels are yet to agree upon the final transition, there is still hope that a deal will be in place prior to the deadline of March 29th, the date by which the UK must exit the single bloc.

Whilst Brexit uncertainty has proved a major handicap for the Pound for a prolonged period, it is also likely to have helped to support the AUD, at least to some extent, during a period of deep economic instability for the Australian economy. In fact, due to the major slowdown in global trade, brought about partly because of the escalating trade stand-off between the US & China, the AUD could have expected heavier losses against GBP, than it has experienced up until this juncture.

The AUD, like all commodity-based currencies, relies heavily on a buoyant global market to proper. In years gone by it has always been considered a riskier asset, which in times of global growth can bring about quick returns due to the generally bigger market swings and at one point higher yields due to an attractive interest rate.

Of course, the flip side brings with the potential of heavy losses and with interest rates now at record lows for a prolonged period, the AUD is not as an attractive propositions as it once was for investors.

If the UK and EU to agree upon a Brexit deal over the coming weeks, then the market spike could be favourable for the Pound. I would anticipate that the AUD could see heavy losses in the short-term, with a move back above 1.85 likely and the pliability of a run at 1.90 distinct possibility.

If you do have a GBP or AUD currency exchange to make, it is key to try and minimise your market risk in such an uncertain climate. Here at Foreign Currency Direct plc we can help you guide through this turbulent market, providing key insights and up to date market analysis.

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